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Dave Gittins

Dave Gittins

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Here's an article about David Mearns and the search, complete with a section of the dictionary in which Detmers recorded the details of the battle.

http://www.postnewspapers.com.au/20071124/news/002.shtml

Detmers actually intended to try to get his account to Germany, perhaps with a released POW. The message was not just hidden in the dictionary, it was in cipher also. The dictionary was found and confiscated, but a verbal version of the report reached Germany when Kormoran's doctor was released in a prisoner exchange.
 
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