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Thread: S/L Frederick James Roder (655609), RAFVR, Pow 1943, Stalag Luft 3

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    Default S/L Frederick James Roder (655609), RAFVR, Pow 1943, Stalag Luft 3

    I am researching an airman who, following his own capture, shared a cell in Tunis with this man in April 1943. He is then flying officer. They were both later send to Stalag Luft 3. Roder as prisoner No 1086.

    Roder failed to return from a 241 Sqn Hurribomber mission attacking roads north of Enfidaville in 11 April 1943.

    Would anyone know if he has written memoirs or if his story has been told after the war?

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    Hi Mikkel,

    My interst in 119114 S/L Roder comes from London Gazette 13.6.1950 he was one of a small number of RAF officers who claimed the Efficiency Medal (Territorial) for his Army/RAF service. He joined the Territorials prior to the start of WW2. Later around April 1941 he transferred from the Army to the RAF gaining the service number 655609.

    I also came across his POW questionaire at Kew, born 21.11.1913 P.O.W 12.4.43 Tunisia 241 Sqn !

    Mark

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    Mark
    Thanks for the reply. Definitely the same man. Does the PoW questionnaire give information on his capture, questioning and camps hereafter? Do you have information on his time in Stalag Luft 3?

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    241 Sqn lost Hurricanes II.C serials HW240 and HW246, both missing 11-4-1943 from attack on MT near Enfidaville.
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    Henk,

    Besides RODER, on 11-4-1943 No.241 Sqn also lost:

    115217 F/O Robert Stanley EYRE RAFVR - PoW - L3/1097

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    123602 P/O Clive Nibbs MILLWARD RAFVR - Crash-landed at Siliana.

    A fourth Hurricane was badly damaged but managed to return and land at Paddington.

    Col.
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    Hi Col

    CWGC listed Millward as being killed on 25 Apr 1943 not 11 Apr?

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    Mikkel,

    His report is in file WO 344/271/1
    Unfortunately most of these reports are very basic, you get the feeling it was just another form to be filled in as quickly as possible !

    Returning P.O.Ws had other more important things to think about, like getting home !

    Mark

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    thank you everybody.

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    Malcolm/Col.
    Might C N Millward have been injured in a crash on 11 April 1943, and died on 25 April 1943?

    He was a police constable in Surrey before voluntering for RAFVR.

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    Henk/Mikkel,

    Apologies Gentlemen. I should not have included the "+ Malta Memorial" against MILLWARD's name (I have now edited it out!). MILLWARD did indeed, "Fail to Return", on 25-4-1943. I mean't to indicate the No.241 Sqn aircraft losses, not casualties. Better give you the full quote:

    "Sunday, 11 April 1943.

    Over Tunisia at 0745 Spitfires from 72 and 111 Squadrons escorted a dozen 241 Squadron Hurribombers on a mission. These latter aircraft attacked the roads north of Enfidaville, but intense flak was met, P/O C.N.Millward, F/O R.S.Eyre and F/O F.J.Roder all failing to return; Roder was last seen with his aircraft in flames, but was believed to have baled out, while Millward crash-landed at Siliana. A fourth Hurricane was badly damaged, but managed to return and land at Paddington."

    See:
    Fighters Over The Desert.
    Shores,C.,H.Ring & W.N.Hess.
    London:Neville Spearman,1975.
    p.306

    Col.
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