D-Day.80 years after his death, these Americans inaugurate the stele dedicated to their great-uncle in Orne

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The descendants of an American pilot who died in Orne during the Battle of Normandy, attended the inauguration of the stele paying tribute to their great-uncle, Saturday May 25, 2024. They were found and invited by the daughter and the granddaughter of Maurice Bastien. This resident of Ciral (Orne) discovered the body of the soldier on August 13, 1944. Almost 80 years later, Paul Chaufty was honored by nearly 200 people from Orne in the town of Saint-Ellier, where his plane crashed. .

Nicole Sanders, great-niece of Paul Chaufty with her two sons, Bryan and Hamon, on the right, and Mireille Le Royer, daughter of Marie-Thérèse Bastien, whose father Maurice, found the body of the pilot. | WEST FRANCE


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  • Nicole Sanders, great-niece of Paul Chaufty with her two sons, Bryan and Hamon, on the right, and Mireille Le Royer, daughter of Marie-Thérèse Bastien, whose father Maurice, found the body of the pilot. | WEST FRANCE

“He was an ordinary guy, thrown into extraordinary circumstances. That’s why he was a hero. » Nicole Sanders attended, Saturday May 25, 2024, the tribute ceremony to her great-uncle, First Lieutenant Paul Chaufty. Pilot in the American Air Force, he died in Orne, while accompanying the advance of the 2e armored division. General Leclerc’s troops had liberated Alençon (Orne) the day before.

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