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Escape report F/Lt E.H.E Hearn, S/N: 131973
 

F/Lt E.H.E Hearn was onboard a RAF Lancaster that crashed near La Frenaye, Seine Maritime on August 7, 1944. He was hidden by the underground till the liberation.

 

Three airmen of the same aircraft died in the crash and now rest in peace in La Frenaye cemetery.

 

 

 

"We took of from SKELLINGTHORPE in a Lancaster aircraft on 7 aug 44 at approximately 2130 hrs. We were shot down by a fighter and bailed out between BOLBEC (N.W. EUROPE, 1:250,000, sheet 4, L73) and LILLEBONNE (L72). I buried my parachute and mae vest and hid in a wood for three days.

On the evening of 10 Aug I came out of the woods and contacted a Frenchman who was an ex-sailor of the NORMANDY. He gave me clothes and a bicycle and I stayed here one night.

The next day (11 Aug) a member of the Maquis took me by cycle to LILLEBONNE where I had my photograph taken. We left again by mid-day and cycled to approximately two kilometres from the SEINE.

We crossed the Seine by boat and walked to near ST OPPORTUNE LA MARE (L71) where we stayed in the woods for three days. After this I was taken to a house at MARAIS VERNIER (L71) where I was sheltered until the British troops arrived on 28 Aug."

 

 

 

Ernie Manning also too part in the Secqueville raid and provided the following information:

 

"Hearn spent a few days in the woods near La Frenaye and was hidden by Mr Paumier for one night before being taken to Lillebonne. Here M Dambrean gave him a false identity card and moved him to Marais Vernier where he was hidden by N Marquard the village postmaster until he met up with the allies. On his return to England, he was almost immediately posted to India where he served as SAO and Station Commander and finished the war as a Squadron Leader, DFC and Bar."

 

 

Source:

 

Escape report: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ 

 

Additional information:

 

http://www.francecrashes39-45.net/page_fiche_av.php?id=1175
http://www.jwappleton.net/genealogy/histories/reginald-john-owen/   

Escape report Sgt W Johnson

Escape report F/Sgt Arthur Robson Meredith
Sgt J.B. Firth

http://www.xn--armes-dsa.com/lancaster-lafrenaye-en.htm
Article published in le Courrier Cauchois

 

 

 
     

 

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