Roy Aubrey McLernon - from Mandø to
På dansk Updated:
04 AUG 2017
In De fandt en vej (They found a way)
Anders Bjørnvad tells about a number of the people who helped
Roy Aubrey McLernon from
Mandø to Sweden:
After he landed in water about 1 m deep he waded to Mandø where he hid for some days on the east side of the island. Gradually he made contacts with a number of residents of the island with whom he discussed his chances of getting away from Mandø.
Skipper Knud Hansen told Anker Frederiksen about the
airman. Anker Frederiksen shared this information with engine driver Chris
Svenning in Esbjerg who was in
They made it! Knud Hansen assisted in McLernon's transport to Esbjerg. From here the airman was taken to Århus by Ejnar Pedersen. The legendary parachute agent Ole Geisler then took care of McLernon who stayed with him for some days. Later the airman stayed with the sisters Jøker and with Doctor Baastrup-Thomsen and his wife.
One day the waiting was over. McLernon went by train to the north from Århus and carrier Anders Venning Stensgaard and Ole Geisler drove him and parachute agent Ejnar Balling to the coast. "Wolle" (skipper Oluf Andersen) with his cutter "Stanley FN 10" was waiting for him. 9 people crossed the Kattegat that night and landed in Varberg.
A letter from Flemming B. Muus relates that the transfer took place on 16 September - about 3 weeks from McLernon's crash at Mandø.
From Varberg McLernon went by train to Stockholm
where the British legation took care of him in every way with new clothes and a
hotel room to start with. He was
After a well deserved vacation back in Canada
McLernon again joined his unit in England. During the next months he flew 27
bombing raids on Germany. The flight