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Coldridge, Albert Stanley MC (Flying Officer)

Evader 1944-05-10

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Decorations: MC


Military Cross
Service
RCAF
Unit
161 Sqn- Squadron
Rank
Flying Officer
Marshal
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
SergeantSGT
CorporalCPL
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Position
Pilot
Service Numbers
J/26625

Took off from Tempsford at 22:42 in Halifax Mark V (Sqn code: MA-W Bomber Command).

Aircraft borrowed by 138 Squadron. Aircraft developed engine trouble and crew abandoned aircraft, which crashed Rochechonart, Haute-Vienne, France 03:00 hours

Shortly after landing East of Rochechonart, Haute-Vienne, France, F/O H D Medland contacted his Pilot, F/O A S Coldridge, RCAF, who badly sprained his ankles on landing and was unable to walk. Medland insisted on carrying his pilot to a wood over a mile away. After ensuring that he was well concealed, Medland made his way to a small village, Les Brosses-hte-Vienne, where he spoke to a peasant, and then went back to bring his pilot to a house, where he was attended to by a Doctor in the Maquis. Medland remained with his pilot for three weeks until he was well enough to travel. F.F.I Officers hid them in the Forest of Rochechounart until 3 June 1944, when they started walking south, and then were taken to the Maquis Headquarters at Cussac. They operated with the Marquis for some time, blowing up trains, raiding warehouses, etc. Walking south again on 15 June 1944, but were arrested by the Guarde Republicaine patrols, though they were released shortly afterwards. They subsequently contacted the Resistance in Paris and on 18 July 1944, they were supplied with an agent, to take them South to Spain. On 8 August 1944 the group of evaders were arrested near Labuerda on the Iberian Peninsula by the Guardia Civil. After interogation at Boltana they were released and reported to the British Consulate at Madrid. They were subsequently repatriated to the UK

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Crew on Halifax B/A/Met.Mk.V LL183

Handley Page Halifax

(RAF Photo, 1942)(Source Harold A Skaarup Web Page)A Royal Air Force Handley Page Halifax Mk. II Series I (Serial No. W7676), coded TL-P, of No. 35 Squadron, RAF, based at Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire in the UK, being piloted by Flight Lieutenant Reginald Lane, (later Lieutenant-General, RCAF), over the English countryside. Flt Lt Lane and his crew flew twelve operations in W7676, which failed to return from a raid on Nuremberg on the night of 28/29 August 1942, when it was being flown by Flt Sgt D. John and crew.

The Handley Page Halifax is a British Royal Air Force (RAF) four-engined heavy bomber of the Second World War. It was developed by Handley Page to the same specification as the contemporary twin-engine Avro Manchester.

The Halifax has its origins in the twin-engine HP56 proposal of the late 1930s, produced in response to the British Air Ministry's Specification P.13/36 for a capable medium bomber for "world-wide use." The HP56 was ordered as a backup to the Avro 679, both aircraft being designed to use the underperforming Rolls-Royce Vulture engine. The Handley Page design was altered at the Ministry to a four-engine arrangement powered by the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine; the rival Avro 679 was produced as the twin-engine Avro Manchester which, while regarded as unsuccessful mainly due to the Vulture engine, was a direct predecessor of the famed Avro Lancaster. Both the Lancaster and the Halifax would emerge as capable four-engined strategic bombers, thousands of which would be built and operated by the RAF and several other services during the War.

On 25 October 1939, the Halifax performed its maiden flight, and it entered service with the RAF on 13 November 1940. It quickly became a major component of Bomber Command, performing routine strategic bombing missions against the Axis Powers, many of them at night. Arthur Harris, the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Bomber Command, described the Halifax as inferior to the rival Lancaster (in part due to its smaller payload) though this opinion was not shared by many of the crews that flew it, particularly for the MkIII variant. Nevertheless, production of the Halifax continued until April 1945. During their service with Bomber Command, Halifaxes flew a total of 82,773 operations and dropped 224,207 tons of bombs, while 1,833 aircraft were lost. The Halifax was also flown in large numbers by other Allied and Commonwealth nations, such as the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Free French Air Force and Polish forces. Wikipedia

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Halifax B/A/Met.Mk.V LL183

Missing while on special operations executive sortie while on loan to 138 squadron, 10.5.44
Unit 161

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