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joined the RAF in 1938 and was posted in late 1941 to the Far East, where he
eventually arrived in Java
Ω. After the capitulation of Dutch Forces, he was captured by the Japanese
Ω and was engaged in airfield repair work
Ω. Later he was one of a 500 strong contingent transferred to Singapore Ω.
There he joined the Dainichi Maru on the first stage of a terrible voyage to
Ω surviving a typhoon
and appalling conditions on the journey Ω.
arrived in Japan and were transferred to a prison camp in Innoshima Ω.
They were sent to the shipyards where Norman became part of a railway gang
Ω before being transferred to other work in the dockyard. The days were long
and although the work was difficult, they took advantage of any opportunity to
interfere with the war effort
Although the huts were acceptable and scrounging supplemented the diet
discipline could be harsh
Ω. Although food initially was barely adequate, the Red Cross was unable to
obtain a full appreciation of the situation
which deteriorated later in the war
Ω. The situation worsened as Allied bombing raids intensified
first indication of the end of the war came from reading stolen newspapers
and the replacement of camp staff with older men
Initially little happened, food was parachuted in, and eventually they made
their way to Tokyo
Ω for transfer by British aircraft carrier to Australia
He got back to
England in November 1945.
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