Newspaper cutting



Newspaper cutting


Squadron Leader Bob Wareing a prisoner of war. Scunthorpe double DFC baled out from blazing plane. Includes head and shoulders portrait of a man wearing uniform tunic with pilot's brevet. Account of how message got back to his wife and that he was recovering from burns. Mentions previous operation on October 1941 against Gneisenau. Mentions that his brother Stanley also holds the DFC.

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[Inserted] TELEGRAPH – SEPT. 1944 [/inserted]

Scunthorpe Double D.F.C. Baled Out From Blazing Plane

A FRENCHWOMAN who handed a letter to a British Army officer entering liberated Fecamp and then slipped back into the crowd, was responsible for giving Mrs. Joan Wareing, of West Common Gardens, Scunthorpe, the first news that


her husband, Squadron Leader Robert (Bob) Wareing, D.F.C. and Bar, is in German hands.
The letter, evidently from material dictated by Squadron-Ldr. Wareing, was sent on to his wife.
It appears to be a translation into English by someone French, and says that his aircraft was “touched by a night fighter,” and had “fallen down in fire,” but that he had time to “jump off in parachute.”
The letter goes on: “I got several important bruises and burns, but a French doctor attended them with great skilfulness. I hope soon to be in good health. I am now a prisoner in hospital at Le Havre.”
The Army officer who sent on the letter says that as they were entering Fecamp, a woman gave him it (in an envelope addressed to Mrs. Wareing), and slipped back into the crowd.


Further news comes from a Canadian flying officer who was in hospital with Squadron-Leader Wareing.
With the approach of Allied forces, he says, the majority of the patients, including Bob, were moved inland, but the writer was left behind because he was a fracture case, and is now in England.

The Canadian gives Mrs. Wareing the good news that her husband’s burns were rapidly improving, and those on his face had completely cleared up. He was quite well.

Squadron-Leader Wareing was reported missing last month, but the official notification that he is a prisoner has not yet arrived.
He is 27, and holds the D.F.C. and Bar for work on bombing operations, in one of which, in October, 1941, he attacked the German battleship Gneisenau. He was promoted Squadron Leader in 1943, and was awarded his Pathfinder’s Certificate in June this year.
His parents are Mr. and Mrs. R. Wareing, of Cemetery-road, Scunthorpe, and his brother, Squadron Leader Stanley Wareing, also holds the D.F.C.



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