Australian officers' compound, Sulmona, Italy

Place Europe: Italy
Accession Number ART34781.004
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 28.8 x 39.2 cm; image 22 x 33.2 cm (irreg.)
Object type Work on paper
Physical description pen and ink, brush and ink wash, pencil on paper
Location Main Bld: World War 2 Gallery: Gallery 1 - Mediterranean: POW
Maker Comber, Albert
Place made United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London, United Kingdom: England, Shropshire
Date made 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

Officers relaxing at the German prisoner of war camp at Base POW Campo 78 at Sulmona, Italy. Mountain, house and road in background. Comber and other officers were based there from October 1942 to June 1943. At Sulmona Comber joined the Escape Team and tunnel-digging crew. Over two months they worked many hours undergroun; however the plan ended in failure. Most Australian officers captured in North Africa ended up in Campo 78 at Sulmona, near Rome. A. H. Comber was commissioned as a flying officer in 1941. He was shot down over the Gulf of Taranto in August 1942. Like many of his fellow prisoners of war, he was transferred through a series of camps from Corfu to Italy (including Sulmona) before being taken north to Stalag Luft III.