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Singapore

On 3rd January we will be leaving Sydney and flying in to Singapore. Since planning our stop here ive been trying to do some research because my Grandad was held in Changi POW camp in Singapore during World War II. Unfortunately he never spoke of what happened during that time but he did keep an interesting piece of history when the Japanese finally handed over the prison to the prisoners on 15th August 1945. My Grandad was a gunner in the 88th Anti-Tank Regiment Royal Artillery and was captured during the fall of Singapore on 15th Feb 1942. The Japanese used the POW’s at Changi for forced labour. They helped to build two unpaved landing strips between 1943 to 1944 which became Changi Air Base. When the war ended and the Japanese soldiers left the camp my Grandad removed the altimeter below from a Japanese Zero Fighter Plane at the air base before he left. There is now a museum at Changi which i am hoping to visit whilst we are there!

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Posted by johnpietrzak 07:45

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