Picquart, Jacques

Personal Information

Rank Lt.
Forename(s) Jacques
Surname Picquart
Gender M
Age 20
Date of Death 01-05-1942
Next of Kin Son of Maurice Picquart and Augusta Picquart (née D'Haene), of Heule, Belgium.

Aircraft Information

Aircraft Armstrong Whitworth Whitley V
Serial Number Z9230
Markings NF-

Memorial Information

Burial/Memorial Country Belgium
Burial/Memorial Place Kortrijk (Begraafplaats Heule) Cemetery, Mellestraat, Heule.
Grave Reference

IBCC Memorial Information

Phase SP
Panel Number 272 (not yet erected on site)

Enlistment Information

Service Number -
Service Special Operations Executive
Squadron 138 (Special Duties)
Trade Agent
Country of Origin Belgium

Other Memorials

Location Village Green, Tempsford, Bedfordshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Stone Memorial with inscribed Marble Tablets
Memorial Text In honour of the men and women of Special Duties Sqns stationed at RAF Tempsford
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Location "The Barn" Gibraltar Farm, Tempsford, Bedfordshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Inscribed Stone Plaque & Framed Scroll
Memorial Text To commemorate the men and women of different nationalities who flew from RAF Tempsford to aid resistance forces in occupied Europe
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Location St. Peter's Church, Tempsford, Bedfordshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Inscribed Stone Tablet, Wooden Boards, Brass Plaques & RoH
Memorial Text Remembering all those who flew from RAF Tempsford including those of the Royal Australian Air Force
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Miscellaneous Information

Born in Heule on August 8, 1921 and was a student in civilian life, in his final year at Sint Jozefinstituut in Kortrijk. On May 18, 1940, together with fellow student Jean Melsens, son of a Kortrijk wine merchant, he cycled to enlist at a recruitment center in Calais. After joining the Belgian army he was assigned to the SOE due to his language skills, with codename Lamb. In April 1942 he volunteered for operation 'Mulle'. On April 30, 1942 he was dropped over Lessines to become a wireless operator agent but the German enemy was aware of their arrival and Jacques Picquart was killed in the ensuing firefight.
The 1949 Charles Crichton film Against the Wind is said to tell the story of this operation but in fact is based on a completely different event. Although there is a character in this film named Jacques Picquart his role bears no resemblance to the actual events and may have been included as an homage. Jacques Picquartstraat in Kortrijk, Belgium is named in his honour and the naming ceremony on 22 September 2017 was attended by Jacques Picquart Jr., who was born in 1945 and named in his honour.
He was first buried in Elsene but was later exhumed and re-buried in Heule on 27 September 1945 in the same grave as his parents. Also commemorated on a plaque in Ixelles, Belgium.

Fellow Servicemen

Last Operation Information

Start Date 30-04-1942
End Date 01-05-1942
Takeoff Station Tempsford
Day/Night Raid Night (100% moon)
Operation Operation Lamb/Mule/Sable/Retriever- drop zone Lessines, Belgium.
Reason for Loss Wireless sets dropped in earlier operations had been siezed by the Abwehr and were being used to lure agents into traps, this being one such trap. The Germans were waiting and this agent was killed in the ensuing gun fight. His two compatriots, Kaanen (codename Sable) and Deflem (codename Mule), were also killed. The pilot, Squadron Leader Davies, reported having seen the triangular lights indicating the drop zone and was unaware of the fate of the agents.

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