MI9 Escape & Evasion map K3 North Africa / H2 Spain : Flying Officer N F Skinner, Royal Australian Air Force

Accession Number REL37873.003
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Personal Equipment
Physical description Rayon
Maker Waddington PLC
Place made United Kingdom: England
Date made c 1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Double sided map printed on rayon in black, red and green ink. One side is numbered K3 and is titled 'NORTH AFRICA CONTAINING MOROCCO, ALGERIA, TUNISIA, ITALIAN LIBYA AND SPANISH RIO DE ORO' scale 1:6000000. The other side is numbered H2 it does not have a title, but covers Spain, Sardinia and the northern coast of Africa, scale 1:3000000.

History / Summary

Rayon escape and evasion maps associated with the service of Norman Frederick Skinner. Skinner was born at Narrabri, New South Wales on 4 February 1917. Before the war he managed his own dairy and served with the militia. He enlisted in the Second AIF on 4 November 1940. He served in the AIF with the service number NX2056 for five months before being discharged and later enlisting in the Royal Australian Air Force in June 1940 with the service number 402209. Skinner was an aircraftman class 2 on enlistment. He was promoted to leading aircraftman in July and to temporary sergeant in February 1941, when he qualified as an air gunner. He married Eileen Ann Bourne on 22 February 1941. Skinner embarked from Sydney on 8 April 1941, arriving in England in August. He served in the Middle East, attached briefly to in 458 Squadron RAF, then serving with 104 Squadron RAF, flying Wellington bombers, part of 238 Wing, 205 Group in North Africa in 1942, before returning to England. This map would have been issued to Skinner during his time in England and Middle East. Skinner returned to Australia in 1943, where he spent the remainder of the war. Skinner received his commission in early 1945, which was terminated in October due to the end of the war.