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Chappell, Clifford Daniel Robert (Flight Lieutenant)
Prisoner of War 1942-07-29
Home: Windsor, Ontario
Unit 37 (B) Sqn- Squadron
Air Chief Marshal
Air Vice Marshal
Warrant Officer 1st Class
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Aircraftman 1st Class
Aircraftman 2nd Class
Service Numbers J/4693
Took off from Abu Sueir Egypt to bomb the shipping in the habour at Tobruk Libya.
The starboard engine seized over Tobruk so they reversed course and bombed the aerodrome as they left the city.
The port engine seized 48km from tobruk and the aircraft crashed.
The crew were relatively un-injured in the crash and decided to walk the 720km back to Abu Seiur.
P/O C E L Hare RCAF
Sgt A E D Barra RAAF
F/Lt C D R Chappell RCAF
Sgt J ShirraRAAF
Sgt A L Jones RAAF
F/Sgt C R Warwick RAAF
They destroyed anything on the aircraft of a secret nature and damaged it sufficiently that it could not be flown, and started walking South-East.
After nine days they were near Buq Buq and tempers were beginning to fray. They decided to split up:
The two Canadians intended heading towards the shore in search of a truck to steal. The four Australians intended to walk, seeking assistance from native arabs.
,P.The two Canadians were taken POW by Italian troops and shipped to Italy to a POW camp from which they escaped when Italy surrendered and returned to England.
The Australians walked for 22 days and were near exhaustion when they met up with British troops West of Alexandria.
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