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Paul Yvan Robert Waddington
Born 28 October 1893
Died 11 February 1986(1986-02-11) (aged 92)
Place of birth Lyon, France
Place of death Saint-Baudelle
Allegiance France
Service/branch Infantry; aviation
Rank Lieutenant colonel
Unit 141e Regiment d'Infanterie, Escadrille 67, Escadrille 12, Escadrille 154, Escadrille 31
Awards Legion d'Honneur, Croix de Guerre
Other work He rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel by World War II

Sous Lieutenant Paul Yvan Robert Waddington was a French World War I flying ace credited with twelve aerial victories. [1]

Waddington joined the 141e Regiment d'Infanterie on 15 December 1914 as a Soldat de 2e classe. He was promoted to Corporal on 21 June 1915; exactly a month later, he was forwarded to the 2e Groupe d'Aviation. On 27 September, he was assigned to Escadrille 67. He was promoted to Sergeant while with this unit, on 11 March 1916.[1]

Waddington reported for pilot's training at Buc on 3 September 1916. He was awarded Military Pilot's Brevet No. 5254 on 26 January 1917, and forwarded for advanced training at Avord, and then Pau. He was then posted as a pilot with Escadrille N12 (the "N" denoting the unit's use of Nieuports) on 28 March 1917.[1] He teamed with Alfred Auger and Joseph M. X. de Sévin for his first victory on 11 May 1917.[2] A promotion to Adjutant followed on 20 July 1917, with a further promotion to Sous lieutenant on 25 January 1918. He transferred to Escadrille Spa154 (which operated Spads), on 6 March 1918.[1] Between 12 April and 22 August 1918, he ran off a string of five victories each over enemy airplanes and observation balloons, with all but one of the wins being shared with such fellow French aces as Xavier Moissinac, Paul Barbreau, Louis Prosper Gros, Michel Coiffard, Jacques Ehrlich, and balloon buster Theophile Condemine.[2] On 19 September 1918, he was transferred to his final wartime post, with Escadrille Spa31.[1] He scored his final triumph solo ten days later.[2] On 9 November 1918, he was awarded the Legion d'honneur to accompany his prior awards of the Croix de guerre with five palmes, one etoile de vermeil, one etoile d'argent, and another etoile de bronze. He had also won a Belgian Croix de guerre and a Serbian decoration.[1]

Waddington would later rise to lieutenant colonel and command a school for fighter pilots before World War II.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  • Over the Front: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the United States and French Air Services, 1914-1918 Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey. Grub Street, 1992. ISBN 0-948817-54-2, ISBN 978-0-948817-54-0.

EndnotesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Over the Front: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the United States and French Air Services, 1914-1918. p. 220. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/france/waddington2.php Retrieved on 23 July 2010.
  3. Over the Front: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the United States and French Air Services, 1914-1918. p. 221. 

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