5550150 Serjeant Paul HILL, Hampshire Regiment & 2SAS: POW, E&E

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    Army Number: 5550150
    Rank: Serjeant
    Name: Paul HILL
    Unit: Hampshire Regiment ; 2 Special Air Service

    Date of Birth: 13 Mar 1911
    Date of Enlistment: 4 Feb 1940
    Date of Capture: 5 Feb 1944
    Place of Capture: Artena, Italy


     
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    Name: Paul Hill . Date of Birth: 13/03/1911 . Place of Birth: London . Service:... | The National Archives
    Reference: WO 416/176/477
    Name: Paul Hill.
    Date of Birth: 13/03/1911.
    Place of Birth: London.
    Service: British Army.
    Rank: Sergeant.
    Regiment/Unit/Squadron: [The Hampshire Regiment].
    Service Number: 5550150.
    Date of Capture: [unspecified].
    Theatre of Capture: [unspecified].
    Camp Name/Number: Stalag Luft 7 Bankau.
    PoW number: 26.
    Date of Death: [unspecified].
    Number of Photographs: 0.
    Number of Fingerprints: 0.
    Number of X-rays: 0.
    Number of Cards: 4.
    Date: [1939-1945]
     
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    PART I.
    GENERAL QUESTIONNAIRE FOR BRITISH/AMERICAN EX-PRISONERS OF WAR.

    1. No.
    5550150
    RANK - Sgt.
    SURNAME - HILL
    CHRISTIAN NAMES - PAUL
    DECORATIONS -

    2. UNIT (ARMY) -
    2nd SPECIAL AIR SERVICE

    3. DIVISION (ARMY) -
    15th Army Group

    4. DATE OF BIRTH -
    13/3/1911

    5. DATE OF ENLISTMENT -
    4/2/40

    6. CIVILIAN TRADE OR PROFESSION (OR EXAMINATIONS PASSED WHILE P/W) -
    Clerk
    (Advanced German & French)


    7. PRIVATE ADDRESS -
    172 B BROADWAY, BEXLEY HEATH

    8. PLACE AND DATE OF ORIGINAL CAPTURE -
    5/2/44 ARTENA, ITALY

    9. WERE YOU WOUNDED WHEN CAPTURED? -
    NO

    10. MAIN CAMPS OR HOSPITALS IN WHICH IMPRISONED
    Camp No. / Location / From / Till

    REGINA COELI PRISON (GESTAPO) ROME Feb 44 - May 44
    DULAG LUFT OBERURSEL 25 May 44 - 2 June 44
    DULAG LUFT 7 - 6 June - 2 July 44
    GESTAPO OPPELN 28 July - 21 Oct 44
    STALAG 383 HOHENFELS 21st Oct - 16th Apr 45

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    11. WERE YOU IN A WORKING CAMP?
    Location / From/ Till / Nature of Work

    NO

    12. DID YOU SUFFER FROM ANY SERIOUS ILLNESSES WHILE A P/W?
    Nature of Illness / Cause / Duration

    NO

    12 b. DID YOU RECEIVE ADEQUATE MEDICAL TREATMENT?

    YES


    GENERAL QUESTIONNAIRE PART II TOP SECRET

    1. No.
    5550150
    RANK - Sgt.
    SURNAME - HILL
    CHRISTIAN NAMES - PAUL


    2. LECTURES before Capture:
    ( a ) Were you lectured in your unit on how to behave the event of capture? (State where, when and by whom).

    Yes, by an American captain of SHAEF before the invasion of SICILY.
    ( b ) Were you lectured on escape and evasion? (State where, when and by whom.
    Yes, during training.

    3. INTERROGATION after capture:
    Were you specially interrogated by the enemy? (State where, when and methods employed by enemy).

    Secret Field Police, Artena, Gestapo Rome and Oppeln and DULAG LUFT, Oberursel
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    4. ESCAPES attempted:
    Did yo make any attempted or partly successful escapes? (Give details of each attempt accurately, stating where, when, method employed, names of your companions, wherein when recaptured and by whom. Were you physically fit? What happened to your companions?)

    Escaped in the line of March when STALAG 383 was marched out on April 16th 1945, joined with 71ST AMERICAN INF. DIV. on April 20th in a wood near RENNA, BAVARIA, 50 miles from Camp.
    2 unsuccessful attempts were made io April 16th

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    5. SABOTAGE
    Did you do any sabotage or destruction of enemy factory plant, war material, communications, etc, when employed on working-parties or during escape? (Give details, places and dates.)

    NO

    6. COLLABORATION with enemy:
    Do you know of any British or American personnel who collaborated with the enemy or in any way helped the enemy agains other Allied Prisoners of War? (Give details, names of persons concerned, camps, dates and nature of collaboration or help given to enemy).

    A British N.C.O. in STALAG LUFT 7 made a statement to the German authorities stating that I was organising escapes, getting into touch the POLISH underground movement and was a secret service agent, hence 3 months Gestapo at OPPELN.
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    7. WAR CRIMES
    If you have any information or evidence of bad treatment by the enemy to yourself or to others, or knowledge of any enemy violation of Geneva Convention you should ask for a copy of "Form Q" on which to make your statement.
    (NOTE: Form Q is a separate form inviting information on "War Crimes" and describes the kind of offences coning under this title.)



    GENERAL QUESTIONNAIRE PART II TOP SECRET
    (continued)

    8. Have you any other matter of any kind you wish to bring to notice?

    On April 1st 1944 while in ROME, 2 Gestapo officials took me with 3 other parachutists to a NAHKAMPFSCHULE, 14 kms from ROME near the VIA CASILINA to have me shot, only the fact that we had a Red X parcel with us saved us. The man responsible was OBERSTURMF√úHRER SS WOLFF of Gestapo ROME.
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    SECURITY UNDERTAKING
    I fully realise that all information relating the matters covered by the questions in Part II. are of a highly secret and official nature.

    I have had explained to me and fully understand that under Defence Regulations or U.S.A.R. 380-5 I am forbidden to publish or communicate any information concerning these matters.

    Date
    26th April.
    Signature Hill Paul, Sgt.
     
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