Award MiD Cpl. Hillebrand, 603 Coy Palestinian Pioneer Corps Stalag 344 Lamsdorf

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    Award Mention in Despatches Cpl. Karl "Charles" Hillebrand, 603 Company Palestinian Pioneer Corps Pal.13042

    Brief account of the Escape of Pal.13042 Cpl. HILLEBRAND, Charles, Palestinian Pioneer Corps.

    At 1A is a brief account of the escape of Pal.13042 Cpl. HILLEBRAND, Charles, of the Palestinian forces, from a working camp at SCHOMBERG, Germany, attached to Stalag 344 (LAMSDORF). I recommend this N.C.O. for the award "Mention-in-Despatches"

    WO 373/64/827

    The London Gazette 24th July 1945

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    WO 208/3325/2825 (G)
     
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    M.I.9./S/P.G. (G) 2825 ESCAPED FROM WORKING PARTY (SCHOMBERG) ATTACHED TO STALAG VIIIB (LAMSDORF).

    The information contained in this report is to be treated as
    SECRET

    Pal. 13042 Cpl. HILLEBRAND, Charles, Palestinian Pioneer Corps
    Captured: KALAMATA, 29th April 1941
    Escaped: SCHOMBERG, 20th August 1944

    Left: MURMANSK, 10th December 1944
    Arrived: SCAPA FLOW, 18th December 1944

    Date of Birth: 15th April 1919
    Peacetime Profession: Driver
    Army Service: Since 30th October 1940
    Private Address: SICHRON-JAAKOB, PALESTINE

    1. CAPTURE. I was captured on 29th April 1941 at KALAMATA (GREECE).

    2. CAMPS IN WHICH IMPRISONED.
    P/W Camp (CORINTH) - May-June 1941
    P/W Camp (SALONIKA) June-July 1941
    Frontstalag 306 (MARIBOR) July 1941
    Stalag VIIIB (LAMSDORF) August 1941-20th August 1944

    Working Camps attached to STALAG VIIIB.
    Adolf Hitler Canal (BLECHHAMMER) August 1941-April 1942
    KRAPPITZ Paper Factory April 1942-June 1942
    GLEIVITZ July - August 1943
    SCHOMBERG April - 20th August 1944

    3. ATTEMPTED ESCAPES.

    Though I never succeeded in getting out of camp before my final escape, I contacted civilians on several occasions when on a Working Party with a view to obtaining their help should the opportunity of escaping arise.


    4. ESCAPE.

    I escaped from a Working Party at SCHOMBERG (GERMANY 1:250,000, Sheet Q 51), on 20th August 1944 with Sgt. ROFE (S/P.G. (G) 2832) and the story of my experiences is the same as that contained in his report.

    I began my preparations for escape some months beforehand, by exchanging cigarettes, tea, chocolate, etc. for civilian clothing with the foreign workers. I had planned to escape in April with Sgt. BROWN of the Commandos, who had been taken prisoner in ITALY, but he was moved to another Working Party before we could put our plan into effect.

    WO 208/3325/39
     

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