British NCO served as navigator with 142 Sqdn RAF in GB, 1941-1942; POW in Germany, including Stalag Luft III, Sagan, 1942-1945
REEL 1: Pre-war service as merchant seaman and employment on River Humber. Aspects of training with RAF in GB and Canada, 1939-1941: medical; basic training at RAF Padgate; trained as navigator in GB and Canada; posted to RAF Grimsby. Aspects of operations as navigator with 142 Sqdn RAF in GB, 1941-1942: position of navigator in Wellington bomber; description of instruments; memories of bombing of Hull and destruction of family home; story of being shot down over Denmark, 13/Oct/1942; story of evading capture and help from Danish civilians; captured by Danish police and taken to Dulag Luft for interrogation by Germans. Aspects of period as POW in Germany, 1942-1945: taken to Stalag Luft III, Sagan; description of conditions in camp; attitude to treatment by Germans; escape attempts.
REEL 2 Continues: description of tunnels Tom, Dick and Harry; reaction to shooting of 50 prisoners after Great Escape; opinion of film Great Escape; opinion of Douglas Bader; description of being marched from Fallingbostel camp to Bergen-Belsen camp; 4/1945; story of SS officer; problem of lack of food; description of conditions in Bergen-Belsen; liberated by Royal Artillery; problem of lice and memory of being sprayed with DDT; story of return to GB and reception; summary of post-war life and employment.
REEL 3 Continues: story of being assigned by RAF to sail Goering's yacht 'Sea Dragon' from Germany to GB, 1946.