Huddersfield RAF men who created secret POW newspaper in Stalag Luft

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HISTORIAN John Reid is asking Examiner readers to help him track down RAF prisoners of war who produced a secret newspaper.

The archivist is looking for details of 10 Huddersfield men who were in the German prisoner camp Stalag Luft VI during the Second World War.

Along with 290 other Yorkshire POWs, they produced a newspaper in 1944 – a year before their prison was liberated.

After the war, 300 copies of the paper were made for the Yorkshire prisoners.

Mr Reid would like to speak to any of the 10 Huddersfield men who helped compile the secret document. He said: “Fortunately their names and last known addresses were included at the back of the newspaper and I would like to trace the individual RAF men or any relatives or friends.

The prison newspaper was the brainchild of Sgt Richard Pape, who was shot down over Holland in September 1941. Before the war he had worked as a journalist for the Yorkshire Post.

Anyone with information on the men can call Mr Reid on 01706 874 797 or email

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