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TRAGIC RAID

GAS CASUALTIES British Crew Killed By, Own Cargo N.Z. Press Association—Copyright Rec. 10 a.m. LONDON, July 20. It is now revealed that the only known British casualties "from poison gas occurred in a Luftwaffe raid on Bari in December, 1943, from British gas. A 5001b bomb hit a British ship carrying gas shells for use in retaliation, against the Germans if they first used gas. Almost all the crew were killed.

Thousands of tons of poison gas buried underground in the 33 square miles of the German chemical warfare experimental . station at Raubkammer, 12 miles from Belsen, have created a problem for the , British authorities, says a correspondent quoted by the British Official Wireless. It has not yet been decided whether to keep the gas until the end of the war with Japan, or destroy it. The chief chemical officer of the scientific research department of the R.A.M.C. told the correspondent that when the British overran Raubkammer they arrested 400 scientists and technicians working there. These included a whole gang of scientists from factories in Berlin where the gas was manufactured. "We have been interrogating them," the officer said. "The chief scientists say the reason the Nazis did not use gas was that Hitler had a horror of gas, as he himself was gassed during the last war.".

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TRAGIC RAID, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 171, 21 July 1945

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TRAGIC RAID Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 171, 21 July 1945

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