Escape and Evasion Reports

The primary source for information on the evasion of American airmen during WWII, other than books written by the airmen themselves, is the escape and evasion report (E&E), compiled by Allied military intelligence after the airmen had returned to Allied control.  An aid to finding such a report is the list of American airmen with their Escape and Evasion report numbers compiled by Leslee Atkinson, which is part of the Atkinson papers at the National Museum of the United States Air Force (NMUSAF), Dayton, Ohio.  Click the following title, List of American airmen with E&E nos. by Atkinson AR.2009.064 index AFEES (1), to open the pdf file of the Atkinson list.  The reports are organized alphabetically by the first letter of the last name and then in numerical order by the E&E report number.  Atkinson was a French Air Force officer who, with Ralph Patton, was instrumental in bringing together airmen and their helpers after the war that led to the creation of the Air Forces Escape and Evasion Society.  For further information on searching E&E reports, see https://wwii-netherlands-escape-lines.com/research/national-archives-research/escape-evasion-reports-available-on-line/.

The Atkinson list is part of the Atkinson papers located at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB, near Dayton, Ohio.  The papers were donated to the Air Force Library in 2009 by Renee Atkinson, widow of Leslee Atkinson.  (See pg. 26, Sept. 10, 2011, Vol. 23, No. 3, U.S. Air Forces Escape and Evasion Society, Fall 2011 Communicator.) Our thanks to Lonna McKinley, CA, Museum Manuscripts Curator, at the NMUSAF for providing the list.

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