Andree Dumont, Lily’s sister codenamed “Nadine”, had joined the Comet Line aged 17 years old, she began delivering messages by bicycle and finding food and clothes for the Allied airmen still in hiding in Brussels and the countryside. She had assisted in more than 20 escapes escorting the “parcels” by train to France and onto freedom…before she and her family were arrested by the Gestapo. Andree spent nearly three years in prison and concentration camps and the Hell of Ravensbruck, until her liberation in 1945…Their father never returned, he died in the horror of Hitler’s camps.
Andree still lives in Belgium and is a grandmother, she still lives in the home where she and her family were arrested by the Gestapo on that fateful day, after being betrayed. But she will always remain faithful to the Comet Line and those left today, organizing reunions for the Allied airmen that she and the Heroic Comet Line saved.
Elvire de Greef, alias…Tante Go, the Heroine and dynamic force behind the Comet Line in the south, was awarded Britain’s Highest Honour…The George Medal. She died in Brussels in September 1991, aged 94 years old.
Jean-Francois Nothomb, alias Franco, spent many long months in filthy, disgusting prisons in Germany and nearly died, he was finally Liberated on April 23rd 1945. He returned to Brussels but due to his months of severe suffering weighed only 90 pounds, and was seriously ill from T.B. He recovered to become a Roman Catholic priest…He now lives near Rome.
The “Comet Line” had survived loyally to the end of the war, despite all the horrors of betrayal, the tortures, and deaths. They had succeeded in the saving of hundreds of Allied soldiers and airmen. Their work was complete, their lives would now find some peace…They had Triumphed over Hitler’s Nazi Tyranny and Won…!!!