I am researching the war record of John (Jack) Waddington. His service in North Africa dates from 10/4/1943, His army record shows him as serving with 212 bty. He was promoted to sergeant on 6/6/43 and posted to 72 LAA on 19/9/43. The next entry is on 1/10/44 when he is posted to X4 field regiment. The next entries have been crossed out, dated 19/2/45 and 11/6/45. The following entry reads Unit X(4a), To U/A & P/WO II (BSM) for period 20/8/45 to 4/10/45 (?LIAP) He returned to the UK on 27/12/45 The story is that Jack and several other gunners escaped from the Germans by sailing a boat to Malta. This only came to light when Jack met by chance another escapee while on holiday in the Isle of Wight. His service record does not mention any service in Italy, where his relations think he sailed the boat from. Can anybody supply any further information on these units, or the boat episode?