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mgnv Report 19 Sep 2013 07:07

I remember seeing a US book on this:
Disaster at Bari [Ace Paperbacks]
Glenn B Infield (Author)

It's dated 1973 - I thought it was 5-10 y earlier - I've not read the book.


PatinCyprus Report 18 Sep 2013 12:39

The Royal Engineers were in Bari at this time. My FIL was a warrant officer Royal Engineers. He was a diver clearing the harbour of debris before and after the attack, other soldiers were getting rid of mines.

My husband was aware of the mustard gas as his father had referred to it but his father had no problems from it. He may have been away from the incident.


Unknown Report 14 Sep 2013 19:56

I have photographs of him and from age 21 to 25 he aged so much.


Denis Report 14 Sep 2013 18:53

The RAF had mustard gas stores in East Anglia ready for use by Bomber Command if needs be. My dad was an armourer on Lancasters and ended up in the RAF hospital at Ely suffering from mustard gas injuries.


Unknown Report 14 Sep 2013 13:36

I get more by the day .


Porkie_Pie Report 14 Sep 2013 11:35

His role in WW2 as a "Sgt./instr" Sergeant instructor in the APTC (Army Physical Training Corps) could have been either attached to Convalescent Depots, British Red Cross Hospitals and Physical Development Centres to help with injured soldiers recovery or training soldiers on physical training programmes and unarmed combat skills.


See for the history of his regiment and what part they played within the armed forces


George_of_Westbury Report 14 Sep 2013 10:09


What a great find, interesting to know that their was a possible risk of mustard gas being used.You learn something new everyday.

I hope Alan comes back to see this.



Margee Report 13 Sep 2013 21:01

An interesting article about it here:

It was indeed mustard gas! On an American ship! A cover-up!!!


Unknown Report 13 Sep 2013 19:58

Hi George thanks just done what you advised. During the bomb raid on Bari 2nd December 1943 a cargo ship carrying mustard Gas exploded adding to the loss of life but this was covered up. He died on the 25th January 1944 and im unsure if he died from injuries the gas or was killed nearer the 25th.if that makes sense.


George_of_Westbury Report 13 Sep 2013 19:02

I don't believe that mustard gas was used by anyone in WW2, although the Russians might.

Have you obtained his death certificate which might tell you more.

Registration event: Death

View the original image
Name:MOORE, David W J





Volume :11


Record source:GRO War Death Army Other Ranks (1939 to 1948)



Unknown Report 13 Sep 2013 18:17

Hi my granddad was killed in bari Italy during ww2 David William John Moore of the A.P.T.C don't suppose any one has come across him or WHAT HIS ROLE WOULD OF BEEN AT THIS TIME .I BELEIVE HE WAS INJURED DURING A BOMBING RAID (MINI PEARL HARBOUR) AND DIED FROM HIS INJURIES.. WONDERING IF MUSTARD GAS KILLED HIM..