"It seemed like good thing; but wait till I tell you"
All went well; the target was successfully bombed, and the aircraft turned for home. A short time later they were attacked by a German fighter aircraft and unceremoniously shot out of the sky. There was enough time, however, for all seven members of the crew to bail out. It was later determined that the Pilot was injured on his descent and was captured by the enemy, but the remaining six crew members all landed safely and were sheltered by French families until their return home.
Photo right shows the bombed area at Trappes
Mme Gabriel Opened the Door
Two Bedrooms for Eight People
Ring Side Seat for Show Overhead
Returned to Blimey
The Last Lap
After a medical examination, a period of observation and some trauma leave, he was sent back to Canada for thirty days Compassionate Leave.
Stan was then posted back to England so he returned to Bournemouth on the liner Ile de France. From there he was sent to 5 Group 619 Squadron, and continued Operations on Lancaster Bombers until V-E Day.
The Story Doesn't End Here
About Stan Jones
Stanley B. Jones enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in November of 1942 and served as a rear gunner on bomber aircraft such as the Halifax series and the Lancasters. After one of his ‘adventures’ he became an official member of the exclusive “Goldfish Club”. Membership in this club is awarded to airmen who were forced to leave an aircraft and were saved by using a life jacket or dingy type craft. Those airmen who parachuted to safety became members of the "Caterpillar Club". Stan qualified for both!
After the war, he purchased a farm west of Port Stanley, Ontario about 15 kilometers south of St. Thomas. Stan was a member of the Board of the Elgin Military Museum for many years.