Historical Research POW
Terms and Conditions
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."
Sgt W Johnson
Escape report F/Sgt Arthur
Sgt J.B. Firth
Article published in le Courrier