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Jean Maridor - WW2 hero

Jean Maridor
Jean Maridor

On August 3, 1944, at 12.30pm, Captain Jean Maridor of the RAF 91st Squadron took off on his last mission. Flying over the coast at Rye, he spotted a V1 flying bomb and set about the chase in his Spitfire and although he made repeated attempts to shoot it down he was unable to ground it. As the V1 made its way north he realised that the apparent trajectory of the V1 was Benenden School - a war time hospital sporting a large red cross on the roof. Captain Maridor made another attempt to bring the 'buzz bomb' down without success.

Realising the consequence to the hospital and the village of the V1 landing and exploding and with little regard for his own safety Captain Maridor closed in to the flying bomb. With less than fifty metres between his Spitfire and the V1 he let off a final salvo with teh canon.

The gigantic explosion tore off the right wing and the Spitfire plummeted to the ground. Captain Maridor's remains were found close by the hospital surrounded by the aircraft's wreckage.

Benenden residents of the time vowed would never forget the bravery of the 23 year old French flyer Captain Jean Maridor DFC who died in action 3rd August 1944 to save their village

The Jean Maridor memorial in Benenden Church
The Jean Maridor memorial in Benenden Church

Information and picture sourced with thanks from http://www.jean-maridor.org and http://www.ordredelaliberation.fr/fr_compagnon/647.html

Jean MARIDOR, chasseur de V1

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Drop off items for Benenden Church Fete

Mon 18th Apr to Thu 16th Jun, 12pm

Clothes, books, bric-a-brac, toys, etc.
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Ladder toss

Sat 21st May, 8:15pm

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An afternoon in the garden

Sun 22nd May, 2pm

In aid of Bone Cancer Research Trust
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Merry and Bright Club - Jubilee party

Tue 24th May, 2pm

All welcome
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Quiz night at St George's Club

Sat 28th May, 8:15pm

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Queen's Platinum Jubilee - Celebration of a life in service

Thu 2nd Jun, 8:30pm

For everyone .....
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Queen's Platinum Jubilee - Lighting the village beacon

Thu 2nd Jun, 9:30pm

Lighting up at 9.45pm
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Queen's Platinum Jubilee-A 'right royal' variety performance

Sat 4th Jun, 7:30pm

Sketches, songs and singalong
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Queen's Platinum Jubilee - Village sharing lunch

Sun 5th Jun, 12:15pm

Opportunity for village to get together
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Benenden Church Fete

Sat 18th Jun, 12pm

Fun and frolics for the whole family
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Right Royal Jubilee Quiz at St George's Club

Sat 18th Jun, 8pm

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