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Extra info for Agents for Escape: Inside the French Resistance, 1939-1945
When I was shot down over his hometown of Domfront, André Rougeyron took charge of my survival for the two months preceding my transfer to a large Resistance network in Paris. I was the first airman that André had the opportunity to rescue. It was an opportunity to help that he welcomed. André hated the German occupation of France, and he greatly appreciated the efforts of the Americans and the British to liberate his country. He saw it as his duty to protect downed Allied airmen from the enemy.
My plan was to get to England, but this was not possible: I had with me the documents from the factory in Paris, along with securities and other valuables, and I could not abandon the colleagues who had followed me. On the twenty-fifth or twenty-sixth we saw the first Boches: two motorcyclists as drunk as Poles. On June 28 we returned to Domfront. I was very worried about my family and wondered what had happened in the city. . A German observation post had been set up in the old castle, and I had to argue for a long time before I was allowed to go through and enter my house.
We arrived at Alençon on the morning of June 15 after being thirty hours on the road to travel two Page 8 hundred kilometers. We stopped at some friends', then headed for Domfront. At home the whole city was in a state of agitation. We expected the worst, and right away I made plans to evacuate farther west. Champ and some others decided to follow me. We also had to take with us the plant secretary and her mother, whom Pierre Baratte had brought from Paris shortly before my arrival in Domfront.
Agents for Escape: Inside the French Resistance, 1939-1945 by Andre Rougeyron, Marie-Antoinett McConnell