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Liberation Reports
File WO208/3335
The information comes from work done by John Howes
The main file series of the SPG Liberation reports at the National Archives are in WO 208/3328 to 3335. This is replicated in the series WO 208/3336 to 3340 and these files may also contain the Appendix As which give information about civilians who assisted the servicemen during their escape or evasion. It has been found that both series contain a large number of missing files so it is recommended that both be consulted. It may also be worth searching the POW Liberation reports in the WO 344 series as these will often provide further information, especially when searching the WO 208 series has drawn a blank.
Most of the aircraft details have been added using such reference works as ‘Footprints on the Sands of Time' by Oliver Clutton-Brock, the ‘Bomber Command Losses' series by W R Chorley and ‘Fighter Command Losses' by Norman L R Franks.
I have included brief capture details for some soldiers if the dates or locations are significantly different to the MIA dates - and for aircrew where known.
This page updated 06 Jan 2017
 
LIB No     MIA Captured
1701 Sgt A R H Wells RAF
1702 Sgt G H Petterson RAF
1703 Pte A Kane Seaforths
1704 F/Lt Sydney V Gorton RAF Wellington FTR Bullseye Oct 42 near Loches Nov 42 with crew - interned - DetW
1705 L/Cpl Stanley A Golding RASC St Valery-en-Caux June 40 escaped LOM - recaptured at Haisnes Jan 42
1706 F/Sgt Ronald W Glover 76 Sqn Halifax LK932 FTR Dusseldorf Nov 43 near Maiche (Doubs) Dec 43
1707 W/O Eric W King 37 Sqn
1708 Tpr C Westwood Army Remount Service
1709 Sgt G E Wilson RAF
1710 W/O J D Elder RAF
1711 Sgt F J P Terry Royal West Kent
1712 F/Lt Francis J Hartnell-Beavis 10 Sqn Halifax JD207 FTR Essen July 43 near Eindhoven Aug 43
1713 W/O Robert Strong 115 Sqn Lancaster DS764 FTR Berlin Nov 43 near Krefeld Nov 43
1714 Sgmn Holmes Royal Corps Signals
1715 W/O F G Stapleton RAF
1716 W/O R Harvey RAF
1717 W/O C N Harris RAF
1718 W/O H J Mason RAF
1719 W/O R O L Humphreys RAF
1720 F/Sgt E Thomson RAF
1721 Lt T R Fox 5 Buffs
1722 W/O J H Bailey 214 Sqn Stirling N3762 FTR Emden June 42
1723 F/Lt W Mejer RAF
1724 W/O S Bacon
1725 W/O K J Baker 15 Sqn Stirling EE954 FTR Frankfurt Oct 43
1726 W/O J Geary RAF
1727 W/O Cyril R Mort 174 Sqn Hurricane BE421 FTR Circus June 42 Caussade June 42 with Sgt S Brown - DetW
1728 W/O Walter R Stapleford 35 Sqn Halifax L9582 FTR Hamburg Dec 41 Neumunster Dec 41
1729 W/O T J Bryan 218 Sqn Battle P2324 FTR Sedan May 40 escaped Steglitz Apr 42 - recaptured at Dijon
1730 W/O Richard A Myers RCAF 405 Sqn Halifax W1230 FTR Hamburg July 42 Brunsbuttel July 42
1731 F/O W A Eacott RAF
1732 Pte R Bennett RAMC
1733 Cpl J Marsh Royal Sussex
1734 F/Lt John S Saunders RCAF 405 Sqn Wellington W5521 FTR Berlin Sept 41 Berlin Sept 41
1735 F/Lt J S Probert RAF
1736 P/O A H Dewar RAF
1737 F/O F B Young RAF
1738 F/Lt J E Loree RAF
1739 F/Lt G E Bisson RCAF RAF
1740 F/Lt J G Weir RAF
1741 F/Lt J J Rey RAF
1742 F/Lt J P Bragg RCAF 7 Sqn Stirling R9264 FTR Cologne Feb 43
1743 P/O L C Smart RAF
1744 W/O J Grounds RAF
1745 W/O Harry Levy 9 Sqn Wellington BJ876 FTR Dusseldorf Aug 42 Brussels Aug 42 with his hosts
1746 Dvr Leonard S Odell 30 Infantry Brigade Calais May 40  
1747 W/O P W Carruthers RAF
1748 F/O D E Coleman 35 Sqn Lancaster ND762 FTR Dortmund May 44 Antwerp June 44 with Holmes (1904) +
1749 W/O K P Marlow RAF
1750 Cpl John H Charlton 51st Highland Division St Valery-en-Caux June 40  
1751 W/O Douglas L Knibb 214 Sqn Stirling W7560 FTR Hamburg July 42
1752 F/Lt Denis F Greaves 112 Sqn (Fighter) Desert Air Force
1753 W/O Clifford Street 51 Sqn Halifax DT721 FTR Dusseldorf Jan 43 Heikant, Holland Jan 43
1754 F/Lt W J Lewis RCAF RAF
1755 F/Lt J Plant RAF
1756 F/O D A Switzer RAF
1757 F/Lt A G Trites RAF
1758 P/O G C McClure RAF
1759 P/O F W Barry RCAF 35 Sqn Halifax DT805 FTR Munster June 43
1760 F/Lt A N Briggs RAF
1761 P/O W E Mullins RAF
1762 F/O Kenneth Dugdale RCAF 426 Sqn Halifax NP741 FTR Wanne-Eickel Sept 44 near Strijen, Holland Dec 44
1763 F/Lt J N Bertrand 129 Sqn Mustang FB389 FTR Ramrod Oct 44
1764 F/Lt Peter A Ostle 38 Sqn MEC
1765 F/Lt Dennis R Beale 138 SD Halifax LL287 FTR SOE mission Mar 44 Zelzaete, Holland Sept 44
1766 F/Sgt J D F Gallagher RAF
1767 F/Lt W W Foster RCAF 169 Sqn Mosquito HJ711 FTR Patrol Mar 44 Tarbes May 44 with Murphy (1670) +
1768 P/O R A Lacharite RCAF 51 Sqn Whitley Z6505 FTR Dusseldorf Aug 41
1769 Tpr A W Cunningham 4 Bn Royal Tank Regt
1770 W/O Arthur Millington 10 Sqn Whitley N1497 FTR Milan Aug 40
1771 Gnr William H Taylor Royal Artillery Cassel May 40 Marseille Nov 40 - interned - DetW
1772 Cfn Harold Pool REME Evreux June 40 Lyon Sept 41 - interned - DetW
1773 W/O N M Campbell 61 Sqn Hampden X3120 FTR Dusseldorf June 41
1774 W/O W G Downing RAF
1775 W/O J Allen 49 Sqn Lancaster L7567 FTR Nuremburg Aug 42
1776 W/O C Grimwood RAF
1777 W/O L W Bovington 35 Sqn Halifax L9521 FTR Merseburg July 41
1778 F/Sgt Arne Storm RNAF 35 Sqn Halifax HX167 FTR Berlin Dec 43 Celle Dec 43
1779 W/O W N Barlow RAF
1780 W/O Andrew Robinson 97 Sqn Lancaster W4135 FTR Dusseldorf Jan 43 Maarheeze, Holland Jan 43
1781 W/O B Prole RAF
1782 LAC E Trainor RAF
1783 W/O R L Galloway RAF
1784 F/Lt C D Noble RAF
1785 L/Cpl John S Coleman Corps of Military Police
1786 Gnr J D Glendenning Royal Artillery
1787 F/Lt Norman R Watts 156 Sqn Wellington X3672 FTR Stuttgart Nov 42 Toulouse Dec 43
1788 W/O Anthony J Fuge 158 Sqn Halifax HR779 FTR Mannheim Apr 43 Neufchateau Apr 43 with Berkeley (1630)
1789 W/O Thomas S McNeil 418 Sqn Boston FTR Nantes Feb 43 near Elboeuf Feb 43 with helpers
1790 F/Lt W J Cameron RAF
1791 F/Lt W H Gilliland 250 Sqn MEC
1792 Sqn/Ldr Leonard H Trent 487 Sqn Ventura AJ209 FTR Ramrod May 43
1793 W/O Phillip N Howard RNZAF 75 Sqn Wellington X3408 FTR Essen June 43
1794 W/O Robert L Betts 101 Sqn Wellington T2846 FTR Dusseldorf Oct 41
1795 F/Lt Marcel E Zilleson 6 Sqn Desert Air Force
1796 F/Lt R C D McKenzie RAF
1797 F/Lt Geoffrey J Cornish 50 Sqn Hampden AD789 FTR Dusseldorf Apr 41
1798 Sgt Arthur F Hamilton 460 Sqn Lancaster ND674 FTR Hasselt May 44 Ghent May 44
1799 Sqn/Ldr H S Jackson RAF
1800 W/Cdr Thomas A B Parselle 207 Sqn Lancaster W5001 FTR Dusseldorf May 43 Paris Aug 43
1801 W/O Ian R Macdonald RCAF 408 Sqn Halifax JB931 FTR Bochum May 43 Oloron June 43 - with others
1802 P/O J C A Hayes RCAF 428 Sqn Halifax ED209 FTR Aachen July 43 Belgian/French border Sept 43 - with others
1803 F/Sgt Terry Gould 10 Sqn Halifax MZ630 FTR Trappes June 44 Paris July 44 - with others
1804 F/Lt Douglas G Baber 77 Sqn Whitley Z6826 FTR Frankfurt Aug 41 Belgium Aug 41 with Thuell (1450)
1805 Pte Frederick C Trenfield SAS Libya Nov 41
1806 Sqn/Ldr Robert W H Gray 625 Sqn Lancaster ME697 FTR Mailly-le-Camp May 44 Le Perthus May 44
1807 W/O J A Jones-Ford RAF
1808 Pte Harold Liddle 9 Bn Durham Light Infantry Furnes May 40 escaped LOM - recaptured in Brussels May 42
1809 W/O Douglas Wrampling 35 Sqn Halifax W1021 FTR Essen June 42 Langres June 42
1810 LAC R H Hutchinson RAF
1811 F/Lt Robert C Hogg 138 Sqn Halifax W1012 FTR SOE/SIS mission Feb 43 near Bergerac with Kingsford-Smith (136)
1812 W/O Joseph Farrag 7 Sqn Lancaster JA717 FTR Frankfurt Oct 43 Frankfurt Oct 43
1813 Sgt J H Bacon Royal Engineers
1814 F/Lt R D Wawn RAF
1815 W/O K C Bonter RCAF 16 OTU Wellington DV775 FTR Dusseldorf Sept 42
1816 Sqn/Ldr Lloyd E Logan RCAF 405 Sqn Lancaster LM345 FTR Brunswick Sept 43 Amsterdam
1817 Sqn/Ldr D B Gericke RAF
1818 F/Lt Robert M Coste 144 Sqn Hampden L4132 FTR Heligoland Sept 39 ditched North Sea - picked up by German ship
1819 W/O Walter E Currier RCAF 101 Sqn Lancaster W4782 FTR Gardening Dec 42 near Esbjerg Dec 42
1820 W/O Thomas H A Sutton 620 Sqn Stirling EF441 FTR Nuremburg Aug 43 Nuremburg Aug 43
1821 F/Lt N Bower RAF
1822 S/Sgt Albert Simpson Glider Pilot Regiment Arnhem Sept 44 Arnhem
1823 W/O D L Ashmead-Bartlett 218 Sqn Stirling R9185 FTR Gardening Nov 42 Paimpol Nov 42 with Sheringham & Harrison
1824 W/O S H Ebsary RAF
1825 W/O Andrew J McMillan 78 Sqn Whitley P4950 FTR Lorient Dec 40 Nantes Sept 42 with helper Mme Flavet
1826 L/Cpl Archibald Buchanan Pioneer Corps
1827 W/O Michael E Sobkowicz RCAF 427 Sqn Halifax DK142 FTR Aachen July 43 near Utrecht July 43
1828 F/Lt Raymond L N Van Wymeersch 174 Sqn Hurricane BP299 FTR Dieppe Aug 42 Puys near Dieppe Aug 42
1829 W/O Walter J Mullaney RCAF 429 Sqn Wellington HZ355 FTR Dusseldorf June 43 Paris July 43 with Maxted (753) +
1830 W/O J A Walker RAF
1831 W/O W C Frizzell RAF
1832 W/O I V Hopkins RAF
1833 W/O Pierce RAF
1834 F/O Raymond C Watts RAAF 467 Sqn Lancaster LM376 FTR Nuremburg Mar 44 Stavelot, Belgium Apr 44 with Manson (542)
1835 F/Lt Aynsley S Forbes 15 Sqn Stirling R9274 FTR Hamburg Feb 43
1836 W/O S J Bailey RCAF 419 Wellington X3477 FTR Lubeck Mar 42
1837 F/Lt M W Donaldson RAF
1838 F/Lt D R Thomson RAF
1839 W/O McGeach RAF
1840 Sqn/Ldr Lawrence Ravell-Carter 49 Sqn Hampden P4305 FTR Gardening June 40 near Kiel June 40
1841 W/O D B Cooper 10 Sqn Halifax HX326 FTR Essen Apr 44
1842 F/O D J Weepers RAF
1843 F/O J I De Wet RAF
1844 F/Lt F Reece RAF
1845 W/O J W Angus 78 Sqn Halifax MZ577 FTR Juvisy June 44
1846 W/O G M B Hyde RAF
1847 F/O R W McGraw 7 Sqn Stirling BF379 FTR Turin Dec 42
1848 Cpl Harry Ogden 1 Bn York and Lancaster Regt Otta, Norway Apr 40  
1849 W/O C R Smith 207 Sqn Lancaster LM326 FTR Hannover Oct 43
1850 W/O Ian A Spence-Ross 129 Sqn Spitfire W3824 FTR Circus Sept 41
1851 Fus H D Dando Royal Fusiliers Diksmuide, Belgium May 40 escaped LOM - arrested near Bourges Jan 41
1852 W/O D C B Jenkins RAF
1853 F/Lt B Green RAF
1854 W/O M F Sikal RAF
1855 F/Sgt Edward J Downing RCAF 434 Sqn Halifax LW433 FTR Sterkrade June 44 Antwerp July 44 with Reeves (862) +
1856 W/O M J Platz RAF
1857 W/O Thomas S Brandon RCAF 78 Sqn Halifax W7782 FTR Frankfurt Sept 42 Cignon, Belgium Sept 42
1858 Gnr Edmund J Lightfoot Royal Artillery Tobruk June 42
1859 Lt J Playford Parachute Regiment
1860 Cpl W Peaks Royal Regiment of Canada
1861 F/Lt D A Webster RAF
1862 Lt J Staubo RAF
1863 F/Lt J E T Asselin RAF
1864 W/O Thomas C Moynihan RNZAF 458 Sqn Coastal Command ditched in the Mediterranean
1865 W/O J A Gartlan RAF
1866 F/Lt J Reid RAF
1867 F/Lt G S Williams RAF
1868 F/Lt Francis J Regis (Chauvin) 340 Sqn Soitfire BS243 FTR Rhubarb Oct 42 Marquise (Pas-de-Calais) Oct 42
1869 F/Lt L M Anderson RCAF 405 Sqn Halifax HR813 FTR Cologne July 43 La Varenne Apr 44 with helpers
1870 Tpr Arthur Conn Lothian & Border Yeomanry St Valery-en-Caux June 40 escaped LOM - recaptured at Wattrelos Nov 41
1871 W/O Jack W Meyers RCAF 10 Sqn Whitley Z6794 FTR Cologne Aug 41 Moers, Germany Aug 41
1872 F/Lt Lawrence E Aspinall RCAF 419 Sqn Halifax LW240 FTR Modane Sept 43 St Flouvier (query) Sept 43
1873 F/Sgt Wilfred Marshall 12 Sqn Lancaster ND627 FTR Orleans July 44 Paris July 44 - with others
1874 F/Lt Reginald F Prior 90 Sqn Stirling LJ460 FTR SOE mission Apr 44 Chateauneuf Apr 44 with Latchford (1213) +
1875 Cpl J G Snowden RASC, 580 Coy
1876 F/Lt Alexander H Gould 61 Sqn Hampden P4358 FTR Gardening July 40 Wilhelmshaven July 40
1877 Sgt F C Boulter RCAF 405 Sqn Lancaster LM345 FTR Braunschweig Sept 43
1878 F/O T B Miller RAF
1879 F/Lt B E Cooper 15 Sqn Stirling K611 FTR Dusseldorf May 43
1880 F/O Harold C Shepherd RCAF 428 Sqn Halifax LK956 FTR Leverkusen Nov 43 Brussels Jan 44 with helper Charles Burtram
1881 F/Lt A R Thompson RAF
1882 F/O F H Hubbs RCAF 419 Sqn Halifax JB793 FTR Wuppertal May 43
1883 W/O A W Brickenden RCAF 625 Sqn Lancaster LM513 FTR Duisburg May 44
1884 W/O J W Hargreaves RAF
1885 W/O R H Gairns RAF
1886 Sqn/Ldr A R G Bax RAF
1887 W/O T W Parker RAF
1888 W/O Clifford Webb 21 Sqn Blenheim R3742 FTR Merville June 40 Yport July 40 with Eden (1598)
1889 Pte Allan Hoyle 2 Bn Royal East Kents (the Buffs) Armentieres May 40 escaped LOM - recaptured in Lille Sept 40
1890 W/O Johannes E C Odendaal 115 Sqn Lancaster DS690 FTR Aachen July 43 Belgium July 43
1891 F/O J Rigby RAF
1892 W/O J C Mackie RAF
1893 W/O A Giblin 51 Sqn Halifax JD262 FTR Cologne July 43
1894 Lt A D Neely Royal Navy
1895 W/O J D Evans RAAF RAAF
1896 W/O R W Harding RAF
1897 W/O John Miller 44 Sqn Lancaster L7548 FTR Augsburg Apr 42 Loches May 42 - interned - DetW
1898 P/O C Geesink RAF
1899 F/Lt J P Dickinson RAF
1900 F/O E D P Every RAF
1901 F/Lt K S Toft RAF
1902 F/Sgt K T P Allan 420 Sqn Wellington HE682 FTR Mannheim Apr 43
1903 F/Lt T A Stewart RAF
1904 F/Lt Ernest Holmes 35 Sqn Lancaster ND762 FTR Dortmund May 44 Antwerp June 44 with Coleman (1748) +
1905 W/O A McG Currie RAF
1906 W/O W H Shorrock 61 Sqn Manchester L7472 FTR Brest Jan 42
1907 Lt Cdr M W O Schaper RAF
1908 W/O C Croall RAF