Charles Guerin Yves Brire

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Date: 20th June 2014


For those of you who read my Blogs regularly you will be familiar with my research, work and documentary about Free French Pilot – René Mouchotte.

René died in 1943 and was one of many who did not receive their Battle of Britain Medal. In 2012 this was rectified and BOB Medals were presented to the families of René Mouchotte and Henry Lafont. The presentation was in the British Ambassador’s Residence in Paris in the presence of Sir Peter Ricketts and both Chiefs of the Air Staff – British and French.

I am not that surprised that now the families of the other Free French, named on the Wall of Remembrance at the Battle of Britain Memorial, would also like to claim the medals for their loved ones – the majority of whom perished during World War Two.
Family members have been found for most but we are unable to trace any relatives of Charles Guerin (René’s best friend who died before his eyes) and Yves Brière who disappeared over the Channel.

If any one can furnish us with information, Ian Reed, Director of the Yorkshire Air Museum and Allied Air Forces Memorial, and I would be extremely grateful.

We are hoping that there will be another prestigious Medal presentation in Paris and it would be so sad if we can’t find a home for the medals of those two brave men.


René's nephew in law, Col. Hubert de Lisle has just sent me this photo which neither of us has seen before anywhere and we've got an impressive dossier of Muchotte photos between us.  It was sent by the Musée de la Liberation and had been donated by  Eric Ségonne ( nephew of Henri Bouquillard ).  René refers to Bouquillard as Bouqui and he is regarded with great affection and called Grand Pére because he was a few years older than the rest of the Equipe.  I've lived with these names now for 7 years and there are some of the men I feel I know and they are instantly recognizable.  We had no photos of Brière so now at least we have this one - far left next to Guerin with René squatting at the front.   So please please help.  If no relatives can be found then the Musée will accept the medals on behalf of the deceased.

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