Robert Douglas (Doug) Hughes as a warrant officer, 466 Squadron, RAAF, 1942-1945, interviewed by Alison Viney Houghton

Accession Number AWM2018.572.34
Collection type Sound
Object type Oral history
Physical description audio cassette; TEAC CDX1
Maker Hughes, Robert Douglas
Place made Australia: South Australia, Plympton
Date made 16 October 2001
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
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Description

417305 Warrant Officer (WO) Robert Douglas (Doug) Hughes, 466 Squadron, RAAF, interviewed by Alison Viney Houghton for her "The Age of Innocence 1937-1947" oral history project. The interview covers topics related to WO Hughes' RAAF training in Australia and period as a prisoner of war in Germany, including joining up as a teenager in the hope of flying Spitfires; being shot down over Berlin shortly after completing his training; evading capture by hiding in a tree; capture and interrogation by the Germans; life and conditions in a German prison camp such as food, diseases, violence and lice infestation; forced marches at the close of the war; liberation by the Americans; post-war life and becoming an accountant after the war. Doug died several months after the interview was made.

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