Article from the Western Mail which tells the story of Jim Phillips a Welsh POW who helped an American PoW escape, 1996 Item Reference : cny01040
Newspaper article telling the story of Jim Phillips a Welsh soldier who helped an American soldier escape from a POW camp in Germany. Jim helped the escape by swapping identities with the American, George Janos, allowing George to move to a different part of the camp and make his escape. Jim remained in the camp posing as an American until the end of the war, when he made his way home to Wales. The article goes on to tell how 50 years later, Jim from Tenby began searching for the address of the American he helped in order to make contact with him. Following the article Jim did manage to trace George with the help of the American authorities, but sadly George died before they could meet. Jim Phillips joined the South Wales Borderers in 1939. After the majority of Jim's comrades were lost fighting in Iraq the remaining Borderers joined a section of the King's Own Regiment to take the small Greek Island of Leros. But their presence was discovered and the surviving solders were captured and transported to Germany as prisoners of war.
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