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    Freeman was almost unable to believe it when war broke out in September 1939. He described himself as ‘stunned by the shock’ and he was also extremely irritated to receive a letter from the Air Ministry suggesting that if he didn’t volunteer for service, he might be called up ‘without officer rank’. Even though he was very agitated by the conflict of loyalties that the war had created, he returned to the RAF as a non- combatant (so he assumed) flying instructor, posted to No. 24 Squadron. His duties at this time consisted of instructing newly arrived pilots in the use of various transport aircraft, which he didn’t enjoy flying, but he found that his performance was suffering anyway because of the enormous anxiety that he was feeling about the war. He was literally becoming, in his own words, ‘sick with worry’, and this was manifested by his falling asleep at the controls. In the end he was grounded for safety reasons whilst the RAF tried to decide what to do with him.

    The nature of Freeman’s future employment by the Air Force was taken out of their hands by the German invasion of western Europe. The situation was so bad that on 22 May 1940 Freeman was ordered to fly with his squadron from Croydon to Merville. Almost as soon as they had landed the squadron was in trouble; a flight of German Messerschmitt 109s strafed it

    on the ground, destroying several aircraft and leaving only a few flyable. Freeman and several others got aboard a DC3 with a Belgian pilot, but only minutes after it had taken off they were hit by ground fire and forced down. As the plane crash-landed in a field it was surrounded by German infantry and Freeman and the other survivors were captured“

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    You can download his file from Natio nal Arvhives


    Benson Railton Metcalfe FREEMAN, alias P. ROYSTON: a pre-war member of the British Union of Fascists, he was a Pilot Officer who was captured by the Germans and interned. He wrote propaganda scripts for radio and joined the Waffen SS. In September 1945 he was sentenced by Court Martial to 10 years' imprisonment

    Digital item
    Title: Benson Railton Metcalfe FREEMAN, alias P. ROYSTON: a pre-war member of the British Union...
    Item number: 4300708
    Catalogue reference: KV 2/631

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    Just had a look at his file says Freeman was "Sentenced to 10 years at UXBRIDGE in Sept 1945 for brioadcasting on behalf of enemy" no indication of where he served sentence though

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    Ex RAF Raymond Davies Hughes #167212 RAF - Sentenced to 5 years imprisonment at
    UXBRIDGE on 2.11.45 for same offence


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Davies_Hughes

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    http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...S&qnum=1697212

    Date: 18 Aug 43 Aircraft: Lancaster III ED764 Unit 467 Sqdn

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    Another one


    Ex F/Sgt J Alcock #1480577 - Sentenced to 2 years imprisonment with Hard
    Labour at Uxbridge on 27.8.45 for acting as an informer on behalf of the
    enemy

    this is Jack Alcock

    Halifax II JD263

    06 Sep 43
    Unit 51 Sqdn

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    This is in the Freeman file concerning his capture

    R.A.F. Station, HENDON,
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    20th January 1941.
    STATEMENT of WING COMMANDER HARRY KING GOODE. D.S.O., D.F.C. A.F.C. Commending Officer, No. 24 Squadron. "I am the Officer Commanding, No. 24 Squadron, a Squadron which consists of a number of miscellaneous aircraft, the duties of which are communication and conveyance of passengers and stores to various: parts of the country. Until the evacuation of France the duties principally consisted of flights between this country and France and for a short time, Belgium, and Holland.

    Pilot Officer Benson Railton Metcalfe Freeman was an Officer in my Squadron. He was posted to the Squadron on 15.1.40. When he first arrived, he had to be taught to fly once more as he was completely out of practice. At first, he seemed extremely keen on flying but it was discovered that although he was slightly above the average on single-engined aircraft he was below the average on multi-engined machines, which were the aircraft chiefly used by the Squadron. His keenness for flying appeared to wane when he discovered this and when, during May, I proposed moving him to France to one of the Detachments of this Squadron stationed there, in order that he could fly single-engined machines on communication duties, he immediately reported sick to the Station Medical Officer. The Station Medical Officer examined him end found him temperamentally unsuitable for posting to France or for flying as a first pilot but gave permission for him to be used as a second pilot on aircraft. Unfortunately, the records concerning this episode, which were included in Pilot Officer Freemen's personal file, were lost in a fire occasioned by enemy action. Under the circumstances I had no option but to use Pilot Officer Freeman as a second pilot although I applied for him to have a full Medical Board and to be posted away from the Squadron. He was used to flying fairly frequently as second pilot on flights between England and France, especially after the break in Belgium when I had five Sabena Aircraft and Pilots attached to the Squadron.
    On about 23rd May, 1940,, a number of aircraft were despatch from Hendon to Croydon. there to be loaded with food and despatched to Merville in France. Amongst these aircraft were the Sabena Aircraft One, Savoia OOA/GZ (sic OO-AGZ), piloted by a Belgian, Captain Lassair of the Sabena Company, carrying Pilot Officer Freeman as a second pilot, is known to have landed at Merville and to have been destroyed there on the ground by enemy action.
    It is surmised that both Captain Lassair and Pilot Officer. Freeman, then embarked on a Douglas OOA/UI (sic OOA-UI), first pilot Captain Chartier of the Sabena Company, second pilot, Pilot Officer Bressey of this Squadron, in order to make the return Journey to Hendon. On the return flight, the Douglas flew in company with an Ensign belonging to Imperial Airways. The aircraft encountered very heavy A.A. fire and after one particularly heavy burst the second pilot of the Ensign noticed that the Douglas was missing and considered that it had been brought down by the burst of A.A. fire.
    Pilot Officer Freeman could not have had any influence over the actions of the Pilot of the aircraft, Captain Chartier, as he would not be allowed in the cockpit but would be occupying one of the passenger seats. The matter was reported to the Air Ministry and Pilot Officer Freeman posted as missing. I do not consider it possible that Freeman could have had anything to do with the destruction of Savoia OOA/GZ, as aircraft of the Squadron were at Merville at the. time and other aircraft landed there later on. Unfortunately, Pilots who were on the ground at that time have since been killed and therefore it is not possible to question them. Squadron Leader L. Strange, who was a member of this Squadron at the time, was at Merville a day after the incident occurred and saw the Savoia destroyed on the ground there, but of course had no knowledge of what had happened to the Douglas. It is suggested that if the names of the crew of the Ensign could be obtained from Imperial Airways, it might be possible that the Pilots could corroborate the fact that Pilot Officer Freeman actually boarded the Douglas for return to England but as they were civilians, it is doubtful whether or not they would know his name.
    On examining the effects of Pilot Officer Freeman, prior to the Committee of Adjustment on his affairs, it was discovered that he was a member of the British Union and that he had a membership card showing that he belonged to the Maidstone Branch.
    He was rather unpopular in the Mess and was being watched because of his conversations with the other officers. Although one cannot openly accuse him of anything, his tone always seemed to imply that the German Organisation was much superior to the British and that they made far better use of both men and materials than the British. This Wes thought to be partly the outburst of a disgruntled officer who considered that he should be of a senior rank to a pilot officer. He never mentioned Fascism in the Mess or attempted to convert anyone to its principles.
    I have read this Statement and it is correct.
    (Sgd.) H.K. Goode, Wing Commander.
    Statement taken and signature witnessed by F.E. Hixson, Flight Lieutenant, D.A P.M.

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    I.S./P.M/5919.

    Copy.
    Provost Marshal.
    On the 13th December, .1940, I visited Hendon and saw Group Captain Seward, Station Commander, about this matter, and he arranged an appointment for me with Wing Commander Harry King Goode, D.S.O., D.F.C., A.F.C, C.O. of No. 24 Squadron. On the 14th and 16th December I saw Wing Commander Goode. at Hendon and discussed with him the circumstances under which Pilot Officer Freeman was made a prisoner of war.

    The particulars of these aircraft and their pilots furnished me by Wing Commander Goode are as follows:-
    (1) Savoia OOA/GZ let Pilot a Belgian named Captain Lassair. 2nd Pilot, Pilot Officer Freeman.
    (2) Douglas OOA/UI - 1st Pilot a Belgian named:. Captain Chartier 2nd Pilot, Pilot Officer Bressey.
    (3) Savoia OOA/GU - piloted by Captain Moreau who is now in the Belgian Congo.
    3 Bombay aircraft.
    (1) No. L.5853 - piloted by Sergeant Pilot Baldwin.
    (2) No. L.5814 - piloted by Flying Officer Frampton.
    (3) No. L.5854 - piloted by Flying Officer Ridgeway.
    The pilots of these three machines belonged to No. 216 Squadron, and left for the Middle East about three months ago.
    1 '89' aircraft piloted by Flying Officer Ledlie., who has since been killed, accompanied by Squadron Leader Strange now stationed at Ringway, Manchester.
    3 Imperial Airways Ensign machines piloted by persons whose names presumably can be obtained-from Imperial Airways.
    Wing Commander Goode stated that at Merville the Savoia aircraft OOA/GZ and one of the Ensign machines were destroyed on the ground by enemy aircraft, and the pilots and crew distributed themselves between the Douglas machine No. OOA/UI and one of the other Ensigns, and it is probable that Freeman and Bressey boarded the Douglas aircraft as this was the faster and more comfortable aircraft.

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    Flying Officer Ledlie is

    FLYING OFFICER WILLIAM LEDLIE
    Service Number: 72691
    Regiment & Unit/Ship
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

    24 Sqdn.

    Date of Death
    Died 23 October 1940

    Age 46 years old

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    At least now some of this can be sorted

    http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/17950.php

    We know that P/O Bressey was co-pilot - and we have the Engineer as well - Pilot was Raymond Chartier

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