09.11.10 We are delighted to announce today that the Imperial War Museum London has chosen “Flightpaths” by Genevieve Monneris to compete for the 10th IWM Film Festival begining in November 2010.
The film has been produced with the Yorkshire Air Museum and tells the true but tragic story of Pat and Henri Martin. Henri was a mid upper gunner in a Halifax bomber of 346 “Guyenne” Squadron, French Air Force within RAF Bomber Command, based at Elvington. Pat, the girl he loves has been a secret courier, working directly for Winston Churchill. She has been parachuted into Normandy to deliver special messages for the Maquis direct from the Prime Minister. She later works for General de Gaulle. Meanwhile her young husband unknowing of his wife’s secret missions, flies with his crew into the Rhur, where on the night of 5/6 November 1944 his aircraft is hit and explodes killing all on board. Five other Halifax bombers from his squadron at Elvington are also lost. Devastated and now finding herself pregnant, Pat struggles to make a life for herself and the only thing she has left of Henri – the son he would never know. A poignant and truly remarkable story which is being shown during November, December and January at the IWM London, prior to the IWM Film Awards on February 8th 2011.