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Bob Nobles - C Co

I jumped from the plane and landed south of the river Douve. I linked up with Bob Harper and Cornelius Connaghan and started to move in the direction our plane was travelling.

We continued to move North East. Around daylight we came upon a bivouac of Germans that started popping out of foxholes. We attempted to withdraw without being seen, but a sentry walking guard spotted us and started firing.

We ran back in the direction from which we came from for about 2 miles, until we found cover in a ditch in a patch of woods. We remained hidden until dark.

After dark we awakened an elderly French couple in their home. I could speak French and learned that we were near the river Douve.

We found a bridge over the Douve and hid and watched German troop movement going over the bridge. We waited until darkness to set our explosives to blow the bridge.

Meanwhile an American glider pilot saw [the explosives] and explained how difficult it would be for us to get to the main part of the bridge beyond the long causeway through the flooded waters. We thought that we could swim or wade to the bridge, so we hid along with the glider pilot until after dark.

The glider pilot was right; we could not get to the bridge and keep our fuses and primer cord dry.However we mined the approaches to the bridge and moved on.

Soon we spotted and joined a group of about 20 troopers including other men from my company.

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