René Mouchotte c/o Mouchotte family
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Rene Mouchotte: Puzzle of Battle of Britain hero solved

René Mouchotte was a Spitfire ace who was killed in battle at the age of 29.

In three years of action with the RAF, he completed more than 380 sorties and became the first Frenchman to lead an RAF squadron.

He also shared the credit for shooting down Biggin Hill's 1,000th enemy plane in 1943.

In 2007 former BBC newsreader Jan Leeming sponsored his name on the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne, near Folkestone.

It was the beginning of a quest to find out more about the death of the pilot which has been shrouded in confusion and mystery.

Jan Leeming uncovers fresh revelations about the pilot's death and follows his remarkable story.

Inside Out South East is on BBC One on Monday, 28 January at 19:30 GMT and nationwide on the iPlayer for seven days thereafter.

Credits: Archive film courtesy and copyright of British Pathe. Photographs are by kind permission of the Mouchotte family.

  • 29 Sep 2014