BORN 27 Feb 1898, Limoges, Haute-Vienne - DIED 6 Jul 1952, Lyon-Bron: aérodrome|
REAL NAME Bombec, Marie-Louise
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Cimetière du Montparnasse, 3 Boulevard Edgar Quinet (division 06)
Maryse Bastié worked in a shoe factory as an adolescent. She married early, but the marriage failed and her only child died young. After she married World War I pilot Louis Bastié she decided to become a pilot herself and she obtained her pilot's license. Her husband died in 1926 in a plane crash, but in 1927 she bought her own aircraft and in the 1930s she set several records for women.
In 1935 she started a flying school at Orly Airport. In the service of the French Air Force she rose to the rank of Captain and in 1937 she received the Legion of Honor. In the same year she published "Ailes ouvertes: carnet d'une aviatrice". After a conference in Lyon she was killed when her plane crashed during take off.