Museum film triumphant

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A FILM that uncovers a dramatic true story involving the French aircrews based at Elvington during the Second World War has triumphed at an international award ceremony.

De Lourds Souvenirs, meaning ‘Heavy Memories’, was co-produced by the Yorkshire Air Museum in Elvington and tells the story of Halifax Bomber ‘L for Love’, which was shot down over Germany on Christmas Eve, 1944, claiming the lives of five members of the crew, sparing only two survivors.

One of these men survives today - Colonel Andre Guedez, now aged 92.

The film, which premiered during the French in York festival in October last year, saw off competition from 60 other entries from around the world to claim first place at the Imperial War Museum Film Awards.

Ian Reed, museum director, was at the ceremony, along with director Genevieve Monneris, who is also Mr Guedez’s daughter.

“We were confident in our entry and thrilled for it to have been shortlisted, so we are over the moon to be the winner in an international competition,” Mr Reed said.

“It is an amazing story -the fact that there is only one survivor aged 92 to tell the tale.

“It is something people should know about, particularly in this area, about what these men did.”