Paul Yettvart DavoudOBE DSO DFC was born in Provost, Utah, USA, son of Vahram Yettvart Davoud and Isabella Constance (Tandy) Davoud. In 1926, at the time of his father's death, his mother moved Paul, his brother Gordon and sister Tandy to her family home in Kingston, Ontario (ON).
Paul attended Queen's University, and Royal Military College, Kingston ON. During the summers of 1929 through 1931 he trained at RCAF Station, Camp Borden ON. At the end of summer 1931, he became a provisional Pilot Officer and was awarded the Sword of Honour as the best all-round cadet.
Davoud went to England and obtained a permanent commission with the Royal Air Force, where he remained until 1935. At that time he received an offer from James A. Richardson, Winnipeg, Manitoba, to join Canadian Airways Ltd. From 1935 to 1938 he flew for that company. In 1938, he joined the Hudson's Bay Company as a bush pilot and organized and operated an air transport service for the company throughout the Canadian north until 1940.
In 1940, Davoud joined the RCAF and was posted to Trenton ON as Assistant Chief Flying Instructor. In June of 1941, he was in the UK and was assigned the rank of Squadron Leader to organize 410 Night Fighter Squadron. Soon after he was appointed Commanding Officer of 409 Night Fighter Squadron with the rank of Wing Commander. He destroyed his first enemy aircraft, a Dornier 217, over the North Sea in November 1941.
In June of 1943, Davoud was the first Canadian to command 418 (City of Edmonton) Squadron. As Commanding Officer, he returned to full flying duties of the squadron, flying Mosquito aircraft on night fighter/intruder operations. During the time he commanded night fighters, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) and the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC).
His DSO citation reads in part, as follows: Since being awarded the DFC this officer has completed many sorties, involving attacks on airfields and other heavily defended areas in Holland, Northern France, Belgium and Germany. He is a forceful and courageous leader whose personal example and exceptional ability have been reflected in the fine qualities and efficiency of the squadron he commands. His loyal and devoted service has been worthy of the highest praise.
In 1944, Group Captain Davoud assumed command of RCAF 143 Wing, comprised of 438, 439 and 440 Squadrons, all operating Typhoons, during the invasion of Europe. During this period, 143 Wing occupied many forward airfields and worked closely with invading forces in strikes against ground transportation and troop concentrations. Prior to leaving the RCAF, Davoud was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). The Dutch government made him a Commander of the Order of Orange, Nassau. The French government awarded him the Croix de Guerre with Palm Leaf and the Legion of Honour.
Following the war, Davoud returned to commercial flying in Canada; for various periods serving with Trans Canada Air Lines, Kenting Aviation, Orenda Engines and DeHavilland Aircraft Company. He was inducted into the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame in 1985.
He married Kilby Harding and they had three children; Jane, Paul Malcolm and Michael Gordon. Davoud died in March 1987 in Kingston ON.