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French fighter pilots 1939-1945.

Albert Folliot

by Christian-Jacques Ehrengardt
Philippe Listemann
Pierre-André Tilley

Translation: Michel  Léveillard

Born on June 13th 1909 in Marseille, Albert Folliot entered the Naval Academy in 1928. He graduated with the rank of Sublieutenant (Fleet Air Arm) - Ensign (US Navy). He first was assigned to the torpedo boat  "Le Basque", and then he orientated his career towards Aeronautics. In 1932, he entered the Versailles flight school, hence Hourtin. He received his pilot license in October of the same year. He was then assigned to Escadrille 3E1 at Berre.

In 1934, he attended the French Air Force fighter course and was sent to Escadrille 3C1 at Marignane. He rejoined Escadrille 7S1 aboard the Béarn aircraft carrier in 1935 and was promoted to Lieutenant Commander (Fleet Air Arm) - Lieutenant (US Navy) in January 1939.

At the beginning of the war, he commanded fighter Escadrille AC2. He was shot down the 11th of May over Belgium and he had to bail out of his Potez 631. Between 1941 and 1942, he was transferred to GC II/7 (Groupe de Chasse 2/7) at Sidi-Ahmed. On October 3rd 1942, he took command of Flotille (Squadron - Fleet Air Arm) - (Naval Squadron US Navy) 1FC.

It was during a morning reconnaissance patrol over Fédala Beach Morocco where the Anglo-Americans had just landed on November 8th 1942 that he was reported missing, probably shot down by anti aircraft guns of the American vessels.

Legend:
Dewoitine D-520 Nbr 371 aboard which Lieutenant Albert Folliot was reported missing over Fédala Beach Morocco on the 8th of November 1942.


Albert Folliot

Lieutenant
Esc AC2
16.05.40  (1)  He 111   Ostende [Belgium]
This victory is not recognized, but contrary to the French Air Force, the French Navy did not officially confirm the victories of its pilots.

(X): total number of pilots participating to the destruction of the enemy airplane.

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Aéro Editions, Aérostories, 2002.

Dewoitine D-520 Nbr 371 aboard which Lieutenant Albert Folliot was reported missing over Fédala Beach Morocco on the 8th of November 1942.

Photo R. Bérard. C-J. Ehrengardt collection  Clic

Dewoitine D.520 n°317
Lieutenant Albert Folliot
Commanding the Flottille 1F
Port-Lyautey (Maroc), November 8th, 1942
Infographie : Pierre-André Tilley, © Aéro-Editions
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