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BelgianBorn Olivier GENDEBIEN

Belgian war hero and race car driver

Born on January 12, 1924 in Brussels, Belgium , Belgium

Died on October 02, 1998 in Les Baux De Provence, France

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Born into a wealthy family, an heir to the industrial holdings of the Solvay family, Olivier Gendebien studied engineering at university. When World War II erupted and the Nazis occupied Belgium, he joined the Belgian resistance movement. Fluent in the English language, he served as the liaison with the British agents being parachuted into Belgium. Later in the War he went to England, serving with the British army as part of a Belgian paratrooper unit. When the war ended Gendebien switched to the study of agriculture, spending several years working in forestry in the Belgian Congo where he met a rally driver named Charles Fraikin.

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