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Kota Gede

The Kota Gede, the Dutch ship on which my father escaped the Japanese invasion in the Far East in February 1942.    picture Website Sandy Rijskamp, info@rijskamp.com, http://home.hetnet.nl/~san55mar45/photos/photo_40.html 62 Squadron Gallery

The Kota Gede at Colombo Harbour, March 1942

We have just found this picture of the Kota Gede amongst dad's pictures, on the reverse dad wrote "Over 2,000 airmen escaped from Java to India on this small cargo ship. Feb 27th 1942". "This little cargo ship saved me from being a prisoner of war in Java on Feb 27 1942. Kota Gede (Dutch) left Tillichapp Harbour 27/2/1942 Java with about 2,000 airmen evacuated from Java to Ceylon now called Sri Lanka". 62 Squadron Gallery

Road to the Hill Station in India

Verso reads "Road up to the hill station, and hospital in India. Sept 1942". 62 Squadron Gallery

Hill Station India Group Photograph

"Pershawar 1943" Bill (Taffy) Belton is top left, a rare photograph of dad looking serious! Does anyone know who the other airmen are? 62 Squadron Gallery

Bill (Taffy) Belton at Pershawar 1943

Dad and three other RAF patients at the mountain hospital in India. Dad is at the front, the other three lads still look pretty poorly. 62 Squadron Gallery

 

 

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