A big ‘thank you’ must go to Jean-Noel Becuwe and Lauraine.  What an interesting and absorbing lecture Jean-Noel had prepared and Lauriane’s translations into English were, as always, so helpful.  The subject Le Hasard ou le Destin/Chance or Destiny kept us engrossed for the whole afternoon.  It was the tale of the ill fated flight of Lockheed Constellation F-BAZN which departed from Paris-Orly at 20:05 for a flight to New York with an intermediate stop at Santa Maria, Azores. … 

The Constellation struck the Redondo Mountain at an elevation of 900 m. and all the crew and passengers perished.

Famous violinist Ginette Neveu and celebrity boxer Marcel Cerdan were killed in the crash along with the crew and other notable passengers.  Jean-Noel described the lives of Ginette Neveu, her brother, the people surrounding her who were also famous at the time, Jacques Thibaud, Maurice Ravel and of course Edith Piaf, whilst he talked he also played and lead us through the music of the period, mentioning the history of aviation up to the time of the crash. Le Hasard ou le Destin, we did not come to a conclusion, but have plenty to think about…..  Thank you Jean-Noel and Lauriane for yet  another very successful and interesting AFA Sunday History afternoon.