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Henry S Chappell


Henry Chappel evaded capture after being shot down in Lancaster Bomber LL787. He subsequently joined the French Resistance and fought alongside William A. Kray of the USAAF, who had also evaded capture after being shot down. These two airmen, “evaders" in German occupied France, took the hard decision that would greatly increase the danger to themselves. Now in civilian clothes, with fake French IDs, posing as farmhands but full active members of the FFI operating in a wide sector engaged in destruction, sabotage and espionage against the occupying German forces to take up the fight along side the ordinary civilian French men and women and their families that had given them shelter who were fighting for the survival of France, their culture and essentially, for all Europe caught up in the conflict against Nazi Germany. A massive risk that only a few others but for volunteer Allied agents ever took throughout WW2.



  • William Kray

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed after the crew baled out SW of Chalons-sur-Marne, France on the return from a mission to Berlin on 4 Mar 1944 in B-17G 42-31165. ...

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Units served with

  • Royal Air Force

    Royal Air Force

    Formed on 1 April 1918, The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the UK's aerial warfare force. The RAF has undertaken support, combat and reconnaissance roles in conflict since 1918, and continues to do so today.


Event Location Date
Born 19 December 1924
Died 2 February 2018


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2021 11:32:05 general ira snapsorter Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography and unit associations

Information supplied by Bernard Edwards of Retford, England who has researched the events of his late friend Henry S. Chappell.