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My grandfather, Flt Lt Bernhard Green

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posted on 2024-06-05, 19:35 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

My grandfather, Flt Lt Bernhard Green, served in the RAF during WW2. He volunteered as a gunnery instructor during the war.

Became a POW at some point - escaped POW camp through a tunnel - travelled 49 miles before recaptured - discovered due to bad German.

First time he was captured by Danish police in turf factory - second time he escaped he was apprehended by a German private.

Died in 1971.

Also had a Scottish great-uncle, Adrian Green, born in 1919.

Served as Lieutenant in the Reconnaissance Corps. He did not take part in D-Day as his tonsils were being taken out in Scotland at the time.

Served with 22nd Polish Division as an Acting Captain. His helmet saved his life - got into a [incident] with a Volkswagen, but acted as an 'airbag'.

Married in 1948.

Has souvenirs from the Nazis - Wehrmacht - 'coin' found in a house in Germany.

History

Item list and details

1. Postcard - Bernhard Green 2. Adrian Green - photos, personal effects, souvenirs

Person the story/items relate to

Flt Lt Bernhard Green

Person who shared the story/items

Adrian Laurence Green

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor

Grandfather

Type of submission

Shared at University of Plymouth, Plymouth on 15 November 2023.

Record ID

111585 | PLY027