Corporal George Wilson

 

Unit : 9th Parachute Battalion

Service No. : 6026125

 

Corporal Wilson was dropped near the River Seine, approximately 40 miles to the East of the 6th Airborne Division. The following is his M.I.9 evasion report:

 

Left : Bayeux, 28 Aug 44.

Arrived : Newhaven, 29 Aug 44.

 

Date of Birth : 7 Mar 14.

Army Service : Since 1 Jul 40.

Peacetime Profession : Carpenter.

Private Address : 1, Turp Avenue, Little Thurrock, Grays, Essex.

 

My experiences up to baling out are as related by Sgt. Smith in his report (S/P.G.(-) 2240). [Note: this reads - At 2315 hrs on 5 Jun 44 we were flown from Broadwell to Normandy.]

 

After baling out at 0100 hrs on 6 Aug 44 I landed in a tree in a wood West of Barneville (N.W. Europe, 1:250,000, Sheet 7, L 5315). I was hung up and I cut myself loose. I landed on my head and was unconscious until daylight. I then left the wood and contacted a farmer who gave me some food. I hid in a hedge until Sgt. Smith came along. The remainder of my experiences are as related by him in his report.

 

Smith continues:

 

We stayed in this hedge until 1900 hrs on 7 Jun when we started to walk S.E. During the evening we were fired at by a German sentry at a farm. After a few hours we hid in a cornfield and remained there until dawn. We then continued walking and at approximately 0800 hrs on 8 Jun we hid in a wood East of St. Gatien (L 5311), where we stayed until 1200 hrs on 9 Jun. We then walked to St. Benoit (L 5907), where we met two Frenchmen whom we asked for help. They went away and returned with their brother who brought food. We hid in a wood near St. Benoit until 12 Jun. During this time the Frenchman supplied us with food.

 

On 12 Jun a member of the Resistance Movement came to our hiding place and took us in a lorry to a barn about three kilometres East of Honfleur (L 5718). We stayed here until about 25 Jun when the Resistance Group, comprising about 30 men, took us in a lorry to a house near Manneville (L 6313). On 9 Jul we were again taken by lorry to a barn four kilometres North of Beuzeville (L 6309).

 

About 12 Jul P/O Jamieson, P/O Willis and P/O Birnie, all of R.C.A.F., were brought to our barn and on 14 Jul F/Sgt. Charteris (S/P.G.(-) 2218) arrived.

 

The six of us stayed at this barn until 15 Jul when we were moved to a church about five kilometres N.W. of Bonneville (L 6201). We stayed there until 17 Jul when we were taken to a barn five kilometres N.E. of St. Benoit (L 5907). On 18 Jul the Resistance Group split up. P/O Willis was taken to a farm near Beuzeville as he had injured his ankle after baling out. We did not see P/O Willis, P/O Jamieson or P/O Birnie again.

 

Cpl. Wilson and I were given civilian clothes and we walked towards the British lines with F/Sgt. Charteris. The remainder of our journey is described by him in his report (S/P.G.(-) 2218).

 

 

Flight Sergeant Charteris was an Air Bomber aboard a Lancaster of 57 Squadron, which was shot down by flak on the 7th July 1944. He continues:

 

Smith, Wilson and I went South, and after we had gone about six kilometres we got in touch with a farmer who fed us and put us in touch with another Maquis group.

 

We were taken to St. Sylvestre-de-Cormeilles (Sheet 7, Q 69) and remained there until Allied troops arrived.

 

I was then sent to Bayeux via Lisieux.

 

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