Squadron Leader Bob Wareing a prisoner of war



Squadron Leader Bob Wareing a prisoner of war


Article about Scunthorpe double DFC baling out from blazing plane. Relates how news was passed by French woman in a letter to a Canadian who posted it to Mrs Wareing. Robert Wareing was in hospital with burns but was getting better.




One newspaper cutting


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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 slipping 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 [missing word] 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 and Mr. and Mrs. [missing letter] Wareing, of Cemetery-road, Scunthorpe, and his brother, Squadron Leader Stanley Wareing, also holds the D.F.C.


DESPITE poor visibility, bomb-carrying Spitfires and rocket-firing Typhoons yesterday flew some 400 sorties without loss.
Operations consisted mainly of support work for the ground crews in the Calais and Dunkirk areas, while at Boulogne the aircraft operated under the visual control points on the ground.
On more than one occasion the[missing letters] were instrumental in helping [missing words] the case on a canal near Dunkirk, where Canadians were facing German guns firing almost at point blank range.
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