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Lost at Sea
Author: Andy Millar

ISBN: 9781921941528
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 10 February 2012
Country of Publication: AU
On a calm, tropical afternoon in the South Atlantic Ocean
in April 1942, a British tramp steamer, the SS Willesden,
was shelled, torpedoed and sunk by a German raider, the
KMS Thor. The Willesden was carrying 47 officers and
crew, and a cargo of vital war supplies destined for
Britain's 8th Army in North Africa. Five of Willesden's
crew were killed in the attack. Among the survivors was
Second Mate David Millar, who - along with his crewmen -
was rescued by the Germans and interned
on a succession of prison ships, before being handed over
to the Japanese. Badly wounded, David spent the rest of
the war as a POW in a camp at Fukushima, north of Tokyo.
The Thor was also responsible for sinking two other
steamers, the SS Kirkpool and SS Nankin. Their survivors,
who included 38 women and children, were dispatched to
the same POW camp. What is remarkable about this story,
apart from its inherent drama, is that these civilian
POWs - numbering more than 130 in all - were officially
listed as `Missing at Sea': their presence in the camp
remained a closely gu...

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