Escapers and evaders

Discussion in 'Prisoners of War' started by wtid45, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

    I dont know if this has been posted already, did a quick look with no joy and thought this may be the best place to post it if im wrong either way Mods please move or delete. MI9 nos 1 to 499
     
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  2. kingarthur

    kingarthur Well-Known Member

    Its the first time I have seen it Jason,thanks for posting.
     
  3. ADM199

    ADM199 Well-Known Member

    Just a very small part of the whole thing Jason,but handy all the same.

    findmypast.co.uk are in the process of digitising every escape and evasion Report that is listed at Kew.

    Shouldn't be too long before they are online.
     
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  4. kingarthur

    kingarthur Well-Known Member

    Just a very small part of the whole thing Jason,but handy all the same.

    findmypast.co.uk are in the process of digitising every escape and evasion Report that is listed at Kew.

    Shouldn't be too long before they are online.


    That sounds interesting, might shed some light on how my grandad got back from Arnhem.
     
  5. Paul Pariso

    Paul Pariso Very Senior Member

    That sounds interesting, might shed some light on how my grandad got back from Arnhem.

    Have a look for Harry as well please mate!! :D
     
  6. kingarthur

    kingarthur Well-Known Member

    Have a look for Harry as well please mate!! :D


    Goes without saying young Mr Pariso, Harry has become an integral part of my research and writing:)
     
  7. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    findmypast.co.uk are in the process of digitising every escape and evasion Report that is listed at Kew.



    I wonder who made all that possible Brian :unsure:
     
  8. ADM199

    ADM199 Well-Known Member

    The whole issue was catalogued a few years ago.


    WO 208/3298 to WO 208/3327 -- WO 208/3348 to WO 208/3352 1940-1945
    The surviving appendecise in WO 208/5582 and WO 208/5583

    WO 208/4238 to WO 208/4258 + WO 208/4368 to WO 208/4371 Escapers Switzerland.

    WO 208/5393 to WO 208/5404 and Miscellaneous in WO 208/3343 to WO 208/3345.Thrse contain the reports made by those who went through the Lines post Armistace in 1943.

    WO 208/3346 269 additional reports by S/African Escapees

    There are a few further reports that are not in the mainstream Files.


    All have been sitting on my desk for quite some time now.
     
  9. ADM199

    ADM199 Well-Known Member

    I wonder who made all that possible Brian :unsure:


    I finally decided to do something with the project which as I have said was completed a few years ago. A 10yr Contract was signed a little while ago.
     
  10. horsapassenger

    horsapassenger Senior Member

    If anybody has any questions about post D Day escape and evasion I already have copies of every IS9 report at the National Archives.

    My project is to put a name to very one of the IS9 records 1 to 3060. There's many gaps and it now appears that the missing files relate to Americans and are in the USA

    John
     
  11. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I finally decided to do something with the project which as I have said was completed a few years ago. A 10yr Contract was signed a little while ago.


    Well done mate B)
     
  12. Cobber

    Cobber Senior Member

    A good resource to have. Thanks for posting it.

    Regards
    Cbbr
     
  13. TomTAS

    TomTAS Very Senior Member

    Hi All,

    Thanks to a Good Friend of mine I have Leo Heaps and Alan Kettley M i 9 reports.. Both in fact were given to him by forum member horsapassenger...

    Cheers
    Tom
     
  14. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

    That sounds interesting, might shed some light on how my grandad got back from Arnhem.
    I thought given what you mentioned earlier this might be of intrest.The escape groups in the Netherlands were highly organised. Many existed, but they often worked alone. The Biesboch area, a fresh water delta region of waterways, creeks and islands was a natural hiding place for evaders. Operations from the Biesboch resulted in large numbers of evaders, particularly aircrew, returning to Allied lines. ELMS | Dutch Lines
     
  15. kingarthur

    kingarthur Well-Known Member

    I thought given what you mentioned earlier this might be of intrest.The escape groups in the Netherlands were highly organised. Many existed, but they often worked alone. The Biesboch area, a fresh water delta region of waterways, creeks and islands was a natural hiding place for evaders. Operations from the Biesboch resulted in large numbers of evaders, particularly aircrew, returning to Allied lines. ELMS | Dutch Lines



    Good post Jas,thanks.
     
  16. horsapassenger

    horsapassenger Senior Member

    For our Dutch readers I can recommend the book Ondergedoken op de Veluwe by Wolter Noordman for more information on escapes through the Biesbosch

    John
     
  17. ADM199

    ADM199 Well-Known Member

    There are many Reports made by Commonwealth Escapers and Evaders that are missing.

    Kew admit to one group but I know of two more and that is not taking into account the Form "Q" that only fragments survive. Although Copies of Form Q filled in by members of the R.A.A.F. are known to have been sent to Australia.

    There are also the MI9/Int/Sp that were taken.



    If anybody has any questions about post D Day escape and evasion I already have copies of every IS9 report at the National Archives.

    My project is to put a name to very one of the IS9 records 1 to 3060. There's many gaps and it now appears that the missing files relate to Americans and are in the USA

    John
     
  18. ronald

    ronald Senior Member

    For our Dutch readers I can recommend the book Ondergedoken op de Veluwe by Wolter Noordman for more information on escapes through the Biesbosch

    John

    John, there is also another book specific about the crossings from november 1944 untill 1945

    http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=279&pictureid=2705


    Ron...
     
  19. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    It is a an excellent database to start with.All had their stories to tell.Some are destined to stay secret for 75 years for reasons now I cannot understand.

    In memory of two persistent escapers who did not make it.Murdered and who llie unknown.

    Warrant Officer O R. B. H. Townsend-Coles, Royal Air Force,captured as an LAC aircrew.

    Warrant Officer G.T W Grimson,Royal Air Force, captured as Sergeant aircrew.
     
  20. kingarthur

    kingarthur Well-Known Member

    John, there is also another book specific about the crossings from november 1944 untill 1945

    http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=279&pictureid=2705


    Ron...

    Ron

    Is this book in Dutch as well?
     

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