Lieutenant Michele Arthur Kennedy Pinci was an English officer of the British Army who died during the Second World War.
He was born on 13 June 1923, at Pangbourne, Berkshire, the only son of Italian-born Conte Mario Pinci and Gwendoline Kennedy, the Contessa Pinci, later of Paris, France. Pinci was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Royal Artillery on 26 June 1943.
After transferring to the 2nd Special Air Service Regiment, Pinci was inserted into the Côte-d'Or, France in August 1944. Fluent in French, Pinci acted as a liaison between the SAS and the Maquis resistance, and to facilitate his mission obtained a Lancia from his family home. It was while patrolling in this vehicle that he was killed on 11 September, at Recey-sur-Ource, when a British aircraft mistook it for a German car.
He is buried in Clichy Northern Cemetery.
- ↑ de Longuemar, Pierre (2001), Mémorial 1939-1945: l'engagement des membres de la noblesse et de leurs alliés, p. 191.
- ↑ The London Gazette (36107), p. 3377. 27 June 1943, thegazette.co.uk. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
- ↑ Canaud, Jacques & Bazin, Jean-François Bazin (1986), La Bourgogne dans la 2nde Guerre mondiale, p. 168.
- ↑ Challenor, Harold & Draper, Alfred (1990), Tanky Challenor: SAS and the Met.