A hero RAF-back channel gunner who avoided the Nazi occupation in 1942 after being shot down over Belgium was told that he had to sell his house to pay medical bills because he & # 39; had survived too long & # 39 ;.
Bob Frost, 95, who is bedridden, and his partner Mildred Schutz, 94, a former SOE spy who operated behind the enemy lines in 1944, told MailOnline that they were in despair.
"The NHS said that I had survived too long and they stopped my funding," said the war hero. & # 39; That came as a deadly blow, really.
& # 39; I do not have a massive pension plan. My pension was not corrected for the cost of living, so I came out very thin.
"Throughout my life I tried to buy a house so that I could pass on something to my children. But now they take it away. & # 39;
Bob Frost, 95, is a hero RAF behind shooter who has avoided the capture by the Nazis in 1942. His partner Mildren Schutz, 94, is a former SOE spy who operated behind the enemy lines in 1944.
Mr. Frost was told that he had to sell his house to pay medical bills because he & # 39; survived too long & # 39;
"The NHS said that I had survived too long and they stopped my funding," said the war hero. & # 39; That came as a deadly blow, that really did it.
Mildred, who laid a wreath for the Special Forces club at Westminster Abbey for Remembrance Sunday, added: "Bob's house is worth £ 300,000 and it is all he has in the world to pass . It is a very cruel blow when he has to be treated with dignity. & # 39;
After the centenary of the armistice of 1918, the case raises questions about the treatment of veterans who fought courageously for Great Britain in their youth.
In March, after his fall, Mr. Frost was admitted to The Queen Elizabeth's Queen Mother Hospital, Margate, Kent.
He was moved to Ami Court nursing home in Walmer, Kent, after one night, and set up an end-of-life care program funded by the NHS.
But he surprises physicians by surviving pneumonia and kidney infection twice.
Mr. Frost, originally from Camden, North London, was the rear gunner in a Wellington bomber who was shot down in September 1942 when he attacked the German city of Essen (pictured: Mr. Frost when he joined the RAF)
Mr. Frost (third from the right) met the Queen Mother after serving his country in the RAF
With deep respect and greatest gratitude, this drawing is dedicated to Sgt Robert (Bob) Frost, Rear Air Gunner, with Wellington BJ877-Z Zebra. Presented by his friends from Belgium as a tribute to a brave man who risked his life for our freedom & # 39;
Now, in view of his good health, the NHS decided to withdraw funding for his care and to pass it on to the Kent County Council's social services.
Then he was told that he had to pick up the money. Care for his nursing home costs up to £ 5,000 per month. His only asset is his two-bedroom house in Sandwich, Kent.
& # 39; My father was a brewery worker and fought for the Royal Flying Corps in the First World War, "he said. & # 39; We never had a lot of money.
I've never been someone greedy, but I worked hard for my house and I hoped I could pass it on. & # 39;
Mr. Frost, originally from Camden, North London, was the rear shooter in a Wellington bomber who was shot down in September 1942 when he overtook the German city of Essen.
Frost met Mrs. Schutz 20 years ago in Special Forces circles. The mother of the five became widowed in 1983 and was active in various clubs and associations in the espionage community.
After the war, Mildred worked for a shipping company and married Reginald (both pictured), an accountant at the same firm. They had five children, but he died in 1983 from a brain tumor
"Throughout my life I tried to buy a house so that I could pass on something to my children," said Mr. Frost. & # 39; But now they take it away & # 39;
& # 39; All right and dandy, safe in Gibraltar & # 39 ;: a message from the time of Mr. Frost in the Royal Air Force
The war was at its peak and Bomber Command had lost 36 aircraft from a single squadron in four months.
& # 39; It was not a matter of whether you would be shot. It was a matter of when, "Mr. Frost recalled.
He jumped out and parachuted in safety and then proceeded to a nearby village.
When he saw red & # 39; V for victory & graffiti on a wall, he knocked on a door and was taken by the local mayor.
The Germans were after me and the resistance was trying to help me, & # 39; he said.
I was hidden in an attic and I remember looking out the window at the street below where a festival was going on.
Then I walked through the streets with civilian clothes and tried to look as normal as possible. & # 39;
The old flight log of Mr. Frost and the chest flight of Royal Air Force Air Gunner (AG). The logbook details the qualification of Mr. Frost as Air Gunner on January 23, 1942
After his bomber was shot down, Mr. Frost was requisitioned in a train by a German soldier while returning to Britain and only managed to escape by fooling himself.
He was smuggled across the Pyrenees in October 1942, arrived in Spain and made his way to the British Embassy in Madrid
He went to the ground, bought false identity papers under the name Robert Simoness and posed as a Belgian sailor who visited his elderly mother.
With the help of the Belgian and French resistance, he was finally smuggled out of Europe via the Comet Line & # 39 ;, a 1200 km long escape route that was organized by British undercover agents together with the French underground.
On one occasion, he was the target of a German soldier in a train and he only managed to escape by fooling himself.
He was smuggled across the Pyrenees in October 1942, arrived in Spain and made his way to the British embassy in Madrid. From there he posted a pair of shoes that he had borrowed from a supporter back to Belgium.
& # 39; It was a sign to tell him that I had made it, & # 39; he remembered. My squadron wanted to give me a punishment because I came back so late and I had words in very simple English. & # 39;
After the war he married, became a headmaster in Kent and adopted two children. But his wife, Daphne, died of motor neurons in 1995.
He met his partner, former spy, Mrs. Schutz, 20 years ago through Special Forces circles. The mother of the five became widowed in 1983 and was active in various clubs and associations in the espionage community.
My squadron wanted to give me a punishment because I came back so late, and I had words with them in very simple English, & # 39; said Frost.
His current partner, Mrs. Schutz, grew up on a farm in Walton-on-Thames, was recruited by the SOE, & # 39; the forerunner of MI6 & # 39 ;, at age 17, and worked behind the enemy lines in Italy, 1944
Mrs Schutz, who grew up on a farm in Walton-on-Thames, was recruited at the age of 17 for the Inter-Services Research Bureau, which made weapons and equipment for spies.
I was very surprised when I discovered that I had joined the SOE, the forerunner of MI6, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; They offered me training and I accepted it. It was mainly memory training. They would give me a brief set of instructions and I should perfectly obey them the next day.
In the end they asked me if I would be willing to go overseas overseas. They said I needed parachute training. I found it terribly exciting, so I immediately said yes. & # 39;
Despite her cover being blown by German agents before leaving Britain, Mrs. Schutz was sent to Italy in 1944.
There she was ordered to work behind the enemy lines, to make contact with friendly Italian resistance groups and to organize them in effective combat operations.
She was also told to spy on enemy runways.
Mrs. Schutz and Mr. Frost became & # 39; inseparable & # 39; since they met after the war through special forces
Frost could have saved £ 25,000, she said, but it was stolen by a family member with access to his bank account, who also paid him a £ 15,000 bill
& # 39; It can get pretty hectic, & # 39; she remembered. & # 39; Once I was in a jeep and some fascist hunters caused a landslide on us.
& # 39; I just recently escaped my life. I then secured the documents we needed and drove back through a vineyard.
& # 39; A group of Italians ran outside and shouted that the place was full of Germans. We turned a corner, straight into a machine gun nest that opened fire.
& # 39; Fortunately, it is quite difficult to hit a speeding jeep. & # 39;
After the war she worked for a shipping company and married Reginald, an accountant at the same company. They had five children, but he died in 1983 from a brain tumor.
& # 39; I was in no hurry to get married. I did not think it was a good idea, "she said. & # 39; Once someone has been abroad, a housewife seems to be a bit commonplace. & # 39;
Mr. Frost refused to file the complaint and had just finished paying the overdraft with his retirement when he was told that his NHS funding would stop.
Mrs. Schutz travels from her home in London to visit Mr. Frost in Kent several times a month, spending more than £ 50 each on travel
However, she became active in & # 39; interesting things & # 39 ;, including supporting the First Aid Yeomanry (FANY), the volunteer corps of Princess Royal, a fully female organization that helps the civil and military authorities in times of need.
Through these circles she met Mr. Frost, who belongs to the Escape Lines Memorial Society (ELMS).
I suppose you could say that we have become inseparable, & # 39; she said.
Mr. Frost had managed to save £ 25,000, she said, but it was stolen by a family member with access to his bank account, who also left him a current account of £ 15,000.
He refused, however, to file charges and had just finished paying the overdraft with his retirement when he was told that his NHS funding would stop.
Mrs. Schutz travels from her home in London to visit Mr. Frost in Kent several times a month, spending more than £ 50 on trips.
It's all good, especially since I have to take a taxi to the station now and back, & # 39; she said. & # 39; But we are both very lucky that we are still alive. & # 39;