Paul Sauvage (aviator)

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Paul Sauvage
Paul Joannes Sauvage.jpg
Birth name Paul Joannes Sauvage
Born 5 February 1897
Died 7 January 1917
East of Maisonnette
Allegiance France
Service/branch Aviation
Rank Sergeant
Unit Escadrille 65, Escadrille 38
Awards Médaille militaire, Croix de Guerre

Sergent Paul Joannes Sauvage was a French 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 January 7, 1917.[1]

Honors and awards[edit]

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 information[edit]

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