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GEORGES GUYNEMER | WW1 Ace

Updated on March 3, 2014

Georges Guynemer, French Ace of World War One

Georges Guynemer (December 24, 1894 - September 11, 1917) was a top French fighter ace during World War I and a national hero at the time of his death.

Upon joining the elite Escadrille N.3 in 1916, Guynemer quickly established himself as one of France's premier fighter pilots. He became an ace by his fifth victory in February 1916, and was promoted to lieutenant in March. At the year's end, his score had risen to 25. Capitaine Brocard, Commander of [Escadrille N.3] (at that time), described Guynemer as "...my most brilliant Stork." Less than a year later, Guynemer was promoted to captain and commander of the Storks squadron. (From Wikipedia)

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SPAD XIII

The Spad XIII was a French fighter aircraft of World War One. It was developed as an upgrade to the highly successful SPAD VII. The SPAD XIII was flown by French fighter pilots such as Georges Guynemer and Rene Fonck, Italy's Francesco Baracca and Eddie Rickenbacker of the United States. The SPAD XIII differed from its predecessor with a more powerful Hispano-Suiza engine and a second VIckers .303 caliber machine gun for added firepower. The SPAD XIII was one of the most capable fighters of the war and one of the most produced. There were 8,472 built and orders for around 10,000 more cancelled at the Armistice.

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