“I was told that I would be joining a ‘GRU’ – or Graves Recovery Unit… We were of mixed units, all NCOs, and I was immediately made up to corporal. There were 6 jeeps, 19 NCOs and 30 German POWs who were mighty glad to escape the French prison camp. We had no problem with them escaping – the French would have shot them.
“We journeyed all around the South of France throughout the next four months. Up in the Pyrenees – such mountains – we took remarks from local villagers. They showed us, sometimes with the help of donkeys and shepherds, where Allied aircraft had crashed, and where the villagers had buried them, be they British, American, Canadian or otherwise.