Warrant Officer G. Morris


Unit : 190 Squadron, 38 Group

Service No. : Aus.420476


Warrant Officer Morris was shot down on the 21st September 1944. The following is his M.I.9 evasion report:


Date of Birth : 11 Feb 23.

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

Post in crew : Gunner.

Peacetime Profession : Plastic and Metal trade.

Private Address : 107 High Street, Willoughby, Sydney, Australia.


Other members of the crew:

F/O BEBARFELD (pilot)                  )

W/O YARWOOD (navigator)            ) Killed.

F/Sgt PHILLIPS (bomb aimer)        )

Sgt BRANSON (flight engineer)       )

F/Lt MUNRO (gunner) (S/P.G.(-) 2590).


We left Fairford on 21 Sep 44 in a Stirling aircraft to drop supplies in Holland. We were badly holed by Flak over Elst (N.W. Europe 1:250,000, Sheet 2a, E 47) and shortly afterwards we were attacked by enemy aircraft. I managed to hit one ME 190 'F' and saw it catch fire but I did not see it hit the ground though I think it was probably destroyed. Our port inner engine was set on fire and the tail badly damaged and we received the order to bale out. While I was in the air I saw the aircraft fall to pieces on the way down and crash nose in.


I landed about 6 kms. from Zetten (E 67) and very shortly afterwards made contact with members of the Dutch underground movement, who provided me with civilian clothing.


The same night I was taken to the village of Hemen near Zetten, where I met F/Lt Munro (S/P.G.(-) 2590). We remained here until 24 Sep, when a member of the underground movement picked us up in a car and took us to an advanced British Unit. We reached Brussels the same day. On 25 Sep we left by air for the U.K.


F/O Bebarfeld and three of the crew were buried at Zetten by the local people. Their personal kit was taken in charge by an unknown Flight Lieutenant who was evading in the area at the time.


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