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Name: Jean Charles Romatet
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
Croix de Guerre with 7 Palms, 1 Etoile d'Argent
Country: France
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: French Air Service
Units: N38, Spa76, Spa165
Victories: 7
Born: 23 May 1893
Place of Birth: Borgo
Died: 15 May 1975
Place of Death:  
Romatet joined the army on 10 October 1912 and transferred to the French Air Service as an observer on 30 November 1916. On 7 September 1917, he began pilot training and was assigned to Escadrille Spa76 on 22 February 1918. After scoring 4 victories, he was given command of Spa165 on 2 August 1918 and scored 3 more victories before the Armistice was signed. During World War II, Romatet attained the rank of General.
Legion d'Honneur
"Officer remarkable for his bravery and spirit. He recently formed a new Escadrille de chasse to which he has given magnificent inspiration. Has difficult combats daily at the head of his pilots to whom he sets a constant example. On 28 September [1918] he reported his fifth victory by flaming a balloon. Six citations." Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur citation, 9 November 1918
Date Time Escadrille Aircraft Opponent Location
1 28 May 1918 Spa76   LVG C Longpont
2 14 Jun 1918 1915 Spa76   Scout Reims
3 01 Jul 1918 Spa76   Two-seater 1 Breuil
4 30 Jul 1918 1200 Spa76   LVG C 2 Eterpilly
5 28 Sep 1918 0845 Spa165   Balloon 3 Orefeuil
6 27 Oct 1918 1450 Spa165   Fokker D.VII 4 St. Quentin-le-Petit
7 29 Oct 1918 Spa165   Fokker D.VII 5 Château-Porcien

1 Shared with Lt Georges Madon, Lt Vitoux
2 Shared with Adj Louis Martin, Adj Barrau
3 Shared with S/Lt Decugis, Lt Besse
4 Shared with Sgt Gangloff, MdL Bonnet
5 Shared with S/Lt Jerbarth
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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