A homesick Welshman and two Irish men nailing him into a crate sounds like the beginning of a really bad joke.

But that story was the reality for, Brian Robson who was airmailed from Melbourne to London in 1965 with a little help from some friends.

The year was 1964, and Brian, who was 19 at the time, had taken a job with Victorian Railways on an assisted immigration programme in Australia.

Life seemed to be going well for the Cardiff teenager until he got desperately homesick and wanted to come back to the UK.

However, if he left, a clause in the scheme meant he would have to pay back £700 and his wage was only £40 per month (equivalent to £700 today, due to inflation).

Brian spent the next 11 months plotting his escape via airmail and managed to convince two Irish men he had become friends with to help him.

He told The Irish Times: "I’m 99% sure that they were called Paul and John.

"I couldn’t even tell you their surnames it’s such a long time ago, and I’d only recognise them if I saw photographs of them that were taken at that time. We got on famously.

"They used to come to my bedsit, or I would go to see them, almost on a daily basis."

Apparently, Paul was dead set against going ahead with the plot but John persuaded him otherwise.

They nailed him into a mini-fridge sized crate and he spent the next 36-hours having a "horrific experience" on the flight back.

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Four days later his crate was lifted into a freight shed. But in a surprising twist he had wound up in LA instead of London and the FBI got involved.

The Welshman denied knowing that their scheme was illegal and didn't give Paul and John's name to the officers.

Mr Robson has no idea what happened to his friends and has always wondered about them.

In the hopes of reuniting, the 75-year-old hopes that one of them will reach out to him, asking that Paul, John or any of their relatives can drop him an email.

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