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    Default P.O.W. Benson, "OK" Goondriwindi, Queensland.

    In my father's P.O.W. "Wartime Log" are many names I am trying to sort out. One entry is for Benson, "OK" Goondriwindi, Queensland. From the Commands Forum's list of Air Force P.O.W.s I find seven Bensons, however A.J. Benson R.A.A.F. seems to fit the bill being Australian and in the same camp as my father. I find no mention of him in "Footprints."

    I would be most grateful to receive further information on this individual.

    Regards, David
    Researching my father's time with 50 Squadron, 97 Squadron, Dulug Luft, Stalag Luft VI, Stalag 357 and Stalag Luft III.

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    Have you checked for his service file on the Australian National Archives?
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    David,
    Extract from Chorley's OTU Losses...
    10 OTU Whitley BD220, 14/6/43, damaged whilst attacking U-564, and put down in sea approx 80 miles SW of Scillies. Picked up by French fishing boat after 3 days in dinghy. Landed in France.
    WO A.J. Benson, DFM, RAAF.
    WO R.L. Rennick, RAAF.
    F/Lt T.J.J. Lee.
    F/Sgt G.T. Graves.
    F/Lt A. Kingsley, RCAF.
    All pow's.
    Rennicks file is open for viewing on the NAA website.
    Possibly not in Footprints, as they were detached to Coastal Command at time of loss.
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    No Dennis I had not checked those files.

    Alan was Benson part of the crew you have listed?
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    Well if you check the name in the AWM Nominal Roll you will find

    BENSON, ARTHUR JAMES 412364 who was a prisoner of war.

    And if you search using that service number you will find that yes he was part of the crew of BD220

    And indeed his service file is available for viewing.
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    Yes I suggest Benson.


    WO A.J. James, DFM, RAAF is a typo for A.J. Benson DFM


    Goondiwindi to Inverell is just over 100 miles - just a step in Aussie terms.


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    David,
    I must be going round the twist, have ammended my post. Benson was the pilot.
    Alan.

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    Thanks all for your help, I now have the low down on this chap.
    Researching my father's time with 50 Squadron, 97 Squadron, Dulug Luft, Stalag Luft VI, Stalag 357 and Stalag Luft III.

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    One last question, I see he has a D.F.M., was it awarded for this action? If so who would have witnessed the action to recommend it or did it come after he arrived back from being a P.O.W. and the story was told?
    Researching my father's time with 50 Squadron, 97 Squadron, Dulug Luft, Stalag Luft VI, Stalag 357 and Stalag Luft III.

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    Search the London Gazette and/or Flight Global magazine to find the award date. Search the LG using his serial number and then full name.
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