The eldest son of Ms Halna du Fretay was also recognized for his courage during the 2nd World War. Maurice, born in 1920, was just 19 years old when the war began. He was going to enter to the Law faculty at Rennes when he enrolled in the French air army. Before the war, he had started to learn flying at Dinan airfield, 15 km away from the Manor, and he had even bought a small airplane, a Zlin XII. In 1940 he became a student at Aulnat. After the armistice in June, he was demobilized without having been able to be part in an active way in the defense of France. He came back to the Manor with the firm idea to continue the fight and leave for England. After several failed ideas, he finally decided to rebuild his personal plane (that he had to demote before the war when the Dinan airfield had become a military airfield) and to take off from the avenue of the property to join General de Gaulle in England on November the 15th, 1940.
After a short amount of training, he achieved his first mission within Royal Air Force on November 27th of 1941.