The info box shows the years of service in the Royal NZ AF as "1940-44". Surely his service didn't end in 1944. I doubt that the was discharged from the RNZAF in 1944 while he a prisoner of the Germans. I would suggest that his service probably ended around V-E day in May 1945 and release of the POW's. What do others think?--TGC55 (talk) 14:56, 15 January 2009 (UTC)
You are correct, so I have changed the date to 1945. Cheers, Spy007au (talk) 09:07, 16 January 2009 (UTC)
"At great risk, Lamason also got word out to the German Luftwaffe of their captivity at the camp."
Why would alerting the Luftwaffe do anything? —Ed17(Talk / Contribs) 17:48, 15 January 2009 (UTC)
Perhaps because there's quite a camararderie between airmen, and many of them would be disgusted at such treatment of POWs. David Underdown (talk) 18:13, 15 January 2009 (UTC)
Well...I think that should be included in the article... —Ed17(Talk / Contribs) 20:19, 15 January 2009 (UTC)
Having checked out the sources used, I've added a note of explanation. David Underdown (talk) 08:54, 16 January 2009 (UTC)
I wrote this article after watching a program on the History Channel about the incident. David Underdown is correct, Phil Lamason got word to the Luftwaffe because he understood they would be sympathetic to their predicament and that they had the political connections to get the airmen transferred. I have sourced a reference for this in the book I am currently reading about the incident. Also, the program stated that the Luftwaffe would not want their POW airmen treated in the same way, as their was a common bond between airmen going back to WWI. Hope this clarifies. Regards, Spy007au (talk) 09:18, 16 January 2009 (UTC)
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