Category Archives: War

Up Up and Away….

High altitude flying reveals dental troubles that elude even the X-ray. Naval doctors found for instance, a naval dive-bomber pilot reported that he was always troubled with severe toothache just before going into a dive. He blamed sinus trouble. But a test in a pressure chamber simulating the atmospheric conditions at high altitude revealed hidden decay that had not been detected by X-rays. Studying an undisclosed number of cases, navy doctors found:
(1) Fifty-seven per cent, of airmen developed toothache in a pressure chamber equivalent to a height’ of 28,000 feet.
(2) Twenty-three per cent, experienced pain at a reading equivalent to 18,000 feet.
(3) Twenty per cent, began showing symptoms before reaching the equivalent of 10,000 feet.
After the hidden decay had been located and repairs carried out, the airmen experienced no further discomfort.
Source: The Daily News, Mon 16 Aug 1943

The Silver Lining

The most ingenious prisoner of war in Stalag XXA (Germany) was an Australian, Lance-Corporal A- Lewis, who made himself a set of false  teeth with melted down “silver paper”. This was revealed by a British prisoner’s letter published in the “Daily Mail,” which stated: “Lewis, by common consent, gets all the silver paper from the cigarette packets and chocolates received in prisoners’ parcels. He melts it down, and by pouring it in moulds supplies the men with first-class reproductions of regimental badges.”

Source: Morning Bulletin, Mon 8 Feb, 1943

Wartime Dentists

Jack Gray, who grew up in Oatley, New South Wales, served as a Captain in the Dental Corps , treating servicemen in the jungle during World War II.

Please take the time to visit the source (site) of this story, as a poignant image of the servicemen in action is shown, highlighting their bravery and inventiveness.


Source: The Leader, Thursday 29 May, 2014; visit  then click the link : The Leader (St George) and go to page 12

#Lest we Forget

Private Alf Lewis was an enterprising ANZAC. While a prisoner of war in Germany during World War II,  his false teeth became useless. He set to replace these by making new ones out of tinfoil wrappers from cheese sent by the Red Cross. His fellow prisoners were so impressed with his shiny new teeth, that they assigned him the task of replacing theirs as well.

He was repatriated in 1944…

Source: Army News, Wednesday 15 November 1944