|T3296||11-01-44||B-17 Flying Fortress|
|Returned Y/N||Evader Fate||Date Captured/Liberated||Place Captured/Liberated||Escape Line|
|Yes||EVD||5 Sep 44||Brussels, Belgium||-|
T/Sgt. Raymond Frank Pencek was the flight engineer of B-17 42-31175. After bailing out he landed at the Boerlestraat between Wijhe and Raalte. Although he tried to get away from the landing area, some Dutchmen brought him to a farm in the vicinity and gave him some food. Pencek regarded the number of people in the kitchen of the farm as too many to evade. He therefore thanked the farmers family and went off. Around 4 PM he contacted a 16-year old boy who took him to a house where Pencek received civilian clothes. Shortly after they cycled with the American airman to Raalte. Here he was handed over to Bernard Doppen (Oom Herman) who hid himself at the house of Familiy Mali. After consulting several of his contacts, Doppen was advised to bring Pencek to the farm of Family Martin Lelivelt at Schievegatsdijk 361 in Lichtenvoorde. Here he met another American airman: 2/Lt. Ford W. Babcock (E0244). Babcock and Pencek hid here until 17 February 1944. On this date they travelled, escorted by Ter Haar and/or Gijs Roukema, via the house of Gerrit Rietberg (Barlheze 21 in Zutphen) by train to Echt. After crossing the border they ended up in Hasselt. From here they moved to Brussels were they were separated after about four weeks. Pencek stayed at different addresses and was liberated on 5 September 1944 on his hiding address at Rue Leopold in Brussels. Babcock was arrested on 22 June 1944.
|* H.B. van Helden, De lijst van Haeck. Een overzicht van de hulpverlening aan geallieerde bemanningsleden en ontsnapte krijgsgevangenen tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog (Hardenberg 2017), page 99-113
* W. Noordman, H. Tabak and W. van Velzen, Heerde 1940-1945 (place year), page 54-56