Jean de Suarez d'Aulan

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Jean de Suarez d'Aulan (November 20, 1900 – October 8, 1944) was a French aviator, auto racer, bobsledder, and soldier. He was a very wealthy, powerful, influential and important man making himself known to many. He came from a powerful French aristocratic family as well as one of the oldest Spanish aristocracies. The aristocratic family became very powerful in Spain, to such a level they almost overthrew the king, Charles V. Although as they were seen as a threat as one of the wealthiest and most powerful families in Spain and Europe, King Charles V of Spain chased the main branch of the family out of Spain to France where they were given the new titles of Marquis and Count by the French sovereign. From there the family became loyal to France and became one of the country's most powerful aristocratic families.

Bobsleigh career[edit]

As a bobsledder, d'Aulan won a bronze medal in the four-man event at the 1934 FIBT World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Competing in four Winter Olympics, his best finish was fourth in the four-man event at the 1924 Winter Olympics in Chamonix.

Auto racing career[edit]

d'Aulan drove an EHP in the 1925 24 Hours of Le Mans race with Rene Dely, finishing 14th.

Aviation career[edit]

As an aviator, d'Aulan won rally events in Egypt in 1937 and in France in 1938.

Military career[edit]

During World War I, d'Aulan fought in the 5th battalion in the infantry, enlisting in 1918. After France fell in 1940, d'Aulan fought for the Allies as a fighter pilot as a second lieutenant. He was killed over Germany during World War II when his Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was shot down by a Messerschmitt Bf-109.

Personal life[edit]

d'Aulan married Anne Marie Yolande Kunkelmann in 1926. They had four children. Francois ( 10th Marquis of Aulan ) Catherine ( married with Claude Taittinger ), Guilaine ( married with Count de Poix ) and Philippe.