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Escape report F/Sgt Arthur Robson Meredith S/N R. 179671
 

F/Sgt Arthur Robson Meredith was a Canadian airman and flew onboard a RAF Lancaster that crashed near La Frenaye, Seine Maritime on August 7, 1944. He was immediately assisted by a local farmer who help him burn his chute and then hidden in a farm in Triquerville until the liberation.

 

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

 

 

"We left SKELLINGTHORPE in a Lancaster aircraft at 2200 hrs on 7 Aug 44. I baled out at 2359 hrs and landed on the side of a hill. I walked to the nearest farm and together with the farmer, I burnt my parachute, mae vest etc. An hour later, some Frenchmen took me to a farm at TRIQUERVILLE, where I stayed for three weeks. I then decided to try to contact the English who were very close. I walked towards the Seine and got in touch with a Netherlands war correspondent who took me to his patrol. I crossed the SEINE with them and contacted the 49th Div. Intelligence office who sent me back. "

 

 

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

 

"Meredith landed at Touffreville La Câble (2km east of La Frenaye) and was met by two youngster. The elder, took him to Mr Dumez at Triquerville who hid him until the arrival of the allies. During this time he turned out for the village football team against the Germans. On his return to England, he was commissioned and posted back to Canada."

 

 

 

Source:

 

http://www.conscript-heroes.com/escapelines/index.htm

 

Additional information:

 

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

Escape report F/Lt E.H.E Hearn

Escape report Sgt W Johnson
Sgt J.B. Firth

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

 

 
     

 

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