M.I.9/S/P.G. (-) 1384.
Left: GIBRALTAR 1 Sept. 43.
Arrived: BRISTOL 2 Sept. 43.
SZPALINSKI (pilot) - (Killed in crash)
I landed in a cornfield 300 yds. from our burning a/c which was totally destroyed. As there was a S/L battery half a mile away, I left my parachute etc. in the field (my name was in the parachute) and started to run N.E. After going only 200 yds. I had to hide4 from German M/C patrol when I could hear calling each other. They kept shouting "RUNDRUNK". After they had passed, I continued in the same direction until 0500 hrs. when hid in some bushes for the whole of the day, keeping a small house under observation. At 2200 hrs. I declared myself o the occupants and found I was S.W. of the village of SCHILDE (10 miles E. of ANTWERP). An hour later a man was brought from SCHILDE who promised to bring someone from ANTWERP on the next day. I was fed and put to bed in a chicken house.
The man from ANTWERP turned up with a complete set of new clothing, for which I gave him two English pound notes. He then took me to ANTWERP, where I spent one night, while he tried, unsuccessfully, to contact an organization.
The next day he took me to BRUSSELS by train, where his wife bought me
a ticket to CHIMAY. I arrived at midnight and started walking along
the main road to the Belgian-French frontier, branching off West,
however, to cross it without incident. I carried on across country,
through woods, to ST. MICHEL (Europe Road Map, 1:200,000 Sheet 4)
arriving at 0700 hrs. and received shelter and food for that day from
a man. I left him at 1800 hrs. as he appeared very frightened at
having me in the house. After walking South all night, I arrived at
CHERY-LES-ROZOY at 0700 hrs. From this point my journey was arranged