Aircraftman 1st Class Ronald Spenceley

 

National Archives catalogue reference - WO 208/3320/7

 

Name: 1526144 A.C.1 Spenceley, Ronald.

Unit: 2805 Squadron, Royal Air Force Regiment, R.A.F.

Captured: (Mersa Matruh), 7th November 1942.

Escaped: Campo 70 (Monte Urano), 12th September 1943.

Left: Casablanca, 5th November 1943.

Arrived: Prestwick, 6th November 1943.

Date of Birth: 17th April 1922.

Army Service: Since 12th June 1941.

Peacetime Profession: Cotton shaker.

Private Address: 194, Lees Hall Road, Thornhill Lees, Dewsbury, Yorks.

 

(All map references are to Series ITALY, 1:250,000).

 

1. CAPTURE.

 

I was captured at MERSA MATRUH on 7 Nov 42.

 

2. CAMPS IN WHICH IMPRISONED.

 

Campo 85 (BRINDISI),             24 Nov 42 - 27 Jun 43.

Campo 70 (MONTE URANO), 28 Jun 43 - 12 Sep 43.

 

3. ATTEMPTED ESCAPES.

 

Nil.

 

4. LEFT MONTE URANO.

 

On 12 Sep 43 Tpr. JONES, Queen's Dragoons, Tpr. SAUNDERS (?) Tank Corps, and I escaped from an organized swimming party near the camp. We were picked up about an hour later by an officer from the camp and taken back to the camp. We were not put in cells.

 

About two hours after our return to the camp that day (12 Sep) Tpr SAUNDERS and I again joined the swimming party. We succeeded in getting away from the guards. We decided to move South, and took the following route:- MONTERUBBIANO (Sheet 25, X 7789), OFFIDA (B 7481). We then went to a Jugoslav internment camp near CORROPOLI (B 8770), where SAUNDERS remained. There I met Sgt. Pat (surname unknown) and a Corporal (name unknown), both of the 8th Argylls. The three of us moved South together and took approximately the following route:- CASTELLALTO (B 8541), ATRI (Sheet 29, B 9841), CHIETI (C 1315), CASOLI (C 2590), MONTEFALEONE (Sheet 30, H 5162), LARINO (H 7656), SERRACAPRIOLA (H 9656) where we contacted British troops on 1 Oct 43.

 

I was sent via S. SEVERO and BARLETTA to TARANTO, where I was interrogated. I remained there nine days and was then sent to BIZERTA and ALGIERS, and thence by air to CASABLANCA.

 

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