Marcel Haegelen

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Marcel Haeglen
Colonel Marcel Émile Haegele.jpg
Born (1896-09-13)September 13, 1896
Belfort, France
Died May 24, 1950(1950-05-24) (aged 53)
Hospital of Val-de-Grâce, Paris, France
Buried Cemetery of Ris-Orangis
Allegiance France
Service/branch Air Service
Rank Colonel
Awards Legion of Honour (Grand Officer), Médaille militaire, Croix de Guerre

Colonel Marcel Émile Haegelen[1] (13 September 1896 – 24 May 1950), Légion d'honneur, Médaille militaire, Croix de Guerre, was a World War I French flying ace credited with 23 victories.[2]


He was born on 13 September 1896.

After the war, he became a test pilot for the Hanriot company. In 1931 and 1932 he won the Coupe Michelin long-distance flying competition flying the Lorraine Hanriot LH.41/2 aircraft. On the second one, he set a world record for 2000 km with a speed of 263.900 km/h.

Mobilised as fighter pilot at the beginning of World War II, lieutenant-colonel Marcel Haegelen won his 24th victory flying a Curtiss H 75, shooting down a German airplane on 14 June 1940.

After the fall of France he became a member of the French Resistance, and was arrested by the Germans in 1943 and jailed in Bourges.

When he died on 24 May 1950, he was Grand officier of Légion d'honneur.


End notes[edit]

  1. ^ [dead link] Real identity and exact surname attested by Military Records from French Flying Service of First World War.
  2. ^