Sergeant Donald George Gaskin

 

Unit : 299 Squadron, 38 Group

Service No. : 1894546

 

Sergeant Gaskin was shot down on the 19th September 1944. The following is his M.I.9 evasion report:

 

Date of Birth : 4 Jan 25.

R.A.F. Service : Since 26 Apr 43.

Post in crew : Flight engineer.

Peacetime Profession : Fitter's Mate.

Private Address : 26 Park Lane, Edmonton, London, N.9.

 

We took off from Keevil at 1330 hrs on 19 Sep 44 in a Stirling aircraft. We crash-landed at about 1500 hrs near Driel (N.W. Europe, 1:250,000, Sheet 2a and 3a, E 6975). We left our parachutes, harness and mae wests in the aircraft. All the members of the crew crawled a safe distance from the burning aircraft, and a few minutes later a number of Dutch people arrived on the scene. A doctor rendered first aid. F/O Liggins, F/Sgt Crowther, F/O Humphreys, W/O Rutledge and I were taken to a farmhouse where we remained for about half an hour. We were then taken by horse wagon to another house, where the doctor treated our injuries. On 20 Sep a Polish Army doctor (airborne) also attended to our injuries. The British Forces arrived in the area on 21 Sep, but, owing to transport difficulties, we had to remain at the house until 24 Sep.

 

Sgt. Simpson of my crew, was uninjured when the aircraft crashed. He rescued F/Sgt Crowther from the burning aircraft. Sgt. Simpson later accompanied two paratroopers (names unknown) who had been part of our crew. I believe that they joined forces with the British Paratroopers in the area.

 

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