Flight Sergeant David Evans Lewis


Unit : 298 Squadron, 38 Group, RAF.

Service No. : 1294559


Flight Sergeant Lewis' 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 : 23 Oct 20.

R.A.F. Service : Since 13 Oct 40.

O.T.U. : 5 C (Turnberry).

Conversion Unit : Nil.

Post in crew : Wireless operator.

Peacetime Profession : Grocer's assistant.

Private Address : 33 Cross Lanes East, Gravesend, Kent.


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

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

Sgt. Annon (navigator) (S/P.G.(-) 1966).

F/O Evans (bomb aimer) (S/P.G.(-) 1964).

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

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 approximately 0330 hrs on 6 Jun 44 and landed in a wood East of Escoville (France 1:250,000, Sheet 8, U 1171) about 10 miles East of Caen. I hid my mae west in the wood. My parachute was entangled in the trees.


At dawn I made my way North and came to a farmhouse, where I was given food and drink. I was told that the district was occupied by Germans. I hid in a field near the farm for a few hours. I then put my pullover over my tunic, dirtied my face, and began walking North in an attempt to reach the Allied lines.


After walking a short distance I called at a chateau where a woman told me that British troops were nearby. I continued North and met a party of British Paratroops about half a mile distant. I was taken to their Headquarters, where I remained for a few hours. We were then taken to Divisional Headquarters and later that day Sgt. Annon (of my crew) arrived. F/O Evans (also of my crew) arrived on 7 Jun. We remained here until 9 Jun when we were sent to the beach. We were put on board a ship which sailed on 11 Jun.


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