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Date: 8th January 2012

I have been awarded my own little honour! The Director of the Museum at Elvington near York - which has promoted the memory of the French Bomber Crews in WW2 among other valuable work - has asked me to be a Vice President of the Museum - an honour I'm thrilled to accept.

Whoever would have thought that writing a cheque and filling in a Sponsorship Form at the Battle of Britain Memorial Lunch in 2007 would have led to my researches into René Mouchotte, the meeting of kindred spirits and the making of new friendships as well as a much closer alliance with the French. (I am going to have to do a course to improve my French - a language in which I've always wanted to be more fluent)

I can't tell you how honoured I am to be a Vice President alongside Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, Chief of the Air Staff, Chef d'Etat-Major General Jean-Paul Palomeros, Chief of the French Air Force , and Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York.  

René's sister, whom I had the honour to interview in December, was admitted to hospital with pneumonia which at her age is a dangerous illness. Ian Reed and I were told that our little offering of the film of her brother being honoured for the 1000th Victory and the interview by Gilbert Harding plus the rushes of my interview with her, helped her to rally and she is now out of hospital. I say a prayer that this year the Documentary on her brother will be made as yet another tribute to a brave man who put honour and duty before everything including his loyalty to family. Jan

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