Now, it appears in the Royal Air Force records as "Commander Maurice" affectionately named "Morrie". He chose this pseudonym to preserve his family from reprisals. Oddly enough, the request at that time by the British authorities to the French General Staff in London for Max Guedj was promoted to lieutenant colonel in the air force has no effect. Now, the aviator deserves a thousand times this advancement: sincerely admired by the entire Mosquito wing of Banff, "Jean-Maurice" is involved in virtually all hazardous outputs that result its crews in the fjords of Norway.
They then face a huge air defence, the more terrible they must fly low to allow rockets to reach the targets in well-sheltered harbours. Wing Commander Maurice was killed January 15, 1945 in the company of Flight Lieutenant Langley, while leading the entire squadron to attack ships at anchor in the port of Leirvick, Norway. Three sections of three Fw 90 each arose and immediately engaged the two who did not expect it; they had never seen these German fighters in Norway before. In the confused melee that ensued, we saw Guedj's plane pursued by three assailants. Then that was it. That day five Mosquito did not return.
Commander of the Legion of Honour, Companion of the Liberation, decorated with the Croix de Guerre with seven palms, the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) and the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) with bar, this brilliant pilot had in 32 years- 1290 flight hours, including 630 in wartime. Not so well known as many heroes of the air in the Second World War, Max Guedj was not given special attention, but he was one of the best French aviators of that period, a gifted pilot and thoughtful, endearing man.
Translated from French
Quo Fata Vocant-Whither the Fates call