José Blairon was born at Leval -
Trahegnies (Binche) on 18 January 1921. He
was at the Mining
school of Mons when the general mobilisation
was proclaimed. On
8 April 1940 attended the Flying School where he was accepted.
Evacuated to Oujda,
Morocco with the Flying School when Germans
over run the country. Escaped to England where he
arrived on August 14, 1940. Send for training, he joined the
Franco Belgian EFTS at Odiham (2 November 1940), 5 SFTS at
Ternhill (15 May 1941), 61 OTU at Heston (20 August 1941).
Training finished, José Blairon was posted to 74 Sqn where he
arrived on 7 October 1941. He joined the newly created 350 (Belgian)
18 November 1941. First Loss of 350 Sqn, killed on May 9, 1942
(Red 4, Spitfire AA857), Circus 170. Having been involved in combat with
FW. Georg Hutter from 5./JG1 West of Walcheren he returned with his damaged plane to the British
coast, baled out to low and was rescued by Air Sea
Rescue. He died of his injuries 2 hours later at the hospital.
He was buried at Brockwood, 13 May 1942.
(Source: Cynrik De
Decker, Philippe Deman and André Bar)