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   17 year-old French girl hides downed Allied airman from the Germans in 1944, hands him over to the Resistance, who take him to a safe zone. 68 years later, man's son tracks down the French girl to say "thank you"

10 Nov 2012 05:29 PM   |   19638 clicks   |   Victoria Times Colonist
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shower_in_my_socks    [TotalFark]  
A French family did the same thing for my grandfather. We are still in touch with them, as well. They would have been executed or sent to the concentration camps if they had been caught helping an Allied airman. I think of that whenever some redneck know-nothing makes a joke about the French being cowards.

Oh, and I made a movie about it.

10 Nov 2012 02:20 PM
notmtwain     
After four days, a Resistance fighter known by the code name Maxime appeared and, with the help of two bicycles provided by Gisele's father, guided Sam to the Fréteval Forest where 152 downed Allied air crew hid in a camp codenamed "Sherwood."

I've read more than a few histories of the war and the existence of such large camps within occupied France was news to me.

This RAF Escaping Society site has pictures of the Sherwood Forest camp.

10 Nov 2012 03:35 PM
Arthur Jumbles     
Did Gisele also introduce Doug to her son who is also his half-brother, Philip?

10 Nov 2012 03:38 PM
Abox     
Wasn't that a level in Medal of Honor Allied Assault?  Chick who gave me grief my gun being too loud?

10 Nov 2012 05:33 PM
PC LOAD LETTER    [TotalFark]  

Arthur Jumbles: Did Gisele also introduce Doug to her son who is also his half-brother, Philip?


Yeah, that's what I was thinking: "I think your dad thanked her plenty"

10 Nov 2012 05:33 PM
I_Am_Weasel    [TotalFark]  
No Howie was a rock, Buddy bailed out.

10 Nov 2012 05:35 PM
SlothB77    [TotalFark]  
was she hot?

10 Nov 2012 05:36 PM
Bill_Wick's_Friend     
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

10 Nov 2012 05:37 PM
texdent    [TotalFark]  

I_Am_Weasel: No Howie was a rock, Buddy bailed out


And he bailed out?

10 Nov 2012 05:37 PM
Badgers    [TotalFark]  
They should make a television series about this... oh, wait:

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/Good Moaning

10 Nov 2012 05:40 PM
dericwater     

SlothB77: was she hot?


17 year old french lass named Gisele and is not hot? How can that be?

10 Nov 2012 05:41 PM
LordOfThePings     

Badgers: They should make a television series about this... oh, wait:

/Good Moaning


No, I'm Dick Darlington.

10 Nov 2012 05:43 PM
Novart     
I heard that they actually call freedom fries "French fries". What a wierd country.

10 Nov 2012 05:43 PM
Oldiron_79     
Badgers: They should make a television series about this... oh, wait:

[upload.wikimedia.org image 425x342]

/Good Moaning


I love that show. Its like Hogan's Heroes meets Cheers.

10 Nov 2012 05:43 PM
anotar     

dericwater: SlothB77: was she hot?

17 year old french lass named Gisele and is not hot? How can that be?


Exactly, isn't there an anime of her in lingerie and stockings blamming krauts with a sten gun or something?

10 Nov 2012 05:47 PM
Thanks for the Meme-ries     
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10 Nov 2012 05:48 PM
Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy     

Novart: I heard that they actually call freedom fries "French fries". What a wierd country.


Nah, they just call 'em fries and wonder why us Yanks can't tell the difference between France and Belgium.

10 Nov 2012 05:49 PM
laulaja    [TotalFark]  
Honour to those such as Gisele & family who helped our parents & grandparents get away from the Bad Guys during that late conflict. Know far better than to call it Gt Patriotic War, too. Not really surprised to see who's handling the movie referred to in comment #1

10 Nov 2012 05:57 PM
Jacobin     
She was probably hot

10 Nov 2012 05:57 PM
shArkh     

Badgers: They should make a television series about this... oh, wait:

[upload.wikimedia.org image 425x342]

/Good Moaning


Thank-you for letting me know I'm not the only person on the planet who remembers this.

/Ishallbeatmyselfwithspaghetti

10 Nov 2012 05:58 PM
GreatGlavinsGhost    [TotalFark]  

Novart: I heard that they actually call freedom fries "French fries". What a wierd country.


Oh yeah, and they wont give us Normandy since we saved their asses there!

/DERP!!

10 Nov 2012 06:01 PM
Sliding Carp    [TotalFark]  
Similar story (PDF)

And a description of the same rescue from another crewman (without the followup). (Also PDF)

Check out the Stories from the 91st during the Veteran's day TV movie marathons, if you get a chance. I bet you stop paying attention to the TV.

10 Nov 2012 06:07 PM
wallywam1    [TotalFark]  
Dusty, etc.

10 Nov 2012 06:09 PM
Linux_Yes     
someone's got some serious free time on their hands.

10 Nov 2012 06:19 PM
edmo    [TotalFark]  
I used to work for a former B-17 pilot who was shot down over Belgium. They and the French hid him. At one point, while hidden behind a false wall in a barn, the Gestapo showed up and hauled the whole family out in the year. When no one would reveal anything, they shot the father in the head and left.

He made it home in 4-5 months, started his own business, and had over 26,000 hours of flight time when he quit logging it.

It's not just the military guys who made the sacrifices.

10 Nov 2012 06:24 PM
SearchN    [TotalFark]  

shower_in_my_socks: A French family did the same thing for my grandfather. We are still in touch with them, as well. They would have been executed or sent to the concentration camps if they had been caught helping an Allied airman. I think of that whenever some redneck know-nothing makes a joke about the French being cowards.

Oh, and I made a movie about it.


I make plenty of jokes about them. But, I also know my history. From Wiki:

According to British historian Niall Ferguson: "Of the 125 major European wars fought since 1495, the French have participated in 50 - more than Austria (47) and England (43). Out of 168 major battles fought since 387 BC, they have won 109, lost 49 and drawn 10, giving France the most successful military power in European history."[1]

10 Nov 2012 06:38 PM
mjg     

Jacobin: She was probably hot


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What I imagined.

10 Nov 2012 06:41 PM
ChubbyTiger     

SearchN: shower_in_my_socks: A French family did the same thing for my grandfather. We are still in touch with them, as well. They would have been executed or sent to the concentration camps if they had been caught helping an Allied airman. I think of that whenever some redneck know-nothing makes a joke about the French being cowards.

Oh, and I made a movie about it.

I make plenty of jokes about them. But, I also know my history. From Wiki:

According to British historian Niall Ferguson: "Of the 125 major European wars fought since 1495, the French have participated in 50 - more than Austria (47) and England (43). Out of 168 major battles fought since 387 BC, they have won 109, lost 49 and drawn 10, giving France the most successful military power in European history."[1]


I'll mock them, because I'll mock anyone, but France is a wonderful place and the French are generally great people. Also, Paris is one of the most beautiful cities on the planet. Their food isn't on par with Italy, but the wine is better.

10 Nov 2012 06:43 PM
Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste     

ChubbyTiger: SearchN: shower_in_my_socks: A French family did the same thing for my grandfather. We are still in touch with them, as well. They would have been executed or sent to the concentration camps if they had been caught helping an Allied airman. I think of that whenever some redneck know-nothing makes a joke about the French being cowards.

Oh, and I made a movie about it.

I make plenty of jokes about them. But, I also know my history. From Wiki:

According to British historian Niall Ferguson: "Of the 125 major European wars fought since 1495, the French have participated in 50 - more than Austria (47) and England (43). Out of 168 major battles fought since 387 BC, they have won 109, lost 49 and drawn 10, giving France the most successful military power in European history."[1]

I'll mock them, because I'll mock anyone, but France is a wonderful place and the French are generally great people. Also, Paris is one of the most beautiful cities on the planet. Their food isn't on par with Italy, but the wine is better.


Niall Ferguson, however deserves to be mocked roundly and on all sides.

10 Nov 2012 07:02 PM
Gyrfalcon    [TotalFark]  
Wow.

10 Nov 2012 07:03 PM
Zarquon's Flat Tire    [TotalFark]  
Damn, that's just cool. l never got to hear my Army Ranger grandfather's stories. Likewise my paternal grandmother was a nurse, and one of the first Allies into the concentration camps.

My father says that when she passed she still said she would tell him what she saw 'when he was old enough'. He was in his 50s and she still wouldn't talk about it.

10 Nov 2012 07:03 PM
E_Henry_Thripshaws_Disease     
Audrey Tatou, yum

10 Nov 2012 07:10 PM
Phins     
A friend of my dad's has a similar story. He was a pilot, got shot down over France. He broke his ankle when he landed. He dragged himself under a bush where he was found by a young boy. The boy left and came back with his dad and uncle, members of the French Resistance. They hid him, got him medical care and after a few weeks got him back to the allies (think he was actually left with the British).

About 20 years ago, he went back to the village. He arrived in town and went into a market to ask about the family. The owner of the market was the young boy who found him under the bush.

/suddenly dusty in here.

10 Nov 2012 07:12 PM
Deacon Blue    [TotalFark]  

dericwater: SlothB77: was she hot?

17 year old french lass named Gisele and is not hot? How can that be?


There's a picture of her with the article. I'd have farked her until she gave up Ann Frank.

10 Nov 2012 07:29 PM
kertus     
YouTube: Bomber's Moon by mike Harding

Tribute to his dad... Lancaster bomber crew

10 Nov 2012 07:32 PM
Aidan     
How weird and awesome to be shown a picture of yourself as a baby by a woman a world away. Makes you believe that there are people hoping you do wonderful things with your life even if you have never met them.

Also 'Allo All is great and I have at least 3 seasons of it (which gets damned expensive after a while).

And Flanders Fields never fails to make me choke up. It's practically the second Canadian national anthem.

10 Nov 2012 08:13 PM
Marquis de Sod     
Subby had me at "17 year-old French girl"

10 Nov 2012 08:40 PM
Why Would I Read the Article     
The man's son?

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10 Nov 2012 09:01 PM
minoridiot     

ChubbyTiger: Their food isn't on par with Italy, ...


The hell you say. Italians are the Mexicans of Europe. Their food is what we feed the pigs.

10 Nov 2012 10:29 PM
ben_oakmag     
Hero tag fail? Bad subby is bad.

10 Nov 2012 11:46 PM
brimed03     
She looks damn good for 85. Probably from a lifetime of stainless steel intestinal fortitude.

/courage, all sizes, all ages.

10 Nov 2012 11:49 PM
Haliburton Cummings     

shower_in_my_socks: I think of that whenever some redneck know-nothing makes a joke about the French being cowards.


Totally understand that..
See, we live in an age where the uninformed and uneducated feel they have a right to an opinion and sadly for them, most of the time that opinion is uneducated and uninformed.

What's worse is that even with the internet, people are too stupid and too lazy to look further than the "Coles Notes" of the wiki page or the first few hits on google.

Just wander through these threads long enough and you'll see what i mean.
The Detective Mills generation...


/gonna buy your movie
//good on ya makin a movie.

11 Nov 2012 12:15 AM
BiffWebster    [TotalFark]  
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11 Nov 2012 01:04 AM
NephilimNexus     
That's a long way to go to meet your half-brother.

11 Nov 2012 02:24 AM
dudemanbro     

11 Nov 2012 02:31 AM
snochick     
Similar story but the pilot didn't survive. The town in France still honors him.

http://m.cbsnews.com/fullstory.rbml?c atid=57448571&feed_id=29&videofe e d=null

On mobile so I can't HTML the link.

11 Nov 2012 03:10 AM
theredsea1     
I wonder if he downed her...

11 Nov 2012 04:15 AM
Tanthalas39     
What's with the Judy Garland bit?

11 Nov 2012 07:40 AM
kim jong-un     

dericwater: SlothB77: was she hot?

17 year old french lass named Gisele and is not hot? How can that be?


In the resistance too

11 Nov 2012 11:49 AM
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