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Escape report S/Sgt Leo R Orifici (serial number 12194151)
 

S/Sgt Leo R Orifici took part in the raid on the Sartrouville-Maisons-Laffitte railway bridge on July 24, 1944 and his B-26 was shot down over Normandy on the way back. He landed near Glanville (Calvados)

 

 

 

"On 24 June, we bailed out near Glanville. I delayed until 1000 feet. When I touched ground, I walked about 2 km and hid in a hedgerow. Soon, I contacted the French and was moved along by several of them towards Dives, where I met 3 British paratroopers. While we were there, the Gestapo raided the house so we left and crossed to a house on the other side. On 6 july, we stopped at another house, and found a lot of Germans inside who captured us.

We were taken to a prison camp S of Cabourg. There we learned the hours for the changing of the guard, and at 05.30 on 10 July we escaped through a window. I was to meet the other three at a RV because we went through the window 5 minutes apart. I was the second. When I reached the rendezvous, the first man wasn’t there, so I went on alone into a field and hid. On 12 July, some Germans found me in a field, and I was taken back to the prison from which I had escaped. They put me on solitary confinement for 2 days on bread and water.

On 18 July, I was moved to Falaise and then on 21 July to Alençon. I stayed at the latter place until 9 August, when I was moved to Sées. The next day I got on a truck detail that was going back to Alençon. Some of our planes flex above the truck, and the driver drew to the side of the road and guards hid. I escaped and went cross-country until I contacted a man in the Resistance who took me to his house and kept me until I was overrun by the 5th Armed Division."

 

 

 

 

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Escape report: http://media.nara.gov/nw/305270/EE-1082.pdf

 

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