The (Free) French Air Force in 1940-1945 (Listing attempt)

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Re: The (Free) French Air Force in 1940-1945 (Listing attempt)

Post by Ron Bolesta » 14 Oct 2018 23:23

The French B-26 bombers flew 627 missions and launched 7,036 tons of bombs. 14 planes were lost and among the crew members there were 58 KIAs, 24 WIAs and 31 POWs. per David Lehman How do I find the names and information on the 31 POWs?

My name is Ron Bolesta. I am on the Board of Directors of the B-26 Marauder Historical Society.
I recently completed a 600 hour research project to isolate of the 145,000 American POWs in WWII which POWs were B-26 Marauder crewmembers. I have now developed a webpage for our membership and general public to access that data collected. The web site is

One of the items on my "to do" list is to expand that database with individuals who also were B-26 POWS from other allied air forces. Ccan anyone help with any info about these 31 POWS?

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Re: The (Free) French Air Force in 1940-1945 (Listing attempt)

Post by Truebrit » 29 Jan 2019 00:13

Folks, does anyone have any list of foreign pilots (Czechs, Poles etc.) who flew with/for the French Air Force during the Battle for France 39/40? Did France award any specific medals to these foreign volunteers (excepting gallantry awards)?
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Re: The (Free) French Air Force in 1940-1945 (Listing attempt)

Post by Loïc » 01 Feb 2019 19:43


here a list of 176 Polish pilots ... -G-H-I.htm

and 121 Czechoslovakians ... heques.htm

the Poles and Czechoslovakians in France were not foreign volunteers, except for those really in the French Army of course, but pilots from both allied Polish and Czechoslovakian Armies rebuilt in France even if in the complex case of the rebirth of their Air Forces they served often with french crews and units,
but there was a first whole fighter polish group raised of the 4 planned for the Polish Air Force in France : the Groupe de Chasse 1/145 "Varsovie" and the same was planned from the 800 to 900 Czechoslovakian (2 fighter groups and a bomber group to be raised after july 1940)

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