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January 25, 1918: Creation of the squadron 160, pursuant to an order of G.Q.G. on December 30, 1917.

In accordance with the rule in force, the squadron, equipped at the beginning with aircraft Nieuport 24-27, will take the name of N160, the fist letter of the type of aircraft with which it is equipped. In May 1918, once equipped with Spad VII and XIII, it will be called SPA 160, name which it kept until the end of the Great War, and still to date, according to the traditions of the Air Force

The squadron is represented by its badge, "Devils overlapping a golden broom", called "Red Devil"
(In bond: personal badge of Rene Rubin)


-brought in service: 1917
-engine the Rhone 9Jb, 9 cylinders, air cooling, 120 hp
-maximum speed: 187 km/h
-range: 1H30
-armament: 2 machine-guns

-brought in service: September 1916
- engine Hispano-Suiza 8A, V8, 150 hp
- maximum speed: 191 km/h
- range: 1H50
- armament: 1 machine-gun


- brought in service septembre 1917
- engine Hispano-Suiza 8Bec, 8 cylindres in V, liquid cooled,
235 hp
- maximum speed: 207 km/h
- range: 2H00
- armament: 2 machine-guns


Pilots at the creation of the squadron

Lieutenant BARES Emile, Commander of flotilla

Lieutenant COUBRIS

Maréchal des Logis ARISTOTE

Maréchal des Logis CHAUVEAU

Maréchal des Logis CROSNIER

Maréchal des Logis SINOIR

Sergent REJON

Sergent MEYER

Brigadier ALIBERT


Caporal PANEL

Caporal DURIEU

Operations : The N160 is initially attached to the 2nd Army, who occupies a sector on the left and on the right of Verdun, where it remains until September 1918, without taking part in any the great offensives of this period.
It constitutes then, with the squadrons 82, 158 and 161 the “Group de Combat 23” (GC 23) commanded by Captain GASTIN, affected with the 6th Army and which cooperates with the Belgian Army.
During this last part of the war, it takes part in the second battle of Belgium (battles of the Peaks of Flandres from September 18 to October 10, 1918, and battles of ROULERS October the 14 and 15). It is then the battle of the LILY and the SCHELDT from October 20, the general offensive (October 31) and victorious advance in Belgium until November 11, 1918, date from the armistice.

Lieutenant BARES was the CO until September 1918, date to which Lieutenant SENARD replaced him.

Died Field of Honor




Mal des Logis LAVAUD

august 21, 1918

- killed accidentally on return from patrol

Sergent FROC

september 14, 1918

- disappeared in combat on return from a patrol

The squadron counts 4 enemy planes shot down, officially recorded.

march 18, 1919 : Dissolution of the squadron.