Maurice Stretton initially either served or worked as an apprentice clerk, but later as a Sergeant pilot, flying operations with No's. 44 and 49 Squadron, RAF Bomber Command. On September 17th, 1940 he and his crew were shot down over Holland and crashed near Breda flying a Hampden on a mission to attempt to bomb the oil target of Merseburg. He was captured and imprisoned initially at Dulag Luft (Frankfurt), then at Stalag Luft 1 (Barth) (September 1940 - September 1941), at Stalag VIIIB (Lamsdorf) (September 1941 - May 1942), Stalag Luft III (Sagan) (May - June 1941), Stalag Luft VI (Heydekrug) (June 1943- July 1944) Stalag 357 (Thorn, later at Fallingbostel) (July 1944 until his liberation in April 1945).
His medals and private papers are held in The Imperial War Museum.
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