Comet Line Special Covers 1942-2012– Royal Air Forces Escaping Society – Thailand Connection
The Comet line (Le Réseau Comète) was a World War II resistance group in Belgium/France which helped Allied soldiers and airmen return to Britain. The line started in Brussels where the men were fed, clothed and given false identity papers before being hidden in attics and cellars of houses. Some 800 stranded and shot-down Allied servicemen were spirited out of Nazi-occupied Europe. Most of those carried along the line were AIRMEN. A network of people guided them south through occupied France into neutral Spain and home via British-controlled Gibraltar.The Comet line was created by a young Belgian woman Andree de Jongh (nickname “Dedee”) who was 20 Years old in 1940.
For her wartime work and achievements, de Jongh received the George Medal from the British, the American Medal of Freedom and the Belgian Croix de Guerre with palm. She was also created Chevaliers of the French Lgion d’honneur and the Belgian Order of Leopold. In 1985 she was made a Belgian countess
Escape from Burma,Malaysia & Thailand was most difficult. These operations were organised by Force 136 & No 357 Squadron RAF. Dedicated to those who lost lives in Building Burma -Siam railway.
This cover was flown from Royal Thai Air Force Base at Kamphaeng Saen to “Bridge over River Kwai” along Burma Siam Railway in a Marchetti Aircraft and also flown from London to Bangkok and Singapore in a DC8-63.
Cover No RAFES SC 7 dated 10 Jun 1974 flown in Marchetti and DC8 -63