José Epita Mbomo.
World War II

José Epita Mbomo, the Spanish electrician who sabotaged the Nazis

Born in modern-day Equatorial Guinea, Mbomo was taken as a teen to Spain where he became an airplane mechanic at a military air base. He caused a national stir when he married a white woman in 1936, went into exile in France after the Spanish Civil War, spent time in several internment camps and ended up leading a local group of the French Resistance. He was arrested and sent to a concentration camp in Germany, and survived an RAF bombing of the prisoner ship where he’d been transferred. EL PAÍS has reconstructed his extraordinary life based on newly found documents and family accounts


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