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Nungesser, Charles
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Nungesser, Charles

(March 15, 1892, Paris – May 1927 [went missing over the North Atlantic]), French fighter pilot. Nungesser was one of the most famous French fighter pilots of the World War. By the war’s end, he was in third place in the French kill rankings with 45 kills, behind René Fonck (75 kills) and George Guynemer (53 kills). In 1914 while still a cavalryman, Nungesser was awarded the Médaille Militaire. In 1915 he transferred to the air force, where he achieved the highest decorations due to his outstanding flying ability and his courage: the Croix de Guerre and the Chevalier de la L…

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Beckers, Thomas, “Nungesser, Charles”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 22 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2015

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