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    Default Sgt J A Smith, PoW, 405 Sqdn RCAF

    Hi,

    R56516 Sgt. James Alexander Smith RCAF, PoW Stalag Luft 1 Barth, was repatriated to the U.K. on medical grounds in the fall of 1943.

    (Wellington II, W5521, 405 Sqdn, 1941-09-07)

    Does anybody know what medical grounds?

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    Default Re: Sgt J A Smith, PoW, 405 Sqdn RCAF

    Mojmir,
    I have a similar repat which I would dearly like to know the reasons. This is Spitfire AB131 on 1 Sep 1942 which landed (perfectly serviceable - as far as we know) at Sint-Truiden.
    The medical details are always the most difficult to excavate.
    Repats before the end of WW2 were governed, as far as I am aware, by the findings/decisions of German Military Medics, and Medics of a neutral power (acting for the nation of the PoW to be repatted).
    These must be on the Manifests of the regularly used repat ships (usually several Swedish vessels which are well known). The Swedes were as good as the Germans for record keeping! Where are these Swedish manifests? How can we access them?
    If you come across any chink of light into this dark area I would be grateful if you would give me/us the heads-up!!
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    Default Re: Sgt J A Smith, PoW, 405 Sqdn RCAF

    Yes Peter, we need light… The reasons could be various. The paragraph says:

    „Parties to the conflict are bound to send back to their own country, regardless of number or rank, seriously wounded and seriously sick prisoners of war.“

    Did you remember P/O C E Heggtveit?

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...ight=HEGGTVEIT

    Post No. 23: „He was later repatriated as mentally disabled and maintained that this was in fact his own successful form of escape strategy.“

    Also the opportunity to get home.

    Mojmir

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    Default Re: Sgt J A Smith, PoW, 405 Sqdn RCAF

    Hi Mojmir,

    The reasons are not given in the media. From looking at the list of RCAF/RAF returning with Smith I saw one was J15475 P/O Donald Robert Morrison, DFC, DFM who had suffered amputation of his left leg, which may give some idea. Besides Smith and Morrison, the list of RCAF members included:

    W/O Edward Bradley ARGUE, Aylmer, Quebec
    W/O Marie Joseph Alfred Jean AUMOND, Montreal
    F/Lt Donald Charles DOUGALL, DFC, Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec
    Sgt Howard Wallace FULLARD, Montreal
    F/Lt Ross Raymond GILLESPIE, Hamilton, Ontario
    F/Lt William Lincoln MACKAY, Calgary
    F/Sgt John Bayman NICKERSON, Toronto
    W/O Jack Arthur WESTWOOD, Toronto
    W/O Walter Gordon WILCOX, San Francisco, CA

    Smith was born Winnipeg 13 January 1914; deceased Victoria, BC 10 March 1988.

    There are some things I'd send you but I see no email address in your profile.

    Regards,

    Dave
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    Mojmir,
    Yes, remember it well. There was a great deal of theory about Heggtveit, but very little fact. He must have been interviewed by the RAF, and/or RCAF, after repat? Where are those reports? No action seems to have been taken? I’m just looking for facts!
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