"French ambassador unveils memorial to wartime hero, pilot Yves Mahe"
" LASTING memorial to an almost forgotten hero of York's wartime past was unveiled in a special ceremony in the city yesterday.
The actions of pilot Yves Mahe http://www.francaislibres.net/liste/fiche.php?index=82642 during the bombing raid on the city made such an impression on the people of York in 1942 that the French tricolour was flown over the city, and now the young airman has been permanently memorialised in a city centre church.
Mahe is the Free French RAF pilot credited with saving York from the notorious "Baedecker" bombing raid of April 1942 when he shot down one of the 40 German bombers attacking York.
Yesterday, after a campaign led by children of St Wilfrid's RC Primary School, the French ambassador travelled to York to unveil a memorial to the airman.
His Excellency Bernard Emié and Air Attaché Col Nicolas Chambaz took part in a special ceremony at St Martin le Grand church in Coney Street, and spoke of French gratitude that Mahe's actions were being commemorated in York.
M Emie called Mahe the "stuff of legends", and added:
"I am very pleased that the initiative for this plaque was taken on not by veterans or historians, but by children. I am very grateful for that initiative, and for the support of the authorities."
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