Over the course of years many copies of various reports coming from the British National Archives passed through my hands. Since several of them are already posted on various sites of the “Polish Squadrons Remembered”, I thought that it might be a good idea to help the visitors to read some of them by gathering them in one place.
For a time being I post several samples of combat reports, evasion reports, parts of unit’s Operational Record Books (ORB) and others. As combat reports usually give only dry facts, evasion reports often tell a story that arouses instant interest. Appendix 'A' (censored record) of the latter, recorded the experience of the airman from take-off till such time as his evasion was 'handled by an organization'. Appendix 'B' covers military intelligence picked up by the airman while evading. Appendix 'C' is the best of information sources. It deals in detail with the airman's experience, describing helpers, giving identities and addresses and covering anything of any intelligence interest to the debriefers at either MI-9 or MI-5. Unfortunately, the Brits have very done a good job with their 'War Secrets Act' and as a consequence, Appendix 'C's are rare and hard to find. Sometimes squadrons employed clerks with a knack for writing, and some might find theirs entries in ORBs an enjoyable read.
During typing, spelling and punctuation of the entries were left deliberately unchanged.
My warmest thanks to Ann Michalski from Germany for typing No. 307 Squadron reports, what save me a lot of spare time, which I never seem to have enough.