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Name: Paul Yvan Robert Waddington
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
Croix de Guerre with 1 bronze, 1 silver, 1 gold star and 5 palms
Paul Waddington
Country: France
Rank: Sous Lieutenant
Service: French Air Service
Units: N12, N67; Spa31, Spa154
Victories: 12
Born: 28 October 1893
Place of Birth: Lyon
Place of Death:  
Paul Yvan Robert Waddington entered the army on 15 December 1914. While serving with an infantry regiment, he was promoted to Caporal in June 1915. A month later, he transferred to the French Air Service and was assigned to N67. Promoted to Sergent in March 1916, Waddington began training to become a pilot in September, receiving a Pilot's Brevet on 26 January 1917. Following additional training, he was posted to N12 where he achieved his first victory by shooting down a two-seater. In March 1918, following two more promotions, he was reassigned to Spa154 where he shot down five enemy balloons in addition to several other enemy aircraft. Reassigned in September 1918, Waddington ended the war with Spa31 where he scored his twelfth and final victory.
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
Officer pilot of great bravery and rare audacity, combined with magnificent skill and coolness. On 29 September 1918, he reported his tenth victory by downing a scout in flames during the course of an extremely difficult combat with several enemy pursuit planes. Following the combat, he was forced to land in our front lines with his plane riddled by bullets.
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur citation, 9 November 1918
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 11 May 1917 1125 N12 Nieuport Two-seater 1 Vailly
2 12 Apr 1918 Spa154 SPAD Two-seater 2 Mailly-Raineval
3 02 Jun 1918 Spa154 SPAD Balloon 3 Igny l'Abbesse
4 05 Jun 1918 0800 Spa154 SPAD Balloon 4 Trigny
5 12 Jul 1918 0655 Spa154 SPAD Albatros D 3 Courcelles-Sapincourt
6 17 Jul 1918 0845 Spa154 SPAD Balloon 5 Beine
7 18 Jul 1918 0945 Spa154 SPAD Rumpler C 6 Beine
8 01 Aug 1918 1740 Spa154 SPAD Balloon 7 N of Somme-Py
9 09 Aug 1918 0845 Spa154 SPAD Fokker D.VII 8 Cormontreuil
10 21 Aug 1918 Spa154 SPAD Scout Caudry
11 22 Aug 1918 1200 Spa154 SPAD Balloon 9 E of Caudry
12 29 Sep 1918 Spa154 SPAD Fokker D.VII Orfeuil

1 Shared with Lt Joseph de Sevin, Capt Alfred Auger
2 Shared with MdL Xavier Moissinac, MdL Fuchs
3 Shared with MdL Paul Barbreau
4 Shared with MdL Paul Barbreau, S/Lt Louis Gros
5 Shared with S/Lt Michel Coiffard, MdL Jacques Ehrlich
6 Shared with S/Lt Michel Coiffard, S/Lt Louis Gros
7 Shared with MdL Paul Barbreau, MdL Chevallier
8 Shared with MdL Chevallier, Lt Treadwell
9 Shared with S/Lt Louis Gros, S/Lt Theophile Codemine
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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