Flight Sergeant Frank Henry Humphrey


Unit : 299 Squadron, 38 Group

Service No. : 1399408


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


Date of Birth : 9 Aug 23.

R.A.F. Service : Since 25 Nov 41.

Post in crew : Navigator.

Peacetime Profession : Driller.

Private Address : 18 Trebble Road, Swanscombe, Kent.


Other members of the crew:

F/O LEGINS (pilot) (At Loughborough)

F/Sgt CROWTHER (bomb aimer) (At Wroughton Hospital) 

W/O RUDSDALE (wireless operator) (S/P.G.(-) 2684)

Sgt GASKIN (flight engineer) (S/P.G.(-) 2652)

Sgt SIMPSON (rear gunner) (In U.K.)

Two Army Despatchers (Last seen in Driel, Holland)


I was a member of the same crew as W/O Rudsdale (S/P.G.(-) 2684). We took off from Keevil in a Stirling aircraft about 1300 hours on 19 Sep 44 with supplies for Arnhem (Holland). After we had dropped our supplies we were hit by Flak and the machine burst into flames. We were unable to bale out, as we were flying at only 500 feet, and were forced to crash-land on the bank of the Lower Rhine, 1 kms W.N.W. of Driel (N.W. Europe, 1:250,000, Sheet 2a and 3a, B 67) about 1600 hours.


The story of our rescue by Dutch patriots from Driel and our subsequent journey to Nijmegen on 24 Sep is contained in W/O Rudsdale's report.


I remained in Nijmegen until 28 Sep, when I was taken to Eindhoven (Sheet 3, E 41) by ambulance. On arrival there I was taken to an army hospital and transferred to No.8 R.A.F. General Hospital.


I was flown to Wroughton Hospital on 26 Oct.


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