Captain Eric Maclachlan Mackay

 

National Archives catalogue reference - WO 208/3324/94

 

Name: 210907 Capt. Eric Maclachlan Mackay.

Unit: 1st Parachute Squadron, R.E., 1st Airborne Division.

Captured: Arnhem, 20th September 1944.

Escaped: Emmerich, 21st September 1944.

Left: France, 29th September 1944.

Arrived: U.K., 29th September 1944.

Date of Birth: 26th December 1921.

Army Service: Since 16th January 1940.

Peacetime Profession: Student.

Private Address: The Holt, Camberley, Surrey.

 

I was dropped on 17 Sep 44 at about 1400 hrs at ARNHEM (HOLLAND) and was captured on 20 Sep at 1600 hrs by S.S. troops. I had removed all rank badges and therefore the Germans thought I was a private. I was taken the same night to ZEVENAAR (N.W. EUROPE, 1:250,000, Sheet 2A and 3A, E 87), about 8 kms from ARNHEM.

 

On 21 Sep at about 0730 hrs I was taken by lorry to a transit camp in EMMERICH (GERMANY) (E 96), where I met Lt. SIMPSON (S/P.G.(G) 2759), L/Sgt. HUMPHREYS (S/P.G.(G) 2760) and Cpl. WEIR (S/P.G.(G) 2761).

 

The S.S. troops who had captured me did not search me, and I was able to retain a hacksaw-blade and an escape map. I gave the hacksaw blade to Cpl. WEIR and Sgt. HUMPHREYS and told them to remove the bars in the cookhouse that evening. At about 2100 hrs on 21 Sep we dropped through the window onto the street and walked through the town to open fields. We kept on moving West and crossed the frontier into HOLLAND near ELTEN (E 96) at about 0300 hrs on 22 Sep. We came to the RHINE near TOLKAMER (E 86). We kept observation on the RHINE until morning and remained in the bushes nearby all day on 22 Sep.

 

At night we burgled a barge, which was tied up on the shore, thus obtaining food, and stole a small boat. We went down the RHINE until we reached NIJMEGEN at about 0300 hrs on 23 Sep. Here we made contact with some British troops.

 

We returned to the U.K. with our division on 29 Sep.

 

 

Corporal Charles Weir

 

National Archives catalogue reference - WO 208/3324/91

 

Name: 2775089 Cpl. Weir, Charles.

Unit: 1st Parachute Squadron, R.E., 1st Airborne Division.

Captured: Arnhem, 20th September 1944.

Escaped: Emmerich, 21st September 1944.

Left: France, 29th September 1944.

Arrived: U.K., 29th September 1944.

Date of Birth: 25th January 1917.

Army Service: Since 3rd May 1939.

Peacetime Profession: Bricklayer.

Private Address: 10 Richmond Terrace, Aberdeen.

 

I was dropped on 17 Sep 44 at about 1400 hrs near ARNHEM. I was captured on 20 Sep at about 1600 hours, and then taken to an S.S. H.Q. where I was searched and interrogated. From there onwards my story is the same as that of Capt. MACKAY (S/P.G.(G)2758) with whom, Lieut. SIMPSON (S/P.G.(G)2759), L/Sgt. HUMPHREYS (S/P.G.(G)2760) and I escaped from a transit camp at EMMERICH (GERMANY) on 21 Sep 44.

 

 

Lance-Sergeant John Edward Humphreys

 

National Archives catalogue reference - WO 208/3324/92

 

Name: 1877368 L/Sgt. Humphreys, John Edward.

Unit: 1st Parachute Squadron, R.E., 1st Airborne Division.

Captured: Arnhem, 20th September 1944.

Escaped: Emmerich, 21st September 1944.

Left: France, 29th September 1944.

Arrived: U.K., 29th September 1944.

Date of Birth: 14th January 1922.

Army Service: Since 4th April 1936.

Peacetime Profession: Regular Soldier.

Private Address: Hilltop Farm, Wormsley, Herts.

 

I was dropped on 17 Sep 44 at about 1400 hrs near ARNHEM. I was captured on 20 Sep about 1600 hours. I was taken to an S.S. H.Q. where I was searched and interrogated. From there onward my story is the same as that of Capt. MACKAY (S/P.G.(G)2758) with whom, Lieut. SIMPSON (S/P.G.(G) 2759), and Cpl. WEIR (S/P.G.(G) 2761), I escaped from a transit camp at EMMERICH (GERMANY) on 21 Sep 44.

 

 

Lieutenant Dennis Jackson Simpson

 

National Archives catalogue reference - WO 208/3324/93

 

Name: 249559 Lt. Dennis Jackson Simpson, M.C.

Unit: 1st Parachute Squadron, R.E., 1st Airborne Division.

Captured: 20th September 1944, Arnhem.

Escaped: 21st September 1944, Emmerich.

Left: France, 29th September 1944.

Arrived: U.K., 29th September 1944.

Date of Birth: 7th November 1921.

Army Service: Since 2nd March 1942.

Peacetime Profession: Civil Engineer.

Private Address: 1, Marlborough Road, Liverpool 13, Lancs.

 

I was dropped on 17 Sep 44 at about 1400 hrs at ARNHEM and taken prisoner on 20 Sep about 1500 hours. I was taken to the German H.Q. and questioned, especially as to our reason for fighting at ARNHEM. I was slightly wounded and taken to hospital on the same day. During the night I was moved by ambulance to a hospital in EMMERICH (GERMANY) (N.W. EUROPE, 1:250,000, Sheet 2A and 3A, E 96). The same night I was transferred to a transit camp, also in EMMERICH. From this camp I escaped with Capt MACKAY (S/P.G.(G)2758), L/Sgt. HUMPHREYS (S/P.G.(G) 2760) and Cpl. WEIR (S/P.G.(G) 2761). Our escape is described in Capt. MACKAY's report.

 

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