A 306 Nogent, 18th September 1946 from Mrs Caron, 14, rue Bourg le Comte
Dear Miss Powell
Having been very surprised to be summoned to the Police Offices to have information of an English parachutist, whom Mr Caron and I had the honour to help escape…
During the night of 15-16th July 1943, an English four-engine plane had just crashed to the ground in the Petits Josiers…On a cloudy night, we went out, when suddenly, just as we were about go back in, we saw all the workers arriving on first train and thought to take a ticket for him. But he made us understand that he was in too much danger and that he preferred to go through the fields. So this airman, after having made a parcel of his military effects left us at about three in the morning.
Miss Powell, I have no other information to give you. I wish to thank you for your kindness and your devotion, as well as your father’s, who kindly did the necessary for the Police Superintendant. I am therefore at your disposition, if you need to be informed.
He was a tall airman of 22 years….We thought we had a spy in front of us, and we hesitated to make him come back with us, when suddenly he took out his papers. We couldn’t read English, so that didn’t get us any further. Keeping a cool head, Mme Manigeant, coming back with me cooked him some eggs, which he then ate. We made up food and drink for him – bread and butter and a bottle of coffee, which we gave to him. He was very pleased at that. While I hurried to find clothes worn by my husband when he was a prisoner-of-war. After that, we gave him some advice and information.
Miss Powell, please accept my sincere thanks and our best wishes.
A 307 25th April 1947 from L. Holman (?) [a black-edged card]
Dear Mrs Powell,
We hope that you are restored to full health. We heard of Mr Powell’s death through our son, who was in England, and he heard it from Mr Truman. We were all very moved by it, because, when he came to France, even though he was tired out from his time at the Chartres clinic, he made a fairly speedy recovery. For us, Mr Powell was more than a friend, he had been coming to the house for so long, and we liked him very much indeed. Be sure that we shall never forget him and we share your deep sorrow. We know only too well how painful it is to lose our dear ones and we understand other people’s suffering. Roland has been back with us for three weeks now. He is going back in July to take the examinations. He will be happy to go back to the country, which he has so soon grown familiar with and has such good memories of.
Dear Mrs Powell, we send you and Miss Nancy our best wishes.
Mrs Holman (?)