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    Default Spitfire Troubadour 242sqn Malta

    http://www.trafford.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?Book=165233#

    Has anyone read this book yet? (Flight Lieutenant Anthony Noel SNELL (119146), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve).

    Shot down in Spitfire ER856 of 242 Squadron on 10 July 1943 in Sicily. Mistaken for spy, executed by firing squad, hit 5 times,escaped, recaptured, escaped to fly again.

    He was accompanied by Major Peter Lewis (see obit link below) during his escape out of occupied Italy in 1943.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2009/feb/16/obituary-peter-lewis


    Recieved the DSO 23 July 1946,

    Amazing chap!

    Dave

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    Default Tony Snell

    Hi Dave

    I haven't seen the book yet, but I briefly wrote about his exploits in Sicily in my book 'Spitfires over Sicily'.

    I will obtain a copy. Sounds interesting.

    Cheers
    Brian

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    He's certainly the only man I've personally ever met, who stood before his executioners to be shot, bolted & got away alive! (albeit caught by bullets in the back as he ran for it).

    Are there indeed ANY others?

    I was interested in the fact that he was also born here in Sunny Tunny Wells.

    Dave
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    Bloody hell, what a story! It's definitely on the list ... if not added to the credit card statement by the time you read this. Thanks for the heads-up, Dave.

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    Hi Andy.

    I think there's alot of stuff about his post war exploits too. As a 'traveller' come seaman (no pun intended)

    Not everyone's going to be interested in serial numbers and a/c crash locations of course!

    Dave

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