French Air Force General's White-topped Visor Cap named to Auguste LaHoulle
This is a French Air Force major general's white summer dress visor cap dating to the World War II era (1939-1945). The hat features a French Air Force officer's cap badge with two stars, indicating the rank of major general. Below the badge is a gold double corded chinstrap attached to the front by a set of air force gold buttons. Around the middle is a general's rank embroidered cap band.1 On the inside is a manufacturer's label for Marc Maitre Chapelier. The cap belonged to General Auguste Joseph Marie Lahoulle.
General Auguste Joseph Marie Lahoulle
Auguste Joseph Marie Lahoulle was born in 1891 in France. In 1910, he enlisted in the French Army and was given admittance to the military academy at Saint Cyr. At the outbreak of World War I (1914-1918), Lahoulle was assigned to a unit of Dragoons. He was wounded in August of that year and was kept out of the war until December. In 1916, Lahoulle transferred to the French Air Service. After spending time as an observer, he earned his pilot's brevet and received additional flight training. Lahoulle then joined a combat unit of Spa57 in 1918. Over the course of his time there, he shot down ten enemy aircraft, becoming a flying ace. Lahoulle eventually took over command of the unit until he was wounded in July of 1918. Lahoulle remained in service up until World War II, rising to the rank of general. He died in 1959.2