French Ambassador to visit Yorkshire Air Museum

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Yorkshire Air Museum will be the host to a distinguished guest in honour of a French Airman.

French Ambassador Bernard Emie will visit the Elvington museum on Friday 2 May at 3pm.

Mr Emie will join the Allied Air Forces Memorial after unveiling a Civic Plaque in Honour of French Airman Yves Mahé.

Ian Reed, Museum Director, said: “We are delighted to be receiving the French Ambassador at Elvington, home to the two famous French Squadrons of Bomber Command, before he officially unveils the City’s tribute to another French airman, Yves Mahé, This will ensure that York’s enduring connection to France will never be forgotten.”

The visit to the Museum marks the 70th Anniversary of the French Squadron’s formation at RAF Elvington in May 1944.

The main purpose of this visit is to unveil a Civic Plaque to honour and recognise French fighter pilot Yves Mahé, whose intervention during the York Blitz on 29 April 1942, saved York from catastrophic damage. Following the unveiling ceremony, the Ambassadorial party will make the visit to the museum.

This tribute by the city of York to Yves Mahé results from a petition presented to the Lord Mayor of York by pupils of St Wilfred’s Primary School, York, in April last year.

The pupils interest in this hero was triggered when the Yorkshire Air Museum first brought its Hawker Hurricane aircraft into the heart of York in April 2012, to mark what was then the 70th Anniversary of the Baedeker Raid.