George Marcelin †

George MarcelinGeorges Marcelin, who served as a mechanic with the famous “Normandie-Niémen” Free French fighter group during World War Two, died yesterday at the age of 92.

In october 1943, the French mechanics of the group were replaced by Soviet mechanics and Georges Marcelin was assigned to the “Ardennes” fighter group, flying the P-40 Warhawk and later P-47 Thunderbolt.

After the war, he remained with the French air force until 1959 and worked as a physical therapist until his retirement in 1986.

Georges Marcelin was a member of the French Wing of the Commemorative Air Force and actively promoted the Normandie-Niémen’s history and heritage.

A short biography (in French) is available on the CAF French Wing’s website.

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  1. “French Wing of the Commemorative Air Force”
    Call it what you will, but there a bunch of us still think of the group as “Confederate Air Force”. When will politically correct become incorrect?….

    1. Never, IMHO. I hope I’m wrong, but I suspect such things will get worse with time… 🙁

      1. Maybe so, but there is some light at the end of the tunnel—Paula Deane “came out” here in Houston to a rousing well dressed crowd!!! It’s still Confederate Air Force!!!!!!!

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