Name: Paul Yvan Robert
Rank: Sous Lieutenant
Service: French Air Service
Units: N12, N67; Spa31, Spa154
Date Of Birth: October 28, 1893
Place of Birth: Lyon
Waddington entered the army on December 15, 1914. While serving
with an infantry regiment, he was promoted to Corporal in June of
1915. A month later, he transferred to the French Air Service and
was assigned to N67. Promoted to Sergeant in March of 1916,
Waddington began training to become a pilot in September, receiving
a Pilot's Brevet on January 26, 1917. Following additional training,
he was assigned to N12 where he achieved his first victory by
shooting down a two-seater. In March of 1918 after 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 of 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 September 29, 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, November 9, 1918.