Looking for Francesco

An Italian man is attempting to trace his father's footsteps as a Prisoner of War during World War II and thank the Cowra family who helped him.

Antonino Cipolla will be visiting the town next month in the hope of discovering more about his father's adventures in Australia.

Friend Christine Morriss said she is hoping the visit will shed some light on Antonino's father, Francesco Cipolla, also known as Franco.

"We will be going to Cowra early to mid March," she said.

Francesco Cipolla was in Cowra between 1941 and 1944, before returning to the town after the war was over until he was able to board a boat back to Italy.

In his time in Cowra, he stayed and helped work on a farm outside of town, the whereabouts or identity of which are unknown.

Running the farm was an Australian woman, but again, the details are murky at best.

What is known is that Francesco kept in contact with this woman by writing letters to her after returning to Italy, until the 1970s.

He received a final letter one day in the 1970s, of which Ms Morriss said son Antonino remembered vividly.

"He remembers one letter in particular; it was the 1970s and his father was crying after having received a letter from Australia," she said.

"The letter was from the children of the woman; she had died."

Franceso Cipolla died in the 1990s, but his son Antonino has not given up trying to find the family who took care of his father near Cowra.

Ms Morriss said she was hoping their visit to Cowra will help shed some light on her friend's father.

"[We're] hoping that at this time someone will remember his father," she said.

"Perhaps someone related to the lady that he knew during World War II will remember his father and be able to chat to Antonino."

Anyone with information can contact the Cowra Guardian, who will pass it on to Christine and Antonino ahead of their visit next month.

Antonino Cipolla is hoping to shed some light on his father Francesco's [portrait right] time in Cowra during World War II.

Antonino Cipolla is hoping to shed some light on his father Francesco's [portrait right] time in Cowra during World War II.