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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.


Please -- click on the pictures -- below for more pictures.
© All pictures copyright Bernard Wellings

The telegram that every mother dreads  

The telegram that every mother dreads. The telegram sent from the War Office to Ernie's mother in October 1944

Italian soldier View from a cattle truck 1944
Italian soldier  
View from a cattle truck 1944

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