Sergeant John Arthur Nind


National Archives catalogue reference - WO 208/3322/104


Name: R.194196 Sgt. Nind, John Arthur.

Unit: R.C.A.F., 149 Squadron, Bomber Command, R.A.F.

Left: France, 9th September 1944.

Arrived: U.K., 9th September 1944.

Date of Birth: 15th August 1922.

R.A.F. Service: Since 15th September 1942 (R.C.A.F).

Peacetime Profession: Diesel Mechanic.

Private Address: 6003 Jeanne Mance St., Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


I took off from METHWALD aerodrome at 2300 hrs on 5 Jun 44 in a Stirling aircraft. We were shot down in the vicinity of CAEN at 0100 hrs on 6 Jun.


For the next two days I hid up in some nearby woods. I was captured by the Germans on the South side of CAEN aerodrome on 8 Jun. I was taken to a prison camp in RENNES [possibly Frontstalag 221W], where I remained until 6 Jul. I was then put on a prison train en route for GERMANY. For 10 days the train remained outside TOURS (FRANCE, 1:250,000, Sheet 15, P 76), being unable to proceed because of Allied raids.


On 23 Jul I and the others in my truck cut a hole in the end of the box car, the sides of which were already split, and jumped out. There were 40 men in the car and during the time we were on the train we did not get out of the truck, we had one loaf of bread and a small piece of meat each day. In the truck we had to sleep on our sides.


After I had jumped the train I walked South and hid up in a barn. For the next 17 days I lived in forests near BLERE (Sheet 21, P 95), being fed by a helper. This man put me in touch with the Resistance, but they were unable to give me any advice as to how to reach the Allied lines.


I left by myself on 15 Aug and when I was somewhere in the vicinity of BIARD (L 1148) I was again sheltered by a helper. I remained there until 5 Sep, when I was handed over to Allied forces. I was sent thence to PARIS, where I was interrogated by I.S.9 (W.E.A.).


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