Only 45 Companions of the Liberation still alive!

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  • #14051

    christophe
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    Pictures of Marcel Albert’s funeral ceremony that took place on 30 August 2010 at the cemetary of Chipley in Florida.
    His awards are displayed and the Normandie-Niemen banner as well.

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    #14052

    christophe
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    Fascinating life! I had no idea a Normandie/Niemen pilot had earned the title of "Hero of the Soviet Union".

    Thanks for sharing! Great stuff!

    Hi François,

    There were 4 Normandie-Niemen pilots to get the HSU :
    1. First Lt. Marcel Albert, France, Pilot/ Normandie-Niemen, 27/11/1944.
    2. Capitain Roland de la Poype, France, Pilot/ Normandie-Niemen, 27/11/1944.
    3. Colonel Jacques Andre, France, Pilot/ Normandie-Niemen, 4/6/1945.
    4. Lt. Marcel Lefèvre, France, Pilot/ Normandie-Niemen, 4/6/1945.

    Cheers.

    Ch.

    #14053

    Frank Dutil
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    Warms my heart to see a USAF honor guard present for the funeral of this French WW2 hero. And the French military attaché of course…

    #14054

    christophe
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    Only 39 surviving Companions of the Liberation.

    On 24 October 2010 died Robert Masson, Companion of the Liberation.

    Robert Masson, born in 1914, is in Alguiers in 1940, as Sous-Lieutenant. In January 1941, refusing the armistice, he comes back to Paris and enters the resistance, as intelligence officer for the French Air Force. He will create his own Resistance network, linked to Algeria. He will conduct a number of intelligence missions throughout the war, in Spain, Algeria, Great-Britain and France. He will also lead intelligence and resistance networks until the end of the war.

    After the war, he will hold several positions in the air transport and aerospace industries. in 1970, his last position was to manage the Therms of Bagnoles de l’Orne.

    Here is his bio (in French) :

    http://www.ordredelaliberation.fr/fr_compagnon/660.html

    After his death, there are now only 39 surviving Companions of the Liberation.

    Ch.

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    #14055

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    Only 38 surviving Companions of the Liberation.

    On 13 August 2010 died André Quelen, Companion of the Liberation.

    André Quelen, born in 1921, is at Ecole Navale when the war begins. As soon as June 1940, he joins the Great-Britain. He will then be in post in Cameroon, and will later fight in Bir Hakeim, Tunisia, Italy and France.

    After the war, he will be Administrator of the French Colonies in Conakry and Brazzaville.

    Here is his bio (in French) :

    http://www.ordredelaliberation.fr/fr_compagnon/818.html

    After his death, there are now only 38 surviving Companions of the Liberation.

    Ch.

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    #14056

    christophe
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    Only 38 surviving Companions of the Liberation.

    Here is the list of these 38 Companions :

    René BAUDEN
    Henri BEAUGE-BERURE
    Robert BINEAU
    Henri de BORDAS
    Guy CHARMOT
    Daniel CORDIER
    Louis CORTOT
    Yves de DARUVAR
    Bernard DEMOLINS
    Pierre DESHAYES
    Victor DESMET
    Rudolf EGGS
    Constant ENGELS
    Robert GALLEY
    René GATISSOU
    Alain GAYET
    Hubert GERMAIN
    Charles GONARD
    Jacques HEBERT
    Paul IBOS
    François JACOB
    Henry LAFONT
    Pierre LANGLOIS
    Claude LEPEU
    Pierre LOUIS-DREYFUS
    Louis MAGNAT
    Jean-Pierre MALLET
    Fred MOORE
    Roland de la POYPE
    Claude RAOUL-DUVAL
    Charles RUDRAUF
    André SALVAT
    Etienne SCHLUMBERGER
    Pierre SIMONET
    Gérard THEODORE
    Jean TRANAPE
    Edgard TUPET-THOME
    André VERRIER

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    #14057

    christophe
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    Only 37 surviving Companions of the Liberation.

    On 28 November 2010 died Charles Rudrauf, Companion of the Liberation.

    Charles Rudrauf, born in 1919, is in Beyrouth at the begining of the war, in the Tunisian Spahis. In June 1940, he joins the British Forces in Palestine. As a radio transmitter, he will take part to the Libya campaign in 1940 / 1941, and is in Syria in 1941, where he is wounded. In 1942, he will be in Teheran, and then in 1944 in the Suez Canal area, with the British Forces again.

    After the war, he will stay in Egypt, being employed by the Compagnie du Canal de Suez. He will be back in france in 1956, after the nationalisation of the canal and held positions in the industry.

    Here is his bio (in French) :

    http://www.ordredelaliberation.fr/fr_compagnon/883.html

    After his death, there are now only 37 surviving Companions of the Liberation.

    Ch.

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    #14058

    christophe
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    Only 36 surviving Companions of the Liberation.

    On 15 January 2011 died Pierre Louis-Dreyfus, Companion of the Liberation.

    Pierre Louis-Dreyfus, born in 1908, has fought in France and Luxemburg in August 1939. Demobilised, he will join the Resistance in 1941 and coordinate Resistance groups in the South of France. He will join England in 1943, and then Africa. Back in England, he becomes air gunner and will operate 81 air bombing missions in western Europe in 1945.

    After the war, Pierre Louis-Dreyfus will head the Louis Dreyfus group and the diversified Paris based shipping group Louis Dreyfus Armateurs for many years.

    Here is his bio (in French) :

    http://www.ordredelaliberation.fr/fr_compagnon/616.html

    After his death, there are now only 36 surviving Companions of the Liberation.

    Ch.

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    #15666

    christophe
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    Only 35 surviving Companions of the Liberation.

    On 4 May 2011 died Rudolf Eggs, Companion of the Liberation.

    Rudolf Eggs, born in 1915, of Swiss origin, has fought in Norway in 1940. Embedded in Narvik to Brest in June 1940, he was then evacuated to England. In July, he joined the Free French Forces under the name Robert Goldbin. He will then took part in the battle of dakar, and fight in Cameroon, Gabon, Eritrea, Syria, Tunisia. He joined the Italian front in April 1944, before participating in the landing in Provence in August 1944. He was wounded on September at Autun, and then during the Battle of Colmar, in January 1945.

    After the war, Rudolf Eggs, returned to North Africa with his unit in August. Successively assigned to Indochina (1946-1954), Morocco (1954-1957), Algeria (1957-1959 and 1960-1962), Strasbourg (April 1959-June 1960) and Madagascar (1962-1964), he retired as a commander. He obtained French nationality in 2007.

    Here is his bio (in French) :

    http://www.ordredelaliberation.fr/fr_compagnon/409.html

    After his death, there are now only 35 surviving Companions of the Liberation.

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    #15667

    christophe
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    Only 34 surviving Companions of the Liberation.

    On 22 October 2011 died Henri de Bordas, Companion of the Liberation.

    Henri de Bordas, born in 1921, refusing defeat, sailed for England, two days after the signing of the armistice, and joined the Free French Air Forces. He was posted to a flight school of the Royal Air Force (RAF). Patented fighter pilot, he joined successively Squadrons 242, 131 and 91 of the RAF, before being poured in 340 Squadron "Ile de France". Subsequently, he was assigned to Squadron Free French, ie the "Alsace", in which will illustrate Clostermann Pierre, Rene Mouchotte or Christian Martell. Finally, promoted to captain in September 1944, he finished the war with 329 Squadron. He participated in flight operations related to the case of Dieppe (1942), the Allied landings in Normandy (June 1944) and the campaigns of Holland and Germany. It will total 480 hours of flight of war for 140 offensive missions and 180 other defensive, with 11 air victories to his credit, including 10 German V-1 missiles.

    After the war, Henri de Bordas held various positions within the Air Force and became Air Attache at the Embassy of France at Washington. He joined then the personal staff of General de Gaulle at the Elysee Palace. He then commanded the Air IV region. During the 1970s, as a general, he became advisor to the government for defense matters and technical inspector of the Air Force. From 1977 to 1983, he chaired the Foundation for National Defence Studies.

    Here is his bio (in French) :

    http://www.ordredelaliberation.fr/fr_compagnon/124.html

    After his death, there are now only 34 surviving Companions of the Liberation.

    Ch.

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    #15764

    christophe
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    Only 33 surviving Companions of the Liberation.

    On 26 October 2011 died Pierre Deshayes, Companion of the Liberation.

    Pierre Deshayes, born in 1918, is mobilized in 1939. He was taken prisoner in June 1940 before being released in September because of his qualifications necessary for the proper functioning of the railway network. In January 1941, determined to resist, he left France for Spain and Portugal, Gibraltar in order to join the Free French Forces. His journey to get to Britain was complicated when the cruiser which was to take him there had been diverted from its course to join the hunt for Bismarck.He finally joined Scotland in mid-July 1941. He made sevral dangerous missions from the winter of 1942, in the metropolis, and held major responsibilities in the Central Bureau of Intelligence and Action (BCRA), and the Air Operations Office (BOA). Its activities focused more specifically on the five departments of northern France. It has established a network of leaders departmental committees. He will continue his Resistance missions until the French Liberation.

    After the war, Pierre Deshayes worked at la newspaper La Voix du Nord.

    Here is his bio (in French) :

    http://www.ordredelaliberation.fr/fr_compagnon/279.html

    After his death, there are now only 33 surviving Companions of the Liberation.

    Ch.

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    #15784

    christophe
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    Only 32 surviving Companions of the Liberation.

    On 30 October 2011 died René Bauden, Companion of the Liberation.

    René Bauden, born in 1918, is doing his military service in the Air Force when the War starts. Assigned to the Levant, in December 1939, he became a sergeant mechanic before joining Damascus. Not accepting the armistice, he wanted to continue fighting and joined the British lines in Transjordan. A few days later, it is incoporé in the RAF at Heliopolis before being assigned to the Number one french bomber flight, a small French unit part of the 8th Squadron. Having trained as a radio-gunner, he takes part in several missions during the campaign in Eritrea. In May 1941, it is integrated with the Free French Air Forces (FAFL) and joined the Group booked bombing # 1. A few months later, this unit will become the Lorraine Bomber Group and No. 342 Squadron when it is integrated with the RAF. In December of that year, when he is on a mission aboard a Blenheim bomber over Libya, he shot one of Messerschmitt 109 that attacked her plane. Back in Britain, he was promoted to sergeant. With Lorraine Bomber Group, it performs some forty missions over occupied France and Germany. In February 1945 he left the Lorraine to join the transport group 1/15, equipped with Dakota (the militarized version of the DC-3). He finished the war with the rank of second lieutenant.

    After the war, René Bauden returned to his job at the post office that he held until his retirement.

    Here is his bio (in French) :

    http://www.ordredelaliberation.fr/fr_compagnon/60.html

    After his death, there are now only 32 surviving Companions of the Liberation.

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    #15785

    christophe
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    Only 31 surviving Companions of the Liberation.

    On 18 November 2011 died Robert Bineau, Companion of the Liberation.

    Robert Bineau
    , born in 1914, made ​​the campaign in Belgium. He injured his right eye on 1st June 1940, during the evacuation of Dunkirk. On 1st July, he decided to join the Free French Forces. It serves primarily to the coastal battery at Pointe-Noire and participates in the defense of Fort Lamy under the command of Colonel Leclerc. In May 1942, he moved to Bir Hakeim 1st Artillery Regiment of the 1st Free French division. After the battles of El Alamein, he took part with the first colonial artillery regiment in the battles of Libya and Tunisia. During the Italian campaign of 1944, he distinguished himself on several occasions, and again has been injured in the leg. He participated in landings in Provence, to fight the Belfort Gap then in Strasbourg in January 1945 and April 1945 in the Alps where he replaced his unit commander wounded.

    After the war, he resumed his civil functions as a Treasurer. Here is bio (in French) :

    http://www.ordredelaliberation.fr/fr_compagnon/101.html

    After his death, there are now only 31 surviving Companions of the Liberation.

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    #15786

    christophe
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    Only 30 surviving Companions of the Liberation.

    On 2 December 2011 died Henry Lafont, Companion of the Liberation.

    Henry Lafont, born in 1920, was at the fighter school in Oran, Algeria. With some of his fellow pilots, led by René Mouchotte, they decided to steal an aircraft and fly to Gibraltar. A few days later they sailed for England, from where he flew patrols during the Battle of Britain. Over the next few months he flew more than 100 patrols and was credited with shooting down two enemy aircraft. On February 26 1941 he was the first of the pilots who had escaped to England to achieve a success, although he was the only one in his formation of six aircraft to return safely to base. In July 1941 Lafont became an instructor, and trained more than 60 Free French Air Force fighter pilots. Six months later he joined the Groupe Alsace flying Hurricanes on convoy patrols and fighter cover over Tobruk, when he probably shot down an enemy bomber. In May 1942 he volunteered for service in Russia with the Normandie Squadron, but before joining he was shot down and wounded. He returned to England. Throughout 1943 Lafont flew on operations over France and the Low Countries. By war’s end he had completed 230 operational missions.

    After the war, Henry Lafont remained in the French Air Force, serving in Algeria during the conflict there and for six years in London. He was later, in 1967, appointed Director General of the Paris Air Show.

    Here is his bio (in French) :

    http://www.ordredelaliberation.fr/fr_compagnon/538.html

    After his death, there are now only 30 surviving Companions of the Liberation.

    Ch.

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    #15787

    christophe
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    Only 30 surviving Companions of the Liberation.
    Here is the list of these 30 Companions :

    Henri BEAUGE-BERURE
    Guy CHARMOT
    Daniel CORDIER
    Louis CORTOT
    Yves de DARUVAR
    Bernard DEMOLINS
    Victor DESMET
    Constant ENGELS
    Robert GALLEY
    René GATISSOU
    Alain GAYET
    Hubert GERMAIN
    Charles GONARD
    Jacques HEBERT
    Paul IBOS
    François JACOB
    Pierre LANGLOIS
    Claude LEPEU
    Louis MAGNAT
    Jean-Pierre MALLET
    Fred MOORE
    Roland de la POYPE
    Claude RAOUL-DUVAL
    André SALVAT
    Etienne SCHLUMBERGER
    Pierre SIMONET
    Gérard THEODORE
    Jean TRANAPE
    Edgard TUPET-THOME
    André VERRIER

    Ch.

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