Flight Lieutenant John George Kennedy Maxwell


Unit : 296 Squadron, 38 Group, RAF.

Service No. : 126559


Flight Lieutenant Maxwell's aircraft was shot down on the 6th June. The following is his M.I.9 evasion report:


Left : Allied beachhead, 7 Jun 44.

Arrived : Portsmouth "Hard", 8 Jun 44.

Date of Birth : 17 May 20.

R.A.F. Service : Since 24 Jul 42.

O.T.U. : No.42 (Ashbourne).

Post in crew : Navigator.

Peacetime Profession : Undergraduate.

Private Address : 207 Shore Road, Belfast.


Other members of crew:

F/O Wilson (pilot) (S/P.G.(-) 1962).

F/Sgt Holmes (bomb aimer) (In U.K.)

F/Sgt Ward (wireless operator) (In U.K.)

P/O. Smith (rear gunner) (no information) [Note: Pilot Officer Joseph Smith was killed in action.]


The details of take off, etc. up to the time of abandoning aircraft are the same as related by F/O Wilson in his report.


I landed in a small wood about half a mile south of Bieville (France, 1:250,000, Sheet 8, U 0875) which is approximately five miles North of Caen. I left my parachute and harness in the trees, as I could not remove them. I hid my mae west. I hid in the wood until I saw a Bren-gun carrier approaching followed by an infantry patrol. I made contact with this unit and they sent me along the road to the village of Bieville. Villagers told me that they had seen four people bale out near the village a short time previously, and they described one of the airmen to me. This description was that of F/O Wilson.


I contacted an R.A.M.C. unit in the village and was sent to the beach where I met F/Sgt. Holmes and F/Sgt. Ward of my crew. We spent the night on the beach and met F/O Wilson, also of my crew, next morning (7 Jun). We were despatched to U.K. by boat.


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