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Sgt Thomas Moffett (S/N 1716269)
 

Sgt Thomas Moffet was onboard a RAF Lancaster that crashed near Arnouville les Mantes on 20 May 1944. He was hidden by the Beton family till the liberation of the region by American troops.

 

 

 

"We took off from Kirmington at 2300 hrs on 19 May 44 in a Lancaster aircraft on a bombing mission to Orléans. When we were north of Paris on the outward journey at 0020hrs on 20 May the starboard inner engine caught fire. After a few minutes someone said over the intercom that we ought to bale out.

I baled out and landed in a field about 250 yards from our crashed aircraft near Arnouville (NW Europe, 1:250,000, sheet 7, R 6052). I hid my parachute, harness and buoyancy suit in the field. I ran West and hid in a wood N. of Goussonville (R6353). I remained there until 1700hrs (20 May) when I approached a French farmer who was tending sheep nearby. He agreed to help me and brought his son about 1900hrs with food.

I remained in the wood that night and at 0600 hrs on 21 May, the farmer came to me. He was accompanied by a girl and her grandfather. They gave me food. The farmer then contacted a friend in Mantes-Gassicourt (R6060), who agreed to supply civilian clothes. When the farmer returned from Mantes Gassicourt he escorted me to an outhouse near his farm. I remained there till the evening of 25 May, when I was moved into the farmhouse. I was sheltered in the farmhouse till 23 Aug when I contacted American Forces at Goussonville (R 6353). I was accompanied by Sgt William Koenig, 9th USAAF, who had been at the farmhouse since 26 Jun."

 

 

 

 

Source:

 

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

 

Additional information:

 

http://www.francecrashes39-45.net/page_fiche_av.php?id=1109

 

 

 
     

 

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