Flying Officer Charles Frederick Evans

 

Unit : 298 Squadron, 38 Group, RAF.

Service No. : 158560

 

Flying Officer Evans' aircraft was shot down on the 6th June. The following is his M.I.9 evasion report:

 

Left : Allied beachhead 11 Jun 44.

Arrived : Port of London, 12 Jun 44.

Date of Birth : 7 Oct 22.

R.A.F. Service : Since 5 Dec 40.

O.T.U. : Nil.

Conversion Unit : Nil.

Post in crew : Bomb aimer.

Peacetime Profession : Clerk.

Private Address : 85 Bristol Street, Manchester, 15.

 

Other members of crew (believed safe in France):-

F/O Anderson (pilot) (S/P.G.(-) 1958);

Sgt. Annon (bomb aimer) (S/P.G.(-) 1966);

Sgt. Lewis (wireless operator) (S/P.G.(-) 1965);

Sgt. Forrest (flight engineer) (believed to be in hospital); and

Sgt. Reader (rear gunner) (in U.K.)

 

My experiences up to the time of baling out are as related by F/O. Anderson in his report.

 

I baled out at 0330 hrs on 6 Jun 44 and landed near a wood South of Banneville (France 1:250,000, Sheet 8, U 1367) about 8 miles East of Caen. I hid my parachute and harness, but retained my mae west, as I was cold. I put my pullover over my tunic and wrapped a scarf round my neck. I walked N.W. until dawn and then hid near a farm. After a time I approached the farm and spoke to the farmer. He gave me a drink and warned me that Germans were in the district. I left the farm and hid in the fields. I saw a German patrol searching the neighbourhood.

 

At noon a Frenchman approached my hiding place and I spoke to him, asking for assistance. He filled my water bottle, brought me two eggs, and showed me a better hiding place, where I stayed until evening, when the Frenchman returned with a hand-drawn map of the district, a bottle of milk, and a jug of hot soup. Owing to heavy bombing in the neighbourhood, I decided to remain where I was until dawn.

 

At daybreak on 7 Jun I commenced walking to Escoville (U 1271). About an hour later I saw camouflaged vehicles on the road surrounded by troops. I took cover in the hedge and saw the Frenchman who had helped me the previous day working in a nearby hut. He told me that the troops were Germans. He went away and returned with a sack and scythe. He beckoned me to follow him and we went across the fields. He began to cut grass, and when it seemed that we were unobserved he drew a map on a scrap of paper, showing me how to avoid the Germans and where I could contact British troops.

 

I hid in the fields until evening, when the farmer whom I had first approached, appeared with a girl. They took me to a brickworks, where I found a party of six British Paratroops. They gave me some food, and at 2200 hrs the seven of us moved off and reached Battalion Headquarters about an hour later. There I met Sgt. Annon and F/Sgt. Lewis, both of my crew.

 

On 9 Jun the C.O. took us by car to Brigade Headquarters and we were sent to the beach. We were put on board a ship which sailed for the U.K. on 11 Jun.

 

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