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Name: Jean Georges Fernand Matton
Légion d'Honneur
Croix de Guerre
Jean Matton
Country: France
Rank: Capitaine
Service: French Air Service
Units: MF20
N48, N57, N77
Victories: 9
Born: 27 October 1888
Place of Birth: Saint Maur-des-Fosses
Killed in Action: 10 September 1917 Killed In Action
Place of Death:  
 
 
Matton earned a Military Pilot's Brevet on 14 January 1916. After serving with Escadrille MF20, he joined N57 on 23 July 1916 and scored his first victory just five days later. On 2 October 1916, he assumed command of Escadrille N48 and downed 8 more enemy aircraft before he was killed in action the following year.
 
Légion d'Honneur
"Ignoring a serious wound incurred during the course of a reconnaissance, he transmitted the vitally important information that he had gathered." Légion d'Honneur citation, 5 January 1915
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 28 Jul 1916 N57   Albatros C 1 Souilly
2 15 Dec 1916 N48   Two-seater Bois de Carres
3 16 Feb 1917 N48   Balloon Marvaux
4 16 Mar 1917 1430 N48     N of Chavonne
5 28 Mar 1917 1115 N48   Two-seater S of Nauroy
6 27 May 1917 N48   Two-seater Moronvillers-Nauoy
7 23 Jun 1917 0915 N48   Two-seater Aguilcourt
8 06 Jul 1917 1035 N48   Albatros D.V 2 St. Thierry
9 06 Jul 1917 1037 N48   Albatros D.V 2 La Neuvilette

1 Shared with S/Lt Georges Lachmann, MdL Georges Flachaire
2 Shared with Lt Armand de Turenne
 
Books
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
 
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