Wilkinson, A E

Lance Corporal A E Wilkinson

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Another request for help! I am looking for Lance Corporal A.E. Wilkinson, who was a British POW at Blechhammer. When Col. Arnold (commander of the 485th Bomb Group) was shot down over Blechhammer on August 22nd 1944, he parachuted into a British POW camp and Wilkinson was the first person who approached him. Wilkinson had been captured at Dieppe. Wilkinson tried to help him and Colonel Arnold gave Wilkinson a knife. Wilkinson wrote to Arnold’s mother and told her that he was alive. Wilkinson also sent the knife back to Colonel Arnold after the war. Do you think there is any chance we could find Wilkinson or someone in his family? Arnold’s daughter would very much like to contact him (if he’s alive) or someone in his family.

Szymon Serwatka

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