Ordre National du Mérite honour for Yorkshire Air Museum director Ian Reed

York Press: Yorkshire Air Museum director Ian Reed Yorkshire Air Museum director Ian Reed

THE head of a York aviation museum is to receive one of the highest awards France can bestow for ensuring the memory of French airmen lives on.

French President Francois Hollande has conferred the Ordre National du Mérite on Ian Reed, director of the Yorkshire Air Museum and the Allied Air Forces Memorial at Elvington, at the rank of officer.

It has only ever been given to about 2,500 people, with its recipients including King Juan Carlos of Spain and French actor Gerard Depardieu.

The honour was made by the French Ambassador to Britain, Bernard Emié, and proposed by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.

Mr Emie said it recognised Mr Reed’s career, his “commitment to the duty of remembrance for the airmen of France”, and his “admirable work over the last 20 years which has given France a special presence and renown”.

More than 2,500 airmen were stationed at Elvington airfield during the Second World War, with the area being nicknamed “Petit France”.

The Allied Air Force Memorial organises events and exhibitions across Britain, with Mr Reed recently arranging for Battle of Britain medals to be presented at a Paris ceremony to the families of two famous Free French fighter pilots, Henri Lafont and Rene Mouchotte.

The award will be formally presented later this year.

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1:24pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Fat Harry says...

Richly deserved.
Richly deserved. Fat Harry

4:35pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Dave Ruddock says...

Aeat honur and award , hope that it is for the the Airfield as a whole, not just the Manager and the award given Pride of Place in the Museum. Maybe a copy held in a case under the Hafifax in the Museum
Aeat honur and award , hope that it is for the the Airfield as a whole, not just the Manager and the award given Pride of Place in the Museum. Maybe a copy held in a case under the Hafifax in the Museum Dave Ruddock

5:14pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

Dave Ruddock wrote:
Aeat honur and award , hope that it is for the the Airfield as a whole, not just the Manager and the award given Pride of Place in the Museum. Maybe a copy held in a case under the Hafifax in the Museum
I understand where your coming from, but believe me, Ian Reed is the driving force behind the French connection and richly deserves his gong.
[quote][p][bold]Dave Ruddock[/bold] wrote: Aeat honur and award , hope that it is for the the Airfield as a whole, not just the Manager and the award given Pride of Place in the Museum. Maybe a copy held in a case under the Hafifax in the Museum[/p][/quote]I understand where your coming from, but believe me, Ian Reed is the driving force behind the French connection and richly deserves his gong. Garrowby Turnoff

10:37am Tue 14 Jan 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

"Petit France"? I thought it was La France? So why wasn't it "Petite"?
"Petit France"? I thought it was La France? So why wasn't it "Petite"? Ignatius Lumpopo

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