|(Prince) de Merode Werner (RAF n° 116473)|
Grand Officer in the Order of the
Crown, Grand Officer in the Order of Leopold II, Commander in the
Order of Leopold, Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940, French Croix de
Commander of the French Légion d'Honneur, Croix des Evadés,
Knight Commander in the Victorian Order, 1939/1943 Star, ...
|(André Bar Collection)|
Born on 25 March 1914 at
St-Gilles. After his degree in Phylosophy and
letters he joined the 1 Rgt Guides of
the Belgian Army. At the wish of his father, Werner passed
examination for Active Officer and got a 15 month instruction at
the Military School of Brasschaat. He is posted to 2 Rgt
Chasseurs à Cheval. He asked for a
transfer to the Aéronautique Militaire. He is instructed at the
Flying School of Wevelghem and his instructor was Manu Geerts.
His first Solo was on 27 February 1939 and once graduated
he was posted to 3/II/2Aé. At the
outbreak of War, de Merode flew on Fiat CR42 and got his sole
victory of the War on 10 May 1940, claiming a Do17P shot down
near Waremme. He followed his unit in France and was at Chastres
when Leopold III capitulated. He returned to Belgium but
regretted not having followed the few who escaped to Great
Britain. He evaded on 5 June 1941 and reached the UK on 8
November 1941. He enlisted the RAFVR (15/01/1942) and after a short refresh
training at the OTU of Aston (09/03/1942) he was posted to 501 Sqn
(12/03/1942) and 350 Sqn where he arrived on 4 September 1942.
F/O on 01/10/1942. During
Circus 242, de Merode flying on Spitfire Mk V MN-N was shot down
by a Fw-190 of JG26. He bailed out and evaded.
back in the UK on 28 March 1943. Send to Receiving Center 1 the
same day. Further operational postings saw him joining 91 Sqn
(12/05/1943) and 501 Sqn (07/07/1943), His further RAF career saw him
joining the administration of the Belgian Section of the RAF
(01/02/1944) and the Air Ministry Unit (26/02/1944).
Post War saw him getting a Diplomatic
carreer as ambassador in several countries. He died at
Brussels on 22 December 1995.
(Info Kindly provided by Marc
Artiges and André Bar)
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