Mellor, Reginald White (Warrant Officer, b.1916 - d.2002)

Place Europe: Italy, Sicily
Accession Number PR05830
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm.
Object type Diary
Maker Mellor, Reginald White
Place made Germany
Date made 1943-1944
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition
Description

Collection relating to 407906 Warrant Officer Reginald White Mellor, 458 Squadron, RAAF. Collection consists of an original 'Wartime log' (diary) kept by WO Mellor while a prisoner of war in Germany. The diary contains names and addresses, poems, sayings, cartoons, currency, stamps, and photographs of his family. It has been illustrated with two hand-drawn maps of his route from capture in Italy to various camps in Germany, and many scenes of camp life. It also contains strips of silver foil, a radar countermeasure known as 'window' or 'chaff', from allied raids over Bremen and Hamburg in 1944. Three loose sheets are enclosed in the back pocket.

WO Mellor entlisted in Adelaide on 3 February 1941 and embarked for overseas service on 2 November 1941. On 24 March 1943 while serving with 458 Squadron, a Wellington bomber in which he was an observer was hit by flak and crashed over Sicily. Captured at Trapani, he was taken from Sicily to various prisoner of war camps in Germany. He was liberated from Stalag 357 by allied armys in 1945.