Glen Dryhurst
Sgt Dryhurst, Harold, RAF
Tue Apr 7, 2015 14:59

My uncle Harold Dryhurst was a Sergeant pilot on Wellingtons and Halifaxes with 103 Sqn from RAF Elsham Wolds, N. Lincs. He was first at a holding camp for RAF, then Stalag Luft III at Sagan where he told us he met/saw Douglas Bader, then he was at Stalag VIIIB at Lamsdorf. In early 1944 they all walked westwards for 3 months, he said it was 1000 km.
Lamsdorf was well divided between the forces and nationalities, so he must have been in the separate RAF section. I understand there were two separate RAF marches west. We think Harold Dryhurst went to the Harz mountains. So, Ditfurt, near Quedlinburg, 55km S. of Magdeburg seems to be the most likely destination.
Does anyone know where the other RAF Long March went?
Would anyone have a list of names of those on marches?
Harold Dryhurst was a giant, about 6ft 4in, too tall for fighters, with film star looks and almost fluent in German. He used to translate for the Allied C.O. with the camp Commander. While he was in his parachute stuck high in the trees at Maria Laach near Koblenz, he tricked hostile locals into thinking he was a German flier, he told them to call the Police, who ordered the locals at gunpoint to hold a net to let him fall safely into it.
I had heard that one group of RAF, possibly from Lamsdorf, went even further west to an air base in forests east of Cologne & Bonn, the forest area is often called Westerwald (West woods).

  • March route and datesMichael Tattersall, Fri Feb 20 01:43
    This link is to route taken by my father January to April 1945:
    • Sgt Dryhurst, Harold, RAF — Glen Dryhurst, Tue Apr 7 14:59
    • MarchMarg Howlett, Fri Feb 20 14:30
      My dad was a POW in Lamsdorf from 42-45 & he also did the death march through Poland. His life was saved by a man who became his life long best friend who carried my dad when he got dysentery. Thank... more
      • marchAnonymous, Sun Feb 22 16:45
        Hi marg did your dad come from newcastle my uncle who carried a soldier during a march and saved his life been trying to find information on him and is family regards maurice
        • Re: marchMarg , Mon Feb 23 22:02
          Hi Maurice, No, he didn't come from Newcastle but from Lancashire. And the man who carried him remained as one of his best friends until death parted them. Regards, Marg.
          • Re: marchAnonymous, Tue Feb 24 18:08
            Hi marg it could have been lancashire my relation was who told me was losing his mind before he passed so mistakes can be made regards
        • death marchm pritchard, Mon Feb 23 19:16
          Hi marg further to my response yesterday the soldier who my uncle carried is mother wrote to my grandmother on a regular basis many years ago but every one has passed away now so i cant get more... more
          • Re: death marchMarg, Tue Feb 24 11:14
            It's so annoying when that happens. I do family trees but I've no relatives left to ask anything. I've a collection of letters my dad sent to his mum from being called up in the army & up to his... more
            • marchm pritchard, Tue Feb 24 18:41
              Hi marg perhaps we can get to it this way i have checked my ref book and my uncle passed in 1979 and if my relation has got it right and they went to your fathers funeral before this date it might be ... more
              • Re: marchMarg, Wed Feb 25 15:11
                My dad dies in 1989 so that rules that out. If you know where your uncle was buried try the local papers at the library to see who attended the funeral. I've found stuff out from family trees that... more
            • marchm pritchardc, Tue Feb 24 18:03
              is there any information in letters names etc
            • marchm pritchard, Tue Feb 24 18:02
              Sorry i have no name of the soldier my uncle carried my relation told me before he passed away that he thought it was newcastle where he came from i know my father and his brother went to is funeral... more
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