Author Topic: DUMONT - Free French Air Force - Hartford Bridge (Blackbush) - 342 Sdn  (Read 3511 times)

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Re: DUMONT - Free French Air Force - Hartford Bridge (Blackbush) - 342 Sdn
« Reply #9 on: Saturday 30 September 06 10:30 BST (UK) »
In French, 'Forces Aériennes Françaises Libres'.

http://www.ordredelaliberation.fr/fr_compagnon/307.html
 - article in French about Francois Dumont, including quite a bit of detail on his activities during WWII.
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Re: DUMONT - Free French Air Force - Hartford Bridge (Blackbush) - 342 Sdn
« Reply #10 on: Sunday 01 October 06 08:57 BST (UK) »
In French, 'Forces Aériennes Françaises Libres'.

http://www.ordredelaliberation.fr/fr_compagnon/307.html
 - article in French about Francois Dumont, including quite a bit of detail on his activities during WWII.

Oh my! That's fabulous! Thanks.
Bassham, Booth, Chambers, Cobb, Coldron, Courts, Dernie, Farmery, Hill, Houghton, Lawson, Marsh, Snowden, Ulyatt, Wagstaff in Lincs/Yorks/Notts

Cottrell, Grice, Walley, Wade in Staffs
Dumont, Hall in London
Dumont in Tolouse-France

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Re: DUMONT - Free French Air Force - Hartford Bridge (Blackbush) - 342 Sdn
« Reply #11 on: Sunday 01 October 06 09:28 BST (UK) »
What a find jorose!  Well done!

Even a photo - you must be made-up Hcoldron?  I had family living in Toulouse for some years and it is a lovely part of the world.  Significant for its aviation industry these days too - I wonder if he learnt to fly at Blagnac, where Concorde would later feature and nowadays the Airbus of course?

Annsa:  maybe some of those lovely rafcommands boys and girls would like to come over here for the odd visit and tell us more?  We have lots of khaki folk who come from other boards, but the fly-boys are distinctly lacking (hence you will find me trying to answer queries about aeroplanes, lol!)

kind regards, Arranroots  ;)

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Re: DUMONT - Free French Air Force - Hartford Bridge (Blackbush) - 342 Sdn
« Reply #12 on: Sunday 01 October 06 09:53 BST (UK) »
 ;D Yes, it's fantastic - this is my partner's side of the family, and he didn't really know his grandpa (and namesake) that well, so it's nice to find out more about him.
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Dumont, Hall in London
Dumont in Tolouse-France

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Re: DUMONT - Free French Air Force - Hartford Bridge (Blackbush) - 342 Sdn
« Reply #13 on: Wednesday 20 October 21 15:47 BST (UK) »
Hi

Francois Joseph Dumont was my late father, (1918 - 1997). He received the Legion of Honour for services to France during WWII.

He was in the RAF 342 (Lorraine) squadron as a rear gunner / radio operator on Douglas Boston aircraft based in Norfolk UK. He flew low-level bombing missions over France and occupied western Europe.

He was torpedoed will travelling as a passenger on the SS Mendoza off Durban in 1942. He was later shot down over Falaise in northern France in 1944, where two of his crew were killed.

You will find more info here about his extraordinary life.

https://en.everybodywiki.com/Francois_Joseph_Dumont

https://wartimememoriesproject.com/ww2/view.php?uid=5043385

http://halifax346et347.canalblog.com/archives/2009/09/24/15187249.html (French)