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Name: Georges Felix Madon
Légion d'Honneur
Médaille Militaire
Croix de Guerre with 17 palms
Georges Madon
Country: France
Rank: Capitaine
Service: French Air Service
Units: BL30; MF218; N38; Spa38
Victories: 41
Born: 28 July 1892
Place of Birth: Bizerte, Tunisia
Died: 11 November 1924 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death: Tunis
 
 
     Madon's 41 victories place him high among the least recognized top aces of the Great War. Unofficially, Madon was credited with 64 probable victories, for a theoretical total of 105!
     Having learned to fly in 1911, Madon entered the army the next year and obtained his military brevet in January 1913. Thus, Corp. Madon was one of the most experienced French military fliers when the war began. While flying with BL.30, he strayed into Swiss airspace in April 1915 but escaped internment in December.
     Assigned to MF.218, then-Sgt Madon requested fighter duty and in Sep 1916 he joined N.38. He scored his first victory that month and by year end had four and was promoted to adjutant.
     Madon was WIA on 2 July with 12 victories to his credit and was promoted to sous lieutenant in August 1917, becoming a permanent appointment in February 1918. At the end of '17 his string ran to 19 victories, and he continued scoring steadily. He left N.38 in March 1918 when his score stood at 25. He then assumed command of the escadrille which re-equipped with SPADs. Madon's best month was June 1918 when he claimed eight shootdowns. His 41st and final success came on 3 Sept, with temporary promotion to captain on 11 November.
     Six years later, Madon was killed in Tunis while flying in a tribute to Roland Garros. He was 32 years old.

Notes contributed by Barrett Tillman

 
Opponents
#16 Erich HahnGermany
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 28 Sep 1916 N38   Fokker N of Reims
2 09 Nov 1916 N38   Fokker Somme-Py
3 17 Nov 1916 N38   Fokker Marvaux
4 10 Dec 1916 N38   LVG C Bois de Autry
5 31 Jan 1917 N38   Albatros N of Suippe
6 06 Feb 1917 N38   Rumpler Mesnil
7 15 Feb 1917 N38   Albatros C N of Ripont
8 18 Mar 1917 N38   Two-seater NE of Massiges
9 24 Apr 1917 N38   Albatros C Cornilette
10 04 May 1917 N38   EA Nogent l'Abbesse
11 13 May 1917 N38   Albatros D N of Cote 304
12 20 May 1917 N38   Two-seater  
13 18 Aug 1917 N38   Two-seater Main de Massiges
14 22 Aug 1917 N38   Albatros C Nogent l'Abbesse
15 03 Sep 1917 N38   Albatros Nogent l'Abbesse
16 04 Sep 1917 N38   Scout NE of Beine
17 24 Oct 1917 N38   Scout Passavant-en-Argonne
18 22 Dec 1917 N38   Scout N of Selles
19 23 Dec 1917 N38   Two-seater 1 Tahure
20 04 Jan 1918 N38   Scout Pont Faverger
21 27 Jan 1918 N38   Two-seater Ville-sur-Tourbe
22 03 Feb 1918 N38   Scout Betheniville
23 03 Feb 1918 N38   Two-seater Caurel
24 09 Mar 1918 N38   Two-seater Pont Faverger
25 09 Mar 1918 N38   EA Pomacle
26 27 May 1918 Spa38   EA Conde-sur-Suippes
27 27 May 1918 Spa38   EA Conde-sur-Suippes
28 01 Jun 1918 Spa38   Albatros S of Reims
29 01 Jun 1918 Spa38   Albatros Betheny
30 01 Jun 1918 Spa38   Balloon 2 Reims-Epernay
31 02 Jun 1918 0600 Spa38   EA S of Reims
32 02 Jun 1918 Spa38   EA N of Reims
33 06 Jun 1918 Spa38   Two-seater Rosnay-Gueux
34 12 Jun 1918 Spa38   Fokker Fismes
35 30 Jun 1918 Spa38   Fokker DR.I Pont Faverger
36 01 Jul 1918 Spa38   Two-seater 3 Breuil
37 17 Jul 1918 Spa38   Scout Main de Massiges
38 17 Jul 1918 Spa38   Scout Gueux
39 31 Jul 1918 1600 Spa38   Fokker D.VII Lagery
40 11 Aug 1918 1630 Spa38   Fokker D.VII E of Soissons
41 03 Sep 1918 1625 Spa38   Scout N of Fismes

1 Shared with Adj Hector Garaud
2 Shared with Lt Jean Casale
3 Shared with Lt Jean Romatet, Lt Vitoux
 
Books
Guttman, Jon. SPAD XII/XIII Aces of World War 1. Oxford: Osprey Publishing Ltd., 2002
Franks, Norman and Frank Bailey. Over the Front: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the United States and French Air Services, 1914-1918. London: Grub Street, 1992
 
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