MI9 Escape & Evasion map Zones of France, 1:2,000,000 : L A M Fleming-Dunstan, Women's Auxiliary Air Force

Accession Number REL38438
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Personal Equipment
Physical description Rayon
Maker Waddington PLC
Place made United Kingdom: England
Date made 1944
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Escape and evasion map titled 'ZONES OF FRANCE', second edition, March 1944 printed in multiple colours, scale 1:2,000,000. The map focuses on France, but also shows Belgium, Luxemburg, parts of Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and Italy, with international borders shown in purple. The map details significant information, including coastal defence areas (indicated in blue), German patrols near Spain and the occupied areas, and former non occupied areas, also formerly known as Vichy France (indicated in red).

History / Summary

This map is associated with the service of Lesley Allea Morrison Fleming-Dunstan who served with the Women's Auxiliary Air Force during the Second World War. Before the war Australian-born Fleming-Dunstan was holidaying with her mother in Italy. After Italy joined with Germany they made their way to England. The night they arrived in London was the first night of the German air raids. Fleming-Dunstan joined the Women's Auxilliary Air Force and trained as an officer at Leighton Buzzard. She served at several Royal Air Force bases in the United Kingdom and during her service was given this fabric escape and evasion map by an airman. After the war Fleming-Dunstan married a British Regular Army Officer, William Stirling Craig and the family lived in a number of places, including Kenya and Mauritius, before settling in Britain.