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    Default Liberation reports WO 208 - are they complete?

    Gents
    I have been looking for liberation reports of a few airmen captured at the final days of WWII, but in vain.
    Does it mean those reports were not collected, not preserved as of no historical value, or are they not indexed?
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    Default Re: Liberation reports WO 208 - are they complete?

    Franek,

    John Nicholl and Tony Rennell in their book "The Last Escape" make the point that less than 65% of liberated prisoners filled these forms out.

    They go on to say that some of those who did just put "yes" or "no" answers.

    I can't speak for any other air forces but I did come upon a letter, dated 1951 from the RCAF to a liberated RCAF man, saying "You have an obligation to complete this form"

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    Dave

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    Thanks!
    It is plausible explanation, though reputedly the men were interrogated after the return to the UK in May-June 1945. Is there any account on how such interrogations looked like?
    I wonder if RCAF produced own reports.
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    Hi Franek,

    apparently returning air force PoWs etc were bombarded with questionnaires, especially those who served in Bomber Command.

    In addition to the MI9/MIS-X Liberation Questionnaires, other forms were distributed to the PDCs/PDRCs in the UK for completion by returning air force PoWs.

    The RAAF had two questionnaires:

    - Australian Military Forces. Statement by Repatriated or Released R.A.A.F. Prisoners of War
    - (RAAF) P.D.R.C. (Special Administrative Section) R.A.F. Station Brighton - Statement of Escaped, Ex-Internee, Repatriated P.O.W., Released P.O.W.

    The RCAF had at least one questionnaire:

    - Questionnaire for Completion by R.C.A.F. Returned Evaders Escapers or Prisoners of War

    The RAF apparently used a Questionnaire similar to the Canadian one and they were mostly concerned with the fate of missing aircrew.

    The Bomber Command Operational Research Section had distributed to the PDCs/PDRCs a specialised questionnaire for Bomber Command ex-PoWs called the 'Loss of Bomber Aircraft. Questionnaire for Returned Aircrew'. The purpose of this questionnaire was to aid ORS scientific research into bomber losses - the questionnaires were very detailed and specific. It's hard to know how widespread the completion of this particular form was because there is no file at TNA containing them. The RCAF compiled a similar 'Questionnaire for Returned Aircrew. Loss of Bomber Aircraft' report, possibly extracted from those original ORS questionnaires completed by RCAF personnel, along with Bomber Command K-Reports.

    The RAAF PoW questionnaires are preserved in series AWM 54 at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra. The RCAF PoW questionnaires are found on applicable RCAF personnel files at Library & Archives Canada, Ottawa (I don't know if they are also preserved in a central file). The RCAF Loss of Aircraft questionnaires are preserved at the Directorate of History & Heritage, Ottawa.

    Who knows where the additional questionnaires for RAF personnel are now... Also, I assume the RNZAF had a form similar to the RAAF, but these are apparently 'missing in action' as well.

    Cheers

    Rod
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    Hi Rod
    Many thanks, I am inquiring!
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