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Lieutenant Eugène DUTARTRE


Eugene DUTARTRE was born on September 10, 1900 in Calais. He is the son of Eugène DUTARTRE (Father) and Jeanne POULLE.
He returns to the Air Force, and becomes a lieutenant at 25 years old.

Back to civilian life, he became a manufacturer of Embroidery in Calais, rue des Fontinettes. He is also President of the Aero-Club de Calais, where he trains young people in Aviation.

Re-mobilized at the outbreak of the conflict, he joined GAO 509 and was killed in air combat on June 5, 1940.

Eugene DUTARTRE will give his name to a street in his hometown, Calais.

Source: Gérard ACKERMANN: Eugene DUTARTRE was the brother of Mr. Ackermann's grandmother

Some feats of arm

On June 5, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No. 592 GAO 509 took off at 14 hours to perform a photographic reconnaissance mission over the Somme at 8000m altitude.

The aircraft is attacked by 6 Messerschmitt BF109E and after a fierce fight, the plane is shot down while trying to escape in low flying, and crashes in the area of Saint Valery en Caux. The crew is killed.