Studiegroep Luchtoorlog 1939-1945


Evader chart: E1070
SGLO Date crash Aircraft
T5494F 02-04-45 Spitfire
MilRank First Name(s) Name
2/Lt. Hans Wischmann Rohde
Milregnr. Nationality Born
N5494 Norwegian
Returned Y/N Evader Fate Date Captured/Liberated Place Captured/Liberated Escape Line
Yes ESC 13 Apr 44 Meppel -
Evader Story
						F/Sgt. Hans Wischmann Rohde was a Norwegian fighter pilot of 332 Squadron. On 2 April 1945 he was tasked to fly an armed recconnaissance over the occupied part of eastern Holland. During this mission his aircraft was hit by flak and Rohde had to crashland his Spitfire near Zwolle. Shorlty after he was taken prisoner. He eventually was transported to the Luftwaffe-airfield of Havelte. Here he met two other Allied pilots: American 2/Lt. Kenneth Elton Foster and Dutchman W/O. J.C. van Roosendaal (E0987). In the late evening of 5 April the three airmen managed to escape after they had cut two iron bars from the cell with a file Foster possessed. They eventually ended up at the farm of Family Buitenhuis in Nijeveen, who gave them food and shelter for two days, from 6 until 8 April.  The family also contacted the resistancce. On 9 April they moved to the farm of G. Wildeboer also at Nijeveen. Here they hid until 12 April. In this period Foster was examined by a doctor and Wildeboer also 'went through the German lines' to get the prescripted medicine. On 13 April the three airmen managed to contact Canadian troops at Meppel.
* National Archives, Washington, EE-2958. Erwin van Loo, ‘Kat en muis spelen met de bezetter. Van Roosendaal wist zich twee keer aan gevangenschap te onttrekken’ in: De Vliegende Hollander LXI (2005) nr. 4, page 22-23.