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    Afternoon folks,

    Picked a Caterpillar up this week. To W/O J W Garnett, a Pow who probably took part in the forced march from Stalag 4. I found the following details on FMP

    First Name(s):J. W.

    Last Name:Garnett

    Rank:Warrant Officer

    Section:Royal Air Force : Officers & Other Ranks

    Camp No:L4

    POW No:39725

    Rank Abbrev.:W/O.

    Regt or Corps:Royal Air Force : Officers & Other Ranks

    Camp Type:Stalag Luft 4

    Camp Location:Sagan and Belaria

    The guy I bought the badge from has sent away for his bail out report, could anyone shed some light on which squadron he was on? This is only the second one I have had. The first came from the recipients son, so I had all the details

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    Please can you confirm that it is J W and not W J and that he's RAF and not RCAF?

    I think your man is actually F/S W J Garnett RCAF of 109 Sqn who was shot down 2 Jul 42 in a Wellington AD605. He was in 9C, L6 and L4 and he flew 56 operations. The POW number is as you state. See Canadians in the RAF and Footprints on the Sands of Time.

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    Hello,

    Garnett was a Canadian serving in the RAF, not the RCAF, as his service number (905930), indicates. His initials are given as, "J. W.", on the undigitised A705 file of the pilot of AD605; AUS403385 P/O Peter Richard Vincent SULLIVAN RAAF.

    Col.
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    James Wesley Garnett #905930

    From Air 78

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    Loss Card for Wellington AD605 has Flight Sgt J W Garnett 905930

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    The list of camps taken from most references are for a point in time and do not include them all. If that is the route he took, he would also have gone to SL3, Sagan, before SL6 and he would also have gone to S357, Fallingbostal, after SL4. His liberation Questionnaire would confirm that but that was quite late for an RAF NCO to go to Stalag IXc at Bad Sulza.

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    Thank you so much for all the information, its been a great help.

    Cheers Adam

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    Adam,

    My interest was around him going to Stalag IXc at Bad Sulza, an army camp, when everyone else had gone to SL 3 so l pulled his Liberation Questionnaire. PM your E Mail address and l will send a copy on.

    At the point he filled in the questionnaire in May 1945 he was WO (but would have received promotion whilst a POW) James Wesley Garnett, RAF, of Kingsbury, NW-Q. Captured on 3/7/42 near 'Zuyder Zee' with a fractured ankle. IN Amsterdam Hospital, Dulag Luft, Stalag IXc, SL 1, SL 6, SL 4 up to February 1945. He would have then gone to Stalag 357, Fallingbostal, but he does not say that but he did escape on the march North in April so that would be correct with Fallingbostal.

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    Hello,
    My interest is the survival of the sgts W.J.Garnett and W.J. Morrison after the crash of their Wellinton AD 605 in the night of 2/3 july 1942 near Dirkshorn (Noord-Holland). I Know how the local people saved the two members of the crew (the other five not survived). Did they return in England (Scotland, Canada?). I'm also very interested in their period as POW in Germany. am writing (in Dutch) an essay about the day in the village after the crash and how the the local people did help this two sgts.

    Simon Bakker (5.10.1942)

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    Simon,
    Do you have their POW Liberation Questionnaires?

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