Moses Joseph Gatewood, Jr. AKA. "MoJo"
Aircraft commander of the "Holy Moses"
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|the French worked the radio. This radio, the code
system, and staying in German hotels got on my nerves, but the climax
came at Avignon where we got mixed up in a fight between the Mawuis and
the Germans - I remaining neutral under the car while bullets whistled
by overhead. After fighting, my friends returned with SS troopers and
after much arguing in German, we were taken before the SS Captain of the
town. I talked French with him for ten minutes explaining that I was a
collaborator traveling with my German friends and that I had left my
papers in Lyons by mistake in another unit. After much talking, we
finally proceeded to Marseille where radio communication with Algiers
failed to work. We then continued along the coast to Perpignon where we
gave the radio away and learned that the Gestapo was watching the border
too closely. Also at Perpignon, I dropped my paratrooper boots in front
of two German officers as we stood in line checking out clothes before
going swimming. I did a slow death as I picked them up but the Germans
didn't seem to notice. From Perpignon we proceeded to ... across from
..., Spain. For eight or nine lays, I enjoyed relative peace of mind as
my friends crossed the border almost every other day arranging for a
proper crossing and a sure fire way of handing the code over to the
American consul before I was caught and searched by the Spanish.
This was successfully accomplished but I wound up in jail in Spain on 9
August 1944. An American consular representative arrived two days later
and started my on my way back to England. T'was a happy day!
/s/ MOSES J GATEWOOD, JR.
A True Story
Frank L. Wood, Jr.
Lt. Colonel, A.C.