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    Default S/Lt Jacques Arman Marie Guillou(x) de Mezillis

    Hello everyone,
    I am hoping our French experts can help me please on this brave FF pilot.
    Sous-Lt JAMG de Mezillis FF30247, born 4-11-17 at Audembert, Pas de Calais, France.
    Where did he do his Armee de l'Air training and dates if possible, also I think he lost his left arm in a flying accident with GB 1. What were the circumstances?
    Did he escape from Oran to Gibraltar with Rene Mouchotte. I am not sure which is fact or fiction.
    Where/when did he train in the UK and where was he posted to on ops.
    I do know he was with 65 sqn on Spitfire Vb's in December, 1942.
    He joined 341 sqn when it was formed and died in a training accident on 13-3-43 in Spitfire Vb, AA970. Taking off from Turnhouse at 1200 hrs and while on a formation exercise, the port mainplane failed and separated, hitting the tailplane. AA970 crashed at West Gifford at 1230 hrs killing S-Lt de Mezillis. Where was he buried and was he eventually repatriated to France and where please.
    I may have a lot mis-information here so any help would be gratefully received.
    Thank you.
    Roy

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    Hello Roy,

    Quite a bit of the information you require is available here: http://cieldegloire.com/004_guillou_de_mezillis.php

    Col.

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    Roy,
    From "Aviateurs de la Liberté" (Colonel Henry Lafont):
    Engagé volontaire en 1937, Jacques Guillou de Mézellis entre à l'École de pilotage d'Angers en 1938 où il est breveté pilote en juin 1939; il est en stage de perfectionnement à Istres en 1939 puis affecté au Centre d'instruction du bombardement de Toulouse-Francazals, en avril 1940. Évadé par Port-Vendres le 24 juin 1940, il s'engage dans les FAFL, le 7 juillet 1940 et rejoint Fort-Lamy le 25 août suivant. Après avoir participé à l'expédition de Dakar avec le groupe mixte de combat n° 1, il participe aux opérations du Gabon puis, avec le groupe réservé de bombardement n° 1, à celles de Koufra en Libye. Le 22 avril 1941, il est victime d'une panne pendant le convoyage du Bristol Blenheim Z5727, de Fort-Lamy à Khartoum; ik se pose en plein désert mais heurte un tronc d'arbre, l'avion est détruit. Grièvement blessé, le sergent-chef Guillou de Mézellis doit être amputé d'un bras, tandis que le sergent-chef Paul Robinet est tué dans l'accident et le sergent-chef Bost blessé. Promu adjudant le 1 octobre 1941, Guillou de Mézellis est repatrié vers l'Angleterre et à demande du général Valin, il est muni dúne main artificielle. Nommé sous-lieutenant le 15 mars 1942, il est affecté au groupe de chasse n° 2 "Ile-de-France" le 22 avril mais ne reprend son entraînement qu'à la fin juillet. Le 22 novembre 1942, il est affecté au 65 Squadron, commandé par René Mouchotte, puis affecté au groupe de chasse n° 1 "Alsace" (341 Squadron de la RAF) le 21 janvier 1943. Après sa mort, les lignes suivantes ont été rajoutées dans le journal de groupe de classe "Alsace": "On ne l'oubliera pas, "Grand Jacques", sympathique à tous et vraiment gonflé, toujours souriant et courageux. Tu étais bien dans l'esprit du Sqaudron et l'on restera près de toi. Malgré ton seul bras, tu n'as pas eu peur de voler et de vouloir le battre. On se rappellera que la mort a abusé de ta mutilation et t'a pris en "vache", aussi Le Squadron se battra pour toi, Vieux".
    Awarded:
    Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur * Croix de guerre 39-45 avec 2 palmes * Médaille dela Résistance avec rosette * Cité deux fois.
    Buried:
    Édinbourg, Écosse.
    As far as I know were his remains exhumed and reinterred at Saint-Étienne (Loire of Limoges/Haute-Vienne). His svcnr (matricule) was 30247.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Default Jacques de Mezillis

    Thanks Col and Henk.
    I had looked at that site Col but did not have the Guillou part of his name then.
    That looks good Henk, I will have to try to get it translated, thank you.
    One question I failed to ask, what was the code letter for AA970 when Jacques died on 13-3-43.
    Thanks gents,
    Roy

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    Code letter unknown to me.

    Henk.

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    hello,

    A long time ago I provided details about Guillou de Mezillis to Brian Cull (who also frequents this board) when he was writing his book about "Mac" McLachlan, another fighter pilot who was similarly amputated.

    Just to confirm that he was not with Mouchotte when the latter escaped from Oran to Gibraltar in a Caudron Goéland. The other two pilots were Guérin and Lafont.

    Joss

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    Default S/Lt Jacques Guillou de Mezillis

    Hello Henk,
    Maybe you or our French experts could comment on a photo (ECPA) in 'Camouflage and Markings' Nr. 1. Free French Air Force, 1938-1945. On page 62 is a splendid photo of 'Sergent-chef Guilloux' of 340 sqn standing in front of a Spitfire with nose art.
    Could this be Jacques AM Guillou de Mezillis.
    Thank you,
    Roy

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    No idea Roy; let's wait for a reaction from our French friends.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    hello,

    I don't have this book, so I can't tell. Please scan it and host it somewhere where we can view it and I'll tell you if it corresponds to Guillou de Mézillis.

    I know of several portraits of him. May be there's one on the site quoted by Col.

    Joss

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    Default Jacques de Mezillis

    Hi Joss,
    Thanks for the offer, at the moment I have no scanner, but there is one in the family so I will get it sorted and send to you.
    I have seen the picture of Jacques on the Cieledgloire site showing dark bushy hair which ties in with the picture in the book.
    It will be on its way.
    Roy

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