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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.

RENE MOUCHOTTE

Date: 15th December 2009

For those of you who may read my Blog regularly, you will know of my interest in the French World War 2 pilot - Rene Mouchotte.

I would dearly love to get a documentary made about his life.  Not only do we know so much about him because of his diaries but I think a vast number of people have no idea of the sacrifice made during the War by foreign nationals.  Britain didn't win the war on it's own you know.

It was suggested that I wrote to the French Air Attache in London which I duly did and received a reply addressed to Monsieur Leeming (I know Jan is a man's name in Holland but didn't think to put my gender on the letter.)  My communication was passed on to someone in Paris and today I received a reply - written in French.  My French is not good enough to be able to effect a translation so I'll have to send it to friends in France.

However, I did understand enough of the reply to realise that my enquiries have not been addressed.  I know Rene was not married but he did have two nephews who now would be in their 70's.  I know the Family Vault in Pere La Chaise is well kept - which suggests that it is being cared for.

I also know that I have some readers in France.  If you could possibly help, I would be so grateful.  There are streets named after Rene and a small Airfield.  His Mother lived in Bergerac during the war.  I so much want to find out if he still has living relatives - it would aid my research and make it that much more feasible to present the story of Rene for consideration as a Documentary.

What do you think? Send your feedback to contact@jan-leeming.com.