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    Default Sgt R.D.Porteous RNZAF

    Hi,

    This reargunner was taken prisoner at Toulouse. He was a crewmember of W5421 , Wellington II, 12 squadron which (crash)landed at Antwerp/Deurne airport on August 6,1941.The plane was destroyed by its crew after the landing on the runway.
    Who has his full name ? Any other details are of course also more than welcome !

    Many thanks and best regards

    Luc

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    Luc,

    NZ402134 Wt Off (final rank) Robert Douglas Porteous
    Born Galashiels, Scotland 6 May 18
    RNZAF 28 Jul 40 to 13 Dec 45
    trained as an air gunner in NZ
    embarked Mataroa for UK/att RAF 6 Oct 40
    Crashed Belgium 6 Aug 41
    (Also more info about the event here at http://home.clara.net/clinchy/neeball.htm)
    Interned in unoccupied France at Hippolyte du Fort
    later at Fort de la Revere, Nice
    later at Campo 57(?)
    later at Stalag 8A
    [Camp info incomplete]
    PoW No. 32409
    Safe UK 9 Apr 45
    Died Dunedin, New Zealand 16 Nov 85

    Errol

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    Default Sgt.R.D.Porteous RNZAF

    Hi Errol,

    Many thanks for your very fast and very complete reply !

    best regards from the other side of the world, Belgium

    Luc

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    Hi, details of this aircraft's final operation & loss can be found in "Evader" written by Derek Stuff, a paper back has been recently released.

    Incidently, i purchased on Ebay a run of 10 original photos of this burnt out aircraft laying on the airfield, it was only through reading the book i was able to discover it's history!!
    Last edited by wanganui; 24th September 2010 at 19:20. Reason: spelling

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    Hello,

    More details from his PoW questionnaire at Kew (WO 344/253/2) :

    Place of capture is "St Laurent" (sic) in Southern France, on 13th September 1941
    St Hippolyte du Fort and Fort de la Revere : 14th September 1941 to 30th November 1942
    camps 47 and 57 in Italy (not sure of the numbers, hand written could be read as 7 or 4..., but Errol has 57, so I follow him) from 2nd December 1942 to 13th September 1943
    Camp 314 (317 ?) in Austria, (no date against it)
    8A + 344 Germany (Silesia) from October 1943 to 20th January 1945
    He wrote he was interrogated by the French at Bourge (correct spelling is Bourges).

    Joss

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    Hello,

    A little google shows the following :

    Campo 57 : Gruppignano near Udine , POW mainly AUS and NZ
    Campo 47 : Modene POW mainly NZ

    Best regards

    René

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    Joss/Rene,

    Thanks for these additional details.

    Errol

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    Wanganui, Joss and René,

    Many thanks for the additional info.

    Best regards

    Luc

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