SPITFIRES IN ACTION
The crucial role played by the Free French Spitfire squadrons in the liberation of their homeland is revealed
Among the Allied squadrons flying more than 7,500 tactical aircraft during D-Day landings in June 1944, five were manned by the Free French personnel. Those extraordinary times were remembered by one of the pilots, Lieutenant Félix Boyer de Bouillane, a graduate of l’École de l’Air. He said: “Having arrived in England after a voyage of some three weeks on the SS Strathmore, we thought we would be quickly put through a short and symbolic conversion onto Spitfires and integrated with the Royal Air Force.