A Knight of the Air With Savoyard Origins and a RCAF hero

“During the war, my father flew under an alias, Pete Logan.

Why?

During WW2, my father’s mother and siblings lived in Bonneville, France, and my father’s superiors felt that his family could face retaliation should the Germans ever learn of my father’s French roots.

My father did have some claims; however, his records are incomplete. When he went from being Pierre Lecoq (R77174) to Peter Logan, the official records for Pierre Lecoq were totally erased or lost …

What I do know, is that after my father’s tour of duty ended in July of 1944, in lieu of returning to England for a rest, he donned civilian clothing and headed east to join his immediate family in Bonneville, FRANCE. Being perfectly bilingual, my father had no problem communicating in French. In order to reach his family, he had to travel through enemy occupied territory; hence, along the way he assisted the French Resistance movement in defying the Germans, and also assisted downed Allied pilots in their quest to escape enemy territory. I don’t know exactly when my father returned to Canada, but he was in the reserves (City of Montreal 438 Squadron) after the war while attending McGill University (Medicine Class of 1952).”

Peter Lecoq, son of Pierre Lecoq

The Lecoq family traces its roots back to Savoie, France. This newspaper clipping is most probably written in 1944. WWII is not over yet by what is said about being Pierre Lecoq being an instructor for pilots defending against V-1 rockets.

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I told Peter Lecoq I was going to translate this article so English people can “enjoy” what he sent me about his father.

The article is most interesting since it traces Pierre Lecoq’s roots and tells a lot about the Lecoq family and about Pierre Lecoq aka Pete Logan.

See you next time.

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