Alfred Auger

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Alfred Victor Robert Auger
Born (1889-01-26)26 January 1889
Constantine, Algeria
Died 28 July 1917(1917-07-28) (aged 28)
Allegiance France
Service/branch Aviation
Rank Capitaine
Unit Escadrille No. 11
Commands held Escadrille No. 31, Escadrille No. 3
Awards Legion d'Honneur, Croix de Guerre

Capitaine Alfred Victor Robert Auger was a World War I flying ace credited with seven aerial victories.[1]

Auger began the war as an infantry officer; he was wounded in action on 31 August 1914. He transferred to flying service in 1915, only to be wounded again on 8 July.[2] On 22 September 1915, he took command of 31 Escadrille. He scored twice in this assignment, on 13 March and 2 April 1916. Auger was seriously injured in a crash on 16 April. He recovered, and flew with Escadrille 3 to score again on 9 February 1917. A week later, he was wounded yet again, in a dogfight with four Germans[2] A month later, on 17 March 1917, Auger took command of Escadrille 3. He scored four more times, including a win shared with Joseph M. X. de Sévin, with his last being 28 June 1917.[1] Auger then upgraded to a Spad. On 28 July, he took his Spad into a dogfight with five German planes, and was shot in the neck. Bleeding profusely, he somehow still managed to land behind friendly lines but bled to death within a few minutes.[2] Jasta 8 seems to have been his opponent. Its commanding officer, Gustav Stenzel, was killed in this fight,[1] with no one claiming him. Rudolf Francke of Jasta 8 posted a claim that went unconfirmed, but was probably Auger.[2]

List of aerial victories[1][edit]

See also Aerial victory standards of World War I

No. Date/time Aircraft Foe Result Location Notes
1 13 March 1916 LVG C Destroyed Cumieres
2 2 April 1916 Albatros D Destroyed Creux
3 9 February 1917 Albatros Destroyed Rogeville
4 22 April 1917 German two-seater Destroyed Lierval
5 11 May 1917 German two-seater Destroyed Vailly Victory shared with Joseph de Sevin
6 4 June 1917 EA Destroyed Grandelain
7 28 June 1917 Balloon Destroyed west of Pontavert

References[edit]

Nieuport Aces of World War 1. Norman Franks. Osprey Publishing, 2000. ISBN 1-85532-961-1, ISBN 978-1-85532-961-4.

Sources of information[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/france/auger.php Retrieved on 26 March 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d Nieuport Aces of World War 1. pp. 47–48.