Ernest Wellings was my Dad just another ordinary boy from Colwyn Bay
in North Wales. He was born in 1912, one of six children. His father Tom
Wellings served in the British army in the first world war and was lucky
enough to survive. Ernie, as he was known, volunteered for the Royal Air
Force at the outbreak of the second world war. His aim was to be a pilot
but failed his night time flying and was recommended to be a navigator.
Thus Ernie became a warrant officer and part of the RAF crews that went
out night after night to bomb Germany into submission with the hope of
forcing an early end to the war. Many thousands of brave young men were
killed but Ernie was lucky, he survived the crash when his aeroplane got
shot down albeit over occupied France.
Eventually Ernie was captured and spent the rest of the second world
war in prison camps throughout occupied Europe.
Ernie died in but he left his prison camp log book with some pictures,
letters and drawings that tell part of his story. Some may find it interesting
and it would be a shame not to show them.
I will be showing the pictures on this page shortly.