Luc sur Mer – D Day and the Commandos – Simon Horsington

A mission to secure the memory of 46th Royal Marine Commando on D-Day and the part played by his father. Monument to 46th Royal Commando, Luc sur Mer, Normandy The Mayor of Luc sur Mer, M. Philippe Chanu, June 2019 Three years before D-Day, a discrete landing took place at Luc-sur-Mer, named “Operation Chopper”, on…

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“L for Love” Part I – The Man Who Fell from the Sky – – André Guédez

80 years ago, an extraordinary but true story about the crew of a special aircraft, which continues to this day.   HISTORICAL  BACKGROUND Approaching Christmas 1944 and the Allies had made great advances across France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Holland. The huge logistical problems of supplying the troops 340 miles (540km) ahead from the landing beaches…

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“L for Love” Part II – Düsseldorf Discovery Uwe & Werner Baum

Surprise discovery in Düsseldorf in 2019 – plans for a unique memorial of reconciliation in Germany. The story goes on…. See “L for Love” Part I – https://afheritage.org/tha-man-who-fell-from-the-sky-l-for-love-part-i Note: Latest updated news about this project can be found at the end of this article…….   November 2018 The Annual Service of Remembrance at Notre Dame…

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Balkan Experience – New Projects by Dušan Simić

Resurgent Balkan interest in the RAF & Balkan Air Force of WW2 and pilots of the Battle of Britain.   A full translation in Serbian can be found at the end of this article. Verzija teksta na srpskom jeziku se nalazi pri kraju ovog članka.     The Royal Air Force in the Balkans 1941…

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Searching for René – Jan Leeming

Jan Leeming and her search for possibly France’s greatest WWII fighter pilot and Britain’s first French Squadron Leader.     Every July a commemoration takes place at The Battle of Britain Memorial overlooking the English Channel towards to coast of France, at  Capel le Ferne near Dover. It is attended by many people and until…

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La Photo – The Francis Usai Letters

  Discovery of the private letters of a French airman in Britain.  One of the largest wartime collections in France. The Beginning   Prior to the fall of France on 22nd June 1940, French Air Force personnel and their serviceable aircraft had pulled back to Oran in Algeria in order to re-group for the fight…

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Elvington Echoes – Caroline Broch

  A Poet’s Tale. Through no other reason than by being born at a specific time and place, destiny called. André was born in the City of Limoges in west central France on 28th September 1920 and was schooled nearby in the small town of St Junien. As for many people born at that period,…

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Flightpaths – Henry & Pat Martin – 1943 / 1944

The compelling story of a French airman Henry Martin, who fell in love with “Pat” Pattimore, a British special agent.   The Story   Prior to the invasion of Jersey by the German Army on 1 July 1940 , Phyllis Joyce Pattimore, (aged 23) known as “Pat” to her friends, had left her family home…

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Hampden Crash 1940 – Twin Ceremonies in Brittany 2020

Looking for crew relatives of HP Hampden L4194, “ZN-B” of 106 Sqdn, Finningley for the 80th anniversary in France.     Two commemoration are being planned at Vannes and at Pluneret in Brittany on Sunday 22nd November 2020 to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the deaths of 4 British airmen who were flying Handley Page…

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