Mlle Dumon (Micheline)
started working in Brussels for "Comète" in September 1942
shortly after her parents and sister, who had also worked for the Secret
Organization "Luc-Marc”, had been arrested. Her work was to
gather airmen together and hand them over to a member of the
organization who then dispatched them to Paris.
By June 1943 there had
been so many arrests in the organization that there was hardly anybody
left. Mlle Dumon was forced to move from place to place in order to
avoid arrest. For the next year, until January 1944, she continued to
convoy and hide airmen in Belgium. In January she was told to leave the
country as she was very "brulé", but undaunted she decided to
go to Paris to work there instead.
Towards the end of January when the head of the line was arrested
with various other members Mlle Dumon went to live at Bayonne. At this
time the members were in great difficulties and were in constant danger
of their lives. On 13 February she returned to Paris with more funds for
the organization and stayed for a few days.
On 26 February she
returned to Bayonne and on to Madrid. On 3 March Mlle Dumon left Madrid
and returned to Brussels to find out what had happened to the
organization and to collect information about airmen who were known to
have landed in Belgian territory. She remained there for a few days
before going back to Paris, where she waited for airmen and convoyed
them on no less than five occasions to the South. It was not until 10
May 1944 that she was persuaded to return to Madrid and later arrived in
the United Kingdom on 22 June 1944.
Mlle Dumon had handled, in
the course her long and astonishing career with the Comète-line, more
than 250 evaders and her name became a legend amongst the airmen who had
been shepherded across Brussels by the famous "Lily"
Citation of the "Medal of Freedom with
Lily Ugeux, Citizen of Belgium, for extraordinary service to Allied
airmen who fell in enemy-occupied territory from September 1942 to May
1944. Performing a series of brilliantly conceived operations, she aided
the escape of more than one hundred fifty aviators, sheltered them,
supplied them with papers and clothes, guided them past German
surveillance and sent them on their road back to freedom. The repeated
successes of her evasion work brought her fame among the Allied air
force and, at the same time, alerted agents of the Gestapo.
Circumventing all efforts to halt her activities, however, she continued
helping Allied evaders up to the moment when her superiors faired her
safety was too greatly endangered and sent her to England. Her gallantry
stands as a bright example for her countrymen and her great material
contribution to the Allied victory merits the profound admiration of
peoples of all the United Nations