Gustave Douchy

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Gustav Douchy
Gustave Douchy 1921.jpg
Born 14 May 1893
Bondy
Died 29 July 1943(1943-07-29) (aged 50)
Allegiance France
Service/branch Aviation
Rank Capitaine
Unit 1e Groupe d'Aeronautique, 1e Groupe d'Aviation, Escadrille 38
Awards Légion d'honneur, Médaille militaire, Croix de Guerre with seven palmes and an étoile de vermeil, Mentioned in Dispatches seven times

Capitaine Gustav Douchy was a French military officer who served in both World Wars. He was a flying ace in World War I, credited with nine confirmed aerial victories.

World War I[edit]

Gustav Douchy was conscripted on 27 November 1913. He was assigned to aviation, and passed through two different units before being stationed at Nancy as an aircraft mechanic on 29 January 1914. On 11 May 1915, he began pilot's training at Avord. On 15 July, he received his Military Pilot's Brevet. On 28 August 1915, he was promoted to Corporal. On 24 October 1915, he was assigned to Escadrille 38. On 12 November 1915, he received Pilot's Brevet No. 2514. On 21 February 1916, he was promoted to Sergeant.[1]

On 25 July 1916, Douchy scored his first German two-seater reconnaissance aircraft, followed on 23 August 1916 by an Albatros aircraft. The two victories were instrumental in winning him the Médaille militaire, which was awarded 24 September. On 21 November 1916, he was promoted yet again, to Adjutant.[2]

On 22 January 1917, Douchy resumed scoring, downing an Albatros two-seater near Navarin. He accumulated wins one at a time until 4 September 1917, when he tallied his eighth victory. On 19 October 1917, he was awarded the Légion d'honneur.[2]

On 6 March 1918, Douchy scored his last confirmed victory. Twenty days later, he was then withdrawn from combat, and assigned test pilot duty.[2]

Post World War I[edit]

On 23 August 1925, Douchy was elevated to Officer in the Légion d'honneur; eventually, he rose to Commandeur.[2]

On 1 February 1942, during World War II, he was promoted to Capitaine. On 29 July 1943, he died as the result of an accident while he was in Madagascar.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Over the Front: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the United States and French Air Services, 1914–1918. p. 152. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Over the Front: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the United States and French Air Services, 1914–1918. p. 153. 

References[edit]

  • Over the Front: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the United States and French Air Services, 1914-1918 Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey. Grub Street, 1992. ISBN 0-948817-54-2, ISBN 978-0-948817-54-0.