Evaded Capture in Denmark and letter and telegram to Roy Maddock-Lyon's parents advising him he was safe

SMaddockLyonR2205669v10015.jpg

Title

Evaded Capture in Denmark and letter and telegram to Roy Maddock-Lyon's parents advising him he was safe

Description

Item 1 is a statement by Roy Maddock-Lyon on the events leading to the loss of the aircraft and his evasion and return to the UK.
Item 2 is a letter from the Air Ministry advising his parents that he is safe in Sweden. It is captioned 'RAF Letter notifying Roy was in Sweden'.
Item 3 is a telegram to his mother advising that he has returned safely to the UK. It is captioned' Roy's Telegram concerning his return to the UK.'

Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

Date

1945-02-27

Contributor

Steve Baldwin

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Format

Two typewritten sheets and a printed telegram on an album page

Language

Identifier

SMaddockLyonR2205669v10015

Temporal Coverage

Transcription

[underlined] EVADING CAPTURE IN DENMARK [/underlined]
The information contained in this report is to be treated as
[deleted word]

STATEMENT BY

2205669 Sgt. MADDOCK-LYON. Roy. 10 Sqn. Bomber Command, R.A.F.

Left : STOCKHOLM, 27 Feb 45. Arrived: U.K. , 28 Feb 45.

Date of Birth : 31 Aug 24. Peacetime Profession: Student.
R.A.F. Service : Since 3 Sep 43. Private Address: 18 Vicroria Road, RUNCORN, Cheshire.
Post in crew : Flight engineer.

[underlined] Other members of the Crew [/underlined]:

P/O. GRAYSHAN (pilot) (believed killed).
F/Sgt. BERRY (navigator) (believed K/W).
P/O. CHADERTON (bomb aimer) (fate unknown).
F/Sgt. ANDREWS (wireless operator) (fate unknown).
F/Sgt. MILLS (mid upper gunner) (safe in SWEDEN).
F/Sgt. PETRE (rear gunner) (safe in DENMARK).

14 Feb 45, Baled out near HOLBAEK.

We took off from MELBOURNE in a Halifax aircraft at 1745 hrs on 14 Feb 45. On the way to the target the aircraft was hit, possibly by cannon fire from a fighter, and set on fire. The pilot gave the order to abandon aircraft and while I was trying to open the forward escape hatch I heard a tearing, grinding noise. I began to fall through space and I pulled the ripcord of my parachute.

I landed in a field about 3 k. South of HOLBAEK (DENMARK 1:100,000, [underlined] Sheet 40 [/underlined]. Y 8177) at 2015 hrs. I lost my flying boots on the way down. I hid my parachute, harness and [indecipherable words] in the field where I landed. I then walked to a house, where I was given help. The remainder of my journey was arranged for me.

[underlinerd] INTERVIEWED BY: [underlined] I.S.9 (W) 1 hour 45.
Q.R.S. Bomber Command. R.A.F.

[underlined] Distribution of this report by [missing letter].S.9: [/underlined]
D.D.H.I.(P/W). N.I.9. I.S.9. I.S.9(E).
[missing letter].S.9(E). I.S.9([indecipherable letter].3.). I.S.9(D).
[missing letter].S.9(A.B.A.)(2 copies). E.I.19.
[missing letter]. I.5 (Lt.-Col. Seymor. M.O.1(S.P.)
Lt.-Col. Dittors). A.I.1([indecipherable letter]) F/V.
[missing letter]I.O. M.I.9. P.T. [indecipherable word] Dot.MIS.ETOUSA (2 copies).
[missing letters]-Col. H.B.A. de BRUIMS (3 copies).
[missing letter]I.O., H.Q. Bomber Command, R.A.F. (7copies).
Fighter Command, R.A.F.
Tactical Air Force, R.A.F.
38 Group R.A.F.
[indecipherable word] Section, Air Ministry (Mr. J.C. Noracy).
[missing number]2 Div. S.H.A.E.F.
[missing letter]I.O. Air Staff, S.H.A.E.F. Recr.

[underlined] APPENDIX C. [/underlined]
[underlined] Distribution: [/underlined]
D.D.H.I.(P.W). I.S.9.
I.S.9(X). M.I.5 (Lt.-Col. Seymor). I.D.9(D).
I.S.9([indecipherable letters] (2 copies).
I.S.9(A.B.). P.W. [indecipherable letters]
Dot.MIS.ETOUSA. (2 copies).
I.S.9([indecipherable letter]) (file).

[underlined] APPENDIX D. [/underlined]
[underlined] Distribution: [/underlined]
I.S.9. I.S.9([indecipherable letter]).
A.L.O., M.I.9.
I.S.9(indecipherable letters]) (2 copies).
P.F. [indecipherable letters] Dot.MIS.ETOUSA (2 copies). File.

Roy’s interrogation report from Stockholm.
[page break]
[Air Ministry letterhead]
Your Ref. P.425527/6/N.5.N. 23rd. February 1945.

[underlined] CONFIDENTIAL [/underlined]

Sir,

I am directed to convey to you the good news that your son, Sergeant Roy Maddock-Lyon previously reported missing, is now safe.

A report has been received from a reliable source through the Air Attache Stockholm which states that your son will be arriving in Sweden shortly.

In the interests of your son you are asked to keep this good news to yourself and not attempt to communicate with him in any way. This information should not be released to the press.

I am to assure you that any further news received will be passed to you immediately.

I am, Sir,
Your obedient servant,
[signature]
For Director of Personal Services.
D. Maddock-Lyon, Esq.,
15, Victoria Road,
Runcorn,
Cheshire.
[crest]

RAF Letter notifying Roy was in Sweden.

[Post Office Telegram letterhead]
[inserted] hop [/inserted]
No. IR1413 [date stamp]
[inserted] 9/31 TRA [/inserted]

597 8.16 LONDON TO 21
MRS S MADDOCKLYON 18 VICTORIA RD RUNCORN CHE[missing letters]

ARRIVED IN THIS COUNTRY SAFELY AND WELL HOPE TO SEE YOU SHORTLY WRITING ROY +

+18

Roy’s Telegram concerning his return to the UK.

Citation

Roy Maddock-Lyon and Great Britain. Royal Air Force, “Evaded Capture in Denmark and letter and telegram to Roy Maddock-Lyon's parents advising him he was safe,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed September 23, 2019, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/10469.

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