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Marcel Albert was born in Paris in 1917. Marcel developed an interest in aviation and joined the military and entered flight training in at the Caudron Flight School at Anberieu, near Leon. He received his wings as a Sergeant in May 1938. He was then sent to Istres for advanced flight training and combat tactics. His first post was the Centre Instruction Chasse at Chartres. Here he flew the French-built Bloch 152, the Morane-Saulnier 406, and the American-built Curtiss Hawk 75.