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Crash Spitfire Commandant Jacques-Henri Schloesing

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  • Nom
    Crash Spitfire Commandant Jacques-Henri Schloesing
  • Date
    1944-08-26
  • Lieu
    BEAUVOIR-EN-LYONS
  • Contribution
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  • ID
    1689.1799

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Crash Spitfire Commandant Jacques-Henri Schloesing
Crash Spitfire Commandant Jacques-Henri Schloesing

Prestigious fighter pilot of the Forces Aériennes Françaises Libres shot down on February 13, 1943 at the head of the "Ile de France" group, wounded, escaped, he resumed the fight  as commander of the "Alsace" group and died here on August 26, 1944.

☨ Commandant Jacques-Henri Schloesing , deceased , shot down by a German FW 190 fighter, rests in the cemetery of Beauvoir-en-Lyons

Folded with his unit at the Francazal base during the Battle of France, Jacques-Henri Schloesing overhears Marshal Pétain's announcement of the future armistice. Eager to continue the fight, he embarks on June 22 with Didier Béguin, René Casparius and Raymond Roques aboard a Caudron C.440 bound for England. Arriving on British soil, he found two of his brothers and his mother having also fled France, but not his father who, volunteering to fight, had been captured and would remain a prisoner until 19413. Enlisting in the Free French Forces, he was sent to the Operational Training Unit, where he underwent extensive training, enabling him to be licensed as a pilot. Promoted to second lieutenant, he was assigned to the Groupe de chasse Île-de-France as soon as the latter was created in November 1941, with which he had his baptism of fire on April 10, 19425. At the controls of a Spitfire, he took part in operations over the English Channel and the French coast as second-in-command of the "Versailles" squadron of the Île-de-France group. After seriously damaging a Junkers Ju 88 on June 4, he is promoted to lieutenant in July and takes command of his squadron. He was promoted to captain in October and shot down a Focke-Wulf Fw 190 in aerial combat on November 2. The following month, on the recommendation of Bernard Dupérier, he succeeded Dupérier as head of the Île-de-France fighter group.


On February 13, 1943, Jacques-Henri Schloesing was shot down in flight over the Somme by four Fw 1902s. He managed to extricate himself from the aircraft and activate his parachute, but suffered severe burns to his face and hands. Aided by the local population, he managed to evade the German search for several days and reached Paris ten days later. Welcomed by a family working for the Comète network, he was sheltered and cared for for two months, before returning to England via Spain. He learned of his promotion to the rank of major, then underwent several operations and a long convalescence. He finally returned to active service in May 1944 and was reassigned to the Île-de-France group, with which he took part in the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944, providing air support to the troops. On August 24, he was transferred to the Groupe de chasse Alsace and took command, newly decorated with the Ordre de la Libération. Two days later, while on patrol in the skies over Rouen, his plane was shot down and crashed here. This time, Jacques-Henri Schloesing did not survive. He had 148 hours of wartime flying in 85 missions to his credit.

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