Ren Mouchotte A Tiny Miracle

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RENÉ MOUCHOTTE - a tiny miracle!!

Date: 20th October 2012

RENÉ MOUCHOTTE – A tiny miracle!

I know it wasn’t really a miracle but it was certainly an interesting happening.

After leaving Middelkerke we were making our rainy way back to Eurotunnel. There are several memorials and plaques to René around the area. At Cambrai the French Air Force Base was named after him, at Epérlecques there are two memorial plaques to him and I knew that an Airfield just off our route also had a Memorial. I mentioned the latter to Matthew and as it was on our way (you can’t film everything) he agreed to take a slight detour. It was a grey drizzly afternoon and when we arrived at the Aerogare Louis Blériot, I was surprised to see that the Memorial was very large indeed and stood about 7 feet high. Matthew despatched me to seek permission to film the Stele. When I returned he told me that we couldn’t do anything because the writing/engraving was obliterated – either by the rain or wear and tear (although it was only erected in 2008 on the 65th Anniversary of René’s death).

I have no idea what made me do it but I approached the stone and started rubbing it and as I did the writing – almost like what happens with invisible ink- re-appeared so Ben joined in with the rubbing and as the writing re-surfaced,  we were able to get our shots.

Then a chap approached us and asked what we were doing and told us that in the Entrance there was a large plaque dedicated to Louis Bleriot and René Mouchotte. Actually the building had been redecorated and we had to ask if they still had the Plaque. And the very nice gentleman, who’d given us permission to film the Memorial, went into an office and came back with the ‘board’ so I was able to take a photo of that too.

Then it was onwards to Eurotunnel and back into England. It’s odd isn’t it, how many wars were fought between the French and the English and yet now we are joined by a half hour journey under the Sea.

Au revoir, Jan

Louis Bleriot Airfield and René's Memorial (and Ben)
 

RENÉ MOUCHOTTE - a tiny miracle!!

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