French News

French Airman Mourned.

by Ian Richardson January 25, 2014

The Allied Air Forces Memorial and Yorkshire Air Museum has just learned of the sad passing on Thursday night (23rd Jan.) of Lucien Mallia, one of the few remaining veterans of RAF Elvington’s wartime French squadrons. A Rear Gunner, or “Tail End Charlie” as they were often referred to as, he flew 23 missions with 346 “Guyenne” [...]

Read more →

Prestigious French Award for Museum Director

by Ian Richardson January 13, 2014

The President of France has conferred the Order of Merit on Ian Reed, Director of the Yorkshire Air Museum & Allied Air Forces Memorial, Elvington, York. The award is at the rank of “Officier”.  The Ordre National du Mérite is one of France’s most exclusive awards and has only been given to around 2500 people throughout the world.  The initiative was made [...]

Read more →

Search for RAF Elvington / French Veterans

by Ian Reed August 31, 2013

Our colleagues in France are undertaking a search for information about all French Air Force personnel who were based at RAF Elvington between 1943 and 1945. Over 2000 French airmen were based at Elvington in the only two French Heavy Bomber Squadrons within RAF Bomber Command.  Through the excellent research blog by Philippe Ducastelle (son of an [...]

Read more →

Annual Allied Air Forces Memorial Day – 01/09/13

by Ian Reed August 25, 2013

1st September – Allied Air Forces Memorial Day – Live aircraft – Service of Remembrance – Sunset Ceremony – All Welcome to this poignant and Special Day – RAF and International representatives – Gates Open 10:00hrs - Event begins 12 noon.

Read more →

YAM Opens Exhibition dedicated to WWII French Aircrew in Central London

by Ian Richardson June 18, 2013

A new exhibition in Central London created by the Yorkshire Air Museum will be officially opened today 18th June – on the anniversary of General de Gaulle’s appeal to the French people to fight on against the NAZI’s and the creation of the Free French on 18th June 1940.  The new exhibition at the Lycee Charles de [...]

Read more →

BBC 1 – 7:30 – Monday 25th February

by Ian Reed February 20, 2013

The Yorkshire Air Museum will feature in a special edition of BBC1′s “Inside Out” programme on Monday 25th February at 7:30pm. The programme features the remarkable personal search by former BBC TV News presenter Jan Leeming in her quest to find out about an anonymous French air ace, Rene Mouchotte, whose name she sponsored on the Battle of [...]

Read more →

Henry Lafont dies.

by Ian Reed December 4, 2011

Henry Lafont, the last Free French fighter pilot of the Battle of Britain sadly died on Friday 2 December 2011. He will be buried with full military honours in Les Invalides in Paris on Wednesday 7th December.  Henry and René MOUCHOTTE (who was the only non-Commonwealth officer to command a British Squadron) escaped from North Africa in the same stolen aircraft [...]

Read more →

Another film up for 2012 London Awards

by Ian Reed November 26, 2011

Following the successful nomination of “Flightpaths” at last year’s IWM London Film Festival  it has just been announced that “De lourds souvenirs” (Heavy Memories) by Genevieve Monneris and her son Thomas Lesgoirres has been chosen for the 2012 Festival.  The film is about Genevieve’s father, Col. Andre Guedez (91), who was present at this year’s French in York [...]

Read more →

Cérémonies du Souvenir – 13 novembre 2011

by Ian Reed November 9, 2011

Cérémonies du Souvenir – 13 novembre 2011 Dimanche 13 novembre 2011. Cette année, les cérémonies du souvenir se dérouleront au Mémorial de l’Armée de l’Air Française (route d’York), à Elvington à 11h00 et au Allied Air Forces Memorial à 12h30 au Yorkshire Air Museum. Des représentants de la Royal Air Force et de l’Armée de [...]

Read more →

French In York Week 17th – 23rd October

by Ian Reed November 2, 2011

At 10:30am on 20th October this year, the inauguration of the French Air Force Memorial took place in York Minster – the 66th anniversary of the French heavy bomber squadrons leaving Elvington to return to liberated France. Over 2500 visitors of all nationalities attended the Minster from Britain, France and other nations including veterans, servicemen and women [...]

Read more →