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Name: Yves Felix Barbaza
Légion d'Honneur
Croix de Guerre with 3 Palms, 1 Silver Star
Country: France
Rank: Sous Lieutenant
Service: French Air Service
Units: N38; Spa77
Victories: 5
Born: 28 May 1893
Place of Birth: Port-Said, Egypt
Died: 26 February 1971
Place of Death: Paris
Barbaza joined the army on 10 October 1911. Having served with the 7e Regiment de Dragons, he received a pilot's brevet (3060) on 25 March 1916 and joined Escadrille N38 on 1 August 1916. On 10 September 1916, he was reassigned to Escadrille N77. Barbaza remained with this unit until the end of the war, scoring five victories in 1918.
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
"An officer of high morals and resolute bravery. He has rendered for two years innumerable services in army corps and pursuit aviation. After having executed numerous photographic missions, especially during the battle of Verdun he passed to an escadrille de chasse where he immediately asserted himself by his energy and high consciousness of devotion. Remarkable patrol leader who has numerous combats, often far behind German lines. On 15 September 1918, he flamed two balloons (3rd and 4th victories, three citations)." Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur citation, 8 July 1917
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 24 Mar 1918 Spa77   Balloon 1 N of Quessy
2 18 Jul 1918 Spa77   EA 2 Armentières
3 15 Sep 1918 Spa77   Balloon 3 Foulgrey
4 15 Sep 1918 Spa77   Balloon 3 Le Haye des Allemans
5 Spa77   EA  

1 Shared with Capt Mouronval, Lt Battle
2 Shared with MdL Armangue
3 Shared with S/Lt Maurice Boyau, Lt H Decoin, Adj-chef Strohl
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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