Roland de La Poype was born in the Puy-de-Dôme region of France on July 28, 1920. In August 1939 he enlisted in the French Air Force as a student pilot and obtained his pilot license in March 1940. As the storm of war hit France, he was at the fighter pilot school at Etampes. With his comrades of his graduating class, they followed Commandant Lionel de Marmier to Saint-Jean de Luz where they embarked for England along with Polish Aviators.
Joining the FAFL (Forces Aériennes Françaises Libres, or Free French Air Force), he was stationed in French Equatorial Africa from July 1940 to January 1941. Proceeding to England with the rank of Sergeant, he was integrated into Squadron 602, where he would get his baptism of fire. His promotion in rank rose rapidly, becoming a Flight - Lieutenant in the RAF in August 1942 (his French rank however never changed).
Then, he signed up and volunteered to serve with other French pilots on the Russian front, arriving at Ivanovo on November 28 1942 with the first element of GC 3 Normandie. He stayed there for two years, during which time his record of accomplishments earned him the rank of Warrant Officer and then the rank of Captain, receiving the highest order of decorations, including Hero of the Soviet Union.
After the war, he stayed a while longer with the "Neu-Neu" (A French expression describing the group Normandie Niemen), and after that, he became the Air attaché in Belgium, and hence in Yugoslavia. In 1947 the first part of his "living a full life" had come to a successful conclusion. The opportunity for the second part of his life came at the age of 27, and it would be no less successful than the first.
A visionary and genius inventor, Roland de la Poype understood that the future was in the use of plastic and disposable containers. In May 1947 he built a factory and began manufacturing a product that would revolutionize the life of the French people: a small plastic shampoo container with just the right amount for one usage. It was called "The berlingot Dop"! He had started a powerful industry of plastic wrapping for all of life's domains, from alimentary products to leisure items.
In 1985 he took a well-deserved retirement.
A limited edition of 100 Signed & Numbered Giclees on canvas or heavy paper. Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.
Choose from the following Gicleé sizes in your choice of either paper or canvas:
16" x 22"..............$225
22" x 30"..............$350
26" x 36"..............$450
32" x 44"..............$550
Yak Attack! is faithfully reproduced from the original oil painting by Roy Grinnell, AFAA. It portrays the 15th victory of pilot Roland de la Poype (see below), Escadrille Normandie Niemen on October 23, 1944, when he shot down a FW-190. This was the 182nd victory for the Normandie Niemen.