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Jean, Marquis de Suarez d'Aulan

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TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameMarie Quenin Félix Ghislain Foulques Jean de la Croix•Harouard de Suarez d’Aulan
Used nameJean, Marquis•de Suarez d'Aulan
Born20 November 1900 in Savasse, Drôme (FRA)
Died8 October 1944 in Altkirch, Haut-Rhin (FRA)
NOC(s) France


Jean Aulan inherited 500 million dollars, which made him one of the wealthiest men in Europe. As a young man he was university champion in swimming and French national champion in diving. With his bobsled crew, he was a four-time French champion and won a bronze medal with the four-man bob at the 1934 World Championships. He twice participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and as an aviator won air rallies in Egypt, Germany and France.

As a president of the Society of the wines of Champagne Piper Heidsieck in Reims, during the occupation, the Marquis de Suarez d’Aulan hid parachuted weapons in the cellars. Denounced to the Gestapo, he still managed an escape to North Africa. In the famous Group II/5 he became the oldest World War II fighter pilot. After several missions over Germany as a second lieutenant, he was shot down by a Messerschmitt aircraft. Marquis de Suarez d’Aulan was appointed Chevalier of the Legion of Honour and was awarded the Military Cross.


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1924 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) Four/Five, Men Olympic France 1 4 Representing France    
1928 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) Four/Five, Men Olympic France 1 14 Representing France    
1936 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) Two, Men Olympic Jacques Bridou 14 Representing France    
  Four, Men Olympic France 1 9

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