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Appriou, Jean-François

Date of birth:
January 25th, 1921 (Landéda, France)
Date of death:
December 9th, 1980 (Morlaix, France)
Service number:
FAFL 35.851
Nationality:
French (1870-present, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
4th SAS Regiment, Special Air Service (SAS), Combined Operations Headquarters, War Office, British Government
Awarded on:
July 22nd, 1946
Awarded for:
Operation Amherst
"Appriou (Jean), Lieutenant, 25th Airborne Division: high-class parachutist officer. A model of bravery and composure, parachuted into Holland during the night of April 7 to 8, 1945, began a series of ambushes and attacks against enemy convoys and garrisons, killing many enemies, capturing fifty prisoners and an impressive quantity of equipment and showed exceptional quality of leadership to his men during this campaign. "
Chevalier de l' Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
4th SAS Regiment, Special Air Service (SAS), Combined Operations Headquarters, War Office, British Government
Awarded on:
January 2nd, 1951
Awarded for:
Operation Amherst
"He has distinguished himself by courageous and tactful conduct in combat against the enemy on April 7 and 8, 1945, having been dropped behind enemy lines in Drenthe and having fearlessly taken part in the ensuing fighting during which he was wounded. By his conduct, he contributed to the liberation of The Netherlands, thereby serving the interests of the Dutch Government."

Royal Decree no 15
Bronzen Kruis (BK)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 16th, 1943
n° 2178 - Largo, Ringway
Insigne Parachutiste FFL

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