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Aubin, Raymond

Date of birth:
1909
Date of death:
1991
Service number:
325858
Nationality:
French (1870-present, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Captain
Unit:
F Section, Special Operations Executive (SOE), British Government
Awarded on:
August 30th, 1945
Recommendation:
"This officer started work in French resistance in 1940 and rendered invaluable service in his capacity as Police Inspector by passing resistance personnel through controls and by keeping Resistance informed of Gestapo activities. Aubin was eventually betrayed by a collaborator. He escaped to England, and despite the fact that he was well-known to the Gestapo, volunteered to return to France as an agent.
Early in July 1944 Aubin was landed in France to command and reorganise a circuit in the Jura, the organiser and W/T operator of which had been arrested. Aubin successfully picked up the threads of this circuit and arranged a number of successful parachute operations to supply the various groups with arms.

In collaboration with local resistance leaders, Aubin organised large scale sabotage and guerilla warfare throughout the department of the Jura. He himself played an important and courageous part in many guerilla actions, notably those which led to the capture of Lons le Saunier on 26th August, when at least 75 Germans were killed and 20 taken prisoner, together with a large quantity of arms and equipment.

In spite of the short time at his disposal, Aubin succeeded, by his remarkable energy and drive, in re-establishing at a vital moment an important circuit which made a valuable contribution in that area to the success of the resistance moevement.

It is recommended that this officer be awarded the Military Cross."
Military Cross (MC)

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