Gabriel Joseph Thomas


Name: Gabriel Joseph Thomas

Country: France
Rank: Sous Lieutenant
Service: French Air Service
Units: MF98T
Victories: 7
Born: 04 January 1896
Place of Birth: Ligre (Indre et Loire)
Died: 9 october 1976
Place of Death: Buenos Aires
 PORTRAIT      Gabriel Thomas, de la chasse à la Ligne
Wounded in action on 2 September 1918.
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
"Officer of the highest value, an example of courage, tenacity and modesty. Excellent patrol commander, each day leading his Escadrille pilots in combat and because of his skill as a predator and his doubtless bravery, is a marvellous influence on them. On 24 August 1918, he reported his fifth victory. On 2 September, during the course of a combat with an enemy two-seater, he was seriously wounded." Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur citation, 24 September 1918



Date Time Unit Opponent Location
1 12 Apr 1918   Spa88 Two-seater 1 Coullemeile
2 23 Apr 1918   Spa88 Two-seater Esclainville
3 07 Jul 1918   Spa88 Fokker DR.I Corcy
4 23 Aug 1918   Spa88 Two-seater 2 N of Crouy
5 24 Aug 1918   Spa88 EA 3 S of Fresnes
6 23 Oct 1918   Spa88 Two-seater Bois de Forges
7 28 Oct 1918   Spa88 Fokker D.VII 4  

1 Shared with MdL Quintard
2 Shared with Adj François Delzenne and MdL L Barre
3 Shared with Adj François Delzenne and Sgt L Chacornau
4 Shared with 2/Lt Bernard Artigau

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PORTRAIT      Gabriel Thomas, de la chasse à la Ligne

As de la Première Guerre mondiale avec sept victoires homologuées, Gabriel Thomas, né à Ligré, dans le Chinonais, a fait partie des pionniers de l'Aéropostale puis d'Air France en Amérique du Sud... par 
Didier Lecoq, Aéroplane de Touraine 2005