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    Default No. 77 Squadron Halifax DT734 (9th / 10th March 1943)

    Various sources suggest that BD Barker and BJI Walker evaded capture after the loss of this aircraft and travelled via France, Spain and Gibraltar, arriving back in the UK in July 1943 and May 1943 respectively.

    Is anyone able to confirm if this was via the Oaktree Line and, if so, if there was a number / code for their respective group

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    Hi Pete,

    3313 1208 (-) Sgt Bernard J I Walker 77 Sqn Halifax DT734 FTR Munich Mar 43 - interned Alhama de Aragon

    3314 1298 (-) F/Lt Brian D Barker 77 Sqn Halifax DT734 FTR Munich Mar 43 - Oaktree - Pyrenees June 43 to Isaba

    http://conscript-heroes.com/MI9-03.html

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    Thanks Guys

    This suggests that Walker did not come out via the Oaktree Line .... does anyone know which line he may have used? [He arrived back in the UK at Mount Batten, so perhaps the Comet Line?]

    Also, I have conflicting information about DL Morris and wondered if anyone can confirm that he was one of the airmen betrayed by Prosper Dezitter

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    Hello,

    Walker was not handled by the Comet Line.

    http://www.cometeline.org/cometaviateurpasse.html

    See also: RAF Evaders/Clutton-Brock pp.412-16

    and ...

    http://discovery.nationalarchives.go...ls/r/C14083476

    Col.
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    Hello,

    I confirm they went through completely différent ways. I don't have Barker's evasion report, but I have its appendix, which is quite detailed, and confirms the difference with Walker's evasion. In the last part of his evasion, Barker's report is identifical to Squadron Leader P.W. Lefevre's. Similarly I don't have Lefevre' "main" evasion report in WO 208/3314, only the appendix.

    I'd be happy to swap my digital pictures of Walker's evasion report for Barker's.

    Joss

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    The K Report for this aircraft, doesn't add much apart from the fact that after bailing out Barker had no contact with Walker. Cause of loss given as flak whilst on the return journey, on three engines.

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    Hello Daz

    Could you, please, e-mail me this K report ? The plane crashed in Belgium, but apparently just a stone throw from the French border, and at least Bernard WALKER crossed the Franco-Belgian border that same night. The original stages of both evasions is clearly in my research area, hence I'm interested to collect any snippet of information.

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    Joss

    No problem, will send it tomorrow.

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    Daz

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