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    Hello,

    Does exist any list or document (published or not) of the airmen who become PoW during the War in North Africa and Med area in general. Such document/publication exists even partially for the Western Europe and the Far East but what about this TO?

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    Hallo Phil,

    Yes, there is such a document dealing with Imperial prisoners of war held by the Italians. The Air Forces document is WO 392/8. It is divided into RAF, RAAF, RCAF, RNZAF and SAAF sections and further sub-divided into officers and airmen. The POWs are listed alphabetically.
    There is another such file, WO 392/21, but it seemed identical to me on a quick look at Kew.

    Going out to work, perhaps you might PM me ?

    Regards,

    Martin Gleeson.

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    Phil/ Martin (et al),

    Some years ago we were made aware of 753715 LAC J O Weston (RAFVR) had been made PoW on Crete. This was from TNA file WO344/340/1. He ended up in Germany. Then:-

    CENTRAL CHANCERY OF THE ORDERS OF KNIGHTHOOD.
    St. James's Palace, S.W.1, 26th February, 1946.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the award of the (British Empire Medal (Military Division) in recognition of distinguished service
    while a prisoner of war, to: —
    7537I5 Leading Aircraftman John Oswald WESTON, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.


    That was very unusual. We have some detail why he got the Award. We tried to find rellies, etc, but ‘no go’. But on that TNA file his ‘Unit’ is noted as ‘Meteorological Section’. This, again is very unusual. Now, a Meteorological LAC would not have been swanning about Crete during the battle on his own! There would have been others in the ‘Meteorological Section’!

    The purpose of this post is to ask that if anybody comes across, or compiles, such a list of Med PoWs then can they look out for anybody else’s Unit annotated as ‘Meteorological Section’, and give us the ‘heads up’?

    TIA

    Peter Davies
    Last edited by Resmoroh; 21st January 2014 at 12:12. Reason: Clarification
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