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Memories of Service - James McQueen Web (Full Length) – 2015 War

Memories of Service - James McQueen

Web (Full Length) – 2015 War

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Shot down on just his second bombing raid over Germany, the late James McQueen described life as a prisoner of war in this Memories of Service episode. Then 93 years old, Invercargill-born McQueen recalled bailing out from his burning Wellington bomber and eventually falling into German hands. After interrogation by the Gestapo he was sent to a pow camp, where he stayed for the next two and a half years. McQueen describes life there, his eventual release and the psychological impact of his experiences, including the feeling of failure prompted by his brief time in combat.

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David Blyth

Director, Interviewer

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Patricia Stroud

Producer, Research

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Jed Town

Composer

When they took me back they put me in a cell on my own. I was just 21 at that time, and that was a low point when I discovered myself alone, because I hadn’t learned to cope with solitude like that.
– James McQueen