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Anthony Spero says...Hi my late father David Spero RAF was a POW in Java then was shipped to Sumatra for the Pakanbaroe railway camp.My father was involved in camps1,2 and 3.In camp 3 he was famous with an Irish pal of his as they took the prisoners uniforms and jewellery and sold them to the villages.They used to buy and barter for food and pass them back to the camp.The commanding officer mentioned my father in despatches.This was a risky business and no one else was prepared to do it.It also kept my father focused on survival and extra food.I have after many years have obtained my father's writings of his time as a POW as in the 70s a friend of his was going to write a book on him and taped him for several hrs.This was in South Africa as he emigrated there soon after the war.On my recent trip back to Durban I managed to trace the wife who said the tapes were lostbut she had kept the writings of all the tapes thankfully.I now have them and it makes extraordinary reading.Sadly many pictures are missing especially one with Lady Mountbatten meeting a few POW after an air supply drop before liberation and my father was there to greet her and a few others.This was a news clip and I am trying to seek this,Please feel free to contact me.
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