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The fifth of the group of evaders in Journey to the Horizon is Sergeant Ronald Thomas ‘Curly’ Emeny RAF. This young British mid-upper gunner flew in Lancaster ND556, EM-F for Freddie of No.207 Squadron. The squadron was stationed at RAF Spilsby.

F-Freddie was shot down during the costly raid against Mailly-le-Camp, a German Panzer training facility in France on 3/4 May 1944. Emeny was severely burned. His crew mate John Pittwood stayed with him in a crypt near Rossières. The local resistance found them. Pittwood was taken to Paris where he lost contact with Emeny, evading via other means. Due to his burns, Emeny had to stay behind until he had recovered or died; a grave had already been dug. Once he was fit, he went to Paris, where he met the four other airmen with whom he was to continue south.

From Paris he travelled to Bayonne by train, escorted by two members of Comète. During the night of 5/6 June, all five crossed into Spain and were briefly interned until their embassies moved them to Madrid and Gibraltar. Emeny landed in England on 25 June 1944. He dedicated his later life to his French friends and to the East Kirkby Aviation Museum. He died on 8th December 2001, leaving his wife Jess and family.

He was a great man and a loyal friend to his helpers in France. I am proud to have been his friend. Next time we will write about the two aircrew of the two Lancaster bombers and their fates and experiences.

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