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Paul Sauvage
File:Paul Joannes Sauvage.jpg
Birth name Paul Joannes Sauvage
Born 5 February 1897
Died 7 January 1917
Place of birth Villefranche-sur-Saone
Place of death E of Maisonette
Allegiance France
Service/branch Aviation
Rank Sergeant
Unit Escadrille 65, Escadrille 38
Awards Medaille Militaire, Croix de Guerre

Sergent Paul Joannes Sauvage was a World War I flying ace credited with eight confirmed and six unconfirmed aerial victories. He was originally posted to fly a Nieuport for Escadrille 65, and scored his first victory with them on 16 July 1916. He became the youngest French ace on 2 October, and held that distinction until his death by anti-aircraft fire on 7 January 1917.[1]

Honors and awardsEdit

Médaille Militaire

"Sergent pilot of Escadrille N65. Young pursuit pilot who has rapidly been classed among the best, thanks to his strength and highly remarkable sense of duty. On 3 November 1916 he downed his sixth German plane which crashed in flames behind enemy lines. Has been cited three times in army orders."[2]

Sources of informationEdit

  1. Nieuport Aces of World War 1. p. 58. 
  2. (Médaille Militaire citation, 18 November 1916) Retrieved on 28 March 2010.


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