SPAD XIII 'White 3', Sous-Lieutenant Pierre Marinovitch, Escadrille SPA 94 'The Reapers', Western Front, Late 1918 - Youngest French Air Ace of WWIAA37909
Only sixteen years of age at the start of WWI, Pierre Marinovitch made no secret of his desire to do his duty and fight for his country. Still only seventeen, he enlisted in the27e Régiment de Dragoons,only to quickly change his mind and apply for pilot training, successfully gaining his wings in the spring of 1917.
Following a period of illness, he was assigned to Escadrille Spa 94 \'The Reapers\' and by the end of 1917 already had three aerial victories to his name. Known as \'Marino\' to his squadron mates, his flying style was not liked by all, with some questioning his flying ability and simply describing him as a good shot, however, nobody could doubt his bravery and aggression in the air.