Henry Lafont

Jan Leeming

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Shoreham Airshow 2007
Me looking brave before taking to the air (and the wing) of the plane. Wow, it was cold !! But the whole experience was totally exhilarating.



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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.


Date: 20th January 2012

I had the lovely experience of being able to put two elements of a family back in touch.

If you read my Blog regularly you'll know that in December I hired a cameraman and went to Paris to interview the sister of René Mouchotte and whilst in Paris received an invitation from the Director of the Elvington Museum in York, to attend the Funeral of Henry Lafont at Les Invalides. Henry was one of the pilots who escaped with René and Charles Guerin in a stolen Goeland which they took from under the noses of the guards in Oran and flew to Gibralter. Henry and René's sister were good friends and saw each other regularly until quite recently until ill health on both sides separated them.

Whilst here in Sydney, I received an email, through the website, from a gentleman in Brisbane whose Aunt in England had been married to Henry. Apparently my contact's father had left England and emigrated to Australia a long time ago and completely lost touch with all his siblings. I was able to put Paul in touch with one of Henry's sons and the cousins are now communicating. I felt really great at having been able to help two elements of the family find one another.

Bye for now - Jonathan and I are going out tonight to a dinner and sort of Vaudeville Show.

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