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Hartford688
03-22-2006, 12:38 PM
Sad news posted by Jeanba over at SimHQ...Pierre Clostermann died today.

Great writer, great pilot. The Big Show is my favourite book. I re-read it just a couple of weeks ago. Just as good now as when I read it 25 years ago. I'm sad to know he's gone now.

Slickun
03-22-2006, 12:57 PM
Another WW2 veteran gone.

Again, fellas, if you know a veteran, do an oral history with him. You will be amazed at what he went through, no matter what country, arm of service, or theater. Both of you will be glad you did it.

May Mr. Clostermann rest in peace.

JG52-6High
03-22-2006, 12:59 PM
R.I.P

A great writer...

bluesman69uk
03-22-2006, 01:03 PM
I remember reading the book last year, it was amazing.

A true loss

RIP Pierre clostermann

Bremspropeller
03-22-2006, 01:04 PM
Sad news indeed. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Farewell, old friend !

S!

danjama
03-22-2006, 01:05 PM
Lets be careful to not focus on his book eh guys, he was much more than that!

RIP http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

(someone should bump the obituary thread with this, that is what it was created for)

Megile_
03-22-2006, 01:08 PM
S!!!!!!!!!!!

Great Man, great pilot.

Monty_Thrud
03-22-2006, 01:12 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif...R.I.P. to a great fighter pilot and writer...he will be missed http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

GBrutus
03-22-2006, 01:19 PM
Very sad news, God bless him. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

KIMURA
03-22-2006, 01:21 PM
un dernier au-revoir, Monsieur Clostermann
http://www.defesanet.com.br/imagens/defesanet/14jul/1_patrouille_de_france.jpg

PBNA-Boosher
03-22-2006, 01:31 PM
RIP my friend, RIP.

VW-IceFire
03-22-2006, 03:06 PM
Oh man....sad news indeed. I imagine it is fortunate that someone of his occupation, having done the things he did and experienced those tragic years has lived a very long life indeed.

Rest in peace.

Chuck_Older
03-22-2006, 03:20 PM
A bientot, Monsieur Closterman.

JG52Uther
03-22-2006, 03:32 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

MB_Avro_UK
03-22-2006, 04:32 PM
Hi all,

Sad to hear this. Adieu mon brave !!

Best Regards,
MB_Avro.

Taylortony
03-22-2006, 04:45 PM
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blairgowrie
03-22-2006, 05:49 PM
Salute to a great fighter pilot. He was very fortunate to survive WW2 with a great war record. I first read his book The Big Show back in the 1950's and he has been a great inspiration to me and many others. RIP Pierre.

Jungmann
03-22-2006, 06:02 PM
S! Clo-clo.

wayno7777
03-22-2006, 11:22 PM
~S~ Godspeed.

I'm still looking for the uncensored edition of The Big Show....

jolly_magpie
03-23-2006, 12:59 AM
Good heavens, he was still alive???? Amazing.

WOLFMondo
03-23-2006, 01:08 AM
R.I.P.

Seb86
03-23-2006, 05:34 AM
Very sad new http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif
but he was 85 years old, so...

and only 30 seconds in our television news...

ohs88t
03-23-2006, 05:52 AM
His big show is over, it lasted a lot longer than some of his friends, was truly saddened to hear of his passing. I knew of him through his book "The Big Show" have read it so many times. To him and all those who didn't have a book written about them I will remember.

Grue_
03-23-2006, 05:58 AM
A sad day http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Closter
03-23-2006, 02:24 PM
Merci Clo-Clo!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif

goshikisen
03-23-2006, 02:55 PM
I'm halfway through my first reading of the Big Show... I've just discovered what an interesting individual Mon. Clostermann "was". Sad indeed.

Gold_Monkey
03-23-2006, 03:28 PM
S! and Thank you. RIP

Capt.England
03-23-2006, 04:36 PM
S! to one of the best.

I hope you meet up with your comrades in the Mess for a warm beer!

Sintubin
03-23-2006, 05:16 PM
Adieu http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif Mr clostermann

AVG_WarHawk
03-23-2006, 06:05 PM
A sad day http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif He'll be remember well.

-HH-Dubbo
03-23-2006, 07:26 PM
Adieu http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif Clo Clo

partic_10
03-23-2006, 08:04 PM
To die after a long life, well lived, is not so sad!
Well played, Mon. Clostermann, and congratulations!

gates123
03-23-2006, 10:20 PM
It was one hell of a ride...

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e228/rage117/clostermann2.jpg

Tooz_69GIAP
03-24-2006, 06:35 AM
RIP

WOLFMondo
03-24-2006, 07:23 AM
Originally posted by partic_10:
To die after a long life, well lived, is not so sad!
Well played, Mon. Clostermann, and congratulations!

He led quite a long and fulfilling life by any standardl; fighter pilot, author, politician, father, and until his death, Frances most decorated citizen. He led a very unique life indeed.

goshikisen
03-24-2006, 07:33 AM
Is anybody able to read the writing in the photograph that gates123 posted? Interesting that the kill markings have been scribbled over. I think the only word I can pick out is "Pour".

Seb86
03-24-2006, 09:39 AM
It is write :
" For Laurent F....(I couldnot read the name)
This faked photograph Why ?"
And the signature of Pierre Clostermann

"Pour Laurent F....
Cette photo truquée Pourquoi ?"


In fact, I think (not sure, not remember exactly what Clostermann say in the Big Show complete version or in another book) that the photograph is reversed (left to right, an right to left). Look at the watch that appear on right arm, the badge on right side... I don't remember if the victory mark are exact, or placed well...
The photograph is the spitfire LO-D with the City of Glasgow squadron is my memory is correct

Hoarmurath
03-24-2006, 09:50 AM
This photo is a fake, it was reversed, and the position of the victory crosses have been changed, you can see the first of the original ones on extreme right. It was taken by Max Sutherland for squadron 602 archives. I have a reproduction of the original in "le grand cirque 2000", without the changes.

It may have been faked during war for propaganda purposes, it was fairly common practice.

JG52Karaya-X
03-24-2006, 11:48 AM
A last Salute to a brave, outstanding pilot and an honourable warrior! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif



PS: We need more appropriate smilies

Bsnakeman
03-24-2006, 12:20 PM
Vá com Deus Pierre e, obrigado por nos fazer sonhar em suas asas ! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif
( Go with God Pierre and, thanks for make us dream in your wings ! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif )

Best,

danjama
03-24-2006, 02:23 PM
Originally posted by partic_10:
To die after a long life, well lived, is not so sad!
Well played, Mon. Clostermann, and congratulations!

Well said! Such a lucky, amazing man!

snafu73
03-24-2006, 05:11 PM
Another reminder that time tends to ruthlessly march forward, soon there will be none left.

Ironically the other day another ww2 hero that lived around the corner from me passed away, he was in the commandos and took part in the Dieppe landings - several times I considered knocking on his door and polightly asking if I could talk to him about his experiences, but it seemed a slightly absurd thing to do.

Now it seems absurd that I did'nt.

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danjama
03-24-2006, 05:49 PM
Originally posted by snafu73:
Another reminder that time tends to ruthlessly march forward, soon there will be none left.

Ironically the other day another ww2 hero that lived around the corner from me passed away, he was in the commandos and took part in the Dieppe landings - several times I considered knocking on his door and polightly asking if I could talk to him about his experiences, but it seemed a slightly absurd thing to do.

Now it seems absurd that I did'nt.

http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

I know exactly what you mean!! One thing i have promised to myself that i will do this year at Duxford is talk to the veterans, previously i have found it difficuly to just butt into their lives and stick my nose in, but im starting to realise that it will be alot more difficult to confront the fact that i didnt once they are all gone!

Jambock_Dolfo
03-30-2006, 05:38 PM
Adieu Mr Clostermann...

A la chasse, *****!

tHeBaLrOgRoCkS
03-30-2006, 06:18 PM
Just got hold of his book this year and is on my list of must reads.

Also Reminds me of a story my Dad told me that, towards the end of the war, one of the girls in his street when he was a kid had a french boyfriend who was a fighter pilot and would fly his aircraft low over her house in Dunfermline Scotland. All the kids would point up and cheer there goes frenchy!!

Bon voyage!

DIRTY-MAC
03-31-2006, 08:13 AM
http://koti.mbnet.fi/~jjuvonen/photos/pilots/clostermann.jpg


http://www.planet.fi/~mohman/nurkka/pierre2.jpg

http://www.flyandrive.com/images/ClostermannL.jpg

http://www.planet.fi/~mohman/nurkka/pierre.jpg

http://www.hsgalleries.com/gallery04/images/spitfirelfixsd_2.jpg

"The Circus is over. The public was satisfied . The menu was rich and not so bad , except that the lions have torn apart the tamer.
We'll remember them again later and even when all will be forgotten , the music , the fireworks and their nice costumes , at the centre of the square the trace of the big tent will remain , until the following rain shall erase it for ever.
My friends that survived the Big Circus have , luckily , not realised it €" me neither for that matter- and that will be our final reward."

Pierre Clostermann
(1921-2006)

Rest In Peace Clo-Clo

danjama
03-31-2006, 08:48 AM
Thanks for posting that Mac http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

elphifou
03-31-2006, 08:56 AM
I join this community for a most sincere adieu http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

Puisses-tu, par ton exemple, nous donner la force de vaincre nos peurs.

F6_Ace
03-31-2006, 04:12 PM
Reposez vos ailes lasses

s!

BaronUnderpants
03-31-2006, 06:15 PM
As most of u i learned about Pierre Clostermann thanks to his book "The Big Show". Iv read it several times.

Wery sad, RIP Clo-Clo.