They walked to the station and caught a train to Breslau. Burfield exchanged identities with Heyhurst so he could enter Fort 13 again where he arranged for other prisoners to make them ID cards and take their photographs. After a month in hospital at Lille where his burns were treated, he was taken to Dulag Luft at Oberursel. Finding nowhere suitable to hide, Philpot declared himself to one of the crew who insisted on calling the captain. He spent time at various camps and on several different work parties, escaping from E Jagendorf in May and getting as far as St Veit in Austria before recapture.
They also managed to find a hotel that would take them that morning which gave them an opportunity to have their first shaves since leaving the camp. The Kalmar police contacted Stockholm and the two escapers arrived at the British Legation on 1 August Branford baled out, landing a few miles west of the city and badly spraining his ankle.
Landesliga: FV Weiler
They planned to enter the store at night and leave in disguise the following morning. They took a revolver from one guard but discarded the rifle of the other and made their way across country that night, resting up the following day. On 19 May , Lloyd and Burfield left Thorn for the last time.
He found some Frenchmen in the corridor who directed him to an American captain who agreed to help him. Note that I been unable to reconcile some of these place names. Silverwood also escaped to live in the mountains.
Stephens and Worsdale left Gibraltar by air for Whitchurch on 10 July They seem to have lost contact with the original organisation at this point despite Raginis fluent French from having lived in France for many years before the war so made their own way to Luneville where they were put in touch with the Marie-Claire organisation which arranged their journey to Spain. With their equipment destroyed by enemy action, O'Sullivan and the surviving members of his unit tried to return to the town on foot but they were captured by German armoured units near Guines.
Arnold was sent to an Arbeitskommando in Yugoslavia from where he escaped to Austria but was recaptured four days later. The surviving crew were picked up by a German seaplane and taken to Stavanger in Norway. O'Sullivan was passed on to Mario Prassinos who took him to Louis Nouveau's apartment - Nouveau records him as arriving on about 28 April. See 'Horned Pigeon' by George Millar for more details. Sgt Michael J Joyce is a strange one, and probably shouldn't be included here.
They crossed the Spanish border at about six the next morning and by noon could see the main La Junquera to Figueras road. On 2 September , Sergeant and three so far unidentified British soldiers, two Frenchmen and a Moroccan escaped the camp. Sgt John George Ward was the wireless operator in Fairey Battle K which was shot down by flak and ground fire over Luxembourg on 10 May and crash-landed near Diekirch. Pte William MacFarlane was captured at Abbeville on 6 June when his company of Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders were surrounded by German troops and forced to surrender. Three weeks later they were driven to Cracow and then taken by rail to Odessa. Some of the escapes may look easy enough from the brief descriptions given below but the vast majority took a great deal of advance planning and preparation, often over many months.
They got as far as the aerodrome, where Bader worked as an orderly, but suspicions of Bader's escape led to all work parties being checked for his whereabouts and they were soon discovered. These are details of some of the men who successfully escaped from German POW camps, mostly in Germany or Poland, rather than any of the supposedly less well guarded transit and temporary holding areas, or from lines of march. Two officers immediately agreed to help them and they were soon hidden in a bilge tank. Martin spent the next two weeks studying the routine of the guards before escaping over a wall during the daily ceremonial guard change. They crossed over a stream where they were helped out of the water by a uniformed French customs official before Jacques led them to Annemasse village. In October they left for Marseille themselves and continued their escape line work with the organisation they found there until April , when they both left for Spain.
He and Lister escaped from Sandbostel in April but were soon recaptured. They finally crossed the border near Ramsen at three o'clock in the morning of 20 October. The extraordinary story of the 'Great Escape' is well known so I won't describe it further. That same day, plans were put to the Escape Committee to begin work on a tunnel.
They were all sheltered locally for the night. He was in hospital at Camiers until 15 July when he was taken into Holland and put onto a barge. The three British soldiers got off at Lyons to report to the American Consul there while Sergeant and the others continued to Marseille.
- Next morning they washed and shaved and made their way to Penig where they caught a train to Zwicklau and went to the cinema whilst waiting for their train to Munich. He baled out just south of Calais and as he landed just a quarter of a mile from a German aerodrome, was captured immediately. They were landed at Oxelosund next day and handed over to the Swedish police who passed them on to the British Consulate in Stockholm on 4 January. He told them about Palm and Tsoucas passing through the previous night and arranged for them to meet.
- On 24 May , Speed and eleven other men escaped from Erfurt by taking up the floor boards of their hut and crawling through a hole in the wire. In the early hours of the following morning, Ward left the cell, bluffed his way past the guard in fluent Russian and walked out. When Crowley returned to the French barracks from having a shave, he found Harrison waiting for him. They stayed in the factory for the weekend of January then on the Tuesday, were picked up by lorry and driven to Gdynia, which they reached the following day.
After various false starts, he finally crossed the Pyrenees with a party of Dutchmen on about 18 December to Canejan - where they were all arrested. On about 2 June, Thomson was put in touch with a man and woman who took him back to Metz for three days and then on to Paris. He managed to smuggle himself aboard a Swedish ship where he hid in the coal bunker until the ship sailed two days later. McDonald baled out and landed a few miles north-west of Lille and was captured that afternoon by a German patrol. On the rail journey to Biberach, Duncan and O'Sullivan had joined with four other officers in an attempt to escape from the train.
The ship docked at Sodertalje at midnight on 3 November and Philpot was handed over to the Swedish police. Sgt John George Ward was the wireless operator in Fairey Battle K which was shot down by flak and ground fire over Luxembourg on 10 May and crash-landed near Diekirch. Pepper joined a small German anti-Nazi group which he continued to work with until the Americans arrived in May They had planned to walk to the Lithuanian border to try and contact Russian partisans but the bad weather persuaded them to take a train from Tilset, through Konigsburg to Danzig. He was sent out to various work camps until being returned to the main camp on 27 March They walked to Freienwalde where they caught an early morning train to Stargard and then on to Stettin, arriving there at two-thirty in the afternoon.
Single-Frauen in Ehingen/Donau
On 20 January, a Russian Secret Police officer came to the house to question Ward, having already been informed that Ward was British, and instructed him to stay where he was for the time being. They were sheltered in a French work camp until they were able to find a Swedish sailor prepared to help them. Sarant and Herzin then went on to Paris where both men had friends but none of them had any contacts with the resistance. On 20 March the Senior French Officer in the camp put Mouhot on a work party in the local rail yard where he and a man called Grandemanche promptly escaped.