René Montrion

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René Montrion
Born 7 August 1896
Paris, France
Died 28 June 1918
Allegiance France
Service/branch Infantry; aviation
Rank Adjutant
Unit 108e Regiment d'Infanterie, Escadrille 48
Awards Médaille militaire, Croix de Guerre with seven Palmes and an étoile de vermeil, Mentioned in Dispatches at least six times

Adjutant René Montrion was a French flying ace during World War I. He was credited with eleven confirmed aerial and eight unconfirmed victories.

Montrion volunteered for duty while still only 18 years old. After extensive infantry combat experience, which brought a mention in dispatches on 26 September 1915, he transferred to aviation. On 9 October 1916, he began pilot's training at Dijon. Military Pilot's Brevet No. 5328 was awarded to him on 8 February 1917 before he underwent advanced training at Avord and Pau. On 6 April 1917, he reported to Escadrille 48 as a Spad pilot. On the 26th, he began a string of ten victories while teamed with such other aces as Jacques Roques, Gilbert de Guingand, Armand de Turenne, and René Dousinelle. By his eleventh victory on 17 June 1918, he had been proposed for the Légion d'honneur. He was killed in action on 28 June 1918 by Venezuela's flying ace, Carlos (Karl) Meyer Baldó, before it could be awarded.[1][2]

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.

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Endnotes[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. 193–194. 
  2. ^ Clemente Balladares Castillo (2005). El teniente Carlos Meyer Baldó: un venezolano en el circo volante del Barón Rojo. Fundación Polar. pp. 130–132.