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Jack Aaron .     British Army Durham Light Infantry

My father, Jack Aaron, was a POW in Poland

Lynda Aaron



Cpl. Adolf Aartsma .     Dutch Army   from Holland)

POW in Fukuoka 17 in Japan

sflynn



Pte. Fred A. Abbondandolo Bronze Star.     United States Army K Coy. 71st Infantry Regiment   from Brooklyn, New York)

My father, Fred Abbondandolo arrived with the 71st Infantry Division in Cherbourg, France on 15th of September 1944 and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was captured on New Year's Day 1945. He spent the first three or four months of 1945 at Stalag IV B. He and at least one other US soldier left the camp together with several British soldiers in advance of the camp's liberation. Although I don't know the exact date, I believe it was sometime during April 1945. Many others stayed behind because they feared that they'd be shot if they left the camp. The Germans were no longer visible and there was little or no food for the prisoners. Conditions at Stalag IV B had been brutal and food was scant even early in his internment. There were not enough beds for every prisoner and my father slept on a wooden bench of some sort. He said he preferred it to being eaten alive by bedbugs in the straw provided for bedding.

He told how they used to harvest sugar beets for the Germans. Sugar beets were not part of the diet of the prisoners. At one point he and fellow prisoners devised a way to hide sugar beets in their trousers, but the Germans caught them and they were not able to enjoy their stolen harvest. My father spoke often of the bravery of the British prisoners of war at Stalag IVB. They were forever planning ways to escape and he admired their "can do" attitude and resolve to escape. He also found that they managed to keep spirits up by hosting plays and musical events for fellow prisoners.

Inga Bowyer



Sk1C Samuel Woodrow Abbot .     United States Navy   from California)

POW Camp Fukuoka 17 in Japan

sflynn



S/Condr Shirley Jack Abbot .     British Army   from England)

POW Camp Fukuoka 17 in Japan

sflynn



Abbott .     RAF Military Police

A flying bomb which dropped out of the sky on June 19th 1944, at approx' 9.30pm. I was 14 at the time and used to sit on our coping with an old pair of opera glasses and a steel helmet, watching all the doodlebugs flying over. I watched this particular one passing right over where I was sitting and suddenly the motor stopped I raced indoors shouting to my Mum and Dad (on leave RAF police) to duck as I slammed the front door. The bomb hit the area behind a row of shops and a surface shelter, I was rather cut up by glass from the front door and smashed my right arm. Unfortunately my friend Roy Reid next door lost his Mum and baby brother, I believe there were 17 or more killed, my parents received some injuries from glass, etc. This all took place between 86 Gaskarth Road sw12 and Hazlebourne Road and the surrounding area of London. The first on the scene were The Salvation Army and the Boy Scouts.

Robert Abbott



Chief Engineer Alfred James "Chiefy" Abbott .     Royal Navy HMS Penelope   from Manchester)

My Dad, Alfred Abbott was in the Royal Navy, he was a chief engineer, at some point served on HMS Penelope, but we have no records. He was born in warwickshire lived in the midlands, then manchester and spent time at the and of the war in Pwephelli in North Wales. Anybody knowing of him please contact.

Nick Abbott



FO D, Abbott .     Royal Canadian Air Force   from Canada)

I'm trying to find anyone who has contacts with the 625 Squadron, Canadian Air Force, or a pilot named D. Abbott. We have found his training manual and his pilot's log book and would like to find out more about him. These are the details which we have so far:

  • Name: D. Abbott
  • Service No. 1804293, RCAF.
  • Joined 1943.
  • Started learning to fly around 24th August 1942 in a Cornell.
  • First based in Regina, Saskatchewan.
  • Finished at Regina on 14th October 1943.
  • Commenced training on 19th October 1943 at Claresholm, Alta.
  • Finished training 10th March 1944.
  • He was part of Course 92, No. 2. Sqd. He achieved a pass result of 69.2% on type Lancaster I and III on 29th November 1944.
  • He started his campaign on 3rd February 1945.
  • The sqd was disbanded on 2nd October 1945.

    If anyone has any more information please contact me.

    Matthew Tuppen



  • Sgt. Fred Bosworth Abbott MID.     British Army   from Shaw, Oldham)

    My grandad, Fred Abbott, served in the 8th Army during the Second World War. He didn't go into too much detail as I was only young but he would tell us about cooking food on the side of the tank, a small dog he had and having to shoot it when going back after leave. He also told us of the guns jamming in the desert.

    One thing he did do was to save a fellow soldier and getting shot in doing so,lost half his finger and having shrapnel in his hand. He was mentioned in Dispatches and the London Gazette.

    Grandad gave me his beret, water bottle, webbing, gaiters, German medals, a German bayonet, photos,post cards,personal massage from commander L.O.Lyne's soldiers pay book. I've got grandad's medals handed down to me from my dad. I've made a presentation box/case which both my kids have taken to school for show 'n tell. I remember going to the War Memorial in Shaw with him wearing his pin of miniature medals and feeling very proud of my grandad as I still do even though he is no longer with us

    When my dad died we buried the miniatures with dad some thing of his own fathers to be with him. Let us all remember.

    Paul Abbott



    Geoffrey Abbott .     Army 6th Btn. Lancashire Fusiliers

    My Father, Geoffrey Abbott joined the 6th Battalion Lancashrie Fusiliers, the same battalion his father Gilfred Abbott has served with during the Great War. We would welcome any information on any known activities during the war.Any information on either my grandfather or my father would would be appreciated. Hoping for a response.

    John Abbott



    Sig. Harold "Jock" Abbott .     Royal Navy HMS Sirius   from Guildford, Surrey)

    (d.17th Oct 1943)

    Jock Abbott was my grandfather who was killed on HMS Sirius during WW2. I have only recently found out that the story about his death, that my mother, his daughter, told me, was not correct, and I think her mother may have fed it to her, as she was barely 16 at the time of her father's death.

    If there are any shipmates of his still alive, I would like to hear their memories of him, so I could gain a little more knowledge about my grandfather, whom I never had the chance to meet. He is listed on the Portsmouth War memorial and I believe he was a Signaller.

    Loraine Barnes



    Cpl. Jack Abbott .     British Army Royal Corps of Signals   from Hull)

    My father's name was Jack Abbott. He joined up in 1940, training in Ossett, Huddersfield & Edinburgh before going overseas to North Africa & Italy. I remember him speaking about Alfred Elwood ('Ace') and Ozzy Twiss. According to his service records, he spent some time in hospital in Italy. During his lifetime, he rarely mentioned his experiences except his horrific recall about the starving Italian children who came to the camp. I know he returned to Stensall Camp, England in 1946 from Iserlohn, Germany.

    AJ Meek



    John Kimble H. Abbott .     RAF pilot 407 Sqd.

    My father served with 407 Squadron, his name is John Kimble H. Abbott and he was a bomber pilot. He has also written a book about the "Demon" squadron. The book is A Gathering of Demons.

    Susan Abbott



    Pte. Alfred Abdallah .     Australian Army 2/6th Batt

    My grandfather Alfred Abdallah was a prisoner of War from June 1941 and was captured in Crete and then held in South Baveria, Germany - Stalag X111C until April 1945.

    Donna Howat



    Naik. Muhammad Abdullah .     British Indian Army

    My father who was in Iraq during World War II in supply regments, told several interesting stories about Iraq people. Once he told that our soldiers were sleeping in tents, some Iraqi came and stole the tent. The soldiers felt some abnormal temperature when the awoke and saw stars in the sky, they were surprised and asked "where is tent?". It had disappeared

    Muhammad Zafarullah



    Sergeant Abell .     RAF 59 Squadron

    Lorenzo del Mann



    John Abercrombie .     French Army   from Le Havre)

    My father John Abercrombie, matricule 1686, was a prisoner of the war in stalag xx 1d. Unfortunately I do not have much information but would like to know more where is the Stalag xx1d? Please if you have information send an e-mail.

    Pascal Abercombie



    Cook. "Jock " Aberdeen .     Royal Navy HMS Nelson




    Cook Jock Aberdeen .     Royal Navy HMS Nigeria

    Jock Aberdeen served on board HMS Nigeria during ww2.




    Pte Hugh F Ables .     (d.27th November 1944)

    Prisoner in Fukuoka 3b.




    Pte Hugh F Ables .     (d.27th November 1944)

    Held in Fukuoka 3b




    Pvt. Norman Lesley Ablett .     Australian Army   from Australia)

    POW Camp Fukuoka 17 in Japan

    sflynn



    Allan Wolf Abrahams .     Bevin Boy

    My dad Allan Wolf Abrahams was a Bevin Boy from 1944 to the end. He would have been 18 in October 1944. He stayed in the mines after the war until 1960 as a shot-firer.

    I was always told that he volunteered for the pits rather than fight as he was a conscientious objector. I don't know now if that wass true. He was Jewish (from the East End of London)and had some difficulties with anti-Semitic attitudes during his time with the Coal Board.

    I don't know where he did his training but he was posted to Wigan. I think he stayed with a Mrs Hamilton. Some time later he moved (or was moved) up to Scotland where he was at Patna Colliery, Ayrshire. He met my Mum in Glasgow in 1956. He finished at Mansfield, Notts.

    I haven't seen anything about Bevin Boys at the Wigan coalfield. If anybody remembers anything or knew my Dad please get in touch. He died sadly early in 1979 after a car crash. He was only 52.

    Mandi Abrahams



    W/O Gerry Abrahams .     Royal Air Force 75 Squadron

    Gerry Abrahams



    Sgt. J. W. Abrahams .     Royal Air Force 115 Sqn.




    Jack Abrahams .    

    I have just returned from a visit to the museum at Lambinowice. I was trying to find further information about my father - Jack Abrahams who spent time there and like most prisoners never talked about it.

    I only found out about the camp when I found old letters sent to and from this camp. I contacted the camp by email - on their website, and the curator Maciej Lachowicz could not have been more helpful - with trains and providing a translator who spoke very good English. Anna Wickiewicz who was so helpful. I also stayed the night - but beware there are no pubs and restaurants so take your own food. Obviously I would like to find more information about my father but for those interested in visiting the museum I can certainly recommend it.

    David Abrams



    Jack Abrahams .     Royal Navy HMS Nigeria

    I stood by HMS Nigeria in the summer of 1940 while she was still brand new in the dockyard at Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne. Three months billeted ashore with Newcastle on the doorstep; a cushy number! Then two years on Russian convoys and Atlantic patrols...not so cushy. A couple of trips to Spitzbergen to evacuate Russian and Norwegian mine-workers before the mines were destroyed by Royal Engineers to stop the enemy getting hold of them. A scrap with some Germans in a fjord up in northern Norway when, due to a bit of dodgy seamanship, we managed to collide with a sinking enemy destroyer, losing our bow in the process. We limped back home under heavy escort because the Jerries thought we were a sitting duck and paid us quite a bit of attention. Then another great three more months in Newcastle getting the new bow fitted.

    I left her in June of 1942 so missed the infamous Operation Pedestal convoy. I knew some of the casualties of course. Bandmaster Ridout was one. A fine musician and a true gentleman. I knew him because we did a couple of concerts ashore in the Newcastle area. I wasn't a musician, just the compere of the show. I had done a bit of DJing on board (before DJs had been invented) playing records on the internal system, and Mr Ridout asked me to front the band.

    If you want to add some names to the ship's company list I remember Cook Jock Aberdeen, L/Wtr. E. Smart, A.B.J. Smith, Commander Ransome (Second in Command) and the Skipper, Captain Dundas.

    Jack Copley



    Pte. James Michael Abrahams .     British Army 2nd Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment   from Fulham, London)

    My father James Abrahams, served in India during the thirties. He was not involved in the massacre in France but said he left France via a coalboat from St Malo. I know no more other than that his discharge papers mentioned REME and I think he spent the rest of the war years working on railway lines. He was friends with Bert Pooley and we socialised as families together after the war.

    Pat Prince



    Jean Abram .     Auxiliary Territorial Service   from Southport, Lancs)

    My mother, Jean Abram, was in the ATS and stationed at Nottingham. She was married while she was there in March 1945 and became Jean Mietta. Her husband Nick was with the American Army at that time and also stationed there. My aunt Katherine Molloy was also stationed there. I am interested in any information I can get about the ATS and what they did while they were enlisted.

    Margaret Collins



    Sergeant R W Abrams. .     Royal Air Force No.149 Sqd. (d.6th June 1944 )





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