"I was dropped on the night of 6 Jun 44 seven
kilometres inland from VILLERS-SUR-MER (FRANCE 1:250,000, sheet 6, U2983),
about 20 kms away from our objective. Almost immediately on landing at about
0300 hrs, I met my batman, Private RENWICK G (now P/W).
We ran into a cycle patrol of what I think were S.S. troops and I shot three
of them. We made contact with a party of two officers and 33 other ranks and
with them we made towards our lines. We split up the party and I continued
with a party of three to cross the DIVES River. After crossing it I met a
party of six, and we manoeuvred round, trying five times in all to get back
to our lines. Whilst a glider pilot RIDGEWAY and I were trying yet again to
cross, this time in civilian clothes, which had been given to us by French
helpers, we were captured west of TROARN (U1667) on 2 Jul.
We had considerable difficulty with a German colonel, who was going to have
us shot because of our being in plain clothes. When we produced the uniforms
which we had hidden he agreed to take us prisoner of war.
I was moved to a Divisional Headquarter (location unknown) where I was
interrogated. I refused all information and the interrogation was unduly
pressed. On 3 July, we were moved to BONNEBOSQ (NW EUROPE, 1:250,000, Sheet
7, Q 4495), where I was kept till 17 Jul, when I was moved to FRESNAY LE
BUFARD, about five kilometre from PALAISN (Sheet 8, U13)
On 20 Jul, F/Lt J. CAMPBELL, a Spitfire pilot, 2Lt Rudolf AUGARDEN, an
American, W.O. ZACHARUCK, a flight Lieutenant in the RAF, whose Christian
name was David, a private (name unknown) who was a member of the 12th
parachute Bn and I sawed through the ceiling of a stable with a small key
saw used for cutting bread. We pushed the boards up and got into a barn
later that night. We then lowered ourselves on a rope made of from blankets
and a parachute ripcord to a road which ran to the main entrance of the
camp. We went off in pairs, my companion being W.O. ZACHARUCK, RCAF. We went
due south and arrived near COURTELLE (U 1423), where we eventually made
contact with some members of the resistance movement. They hid us between
COURTELLE and GIEL (U 1422) in a barn till about 2 Aug. From here we moved
in plain clothes with the resistance people to HABLOVILLE (U 1624). We here
till about 15 Aug in a room next to a café.
We helped the resistance in the use of their arms and assisted them on their
After being chased and hiding again in a barn at MONTGAROULT (U 1920) we
made our way to our own lines, reaching them two kilometres from ECOUCHE (U
We were evacuated to BAYEUX and left NORMANDY on 23 Aug."