Diary of Gilbert Charles Docking, 1944-1946

Accession Number AWM2019.22.145
Collection number PR04233
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Item
Item count 1
Object type Diary
Physical description 67 Image/s captured
Maker Docking, Gilbert Charles
Hill, James
Place made Australia, Germany
Date made 1944-1946
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
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Diary relating to the Second World War service of 419930 Flight Lieutenant Gilbert Charles Docking, 455 Squadron.

Docking was navigator in a Beaufighter flying over the North Sea on 13 July 1944, when his plane was shot down. He and the pilot, Douglas Keith Carmody, were thrown from the plane and picked up by the crew of a German torpedo boat 24 hours later. They were then transported to the Prisoner of War camp Stalag Luft III-A at Lukenwalde.

This diary contains drawings by Docking illustrating conditions at Stalag Luft III-A, photographs captured by fellow prisoner James Hill (sent to Docking in 1946), and handwritten entries dated between 13 July 1944 to 3 February 1945. In these entries, Docking describes the forced march that the prisoners made from Lukenwalde to Spremburg, including experiences such as constructing makeshift sleds for belongings, being given cups of coffee by locals while walking, and sleeping in barns. The diary also contains newspaper clippings, book lists, a theatre program, and signatures of fellow prisoners.