This part of the website has a new feature, a database of French helper names. To view it, click here.
The following sub-pages will reproduce the list of members of the French Resistance who helped Allied airmen as compiled after the Liberation by Allied Military Intelligence and photographed by John Howes at The National Archives, Kew, London in 2012. The official title is Register of Helpers, I.S.9 (Awards Bureau) Paris. For a source that will explain the meaning of IS9, click here and scroll down to the heading, “Reference Work on British Escape and Evasion.”
The list consists of approximately 1,484 images. With most pages containing some 13 to 14 listings, there are some 20,000 listings. But many listings include the names of other members of the family, so the actual number of names may be significantly more.
For a discussion in English of the meaning of the Award Grade assigned to a helper, see http://www.evasioncomete.org/TxtAwards2.html. For a French language explanation, see http://www.evasioncomete.org/TxtAwards.html.
Some names are out of order. Usually that won’t present a problem as long as you check the page where it should be and the pages immediately before and after. Occasionally there are out-of-order names that are to be found at the end of the entire list of names for a particular letter of the alphabet. I have attempted to alert the user of the list by providing notations to that effect on the heading of the page where a name should have been as well as on the heading of the page at the end of the list for that letter of the alphabet where it actually is. For example, the name “Fourchaigu” should have appeared on page 993 which contains the names “Fouquet” to “Fourmaux” but instead is at the end of the last F-page, page 30011, “Fulbert” to “Fynnaert.”
The list of French helpers has more information that the lists of Dutch and Belgian helpers, often including the person’s occupation and the names of other members of the family, in addition to notations about whether the person was deported, on a black list, the award grade, monetary aid, etc. I have even noticed the notation “not evasion,” the list apparently including some people who did not help airmen but did something else.
Keep in mind that an address given for someone on the list may be a postwar address and not necessarily the one from which the person was active during the war.
To correctly cite the sources for these names at The National Archives of the UK, the following designations should be used:
- WO 208/5465 France A – B
- WO 208/5466 France C
- WO 208/5467 France D
- WO 208/5468 France E – G
- WO 208/5469 France H – K
- WO 208/5470 France L
- WO 208/5471 France M
- WO 208/5472 France N – Q
- WO 208/5473 France R – S
- WO 208/5474 France T – Z
Note that when I refer to a “page,” I am actually referring to an image number generated by the system used to photograph the actual pages of the original list. In the first images that I posted on this website I shortened the number of the page, trimming off the first few digits. Later, farther into the alphabet, I changed my practice and posted the full number. The actual page numbers of the index itself can be read from the images. I began loading the images in October 2013 and and finished on November 20, 2013.
An image can be enlarged by clicking on the image and enlarged even further by clicking a second time. Use the back arrow to go back to the original image. To go directly to the sub-page for a particular part of the alphabet, click on the appropriate letter below: