Sergeant George Arthur Tidbold

 

National Archives catalogue reference - WO 208/3320/86

 

Name: 922539 Sgt. Tidbold, George Arthur.

Unit: 89 Squadron, attached O.A.D.U., R.A.F.

Captured: Syracuse, 6th January 1942

Left: Naples, 9th July 1944.

Arrived: U.K., 14th June 1944.

Date of Birth: 9th January 1922.

R.A.F. Service: Since April 1940.

Post in Crew: Pilot.

Peacetime Profession: Student.

Private Address: The Haven, Upper Bassett Green Road, Southampton.

 

1. Capture:

 

I was captured at SYRACUSE on 6 Jan 42, where, owing to shortage of petrol, I had made a forced landing while piloting a fighter aircraft from NORTH AFRICA to MALTA.

 

2. Camps in which imprisoned:

 

Campo 59 (SERVIGLIANO) 29 Jan 42 - 14 Sep 43.

 

3. Attempted Escapes:

 

Nil.

 

4. Escape:

 

On 14 Sep 43 the M.O. in the camp, Captain MILLER, gave us orders to leave. The commandant was a Fascist and would have kept us in the camp till the arrival of the Germans. The sentries merely fired over our heads. The whole camp got out.

 

I moved with 11 others and we proceeded towards PENNA (ITALY 1:250,000, Sheet 24, X 5385) and were there till about 19 Sep. We were fed by Italians and slept in a barn. On 19 Sep the place was raided by Fascists and German officers and we lost nine of our comrades, including Sgt. Major WILSON 7 (?), 11 Hussars, F/Sgt. BOURNER, C., R.A.F., Sgt. WATTAM, B., R.A.F. Sgt. JEFFERSON R., R.A.F., Sgt. OXENDALE, R.C.A.F. (Other names not remembered). We have not seen them again.

 

Three of us, Sgt. BELL, T., R.A.F., Driver BROWNE, F.G., R.A.S.C., and myself, got away and moved by the following route:- AMANDOLA (Sheet 24, B 48) - MONTEFORTINO (X 4683) - to MONTEMONACO (X 4576). At MONTEMONACO we were chased by Germans. Driver BROWNE an I got away, but Sgt. BELL was captured. This was about 26 Sep. BROWNE and I moved via FAVALANCIATA (X 4653) - AMATRICE (Sheet 28, B 44) to CAMPOTOSTO (B 4839). From CAMPOTOSTO we attempted to cross the main AQUILA - TERANO road, but were unable to do so and had to return to CAMPOTOSTO. We crossed a mountain range to CESA CASTINA (B 5443), which we reached on 1 Oct. We stayed here, as I fell sick with yellow jaundice. On 10 Dec, owing to the appearance of Fascists and Germans, we had to lie low in caves. We obtained food from the villages nearby and were here till 5 Jun 44.

 

On 5 Jun 44 when the Germans left the district, we formed a band of 20 British and 40 Italians and entered the Fascist village of NERITO (Sheet 29, B 5938) on 6 Jun, taking several prisoners.

 

On 10 Jun I went to TERAMO and reported the incident to Major MIGHALL, of the British Forces. He sent me back to NERITO, and we were collected by British troops and taken, with our Fascist prisoners, to TERAMO. We were then conveyed to NAPLES. I left Driver BROWNE at NAPLES, from whence I was flown to the U.K. on 9 Jul, arriving on 14 Jul.

 

 

Sergeant Robert Sommerville Daniel

 

National Archives catalogue reference - WO 208/3320/76

 

Name: R 54318 Sgt. Daniel, Robert Sommerville.

Unit: R.C.A.F., 99 Squadron. Transport Command, R.A.F.

Captured: Straits of Messina, 27th February 1942.

Left: Campo 59 (Servigliano), 14th September 1943.

Left: Naples, 13th July 1944.

Arrived: U.K.: 19th July 1944.

Date of Birth: 8th November 1915.

R.A.F. Service: Since 13th August 1940.

O.T.U.: Pershore.

Conversion Unit: Nil.

Post in Crew: First Wireless Operator.

Peacetime Profession: Life Insurance.

Private Address: c/o Mrs. M.B. Daniel, 188 Esther Street, Pembroke, Ontario.

 

Other members of the Crew:

 

F/Sgt. MORAN (pilot) (S/P.G.(-) 2054);

Sgt. FOSTER (second pilot)        (Last seen 14 Sep)

Sgt KENYON (navigator)           (43, on exit from  )

Sgt. GRIMWOOD (rear gunner) (Campo 59.         )

Sgt. OXENDALE (front gunner) (PW/REP/IT/281).

 

1. Capture:

 

I was a member of the crew of a Wellington aircraft which we were ferrying from U.K. to MALTA.

 

When over the Straits of MESSINA we were compelled to crash-land in the sea on 27 Feb 42, owing to lack of fuel.

 

2. Camps in which imprisoned:

 

MESSINA, 27 Feb - 14 Mar 42.

Interrogation Camp ROME, 14 - 31 Mar 42.

Campo 59 (SERVIGLIANO), 1 Apr 42 - 14 Sep 43.

 

3. Attempted Escapes:

 

Nil.

 

4. Left Campo 59 (SERVIGLIANO):

 

The mass exit of Campo 59 on 14 Sep 43 is as related by Sgt. TIDBOLD (S/P.G.(-) 2041).


I moved in a party with Sgt. TIDBOLD to PENNA (ITALY 1:250,000, Sheet 24, X 5385). After the Fascist raid described by him I went to N.E. of SARNANO (X 48) on 19 Sep. I stayed there with an Italian family till the Allied troops moved up on about 22 Jun 44.

 

I was conveyed by truck via ORTONA to NAPLES, leaving NAPLES by air on 13 Jul and arriving in the U.K. on 19 Jul.

 

 

Flight Sergeant Nathaniel McClure Halliday

 

National Archives catalogue reference - WO 208/3320/75

 

Name: R 74967 F/Sgt. (now W.O.) Halliday, Nathaniel McClure.

Unit: R.C.A.F., 35 Squadron, Bomber Command, R.A.F.

Captured: Near Turin, 19th November 1942.

Left: Campo 59 (Servigliano), 14th September 1943.

Left: Naples, 13th July 1944.

Arrived: U.K.: 19th July 1944.

Date of Birth: 11th September 1915.

R.A.F. Service: Since 5th November 1940.

O.T.U.: No.16 (Upper Heyford).

Conversion Unit: Nil.

Post in Crew: Navigator.

Peacetime Profession: Salesman.

Private Address: 3440 West 22 Avenue, Vancouver, B.C.

 

Other members of the Crew:

 

W/Cdr. W.C. ROBINSON (pilot);

F/Lt. M. MIDDLEMASS (first navigator);

        ?            (Australian) (wireless operator);

F/Sgt. POTTER (flight engineer);

F/Sgt. BRUCE (tail gunner); and

F/Sgt. BUTLER (mid-upper gunner) (S/P.G.(-) 2021).

 

1. Capture:

 

I was a member of the crew of a Halifax aircraft which left GRAVELEY on 18 Nov 42 to bomb TURIN. We were hit by Flak on the homeward journey 10 minutes after leaving the target, and were compelled to bale out. I was captured on 19 Nov, just North of TURIN.

 

2. Camps in which imprisoned:

 

TURIN, 19 - 23 Nov 42.

Interrogation Camp ROME, 23 Nov - 12 Dec 42.

Campo 59 (SERVIGLIANO) 13 Dec 42 - 14 Sep 43.

 

3. Attempted Escapes:

 

Nil.

 

4. Left Campo 59 (SERVIGLIANO):

 

The mass exit of Campo 59 on 14 Sep 43 is as related by Sgt. TIDBOLD (S/P.G.(-) 2041).


I moved with F/Sgt. MORAN (S/P.G.(-) 2054) via S. VITTORIA (ITALY 1:250,000, Sheet 25, X 58) - MONTE S. MARTINO (Sheet 24, X 5483) to MONTEFALCONE (Sheet 25, B 5588).

 

We stayed here from 18 Sep 43 to Jun 44. On 19 Jun we moved to CASTELI DI GROCE (Sheet 25, B 6182) where we made contact with a British soldier named BROOKS, who put us in touch with further help.

 

Our route home was ASCOLI (on foot) and then by truck to TERMO and by truck and train to NAPLES. We were flown home from NAPLES, leaving on 13 Jul, and reaching U.K. on 19 Jul.

 

 

Flight Sergeant Alex Moran

 

National Archives catalogue reference - WO 208/3320/74

 

Name: R 67676 F/Sgt. (now P/O) Moran, Alex.

Unit: R.C.A.F., 99 Squadron, Transport Command, R.A.F.

Captured: Straits of Messina, 27th February 1942.

Left: Campo 59 (Servigliano), 14th September 1943.

Left: Naples, 13th July 1944.

Arrived: U.K.: 19th July 1944.

Date of Birth: 21st October 1921.

R.A.F. Service: Since 21st August 1940.

O.T.U.: No.21 (Moreton-on-the-Marsh).

Conversion Unit: Nil.

Post in Crew: Pilot.

Peacetime Profession: Student.

Private Address: 1156 Laurendeau Road, Windsor, Ontario.

 

Other members of the Crew:

 

Sgt. FOSTER (second pilot)        (Last seen 14 Sep)

Sgt KENYON (navigator)           (43, on exit from  )

Sgt. GRIMWOOD (rear gunner) (Campo 59.         )

Sgt. OXENDALE (front gunner) (PW/REP/IT/281); and

Sgt. DANIEL (first wireless operator) (S/P.G.(-) 2052).

 

1. Capture:

 

My take-off and experiences up to the time of capture are as reported by Sgt. DANIEL (S/P.G.(-) 2052).

 

2. Camps in which imprisoned:

 

MESSINA, 27 Feb - 3 Mar 42.

Interrogation Camp ROME, 3 - 31 Mar 42.

Campo 59 (SERVIGLIANO), 1 Apr 42 - 14 Sep 43.

 

3. Attempted Escapes:

 

Nil.

 

4. Left Campo 59 (SERVIGLIANO):

 

The mass exit of Campo 59 on 14 Sep 43 is as related by Sgt. TIDBOLD (S/P.G.(-) 2041).


I moved and remained the whole time with F/Sgt. HALLIDAY (S/P.G.(-) 2053) and my experiences are as related by him.

 

 

Flying Officer John Alexander Hutchinson

 

National Archives catalogue reference - WO 208/3320/77

 

Name: J.16090 F/O. John Alexander Hutchinson.

Unit: R.C.A.F., 108 Squadron, M.A.A.F., R.A.F.

Captured: Quatara Depression, 25th October 1942.

Left: Campo 59 (Servigliano), 14th September 1943.

Left: Naples, 13th July 1944.

Arrived: U.K.: 19th July 1944.

Date of Birth: 9th October 1914.

R.A.F. Service: Since 4th November 1940.

O.T.U.: Lossiemouth and Harwell.

Conversion Unit: Nil.

Post in Crew: Navigator and Bomb Aimer.

Peacetime Profession: Accountancy.

Private Address: Box 554, Melville, Sask., Canada.

 

Other members of the Crew:

 

Sgt. SIMPSON, R.A.F. (pilot);

P/O. PATRICK, C.M. R.C.A.F. (second pilot);

        ?            (wireless operator);

        ?            (front gunner); and

P/O. MILLS (rear gunner)

 

1. Capture:

 

I was a member of the crew of a Wellington aircraft which left KILOFORTE aerodrome (Middle East) on 19 Oct 42 to bomb TOBRUK. We sustained a broken oil line and had to crash-land 90 miles S.W. of SOLLUM.

 

We walked for about a hundred miles and were picked up by Italians on 25 Oct in the QUATARA Depression.

 

2. Camps in which imprisoned:

 

In transit in AFRICA: Oct - Nov 42.

Campo 66 (CAPUA) 20 Nov - 9 Dec 42.

Campo 59 (SERVIGLIANO) 9 Dec - 14 Sep 43.

 

3. Attempted Escapes:

 

Nil.

 

4. Left Campo 59 (SERVIGLIANO):

 

The mass exit of Campo 59 on 14 Sep 43 is as related by Sgt. TIDBOLD (S/P.G.(-) 2041).


I moved with Sgt. BRYSON, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (now on way to U.K. by sea) to South of ASCOLI (ITALY 1:250,000, Sheet 25, B 67) and then returned on about 26 Sep to near S. LORENZO (Sheet 24, B 5487).

 

We stayed here till about 1 Nov and then moved to S. STEFANO (X 4781).

 

With the exception of a trip to M. VITTORE (B 3959) we stayed at S. STEFANO till 12 Jun 44. I then went South on a short trip to investigate the very fluid front line, returning on about 18 Jun.

 

On the arrival of our own troops we made our way to ASCOLI, and were then conveyed to CHIETI.

 

Our route home was:- CHIETI to South of ORTONA by truck, and ORTONA to NAPLES by train. We were flown home from NAPLES, leaving on 13 Jul and arriving in the U.K. on 19 Jul.

 

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