Flight Sergeant George Edward Orange
Unit : 190 Squadron, 38 Group
Service No. : 1434373
Flight Sergeant Orange was shot down on the 21st September 1944. The following is his M.I.9 evasion report jointly given with Sergeant Alfred James Smith:
Date of Birth : 7 Jul 21.
R.A.F. Service : 2 Feb 42.
Post in crew : Bomb aimer.
Peacetime Profession : Electrical motor mechanic.
Private Address : 22 Amersham Rise, Aspley Estate, Nottingham.
Other members of the crew:
F/Lt ANDERSON (pilot) (killed)
F/O ADAMSON (navigator) (killed)
F/Sgt TOLLEY (wireless operator) (killed)
F/Sgt BELLAMY (rear gunner) (killed)
F/Sgt CONRY-CANDLER (spare pilot) (N.Z.) (killed)
Two Airborne soldiers (names unknown) (despatchers) (one killed and the other in hands of patriots).
On 21 Sep 44 at 1200 hrs we took off from Fairford in a Stirling Mk.IV aircraft with supplies for Arnhem. We were attacked at about 1455 hrs by two M.E. 109s. The aircraft caught fire at once. We were flying at about 500 feet and were therefore unable to bale out. The pilot ditched the aircraft in the River Waal, but only the engineer and myself and one of the airborne despatchers got clear of the machine. The despatcher was badly injured. We crashed near Heteren (N.W. Europe 1:250,000, Sheet 2a and 3a, E 67). All our equipment was left in the aircraft which sank on impact. We swam ashore and were met by Dutch civilians. The despatcher was left in the care of the local doctor, and we were assured that he would be all right. We then were given a boat and we rowed across the river. Shortly afterwards we made contact with forward patrols of the 2nd Army. We travelled by jeep up to the main body of the 2nd Army. We were sent to Brussels on 22 Sep and flown to Croydon during the night of 22-23 Sep.
615794 Sgt. Smith, Alfred James
Date of Birth : 22 May 19.
R.A.F. Service : Since 15 Jul 38.
Post in crew : Engineer.
Peacetime Profession : Mercantile Marine.
Private Address : 2 St. Paul's Road, Port Talbot.
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