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It is not possible to fully understand the history of the Second World War without refering to the forces of the Axis.

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Luigi Lanza .     Italian Air Force   from Emawela, Betcrio, Foggia, Italy)

I am writing on be half of a blind lady who befriended an Italian prisoner of war, Luigi Lanza, he was born 10th June 1920 and was a prisoner in the camp in Rayners Lane, Harrow-on-the Hill, Middlesex. He did war work as a silver smith in Shepherds Bush and returned to Italy in 1947 after the war ended. She has very fond memories of him and they did keep in touch but it phased out. As she is 81 and Luigi is 91 now, she would like to try and find him her daughter is taking her to Italy next year and she would like to know if he is alive or passed away so may be she can visit him.

Kapitänleutnant Fritz-Julius Lemp Iron Cross 1st & 2nd Class, Knights Cross.     Kreigsmarine U-30 (d.9th May 1941)

Kptlt. Fritz-Julius Lemp instigated one of the most controversial incidents of the entire Battle of the Atlantic on the 3rd of September 1939. He was commander of U-30 when he spotted a large blacked-out ship zig-zagging at high speed. Lemp took an educated guess that it was an armed merchant cruiser, as passenger liners normally sailed in a straight line. He launched torpedoes sinking the ship. The vessel was in fact the passenger liner SS Athenia which had just set sail from Glasgow bound for Montreal.

Lemp became a U-Boat ace with U-30, sinking 17 ships and damaging another, he was the seventh U-boat commander to be awarded the Knights Cross on the 14th of August, 1940, he was 26 years old. His was the first U-boat to make use of the French bases in July 1940. He took command of U-110 in March 1941 and was killed in action on the second patrol on the 9th of May 1941 when the u-Boat was captured by HMS Bulldog and HMS Broadway.

Helmut Lent .     Luftwaffe (d.7th Oct 1944)

Helmut Lent was a German top night fighter ace who shot down 110 allied aircraft, 103 of them at night. Lent joined the Luftwaffe in 1936. On 5th October 1944, Lent flew a Junkers Ju 88 on a routine transit flight from Stade to Nordborchen, 5 kilometres south of Paderborn. On the approach to landing one of the engines cut out and the plane collided with power lines. All four members of the crew were mortally injured. Three men died shortly after the crash and Lent died two days later from his injuries aged 26.

Helmut Lent is buried on the Alter Garnisonfriedhof in Stade, next to his three comrades: radio operator Oberfeldwebel Walter Kubisch, Leutnant Werner Kark in the aerial gunner position, and Oberleutnant Hermann Klöss, second radio operator.

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