Today's post continues the story of the Comet Escape Line. The network was established during World War II to escort downed Allied Airmen safely out of Europe and back into the fight. If you missed the first three posts and would like to read them, they can be found here and here and here.
|Dédée De Jongh|
Leader of the Comet Line
Dédée De Jongh and her father, Paul, continued to work out of their apartment in Paris. She escorted the Allied airmen south across the border to Spain, and Paul stamped forged identity cards. Fearing that her father would be captured by the Nazis, Dédée convinced him to leave France. On January 13, 1943, the two of them along with Franco and three pilots left Paris on the night train and traveled to Bayonne.
Franco returned to Paris to prepare another group to escape. Tante Go, who organized the southern section of the Comet Line, led Dédée and the airmen on bicycles to St. Jean de Luz through the pelting rain. Then they navigated the steep slopes to Urrugne on a road that had become a river of mud. Upon arrival at Francia's farmhouse, they were treated to hot milk and soup.
|Francia's House in Urrugne|