|Object type||Black & white - Print silver gelatin|
|Date made||July 1944|
Second World War, 1939-1945
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
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Two allied airmen playing chess in Chevreuse with a Frenchwoman whose family hid them for two ...
Two allied airmen playing chess in Chevreuse with a Frenchwoman whose family hid them for two weeks after they were shot down. Left to right: Colette Kalmanson, Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr) Philip J Lamason DFC, RNZAF and Flying Officer (FO) Ken Chapman RAF. On 7 June 1944 Sqn Ldr Philip Lamason, of Napier, New Zealand was piloting a Lancaster aircraft of 15 Sqn RAF, navigated by FO Ken Chapman of Sussex, England, to a raid over Maissy-Palaiseau near Paris, when they were shot down. They bailed out, and, after being hidden by the French Resistance, were captured by the Gestapo and taken to Buchenwald Concentration Camp, Germany. They spent approximately six weeks there before being transferred to Stalag Luft III Prisoner of War (POW) Camp with other Allied airmen.