Émile Régnier

Military Person

1894 – 1940


Who was Émile Régnier?

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Sous Lieutenant Émile Julien Mathurin Régnier was a World War I flying ace credited with six aerial victories.

Régnier was born in Plémy, Brittany. He served in the French infantry from September 1914 until early June 1917, suffering two serious wounds in the process. On 28 June 1917, he transferred into aviation as a corporal. After earning his pilot's license and undergoing advanced training, he joined Escadrille 89 as a fighter pilot on 8 January 1918. He would serve through war's end, sharing in six confirmed victories scored in conjunction with other pilots.

Postwar, he would be granted the Legion d'honneur to add to his Medaille Militaire and Croix de guerre.

He became successively an agent for DeHavilland beginning in 1932, then an air racing participant, and finally an aircraft engine designer and builder beginning in 1934. He died at Pozzi, Valeggio sul Mincio, aged 46. Régnier's death did not close down his aircraft engine company, which subsequently was captured and used by the Nazis during World War II.

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Jul 29, 1894
Sep 4, 1940
Valeggio sul Mincio

on July 23, 2013


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