Studiegroep Luchtoorlog 1939-1945


Evader chart: E0923
SGLO Date crash Aircraft
T5082 05-01-45 Halifax
MilRank First Name(s) Name
F/Sgt. Paul David Watson
Milregnr. Nationality Born
1810086 British
Returned Y/N Evader Fate Date Captured/Liberated Place Captured/Liberated Escape Line
Yes EVD 9 Apr 45 Haarle -
Evader Story
						F/Sgt. Paul David Watson was the wireless operator/air gunner of Halifax NR251. On the return journey, after bombing Hanover, the bomber was attacked by a nightfighter. After a second attack only one engine remained, and the pilot, F/Lt. A. Elliott, therefore gave the order to bail out. Six crew members survived. Only Elliot was killed in the crash. Watson landed near Haarle. He came in the hands of resistance worker Willem Jacob Anton Ericus de Kempenaer (Sprengenberg in Haarle) who brought him to a hide out in a nearby forest. Here he joined here by the rear gunner, Sgt. R.H. Dickson (E0920). After De Kempenaer had found a hiding place, the two airmen were escorted, with the help of a 'Mr. Klein of the Haarle underground' to the house/farm of family Willem Rensen at de Bathemerwerg in Haarle (Haarle C-146, Nijverdal). The two remained here until the liberation of Haarle on 9 April 1945.
* H.W. Poorterman, Van bezetting naar bevrijding. 1940-1945 in Nijverdal, Hellendoorn, Marle, Haarle, Daarle, Hulsen Eversberg (Enschede 1978), page 42-46
* National Archives, Washington, NAID: 286682825 - NAID: 286647759