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Captured in Germany

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Transcript was hard getting water to drink And it was in west of Hamburg, so it was farming country and I knew enough about farming to be able to walk at night and sleep in the daytime. And this went on for a few days, and ... and as I say, I couldn’t get water. Every time I went near a farm to get a drink out of a farm trough there was dogs there and they weren’t Pekinese either. So I found out later that they had parties of school children out looking for me. Course they had caught the rest of my crew, but they hadn’t got me. After about four or five days, I got picked up too. I went up to a farm to see if I could get a drink, and he was there having a coffee, I suppose, and he had the usual greeting, “For you the war is over.” I think they all said that when they caught you. They treated you reasonably well. These were Luftwaffe people by that time, and they were military people themselves. And they expected to treat everybody that they came across as... a military man, so you couldn’t complain about it. And I got a piece of bread to eat and a glass of water, which was pretty welcome at the time. And I was put in a bed on an upper story and first thing I saw in the morning, when I looked out the window, there was some German kiddies playing, and ... one of the boys was beating up a little girl. And I thought, “Well, this why we’re here.”

Mr. Jackson describes his capture.

Donald Jackson

Mr. Jackson was born in Field, British Columbia on August 25, 1915. He was well educated, having completed high school and three years of university where he studied accounting. A friend convinced Mr. Jackson that he could earn a better living in the air force, so he enlisted. Unlike most Canadian pilots, his war experience started in Southeast Asia, where the Allies tried to stem the Japanese advance. Mr. Jackson was then deployed to India and flew bombing sorties into Afghanistan. He became ill, shipped back to Canada and then joined a bomber squadron, piloting a Halifax plane. On a bombing mission over Peenemunde, he was shot down, captured, and remained in a POW camp until war’s end. After returning to England, he married the nurse who had cared for him in India. Mr. Jackson remained in the RCAF after the war, taking part in the aerial mapping of Canada’s North. He is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, and still dabbles in accounting. Mr. Jackson resides in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
Person Interviewed:
Donald Jackson
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Ruhr Valley
Air Force
102 Squadron, 4 Group
Wing Commander

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