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Museum in Reguiny

Article about: This little museum is run by a lady called Francoise. It centres alot arount the resistence in Brittany and the the SOE. Francoise is also devoted to Flying officer John T Clifford who is bu

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    This little museum is run by a lady called Francoise.
    It centres alot arount the resistence in Brittany and the the SOE.
    Francoise is also devoted to Flying officer John T Clifford who is buried in Reguiny Church.
    Unfortunatly my battery on my camera was running low and Francoise was busy taking a French group round. If you get the chance to vist then it is well worth it.

    Major Jon Howard has signed one of field blouses.
    The radio set was made in a concentration camp

    On 28 July 1944 at 1700 hrs Flt Lt John T Clifford and seven of his comrades under the command of Squadron Leader William Douglas took off from their base "Bolt Head" in the South of England for a sortie over Occupied France.

    A pilot with six years experience in the Royal Air Force, John Clifford was taking part in a “Rhubarb" operation over Brittany to reconnoitre and destroy German military objectives and road traffic.

    Whilst attacking a lorry of the German TODT Organisation the Spitfire of John Clifford struck a tree with the tip of its right wing. The plane crashed in a wood by the Josselin-Pontivy road close to the town of Reguiny.

    On Friday 28 July 1944 some residents of Reguiny proceeded to the crash site to render assistance, but were prevented in doing so by German troops from a nearby camp. The flames of the crash attracted the attention of a passing German convoy. A German officer, wounded, with his arm in a sling looked at the body of the young British officer. He instructed that the Red Cross or civilian authorities should be advised, and recommended that a formal burial should be carried out, stating "He is the same rank as myself. He then ordered the German troops to return to their camp, leaving the people of Reguiny to attend the scene. Two days later on 30 July 1944 a numerous crowd assembled to accompany the funeral cortege.

    At the church, Monsieur Joachim Roscoet, Mayor of Reguiny, placed a tricolour wreath on the coffin in homage to the sacrifice of a young British officer who gave his life for the liberation of France.

    Finally, at the cemetery the grave was covered with flowers.
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    Looks good Dave, nice shots. Thanks for sharing them with us all.



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    A fascinating little museum, I would love to visit

    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    I like the U-boat captain's hat! Great looking little museum. William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    I could have spent hours in there. But, two children and a wife in tow I had to do what I could!!! The curator is very passionate about the museum and P/O Clifford. They have regular ceremonies at his grave.
    Due to what he did alot of Todt workers were able to escape

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    What an amazing display that little museum has.
    Thats a great place to spend a few hours.
    Thanks for sharing.

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