Escaping to an uncertain futur
Bomber Command losses in Marne area of France
 


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In Memoriam
 
- If somebody remember you, you'll never die -

 

 

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Between Sunday 3 September 1939 and Wednesday 8 May 1945, 82 planes from the RAF Bomber Command had been destroyed in or over the Marne area of France.

Beyond these 82 bombers, the most important number is the 508 crewmen who served on board of these planes. Among them, 320 had been killed instantly or from their wounds.

As for the 188 survivors, they were 73 having been captured mostly by the Germans, some others by French Vichy forces or, shame on them, betrayed by some non-patriots.

On the other end, 76 airmen evaded arrest thanks to brave men or women who were under the risk of being arrested, shot, tortured or send in a concentration camp...

More "lucky" are the last 39 who fell right in their own lines before the German invasion or after their retreat.

This website, work from an amator not necessarily informed in Bomber Command or Résistance History, wish to preserve and share the Memory of these men, from the air or the underground, who chose deliberatly to sacrifice their live or their youth to give us the most precious "possession" : Liberty.

They shall not grow old
As we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them nor the years condamn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them

   
 

Laurence Binyon (1869 - 1943),
extract from the poem For The Fallen (1914).

 
   
 
 
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To enhance these webpages, I am looking for informations, reports, anecdotes, photos, records, etc, concerning these last flights, planes, crews, their adversaries and the escaping of the survivors.

Thanks in advance.
The Webmaster
 
 
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