collection of stories, photos, art and information on Stalag Luft I
If you are a former Prisoner of War or a next of
kin of a POW, we invite you to sign and leave your email address so others that
come may find you. Please mention camp, compound, barracks and room numbers if
Name: D. Dorey Sent: 1.02 - 12/31 2000
I am searching for any history on a Basil Gianfelice who was in the World War
Two and I think he was stationed in Germany. Please send me anything you find on
my uncle as it would be nice to have something to pass on to his family. Thank
Maiale Hometown: Franklin Square NY Sent: 10.45 - 12/30 2000
I was in Stalag 12a in Limburg Germany in March of 1945 when they were moving us by box cars and we were
straft by our own planes.
Kasmenn, MSgt, USAF Hometown: Marion Ohio Sent: 1.50 - 12/28 2000
Thanks for this great site. It has some outstanding information and history. I
teach POW survival at the USAF SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape)
School and am recommending this site to all my troops and students.
Name:Robert H. Lipsky Hometown: Washington, D.C. Sent: 1.36 - 12/27 2000
My father, 2nd LT. Henry I. Lipsky, was a B-17 navigator with the 381st Bomb
Group stationed at Ridgewell, Essex, near Cambridge, England. He is shown on
page 118 (aviator on the right) of "One Last Look," by Philip Kaplan
and Rex A. Smith, Abbeville Press, NY, 1983 (Smithosonian Institution entry
80220 AC, disc # 3A-11994). He was shot down on January 11, 1944. He was a POW
in the North Compound of Stalag Luft 1 until liberation on May 1, 1945. He
currently lives in Arlington, Virginia.
Name:Courtney Carlson Hometown: Sioux City, Iowa Sent: 12.31 - 12/27 2000
My father Paul Carlson was in the 100th Bomb Group, 349th squadron Flew out of
Thorppe Abbotts, England, was shot down April 22,1944, was a prisoner of war in
Stalag XV11-B, Krems Austria, he was a top turret engineer, he only flew 9
missions and his luck ran out like the other Great Airmen, those men gave a lot
to keep us safe in our country and keep this thing going, best of everything to
you people. Courtney Carlson
Name:Patrick Ryan Hometown: Oak Park, IL Sent: 3.59 - 12/26 2000
My great uncle Bob Wozniak (389th Bomb group??) was the pilot of a B-24
Liberator shot down in 1944 and was taken to Stalag Luft 1 and spent the
remainder of the war there. I haven't seen him for about 20 years and have been
unable to locate his whereabouts. He grew up in Chicago. Any information would
be greatly appreciated, thank you very much!
Name:Laurel Youde (Lawrence
Cook) Sent: 10.42 - 12/26 2000
My father is Lawrence H. Cook a B-17 pilot, 92nd Bomb Group, 407 Air Force. He
was shot down Feb 4, 1943, hidden by the undergroung in Belgium, and later
captured. He spent 14 months in Stalag 1 North Compound. Does anyone remember
him? He lives in California and is well.
Name:Roy Mowbray Hometown: Axminster England Sent: 4.39 - 12/26 2000
Ex. radio operator with Canadian squadron shot down over France and interned at
Stalag 7. Fascinating web site, well done.
Name: Ray Roberts Sr Hometown: Denton, Texas
Sent: 1.11 - 12/25 2000
To add to my message, today, I am a pilot, retired USAF starting with the Berlin Airlift in '48 ending up with a tour in Vietnam in
68-69. I appreciate all of the information you have produced with this web....I
truly appreciate each and every member that served during this time and visited
the camps. I knew Col Gabreski long after he returned, he was in ADC but that
has been about 35 years ago. Best wishes to each and every member of the AAF at
Great web page...I just received Zemke's Stalag book as a gift...look forward to
reading it and then I will return and review your page again. Thank you.. Ray
Name:Guegano Pierre Hometown: Bretagne. FRANCE Sent: 11.55 - 12/25 2000
My father was Pierre Guégano .He was prisonner in Stalag during 1940.1945 in a
farmer. He was in 2ème classe in 2ème RLC Campagne France Alsace 39.45. (another information Stalag ABL A II)
I hope informations about and thank you very much. Name:Nuala Philips Hometown: Wolfe City, Texas 75496 Sent: 4.26 - 12/22 2000
My husband, R.J. Philips was a POW in the 40's. He's now deceased.
Name: James Wright Hometown: Millington, TN Sent: 2.34 - 12/22 2000
Served with L Company 38th Reg. 2nd. Inf. Div. in WW2
Name:H W McCord Hometown: Decatur, Alabama Sent: 2.33 - 12/22 2000
A very good web site. I am a former prisoner of war spent time at IV-B Mulhburg,
VIII-A Gorletz and XI-B at Fallenbostle Germany. Would like to hear from any
British Soldiers that was held there. I was with the British prisoners. They
help me to survive the awful life at these camps. I owe them a lot. Thanks, H W
McCord mortar platoon 38th A I Bn. 7th Arm. Division.
Name:Howard Gacke Hometown: Watertown S.D. Sent: 12.49 - 12/22 2000
Great site I have been finding all kinds of great iformation on Dulag Luft
prisoner camp. My wifes brother Lee Bevers was a prisoner at Dulag Luft 1 during
Name: Sam Flynn Hometown: NPR, Fl Sent: 9.51 - 12/19 2000
Sorry for the 2nd message. I also have pictures of the commanders of the Dulag
as well as some old pictures of the buildings. I have on especially neat one of
the gun tower. send me E-mail address and I will forward it via E-mail.
Name: Sam Flynn Hometown: New Port Richey, Florida Sent: 9.35 - 12/19 2000
Love your site. I lived on the post that used to be Dulag Luft, Camp King, while
growing up. I have compiled a history of the post. If you would like a copy,
please send me a snail mail address. Once again great site.
Name:Denise Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA Sent: 1.17 - 12/19 2000
I am looking for any information on the following people: Raymond Isley, Edwin
Weiler, Michael Delduca, Alfred Jansen, Carl Craft, Gerald May, Paul D'Amario,
Robert Korenek, and Louis Sabo. This is the crew of "The Duchess",
shot down 5/29/44. Can you help me?
Name:Terry Lee Dumerauf Hometown: Donahue, Iowa Sent: 10.36 - 12/18 2000
My Uncle was a POW in "Dulag-Luft, West" at least that is what it says on the MACR report I have received from the National Archives.
"Eugene Norman Schwerdtfeger" was his name.
Name: Charles Sturgeon Hometown: Amarillo, Texas Sent: 3.55 - 12/18 2000
Served with the 91st BG, 322BS. Shot down on 20th mission, captured. Don't
remember much about Dulag Luft. Was at Stalag Luft IV Lager D, for several
months, took the train ride to Stalag Luft 1. Don't remember coumpound but was in
Building 14, Room 13 with around 29 other Krieges.Enjoyed your page. first time
Name:Irwin Welling Hometown: Millbury, Ohio 43447 Sent: 8.06 - 12/17 2000
I was at Stalag Luft #4, Lager A, Barracks 2 Room 5 - Left camp on Feb. 6, 1945 on 85 day march.
Name: George Jacobs Hometown: Silver Spring, MD Sent: 3.06 - 12/17 2000
Great web page, and documentation. I was with the 324th BS, 91st BG and
participated in the "resuce" of May 13, 1945.This still remains among
my most remembered days in my 76 years!
Name:Edward Gavin Hometown: Orrville, Ohio Sent: 9.12 - 12/16 2000
I was in the 8th Airforce and shot down over Berlin on Aug. 6, 1944
Name:Tom Shive Sent: 5.55 - 12/15 2000
Our B-17 was flying out of Foggia, Italy in the 15th Air Force, 99th Bomb Group.
We were shot down over Linz, Austria on November 24, 1944. Only four crew
members survived, Harold Meiser, Joe Dobies, Frank Marszalek(since deceased) and
me. We all were sent to Stalag Luft 1 in mid December and were eventually
liberated in April 1945. Lt. Colonel Gabreski, the leading ace was the ranking
officer in our barracks.
Clutton-Brock Hometown: Devizes , Wiltshire England Sent: 5.52 - 12/15 2000
The site just gets better and better. I'd be most interested to hear from you as
I am writing a comprehensive book on Royal Air Force PoWs in WW2 and have
considerable info. on the RAF at Barth. Some of the photos on your website are
superb and I would like to reproduce one or two in my book with your permission.
Could you please let me know? Anyway, keep up the good work. Excellent.
Name:Mel Gidez Hometown: Boston, MA Sent: 5.51 - 12/15 2000
Copilot on B24 BG765 out of Carignol Italy shot down 25 July 1944 ended up at
Stalag Luft 1 Barth Germany #5110 North compound 1 Block 9 Room 10.
Name:Edwin O. Harms Hometown: Bridgeport, NE Sent: 5.46 - 12/15 2000
My Mother's brother was a WW II POW and I am doing research. My uncle was
Corporal Orval Edwin Ericson (He sometimes used the first name Eric versus Orval).
His SS# was 508-12-7828. His service # was 33722435. His POW # was 270373 and
was at Stalag 3B in Furstensburg as well as Stalag 4B in Muhlberg. My uncle
Orval survived the WW II only to be murdered in Boston in shortly after the war
was over. My mother has a few post cards and pictures. Please help us find any
additional information via web, etc.
Name: MR PHILIP CHINNERY Homepage: <http://prisonerofwar.freeservers.com> Hometown: Slough, Berkshire, England Sent: 5:05 PM - 12/3 2000
A VERY GOOD WEBSITE. IF WE CAN HELP WITH BRITISH POW ENQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT
US. MR PHILIP CHINNERY, HISTORIAN, NATIONAL EX-PRISONER OF WAR ASSOCIATION.
Name: Harry Jenkinson Homepage: PO Box303
Cronulla NSW 2230 Australia Hometown: Cronulla Sent: 3:31 AM - 12/3 2000
Thanks to your Dad and his mates, they have made the world a better place. How
can we ever forget their contribution to world freedom and their sacrifice. We
need to be strong and vigilant, believe in God, remembering our losses and our
loved ones, and protect "freedom" in every way possible.
We lived in Swindon UK during WW2, and were bombed constantly because we had 3
airfields located around us and a big Kodak film lab for processing RAF pictures
etc. In every lane-way for miles around, was stored plane parts and spares. My
Dad was a Design Engineer and he built planes and weapons in the Ford Dagenham
Name: William DiRosario Hometown: Billerica, Ma Sent: 12:25 PM - 12/2 2000
Great site. I am researching my fathers military history as he never talked
about it. He was a German POW I believe at Stalag I. I noticed the site on
Stalag IV has a roster. Do you know of any prisoner rosters for Stalag I???
Name:Antonio Bortoni Hometown: San Antonio Sent: 9:08 AM - 12/2 2000
My wife's (Miken Riggs) grandfather passed away Nov 27,2000. His name was Willis
J. Riggs Jr. We knew he was a WWII veteran and we just recently found out that
he had been a prisoner of war. He fought in Northern Africa and Italy with the
infantry units under General Patton. We are not sure how long he was a prisoner
in Germany. We also recently found out that he escaped from camp in Germany by
crawling under barbwire and over glass. He was honorably discharged and
continued serving his country at Kelly AFB in San Antonio until 1972 as a civil
employee. Grandpa Willis kept the horrors of war to himself, and rarely did he
ever talked about the war. We buried Grandpa this week, and the emotion of
having a hero among us was very hard to contain. My wife and I have decided
that we are going to research grandpa's military career, and document it as much
as possible for the benefit of our children. Any suggestions on where to begin?
Thanx and God Bless.
Name: Kevin Jenkins Hometown: Chatham, Ontario Canada Sent: 8:50 PM - 12/1 2000
Thanks for your memories. I have listened to my Grandfather's stories and now I
am interested in hearing other's experiences during the war so that at least I
may understand to some degree what people went through.
Name: Frank Mickadeit Hometown: Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. Sent: 8:45 PM - 12/1 2000
What a terrific site. My father, 2Lt Robert Mickadeit, was a POW at Stalag Luft
One from late August 1944 through the liberation. I do not know which compound,
but would be very interested to know, if anyone remembers him or if there are
any records that survive. He always spoke with high regard of Col. Zemke,
although I don't know whether he knew him. I would be most interested in hearing
from anyone who remembered by father. He was a B-17 navigator. His pilot was
Duane Seeman, with whom I have spoken and last I knew was living in Arizona.
They were in the 15th Air Force and flew out of Foggia, Italy, and I believe
were shot down over what is now part of the Czech Republic. All 10 of the crew
members survived and were taken prisoner. My father was probably one of the few
American Indian officers in the camp, if that rings a bell with anyone.
Name: Lois Longbrake Hometown: Columbus, OH Sent: 8:06 PM - 12/1 2000
My husband Clarence W Longbrake was in Stalag Luft 1. He was shot down Oct 13, 1944. He was
flying out of Italy at the time. Does anyone remember him?
Name: John P. Bruce Hometown: Orlando. Fl Sent: 7:22 PM - 12/1 2000
Very interesting. I didn't know of that, thanks. I flew with the 91st BG in 1943
but was shot down July 30 and became a POW as well in Stalag Luft 3, South
compound at Sagan near Dresden. The movie "The Great Escape", was a
true account of the tunnel escape of 75 RAF POW's from the North compound of
this camp in the Spring of 1944.(Steve McQueen's role was fictional). This
rescue from Barth, after the Russians had captured the area, took place in Nov.
44. The Westward advancing Russian armies were moving toward our camp at Sagan,
but the Germans didn't leave us behind. They marched us out, in a foot of snow,
about 75 kilometers westward in January 45 to a rail point then by train South
to Stalag VIIA near at Mooseburg, near Munich. We were here when Gen Patton's
3rd Army overtook the camp, then flown out to Camp Lucky Strike in May.
Note: The book "The Great Escape" by RAF Spitfire pilot, Paul
Brickhill is acclaimed as "Sheer Suspense" by the Boston Globe and
"One of the great true stories of the war, and one of the greatest escape
narratives of all time."- San Francisco Chronicle. Available at Borders.
Name: Pat Hometown: Philadelphia, PA Sent: 10:01 PM - 11/27 2000
My dad, Sgt. Thomas Holton was shot down over the North Sea in July, 1943. His
plane was a b-17 named "Alcohol Annie". He also was a POW. If anyone
has any info it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for a interesting site.
Name: Patricia Benker Hometown: Pinecrest,CA Sent: 4:54 PM - 11/25 2000
Thank you from all Americans who sincerely appreciate what you and your sister
have done with this web page to let the WORLD Thank Our ExPOW's for what they
gave for Our FREEDOMS.
This is a good time of year to remember Freedom was not Free for the POW,they
have lived with the memories that many of us do not understand or appreciate.I
know as the daughter of an Ex-POW I never knew what my father had given until
after his death and others were willing to share information about their
God Bless our Ex-POW's
Name: Mary Cantrell Heist Hometown: Dallas, Texas Sent: 1:07 PM - 11/25 2000
My father, Dillard R. Cantrell, was a bombardier 1st Lieutenant of the 450th
bomb group, 720th bomb squadron during WWII. He and his crew members were shot
down in a B-24 airplane over Vienna on 9/10/1944. His pilot and 6 gunmen were
killed, and Dad and the co-pilot were the only survivors. He was captured by the
Germans, placed in a German prison camp in Poland, then later moved to Munich.
He was a POW for approximately 9 months, beginning in Stalag Luft 3 (Central
Compound), and liberated from Stalag 7-A by General Patton on 4/29/45. He
celebrated his 21st birthday on a troop train to San Antonio, Texas, listening
to the newly-released "Sentimental Journey," by Doris Day. To this
day, when I hear that song, I cry for him and the suffering he endured. I am
searching for a book, which includes a picture of him behind barbed wire at
Stalag 7-A, and was shot on the day that Patton liberated this prison camp. He
thought it might be a Time Life series, but is not for sure. If you know of any
potential books that might include these type of photos, please let me know. By
the way, my father is alive and living in Duncanville, Texas. He can be
contacted at "firstname.lastname@example.org." Or feel free to contact me at
email@example.com. Thank you to the many men and women who have fought for the
continued freedom of our country!
Name: john fealy Hometown: Warroad MN 56763 Sent: 10:11 PM - 11/23 2000
My father was a prisoner of ww2 .I was looking for any info on Gerald Eugene Fealy or where to look. ! thank you
Name: Capt. Donald S. Jay Sent: 5:08 PM - 11/22 2000
My dad was a bombadier frm triangle u/ POW in germany. Please respond to him at 336-288-1658
Name: Howard Willey Hometown: Newcastle, California Sent: 3:33 PM - 11/22 2000
Nice Website. I'm doing research for my friend who's Father Horace (Hal) Bedford
White was imprisioned at Stalag Luft 1, North Compound II. He built a
grandfather clock in the camp. It was donated to the Smithsonian. Does anyone
have information on him or the clock? I have access to pictures of the clock and
his German "mug shot".
Name: Dick Kahler Hometown: San Leandro, California Sent: 1:14 PM - 11/22 2000
Great website. My uncle Walter Hauptman was in the 447th and shot down on his
5th mission. He spent the rest of the war at Stalag Luft 1.
M. House Hometown: Malone, N. Y 12953 Sent: 5:17 PM - 11/21 2000
I was a co-pilot on the Merlin Chardi crew.447th Bomb Group, 710th squadron We
came to Rattlesden, England as a complete new group about Thanksgiving time
1943.We flew our first mission on Christmas Eve 1943. On our 12th mission to
Regensburg on Feb. 25, 1944,after barely surviving German fighter & flak
attacks, we were shot down by anti-aircraft fire near Saarbrucken. After
interrogation at the Dulag near Frankfort, we spent 4 days in a box car enroute
to Barth. Those of us who were injured were transported by truck to Stalag 1.
Four of us were the first assigned to a room in North Compound 1, where we
learned to live together for almost 15 months.
Hometown: Pinecrest,CA Sent: 11:22 PM - 11/18 2000
Thank you for your help. Mr. Dennis T. O'Dea was and is from
Kirkwood,NY.(Binghamton area). I'll list what I am sure of as I great hope for
help for his wife. Sgt.Dennis Thomas O'Dea - Entered Service.Aug 27,1942
Trained as a;A/C Maintenance Tech. Arrived England: Oct.18th,1943 Bailed out on Nov.16th,1944 at or near Salzburg, Austria.
Fate of aircraft unknown. Target was Munich,Germany. Munich was hit by 8th and 15th Air Force on Nov.16th,
1944 It is believed Dennis bailed out was taken to Frankfurt Interrogation center,
sent to Stalag Luft IV, then marched in Feb. 1944 to Stalag 17B at Krems.
have been moved from Moosburg. This is all the info. family has we can not find
Missing Air Crew Report. Mr. O'Dea has just fallen through the cracks in the system,
and at 85 years of age with a matching age for his wife of many years, I pray we
can find the information we need for proof of his POW experience, so the VA can
address his great medical needs and assist his wife with his care. God Bless the wonderful people who Care about our Ex-POW's.
Name: Philip Perrone Sent: 8:01 PM - 11/18 2000
My Uncle, John Madonna was a gunner with the 15th AAF 483rd BG 817th BS. He was
shot down on March 22, 1945 over Ruland Germany and was a POW at Stalag Luft I.
I just want to say thank you for a wonderful web site and helping all of us
Name: Bruce Bockstanz Hometown: Grosse Pointe Woods, MI Sent: 7:56 PM - 11/18 2000
I may be able to help the previous correspondent, Patricia Benker in her effort
to help the family of Dennis T. O'Dea. I have the book 'Behind Barbed Wire'. It lists the POWs who were confined at
Stalag Luft One, Barth, Germany. Most of the prisoners were officers, Pilots, Co-Pilots, Bombardiers or
Navigators.There were several other camps for US Air Force POWs, but we could
get lucky! The names are listed by the State that was the POW's home when he went into
service.I have checked for the name, O'Dea, under California, the State that you
show, and did not find the name. Let me know his home State and I'll check further.
I'm sure that all of us former Kriegies appreciate what you are doing for one of
Name: Patricia Benker Hometown: Pinecrest,CA Sent: 6:46 PM - 11/18 2000
I am trying to find help for the family of Dennis T.O'Dea, he is 85 years old
and was with the 305th BG 366th BS,shot down over Germany Nov.16,1943.Mr.O'Dea's
mind is not clear and his wife needs our help in providing proof to the VA that
he was indeed a POW. I am sure there is a link with info. out there, we need to
help these men who gave so much for the Freedom's we enjoy today, and they have
asked for so little all these years. The pain of their dreadful war experiences
have been locked in their minds and hearts, and often these memories were never
shared with those theyloved the most, family or close friends,so now the search
for info.is very difficult. As the daughter of a POW, I am now trying to help by working as A National
Service Officer for the Ex-POW's. They have been there for each other all these
years and now as they are ill and aging they need the assistance of us to
continue to "Help those who can not help themselves". I have met so
many wonderful Americans and new friends with the American Ex-POW's, I encourage
other children like Mary and her family who have developed this wonderful web
site to help us care for and remember our parents in whatever way your own
skills may provide. Your, "thank you", will be far beyond whatever you
can provide and you will better understand how Special the friendship is of an
American Ex-POW and his wife. You may think I do not have the time, well as I am
sure you will discover you will find the time, if you just step forward once.
Again please if you know anything of Mr. Dennis T. O'Dea,also known as "Pappy
O'Dea", as he was considered old 23yr. at he time, please contact me.
God Bless Our Special Americans, may we their children NEVER forget what they
gave for us.Freedom was not FREE for the Ex-POW.
Name: KEN WILCOX Hometown: WAUKESHA WI Sent: 1:38 PM - 11/17 2000
376TH BG 512 SQ
ONLY SURVIVOR OF A MID-AIR COLLISION BETWEEN 2 B-24'S ON 22 AUGUST 1944. LOOKING FOR ANYONE FROM STALAG FOUR OR STALAG ONE OR ANY BUDDIES FROM STATESIDE TRAINING.
HAD BASIC SUMMER OF 1943 AT BILOXI MS
Name: John Fink Hometown: Albany, New York Sent: 12:59 PM - 11/17 2000
My dad was in Stalag Luft 1 from Nov. '43 till May, 1945 (North compound, shot down over Austria, Nov.2, 1943 "Lady Be good"
B-17)(bombardier, 2nd Lt. M D Fink)
Name: Charles Philips Hometown: McKinney, Texas Sent: 9:13 AM - 11/17 2000
My Daddy was in Stalag 1. Thanks for sharing with us.
Name: Tom Shive Hometown: San Diego CA Sent: 12:25 AM - 11/16 2000
Our B-17 was shot down over Linz Austria on November 24,1944 and four of the crew survived. We flew out of Foggia, Italy in the 99th Bomb
Group. We eventually were taken to Stalag Luft in December.We were in the newest
compound and the ranking officer in our barracks was Lt. Colonel Francis
Gabreski,who was the top ranked ace in the European Theater. The other survivors
from our crew were Herby Meiser, Frank Marszalek, and Joe Dobies.at that time.
Name: Teresa Purcell Hometown: Lansing, NY Sent: 9:41 PM - 11/14 2000
I am looking for anyone with information on the prison camp Stalag 17. My
grandfather was a prisoner of war in this camp and If anyone out there has
information on this please contact me. Thanks
Name: Matthew J Hoops Hometown: Barnegat N.J. Sent: 7:28 PM - 11/14 2000
Everyday I look up at the sky and thank God that he created men like your father
for the United States is the greatest place to live in the world and thank you
men of WWII.
Name: Vasily Bezugly Hometown: Ryazan, Russia Sent: 3:34 PM - 11/14 2000
Hello Mary Smith!
This is Vasily Bezugly. Thank you for your kind reply. I read your letter with a
great interest. Yes, I'm a live witness of the events of those days. As I
remember today, it was May of 1945 on the coast of the Baltic Sea in Barth. We
had a great fraternization with the English and American POWs there. At first
time in my life I saw a chocolate bar. It was a big box of chocolate with the
sign of the Red Cross and Half-moon. I think that was English or American POWs (I don't no actually but it was nearly
9000 of POWs in Stalag Luft 1). We exchanged our adresses. One of the POWs (his
name was Tobby or Bobby but I don't remember now) gave me his one, but I lost it
- I was very young (at least 19 years old boy). After that all of us - Soviet, American and English - three great nations - sang
famous Russian song "Katyusha". At the end I remember big airliner
which took all POWs on it's board . Mary, can you write me about your father - Does he live now or die? - What is
his name? I want to meet with the other whitnesses of this liberations. Have you any
meetings with other POWs? With a best wishes and faithfully yours,
Name: Andrew S. Diedling Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio Sent: 12:16 PM - 11/14 2000
Great site, keep up the good work. I am helping my Father Charles L. Diedling write his recollections of Stalag
Luft IV, and the 86 day Death March. We hope to be finished by Christmas. If you would like a copy just let me know.
Name: Jim Dibrino Hometown: Philadelphia, PA Sent: 12:01 PM - 11/13 2000
My DAD lives each and every day in remembrance of his experience as a POW.
Thanks for your efforts. He would love to touch base with anyone who shared the
Name: Penni Vaughn Hometown: Sale Creek TN Sent: 3:39 AM - 11/13 2000
You are very brave to put these pictures up and tell the true account. I happen
to live in a place where many think that "they" are Israel and they do
not believe the holocaust happened. I am Messianic. I try to talk reason but
their ears will not hear! Shema Yisroel Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Echod!......May
the God of Avraham,Yitz'chak, and Ya'akov be with you! Thank you for sharing
this story! I have no words to express what I am feeling! Penni Vaughn at
Name: E.J. MCBRIDE Hometown: PHILADELPHIA PA. Sent: 9:28 PM - 11/12 2000
My brother, William J. (Bill) McBride, Army, was a prisoner of war in germany.
Looking for anyone who may have been a fellow prisoner with my brother. thanks
and God bless.
Name: Doris Williams Fowler Sent: 12:03 AM - 11/12 2000
Thank you to all of the Veterans. You were and are appreciated!
Name: Paul Philips Hometown: Commerce, Texas Sent: 10:20 PM - 11/11 2000
My dad was a POW in Stalag one from February 1944 until it was liberated in
1945. He passed away in 1993 and never seemed to have been able to put that
experience behind him. The starvation they all suffered from took years off his
life and mental health. My family suffered from this as well and our childhood
was haunted by ghosts of WWII that my dad never exorcised. I hope that other
kids whose fathers were imprisoned there have been able to come to terms with
the pain and suffering. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about
my dad and how he will always be my hero.
Name: J C
DROKE, JR., USARMY,
LTC, RET Hometown: Blytheville, Arkansas Sent: 9:29 PM - 11/11 2000
On this Veterans Day, my thoughts go back to my comrades of the Vietnam War. A
tragic event in our history when compared to the suffering of those who were
captured in WW II.I no longer find any romanticism in killing or being killed on
the Battlefield or the skies above. God rest our comrades in arms, those that
are still with us and those who have gone to a better place.
Name: Colin Smith Hometown: Leduc, Alberta, Canada Sent: 1:16 PM - 11/11 2000
Excellent site, my dad was also a POW in WW2, he was captured at Dunkirk and
sent to a camp in Leningrad, he also never talked about this time and also took
his memories with him when he died. If anybody reading this has any information
on this camp in Leningrad, please contact me by e-mail.
Lest we forget.
McNally Hometown: Brooklyn, New York Sent: 11:54 PM - 11/10 2000
First I want to thank your father who now rest's in Gods arms for the sacrifice
he made and also to thank you for having a site like this to keep the memory of
these men alive and to keep people informed of the ordinary men who did
extraordinary things. God bless you and all the ww2 vets lets never forget what
they have done.
Name: Misty Cooper Hometown: Clovis Sent: 4:13 PM - 11/10 2000
Would you have any information about a man that was prisoner of war in World War
II named Fred Brumbelow?? If so would you please e-mail me back to tell he is my
grandfather and would greatly appriciate it....Thank You Misty Cooper
Name: David Schuff Hometown: utica,ny Sent: 7:09 PM - 11/9 2000
I have nothing but respect for the prisoners of war, my grandfather, William
Schuff was a POW, and a veteran of WW11 and KOREAN WAR. Thank you to all the men
and women who served. that goes for viet nam too.
Name: jud mc kee Hometown: Eufaula, AL 36027 Sent: 4:56 PM - 11/9 2000
Read your pages with interest.
Name:David L. Bishop Homepage: 233 Maxine
St. Hometown: Spartanburg, SC 29302 Sent: 4:55 PM - 11/9 2000
I just learned of your web page today and I thank you for it. I was a B17 pilot
but was flying as a copilot on my third missions when we were shot down on
11/26/44 and ended up at Stalag Luft 1 at Barth in north compound 3, barracks
305, room 3. I appreciate very much the effort you are putting into this
website. My phone number in case you should ever want to call me is 864-583-5340
and should you ever be nearby my wife Ann and I want like for you and your
family to spend some time with us. We have plenty of good food and two extra
bedrooms with privite bath .
Best of everything. David Bishop
P. McCarty, Major, USAF Retired Hometown: Frankfort, Kentucky Sent: 6:05 AM - 11/7 2000
I was with the 391st Bomb Group, Ninth Air Force. I was not shot down
but flying 68 missions in "McCarty's Party" I expected it. The
Good Lord was kind to our crew, each of us returned home. God Bless you.
Name: Rene Reeves Hometown: Port Waswhington, N.Y. Sent: 11:07 PM - 11/6 2000
My heartfelt kinship.
Pilot 450th Bomb Group
Bond Hometown: Little Rock,Mississippi Sent: 3:23 AM - 11/6 2000
I really appreciate this web site.My granfather was a POW in WWII. I am
just trying to help him find information about how others were treated
and how they are now. He is in great health and is almost 83 years
old. Thanks again for caring.
Kamarainen Hometown: Renton Wa Sent: 3:58 PM - 11/5 2000
Thank you Mary and Barbara for putting my page in AXPOW Web,and for
spreading the word of my search for Ben.If there is anyone in New York
area POW Chapters that knows or has known a man by named Ben I would
appreciate receiving this information. Please Email me. This web is a
wonderful means of communication among POWs searching for information
about friends and loved ones. Keep up the good work!
Walker Homepage: http://www.uakron.edu/archives/ Hometown: Austin, Tx 78747 Sent: 1:30 PM - 11/5 2000
Dear Girls: Got your address from Joe Boylan. We were in the same group.
I am the 391st Historian. We lost a lot of men on Dec 23, 44. 16 planes
to be exact and some of our people other than Joe might have been in
Barth. We were 9th AF. On the address above, scroll down to Hugh
Walker's 391st Home page after you click on LINKS. Great site, Hugh
Walker. I was never shot down but survived many a single-engine landing
in the B026 Marauder.
Name: John Meurs Hometown: CH-8630 Rueti ZH, Switzerland Sent: 8:01 AM - 11/5 2000
When I was a nine years old schoolboy living in Apeldoorn in
nazi-occupied Holland a B-17 crashed a couple of hundred meters behind
our home. Two crew-members who had bailed out of the machine at very low
altitude were killed by German soldiers when they were still dangling
under their white chutes. They landed in the centre of my village. The
tailgunner managed two months later to escape from the hospital in
Apeldoorn with the assistance of the Dutch resistance and stayed with a
family living in the same street as we did until he was liberated by the
Canadians in April 1945.
A couple of months ago I started to do some research on this crash that
had made such a big impression on me. I posted a message on the 8th AF
message board and the following day I received a reply from a gentleman
in Ede (Netherlands) who gave me the first details of "my"
B-17. It belonged to the 381st BG, had been on a mission to the railway
viaduct in Altenbeken in Germany on Thanksgiving Day 1944. Since then I
have come into contact with two surviving members of the crew.
As I wanted to have a wider picture I extended my research to the whole
mission, including also the two B-17's of the 398thBG: your Dad's and
the aircraft piloted by Benjamin G. Rolfe that crashed near Zwolle in
I'm especially interested in Randy Anderson's narrative with details
about your Dad's last war time flight, but was unable to locate this
story on your excellent web site. Could you please e-mail me this
narrative and perhaps also the MACR 11146. Any further details
concerning this flight would also be very appreciated.
I'm also interested in MACR 11147 concerning the crash near Zwolle?
Could you give me a hint who might have that report available? I know
that I could possibly obtain that MACR from Maxwell AFB, but that takes
a lot of time.
Thanking you in advance for your kind cooperation in this matter I
remain with kind regards
Im Gubel 5
CH-8630 Rueti ZH
NOTE FROM MARY: Click
here for Randy Anderson's narrative.
Daubenmier Hometown: Brighton, Michigan Sent: 9:20 AM - 11/4 2000
I would like to hear from anyone who was in the 422nd Infantry, which
was captured during the Battle of the Bulge near the Siegfried line. My
father, Robert O. Schultz of Waterloo, Iowa, was a member of the
anti-tank unit attached to that regiment.
Lynn McCulley - Pala Hometown: Marietta,Ga. Sent: 10:22 PM - 11/3 2000
I am looking for anyone who might have information on my grandfather
SANFORD MCCULLEY, he was a POW in WW2 His friend was ROBERT
They were in the Marines together in California. My grandfather died in
1951 when my father was 6 years old, what a tragedy, he was only 35.
Please help me if you can. It would mean so much to my father and me!!
B Hometown: Oakland, N.J. Sent: 8:02 PM - 11/2 2000
I remember my uncle coming home from europe when I was a child of 5
years. He was a crew member on "Little Mommy" a B-17. It was
one of the bombers assigned to the 8th air force in England. Even as a
child I was awed when I first saw him in his uniform This site is
extraordinary! It is a nice tribute and only a brief glimpse at the
sacrifices these heroic men made to ensure our freedom. My thanks to
everyone of the men and women that served our country during World War
Dallacqua Hometown: Agoura, California Sent: 1:03 PM - 11/2 2000
My father, Homer "Spike" Dallacqua, was taken prisoner by the
Germans after being shot down over the Zeider Sea. He was one of the
prisoners at Stalug Luft 1. I am happy to say that he is the one who
told me about this site. This is a wonderful website. It gives us an
intimate glimpse of the willing sacrifice made for our Country and for
Freedom, by every hero of WWII. I am as proud of my Dad today as I was
the first time I saw a picture of him in uniform.
Name: Sam Keller Sent: 10:08 AM - 11/2 2000
My pap was in WWII and he was a POW he was tech sergent for I believe
the 87th something but I'm doing a research paper on pows and was
wondering if you mind if I use some of this information for it?
Saari Hometown: Maple, WI Sent: 1:00 AM - 11/2 2000
This is interesting history. Ed Kamarainen is my uncle and I am
so glad he made it home. I appreciate the men and women who served our country so much more, being able to visit this
web site. Thanks to all persons who served in the military!
So many died to make our country free.
H. Poore Homepage: 940
Fulbright Ave Hometown: Redlands, CA 92373-5005 Sent: 7:01 PM - 10/31 2000
My brother, Forrest V. Poore, was a prisoner at Stalag Luft
I during the
late 1943 to 1945. He was there about 18 months. He said he was one of
the few officers to know about the camp radio. He too was on short
rations and almost had tuberculosis. His plane's name was Pat Pending.
He died last October without saying too much about his stay at Barth.
However, when he returned he showed me a scrapbook of pictures he drew
of his interrogation at Frankfort. He was on his 25th and last raid when
he was shot down over Emden, Holland. He didn't like to talk about his
stay at Barth and told me some stories of what life was like there. It
was cold, dreary, rainy, and was in starvation mode until liberated by
Russian Troops. He also was sent to Camp Lucky Strike in France. He had
never been overweight and looked like a scarecrow when he returned to
our old hometown of Belmont, NY. We were very surprised when he flew
over Belmont on the way to England. I think he was with the 356th Bomb Group. I wish I knew more about him
and his experiences at Stalag Luft I. Most of his crew got out of the
B-17 alive except the waist gunners. If anybody knows more about my brother, I would appreciate hearing from
them. Sincerely, David H. Poore
Powers Kelly Hometown: Simi Valley, CA Sent: 11:05 PM - 10/30 2000
Because of an article in the LA Times Sunday magazine yesterday, I am
looking at this site, and hope to view related sites. My uncle, Franklin
Kaelin Powers, US Army Air, was shot down over Germany, but he has not
yet told me much of his experience. He did escape from a German POW
camp. I hope to learn more of his experience so that my children and
grandchildren can know and understand. I hope to find and post a few
details in the future. Thank you for a very moving site.
L. (Hap) Kee Homepage: 1726
W. Doyle St Hometown: Granbury, Texas 78046 Sent: 9:42 PM - 10/30 2000
Arrived about September 1, 1944..one of first in North II, Baracke 203,
Room 2, then Room 9. Walked out.
LYNCH Hometown: LITTLE NECK N.Y. Sent: 4:01 PM - 10/30 2000
I WAS SHOT DOWN JAN.11 1944 AT OSCHERSLEBEN.SPENT 16 MOS.IN
REMEMBER THE AIRLIFT VERY WELL, WHO COULD FORGET.
B. Meyer Hometown: Seminole, FL Sent: 3:36 PM - 10/30 2000
Excellent page. My father, Alfred Meyer, was a POW during WWII. He was a
waist gunner on a 17 that was shot down August 17, 1943, over
Schweinfurt. He has finally begun to tell his "real" story.
What a difficult time for all. I am proud to be an American and even
prouder of the men and women who sacrificed for this honor. Thank you
for your stories.
G. Bates Hometown: Camarillo, CA Sent: 12:55 AM - 10/30 2000
I was just reviewing my previous note, and would like to add a few facts
about Uncle Bill. Wilson "Bill" Edwards, flew for the American
Eagle 133rd squadron. He was an American volunteer flying spitfires for
Britain. Later once the United States entered the war, Uncle Bill became
director of operations of the 4th fighter group, US Eighth Air Force. He
was shot down by flak after leading the 336th squadron on his third
sortie to Munich on July 13th, 1944. He spent the rest of the war in
Luft I POW camp in Barth.
Nash, SSgt, USAF Hometown: Washington, DC Sent: 12:17 AM - 10/30 2000
I'm an Airman Leadership School Instructor stationed at Andrews AFB. I
visited this site to find more information on Prisoners of War to help
my students value the Code of Conduct. This site and it's true life
story has surely been interesting. It will enable me to stand proud
while educating our younger military members. At this time I would like
to salute all our servicemen that are and have been POW's. "I
Jerome Nash, SSgt, USAF
Airman Leadership School Instructor
Martin G. Bates Hometown: Camarillo, CA Sent: 11:50 PM - 10/29 2000
My Uncle was in the Stalag Luft I POW camp, He flew for both the Royal
Airforce and the US (after pearl harbor). He was a member of the Eagle
squadron, (yanks flying for Britain) and then the 336th squadron for the
U.S.,Uncle Bill, like so many others has refused to discuss his time in
Barth, until recently. An event recently took place which changed that.
Here is a copy of a recent letter I sent to a flight museum in England:
Hello, I just stumbled on to this web site for North Weald Air Base,
through a search for American Eagle Squadron information. My Uncle,
Wilson (Bill) Edwards was a pilot in the 133rd Eagle Squadron during
WWII, I have attended many reunions of these pilots over the years, but
just 3 weeks ago was the most memorable. I attended a celebration of the
60th anniversary of the battle of Britain, held in Santa Monica,
California at the Museum of Flight. It was a great event, 12 eagle
squadron pilots attended, along with several British WWII pilots and
even a few German pilots.
Uncle Bill was shot down by flack while flying a sortie, with his plane
on fire, he parachuted but was at a low elevation so with impact he
broke his leg and tail bone. He was captured by the nazis, and they
allowed the peasants to beat my Uncle with shovels and pitch forks, they
then stripped him naked and paraded him through a small village where
the people took turns spitting on him and kicking him. They then took
him to the famous Stalag Luft I POW camp at Barth. He spent the rest of
the war there. Thanks be to God, Uncle Bill is healthy and still flies
today at 82 yrs. old, and living in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he
is a flight instructor.
The most amazing event took place at the ceremony for the 60th
anniversary of the battle of Britain.(Sept.30th,2000) Soon after the
master of ceremonies was announcing all of the honored guests at the
dinner, I was sitting with my Uncle, and a gentleman about the same age
as my Uncle, (he was wearing a RAF officers uniform) walked over to the
table and said to my Uncle....."Bill Edwards, do you remember me
?" My uncle stood up and looked at the gentleman and said " I
don't think so, should I ?" The gentleman said, "Bill, it's me
Digger!" At that instant Uncle Bill's eyes lit up and he said
"oh my god!" and he gave him a big hug and the both of them
stood there for a long while embracing and weeping out loud, they were
literally crying like babies, hugging each other. The rest of us at the
table didn't know what to make of it ! After the two of them regained
there composure, Uncle Bill turned to our table and said, " I want
all of you to meet Robert "Digger" Williams of the R.A.F.
611th fighter squadron, you see Digger and I were cell mates together
in the Stalag POW camp, we haven't seen each other since 1945!
What a great night it was, I will always treasure this memory, just
thought I would share it with you. Please share it with others if you
like, Sincerely Yours,
Martin G. Bates
M. Simonitsch Hometown: Independence, MO 64055-2091 Sent: 11:37 PM - 10/29 2000
George Lesko put me up to this search. This is a great Luft I web site.
My POW # was "Stalag Luft I #3555" Moskowitz was in my room,
Barracks 2, North Compound.
Lang Homepage: http://600
Live Oak Dr. Hometown: Euless, Tx. 76040 3931 Sent: 10:20 PM - 10/29 2000
I have pretty well gone thru your listing on Ginger and George Lesko. I
am the Albert Lang that was a crew member with George on Ginger along
with Norm Phillips. Thank you so much for your recognition. Al
Ritter Hometown: Sherman Oaks, CA Sent: 6:27 PM - 10/29 2000
My father, Clair Eugene Buskirk, was a prisoner of war in Stalag Luft 1
during WWII for approximately 5-6 months, I believe and was liberated by
the Russians in May of 1945. He was a fighter pilot in the 55th Fighter
Squadron and was shot down over Germany flying a Mustang P51. He has
attended and continues to attend WWII reunions with fellow airmen and
POWs for some time now. He and other ex-POWs visited Barth and the site
of the prison camp quite a few years ago, prior to the fall of the
Berlin Wall (in the early 1980's I think). It is very clear that WWII
was the most influential experience in my dad's life and he speaks about
it regularly. He even wrote his own memoir entitled "Return to
Stalag Luft 1" some time ago. He keeps in touch with some of those
he has become close to at the various WWII reunions he has attended.
They all have that incredibly special bond that only those who have
experienced war have.
F. Ogle Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA Sent: 5:59 PM - 10/29 2000
I worked for 25 yrs in the FBI with Emmett B. Doherty, who piloted a
B-17 which crashlanded in the North Sea on 10/6/44. All of the crew
survived the water landing All were captured and all officers were
housed in Stalag Luft Eine. Emmett was born on 5/27/22 in Pendleton, Oregon. He died of a massive
stroke on April 24, 2000 at Thousand Oaks, CA. He wa a true hero and one of the finest men I ever knew.
Charles F. Ogle
Thousand Oaks, CA
R. Waldron Hometown: Plymouth Meeting, PA Sent: 1:43 PM - 10/28 2000
I went to barth on the rescue mission as radio operator of our crew. I
was in the 323rd Sqd. Our flight brought back English POW's. As I
remember we brought them back to Bassingbourne. I felt honored to able able to bring these airmen. This is a great site. I hadn't seen the whole package before.
J. Boylan Hometown: Pinehurst, NC Sent: 11:20 AM - 10/28 2000
I was a pilot in the 391st B-26 Bomb Group, 573 Sq. shot down over
Arwheiler, Germany Dec. 23rd '44 . Captured and ended up in Barth at
williams Hometown: wrexham wales Sent: 4:29 AM - 10/27 2000
I am trying to find details of pow camp locations in austria and
slovenia during ww2, particularly Stalag 306 XVIIID which is also
referred to as Kgf-M-XVIIID Stammlager. Any assistance would be most
Benker Hometown: Pinecrest,CA Sent: 12:34 AM - 10/27 2000
Again THANK You for the wonderful reminder of the Very Special American
Ex-POW's who gave so much for the Freedoms of the Free world. I am very proud to be the daughter of an Ex-POW and only wish my Dad
could have enjoyed this site. I think I have told you Mary, someplace
Beyond our Dad's are smiling at you and what you have done with such
dignity to honor their suffering. Again I want you to know your honor of your Dad has provided a way for
many Americans to share their appreciation. God Bless and keep all our Ex-POW's who gave and gave of their lives
that we may enjoy Freedom. I am trying to help the wife of an Ex-POW find a buddie or anyone who
can provide proof Dennis T. O'Dea was a POW Nov.1944,Army Air Corps BG305th shot down over Germany.Dennis may have
been known by friends as "Pappy" O'Dea, as he was older
(22yr.) them most of crew. Mr.O'Dea is very ill and we really needs
help, his dear wife of 50 plus years she is doing her very best to
search for buddies or anyone who will remember Dennis. During the short time I have been working as a National Service Officer
for American Ex-POW's, they rarely ask for help but are always willing
to be there for others and help each other! To a person they will always
tell me another Ex-POW needs help more or they did not have it as rough.
Please help us find and remember these wonderful Americans, as time is
not on their side and for the WWII Ex-POW many are in their late 70s or
80s.They need quality care. God Bless America,
Jewell Hometown: Jones, OK Sent: 11:09 PM - 10/26 2000
I am searching for records of Reginald Blanton, who was my
grand-mother's brother. He was in a German POW camp during WWII. If you
have any info about him, I would appreciate it if you would share it
with me. Edie.
Ann Lawrence Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama Sent: 12:50 AM - 10/25 2000
Recently I was honored to interview a former POW from Stalag 17-B, Dr.
Walter Sowell, for the Auburn University newspaper. The courage of men
like Dr. Sowell will not be forgotten, and along with their gift of
freedom to younger generations they also teach us to cherish and respect
that freedom. I encourage all of you to remember these men and women in
your prayers, for without their dedication the world might be a very
M. Howison Sent: 10:30 PM - 10/24 2000
I was in barracks 10, North Compound 3 at Stalag Luft I, Barth. When
Jerry quit guarding us up close at the beginning of May, Fred Willis and
I swam out, nearly drowning and nearly freezing in the process, and
eventually made it to allied lines near Wismar. Would like to hear from
anyone else in that barracks.
Rupert Hometown: Douglas, WY Sent: 4:00 PM - 10/21 2000
My uncle was a P.O.W. and was inprisoned at Statag Luft 4. He never
spoke of his experience. I found his letters sent to my grandmother,
copied them and made books for his children. I also did some extensive
research. God Bless any man that goes to war for our country.
Kilgore Hometown: Rockport, TX Sent: 10:37 AM - 10/21 2000
I work in the Intelligence field for an Air Control Squadron, in the US
Navy, based out of San Diego, CA. While working aboard the USS Essex
next to a Human Exploitation Team detachment, a Staff Sergeant and
myself got into a discussion about Interrogation, because he is an
interrogator. I became very interested and he directed me to this site.
He told me about Hanns Scharrf and showed me all of the info about him
on the page, very interesting. Thank you for the much useful information
and hats off to the men and women who have shed their blood to make this
country into what it is today!
Hines Sent: 12:06 AM - 10/21 2000
Funny, but I did a search and this wasn't what I was looking for.
However, I started reading this site and found myself completely sucked
in. It is now 2 hours and 40 minutes since I found this site, and I am
completely in awe. What a well deserved tribute to those men who were
prisoners of war in WWII. I am touched and moved. Coming up on election
time now, and I had an argument with a friend of mine yesterday about
his decision not to vote. I tried to explain to him the importance of
voting even if you were unsure who to vote for. Our argument lasted for
about a half hour when I finally said "Dave, people who you have
never even met, nor who met or knew of you DIED for your right to vote,
so that you may have the choice. The very least you can do is to vote to
honor their sacrifice" He should read see this site.
Latici Sent: 8:58 PM - 10/20 2000
My father was a POW in Stalag 1 for 9 months at the end of the war. For
more than 40 years my grandmother kept all of the letters he wrote to
her from his bunk. They were lost before I had a chance to read them.
Thank you for your allowing me to more deeply understand my father's
Name: Ana Murray Hometown: NY Sent: 1:20 PM - 10/20 2000
To the Williams family and all World War II, World War I, Korean, and
Vietam Vets of the Great U.S.A., Thank You! My father-in-Law is a veteran of World War II and like your dad he never
speaks about it; and anytime the subject comes up he gets this faraway
look in his face; just breaks my heart. He was not a prisoner of war but
I know from documents that he saw his best buddy die in front of him.
I would just like to say that it makes me very angry that our war vets
are not acknowledged and revered more than they deserve. So I just want
to say again THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL! With all my respect,
Campbell Hometown: Paris Arkansas Sent: 12:08 PM - 10/20 2000
I too was a POW in Barth Germany. My experiences were some of the same
as your Dads. I was in the Army 3rd division from Ft.Jackson South
Carolinia. I don't recall your dad, but I can tell you that our boys
that served for this country were treated very badly. There were days,
without food or water. The Germans would slam our boys heads up against
the wall if you weren't standing right or they thught you didn't look
just right to them. I've seen men and woman both killed right in front
of my eyes. It was so painful,I can hardly talk about it. A friend is
writting this for me. I have had to eat rice that had worms in it just
to stay alive. If there is anyone out there that remembers me I would
appreciate any information. Since, the fire in Missouri, all my miltary
records have destroyed and I am now in the process of getting my records
reconstructed. The weather was so cold,I got frostbite so bad they had
to cut my shoes and gloves off, to this day any change in the weather
makes me cold. I'll close even though there are lots more that happened
during those times that I could tell, they are just so painful.
Fritz Campbell 3rd division Ft.Jackson South Carolinia.
Maddox Hometown: Lubbock, Texas Sent: 11:28 AM - 10/19 2000
Really enjoyed looking through the website--my uncle was one of the
POW's--Curtis G. Chapman--my dad, his brother, told me about the
website-you have really done an excellent job. Thank you!
Name: Theodore F Noga Hometown: cleveland ohio Sent: 9:51 PM - 10/18 2000
enjoyed website brings back memories - former pow - north compound - 2
-shot down 4/11/44 - B17 - navigator - 381st bomb grp - 534 squadron -
LYNCH Hometown: Washington, WV Sent: 8:55 PM - 10/18 2000
My father was in Stalag 7A in Wilhelm, Germany.....I am searching for
info.on this camp. His name is Cecil J. Moyer..... It has taken a long
time for him to even want to look for info on all of it. Can anyone help
Name: Jennifer Hometown: Malmo, Nebraska Sent: 4:05 PM - 10/18 2000
Hello, I was just visiting your site. Very interesting. My grandfather
was a POW. His name is Robert Yeager. He still remains in close contact
with many of his fellow POW's. I really enjoyed visiting your site.
Charles Homepage: http://www.cityandcountyrealty.net Hometown: Rogersville, Tn 37857 Sent: 3:31 PM - 10/18 2000
My father was a driver of a tank when he got captured, His name was Lee
S Charles, He passed away in 1976, If any one was in the tank divisions, I
would like to hear from you. He was in N Aficia. God Bless All The
Kenyon Hometown: Hillsboro, Or Sent: 5:38 PM - 10/17 2000
I was in Barth this summer. Helga Radau is doing an outstanding job and
could use all the contacts from Kriegies that she can get. Please get in
touch with her
Carlson Hometown: Clarkfield, MN Sent: 3:42 PM - 10/17 2000
I would appreciate hearing from anyone who may have been acquainted with
my father. He was John M. Carlson of Watertown, MN. He was housed in the
south compound of Luft Stalag 1.
Noell Hammond Hometown: Oak Ridge, TN Sent: 1:49 PM - 10/17 2000
Would love to hear from any of my dad's (Chris a/k/a Skeeter Noell)
fellow POW's. He was in Stalag Luft I, North 1 Compound. Bombgroup 452
and Bombsquad 728. Shot down piloting a B-17 and POW for 15 months.
bruce Hometown: Princeton Indiania Sent: 11:41 PM - 10/16 2000
My dad, Private Bill Bruce 7th Armored Division , was captured in Oct.
1944 in Holland and ended up in stalag VIIA Moosberg Germany. He had
stories about eating nothing but potatoes and cabbage for months. He
would have nightmares and as a kid I would always wonder why he would be
up in the middle of the night. He never talked much about his time in
the camp and if he did it would be about something funny that happened
never anything to let us know how bad it was. There was a story about
escaping and having to return to the camp when a snowstorm came up and
would have frozen to death if they hadn't. If any information about him
or the camp I would appreciate it
G Alden Hometown: Vashon WA. 98070 Sent: 11:30 PM - 10/16 2000
I LOST SEVERAL DEAR FRIENDS IN WW2...including a waist gunner on B 17.
At age 78, I still mourn these men who gave so much. God Bless.
COBB Homepage: http://1315
Ellison Ave. Hometown: Louisville, Ky. 40204 Sent: 9:17 PM - 10/16 2000
My dad, GEORGE COBB, was a POW in Germany from December 1944 throug May
1945. Anyone who remembers him,I would appreciate hearing from you.
George was in Company B,299th Combat Battalion. George passed away
November 10, 1989 from a stroke after heart sergury. THANK YOU.
J. Ivas Hometown: Scituate, MA.02066 Sent: 7:21 PM - 10/16 2000
My father was not a POW, but did die from wounds sustained fighting on
Guadalcanal in the !st Marine Division. I am now trying to piece
together a book to tell the stories of men and women who were prisoners
of war anywhere. I have a desire to record some of these stories before
they are all gone. Please contact me if you are interested in talking, I
am a good listener and learning how to write daily. Look forward to
hearing from you, thanks for your service.
R. Busbee Hometown: Dallas, TX Sent: 12:19 PM - 10/16 2000
I was at Stalag Luft 1 from 7/19/44 till 5/13/45. compound north 2 a
friend from my bomb group sent me this site. I was from the 398th BG(H)
600th Sqd. a bomnbardier
Fees Hometown: Houston, Missouri Sent: 3:42 PM - 10/15 2000
My grandfather was a POW during WWII. I'm trying to locate the camps
that he was in, but it is very difficult, as he does not remember the
names or just doesn't wish to talk about them. I'm in the military now
and stationed overseas on my third tour. I would like to visit his final
camp in Austria, but can't get direct listing for American POW's in
Austria. I'm still searching, but if anyone can help, I'd appreciate it.
Thank you for your sight and the many links and ideas I received from
it. God Bless and always remember.
S. Babson Homepage: 11
Old South Drive Hometown: Columbia, SC 29209 Sent: 8:01 PM - 10/14 2000
Am doing like research on my deceased B-25 pilot cousin based on
Corsica, shot down over Verona, Italy, July 20, 44, 26th mission,
apparently went through Oberusel and Wetzlar, Stalag Luft 111, July 28,
44 - January 28, 45, at Sagan, Germany, then to Stalag V11-a at Moosburg,
Bavaria, there liberated April 29, 45. Need lots of info: How did 12th
Army Air Force get B-25s to Corsica? Where on Corsica were B-25s based?
Etc? I have app't with USAF Historical Research Agency at Maxwell AFB,
hope to get copy of MACR,do have tail # of B-25. Would like to have your
suggestions for my research. Your info a "gold mine". A
Latici Hometown: Woodstock, CT. Sent: 8:40 PM - 10/13 2000
I found this website by accident and have been blown away by it! My
father, 1st Lt. Bruno N. Latici was a B-17 pilot shot down on Sep. 8,
1944. He spent the last nine months of the war in Stalag 1. Once we
talked about going back to see if we could find the camp. he said he
doubted that anything would be there, then he told me I should go by
myself. I know he has no idea there was a conference last year. Just now
he is starting (he'll be 80 in January) to write down his war memories
(after years of begging on my part). I am so excited to have found this
site. I adore my father and I think often of how lucky I am to have him,
of how easily it could have gone the other way for him--and of course,
for me! I want to find out as much as I can and this has been an
extraordinary help. Thank you so much.
R. Helms Hometown: waldport,or. Sent: 7:32 PM - 10/13 2000
Kreigie#1630 Block #2,South Compound
545th Sqd. 384th Bomb.Gp.
(B-17) Station 106 Grafton-under-the-mud.
Great web site!
Fite Hometown: West Mifflin, Pennsylvania Sent: 5:15 AM - 10/13 2000
Thank you for this very informative trip through Luft 1. My
father-in-law was a POW there and I have printed as much information as
I could for a start. I know that he will find this very informative and
somewhat painful, but he has asked me several times to research this for
him. I hope to get him online to check some of the more personal
articles out for himself.
Noell Hammond Sent: 3:50 PM - 10/12 2000
My father was a POW in this camp. I wondered if anyone remembered him.
He was held for 15 months and liberated by the Russians. He was the
pilot of a B-17. He was a lieutenant. His name is Hugh Ellis Noell, Jr.
but was known by Chris Noell or Skeeter Noell. Please write if anyone
knew him. Thanks.
bowling Hometown: butler,ky Sent: 7:47 AM - 10/12 2000
just found your site while browsing and i have heard some of the stories
before from my father who spent 18 mo's at stalag 1 he was in the 8th
air force.i have sevral items he made in the pow camp such as a belt
made from gum wrappers,i have some of the green cig packs used to write
on.i also have about 15 - 81/2x11 photo's of stalag 1. i am now 50 yr's
old and i can say about all my dad said to us about the ordeal was it
wasn't like hogan's hero's but he didn't think they had it as bad as
some of the viet nam pow's
A. Meuse Hometown: Leesburg, FL Sent: 9:45 PM - 10/11 2000
Great site. Enjoyed the info on Luft 1. I was there as #6443
in Barracks 305, Room 10, North 3
HOGAN JR. Hometown: MORAGA, CALIF. Sent: 11:03 PM - 10/9 2000
WAS IN STALAG LUFT 1 FROM SEPT.44 TILL THE END IN MAY 45. I DIDN'T KNOW
YOUR FATHER. THIS IS VERY INTERESTING. REGARDS
W. Lay Hometown: Kingston, TN Sent: 12:06 PM - 10/9 2000
I was a POW in Stalag I, North Compound III from Dec. 44 until
liberation in May 45.
McLaughlin Hometown: Worcester, Massachusetts Sent: 11:52 PM - 10/8 2000
Interesting that most of the men did not want to talk about the hard
times. My two Uncles spent some hard times in world war II. that is why
I find this all very interesting. They are both gone now but I never did
hear about the real hard times. I heard about their heroism and injuries
mostly. They both had many war metals. They are all heroes to me. I wish
the people of the US still had the same patriotism.
Meuse Hometown: Brookline, MA Sent: 5:09 PM - 10/8 2000
Glad to see such a professional site. I was #6443 at Luft 1, Barth.
O'Brien Hometown: Los Angeles and Lecanto,FL Sent: 4:15 PM - 10/7 2000
My Dad was also a POW @Barth. He too did not talk of his incarceration
very much. He celebrated his 21 birthday as a POW. The guys saved their
potatoes to let them ferment so they gave Dad his first legal drink for
his birthday. My Dad kept a diary and every day he would write a menu.
He always had to have mashed potatoes every night with dinner.,when I
was growing up. WE were never allowed to waste food and always had to
eat everything on our plate or he would get angry(a throw back to his
days of starvation). My Dad was Staff SGT John Bawduniak , he was on Roy
Schiele"S crew and remained friends with his crew all these
years.My mom still goes to the 398 reunions(Dad died 5 yrs ago). Thanks
for this report of the war. I enjoyed reading about the sacrifices of
these incredible men. margie
Birch Hometown: Draper, Utah Sent: 2:28 AM - 10/7 2000
My Grandfather, Oral B. Birch was a POW at Salag Luft 1. He has not
viewed this site yet, but he heard mention of it and I found it today.
He could add some photo's and stories to the site. He will always be a
hero in our family and in his home town of Sandy, Utah. He named my
father, Kenneth Decleene Birch after two of his B-17 crew mates who died
when the plane was shot down over Germany. Grandpa parachuted and was
captured and beaten severely as soon as he landed. Thanks for this web
site! My Grandfather can be reached at: 9230 So. Keith Dr. Sandy, Utah
L Hempel Hometown: Tampa, Fl Sent: 11:11 AM - 10/5 2000
Congradulations on a wonderful and interesting site. I have just
returned from New Orleans and the D Day museum. If you or your readers
get a chance this is MUST. A real tribute to our WWII heros like your
Dad. Job will done.
Silberstein Hometown: Philadelphia,Pa. Sent: 1:04 PM - 10/2 2000
You are are to be congratulated for researching and preserving this
important part of WWII. I was a GI in the ground forces but I personally
know one of the prisoners,Dr.Aaron Kuptsow, a great friend.
Bawduniak Hometown: Spring, Texas Sent: 7:08 PM - 9/27 2000
I wrote yesterday when I found your site. My Dad died in 1995. I could
never get him to share much aboiut his war experiences. He and my Mom
went to the reunions each year, but no one would talk about the POW
time. I went this year and got the crew to share things with me about my
Dad. It was wonderful! I love your site and will share it with the rest
of his crew- I am sure they will contribute before the legacy is lost.
You have done an incredible job with this site.
BOCKSTANZ Hometown: GROSSE POINTE WOODS, MI Sent: 8:41 PM - 9/26 2000
ON 9/23, DR. TIM WOLTER ASKED IF ANYONE HAD KNOWLEDGE OF BASEBALL OR
SOFTBALL AS PLAYED AT STALAG LUFT EINE. I WAS SPORTS OFFICER FOR BLOCK
NO. 4, NORTH 2 COMPOUND. WE ORGANIZED TWO SOFTBALL TEAMS FROM OUR BLOCK. I MANAGED AND PLAYED ON
ONE OF THEM. WE PLAYED SEVERAL GAMES IN LATE SUMMER AND FALL OF 1944. WE STARTED
AGAIN IN THE SPRING, BUT THE SEASON WAS CUT SHORT WHEN THE WAR
ENDED.(WHAT A SHAME!) THE YMCA FURNISHED US WITH THE EQUIPMENT, SO THAT WE COULD ENJOY THIS
AND OTHER SPORTS. THE 'Y' DESRVES A LOT OF CREDIT FOR THEIR EFFORTS TO
MAKE LIFE BEARABLE FOR US. IN ADDITION TO SPORTS EQUIPMENT FOR MANY
DIFFERENT SPORTS, THEY SENT MANY BOOKS, NOTE PADS, DIARIES AND PENCILS.
WE WERE SURPRISED AT HOW MUCH GOT THROUGH TO US.
BAWDUNIAK Hometown: HOUSTON, TEXAS Sent: 4:55 PM - 9/26 2000
MY DAD WAS A PRISONER HERE DURING THE WAR.I JUST GOT BACK FROM SAVANNAH
AT THE REUNION- MY DAD DIED IN 1995, BUT MY MOM AND THE REST OF THE
SURVIVING CREW ATTEND EVERY YEAR. I MET YOU AT THE POW DISPLAY WHEN YOU
WERE TALKING TO TWO OTHER VETS. NICE JOB!
MOSKOWITZ Homepage: 863
SKYLINE DR. Hometown: CORAM NY-11727 Sent: 11:32 AM - 9/25 2000
INTERESTED TO HEAR FROM ANYONE FROM NO.COMPOUND 1 ALSO FROM THE JEWISH BARRACKS.
WAS IN TED MACDONALDS CREW- 452 B.G.--731 SQUADRON. I'M A MEMBER OF 452
Morrissey Hometown: Tualatin, Oregon Sent: 9:41 PM - 9/23 2000
My father Raymond Klinke was in: Unit: 8th AF 388Bobmber Group held at
Stalag Luft 1. He had submitted his biography to www.axpow.org
I would love
someone to contact my father at email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I have loved reading your site and stories. I wish my father would share
more with others. I have loved listening to his story.
Thank you to everyone who served.
Lazorchak Hometown: Indianapolis Sent: 12:19 AM - 9/20 2000
Absolutely wonderfully done. I'm confident that your father knows what
you've done for his memory and is proud. My father was Army Infantry
with the 4th Infantry Division. Thanks so much. I'll return again to
your site with my young 10 year old son when I have some time. God
Bless. Michael Lazorchak
Gross Hometown: Austin,Texas Sent: 6:35 PM - 9/19 2000
My father, Robert Anthony Gross from Kenosha,Wisconsin was at Stalag
Luft 1 for 15 months until the Russians liberated the camp. My father and
another officer "took command" of a British troop plane and
asked them to fly them to the American lines. If anyone has any
information about this or my dad I would be very greatful to learn of
it. The mission that landed my dad in this camp was over Mostar
Yugoslavia. The Chetnicks found him and walked him to the nearest German
Radighieri Hometown: Tyler, Texas Sent: 6:25 PM - 9/19 2000
My father, Connally R. O'Brien was a POW in Stalag Luft IV. He was able
to escape with Major V. Mears during the forced march. I sincerely
enjoyed your web pages. Thanks, Jeanine
Pennington Hometown: Dallas, TX 75211 Sent: 2:57 PM - 9/18 2000
I ran across your most interesting story while searching for a friend.
Enjoyed reading it and can feel much empathy for him and his family. I
was in Bari, Italy, AFGD#5. 11th DRS, llth ADG, Oct 43 thru Nov 45.
D. Willis Hometown: Edinburg, Texas Sent: 2:25 PM - 9/18 2000
Hi Buddie. I am one of the old Krigies I was in Stalag XVII-B just
outside of Krems Austria. I know just what your Dad went through and I
know it can not be told. I have waited untill now to tell my tale only
upon the asking of my Grand Kids.Check my web sight. May God Be with
Name: Pat Crawford
(nee Nelson) Homepage: 126
Waveney Drive, Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 7QB, United Kingdom Hometown: Chelmsford Sent: 5:36 PM - 9/17 2000
My father was a POW in Stalag Luft I from August 1944 to liberation in
May 45. He didn't talk about it very much and I have found out most
information since his death in 1993. We have got a copy of the Barth
Hard Times and his camp record, also a Victory Menu that his room made.
He was a Flying Officer William Bernhardt Nelson (RAFVR). I know this is
an American site but maybe some British and South African ex air crew or
families look in. I am trying to contact any of the following people or
Flying Officer G.K. Williams, Service No. 144334
Pilot Officer C.A. Lampkin Service No. 183032
Ian D. Ballone
Lieutenant, South African Airforce E.D. Lugg
My father was in Barrack Block VI Room 17
A. Burlingame Hometown: Oakland, California Sent: 7:59 PM - 9/16 2000
I was a p.o.w. at Stalag l at Barth Germany, I am now 74 years old and
now have the courage to search for information about details of the confinement, Our plane (Little Moron)
piloted by Eugene Freeman. we were hit by flak on a mission over Berlin
March 18 1945. Please contact me.regarding ANY INFORMATION about the
camp, or otherwise.
Parkinson Hometown: Umpqua, Oregon, 97486 USA Sent: 2:17 PM - 9/16 2000
I worked with Hanns Scharff's son in Marketing at McDonnell Douglas,
Long Beach, for several years prior to my retirement in 1994. I heard
several comments from various sources about his fathers humanity in his
capacity as a Luftwaffe interrogator and his ability to
"wheedle" information out of the captors, many times without
them really realizing what they were giving away.
Ethridge Sent: 1:49 AM - 9/16 2000
You did a great job in constructing your web page!
I was with he 447 Bomb group and was the Bombardier on the
"Uninvited". My crew was shot down on October 6, 1944 and
spent 6 months in various German camps.
Chafe (Doubek) Sent: 8:18 PM - 9/15 2000
My son's father was captured at Battle of the Bulge and taken to German
prison; I am searching for which one as he spoke little of it. He stated
the American's accidentally bombed part of the POW camp which is my only
clue. He also said he was befriended by a German nurse who gave him
extra food for survival. Any help? I am putting a book about him
together for his son who is expecting his first child....his only heirs.
Sylvester-Gray Hometown: Cheltenham, Glos. England Sent: 5:34 PM - 9/14 2000
I am very impressed with your web pages. I study WWII and this has given
me another insight into it. You may be able to tell by my address that I
am a lover of planes, especially the Spitfire and Hurricane. I lived
through the second world war in England and remember so well the
Americans who were stationed near by and who came to visit. After the
war I married an American (U.S.Army) and went to live in Colorado. Also
went to Germany for three years and saw the horrors of the concentration
camps. Thank you for your story. It is truly worth publishing.
Franco Hometown: Newport, R.I. Sent: 5:02 PM - 9/14 2000
Hello ... I'm just beginning a search for information about American
POW's held in German camps. My father, Maurice (Chick) Kelly was one. He
talked little of his experience so I know little. I'm hoping the
archives of my hometown newspaper can shed some light. I don't know his
battalion or the camp where he was held or battalion. This is part of
our family history and America's history. I want to learn all that I can
so I can pass it on to my children and their children. May peace forever
R. Harris "DICK" Hometown: Nashville Tn. Sent: 11:44 AM - 9/13 2000
I was a prisoner there also.
A. Lee Homepage:7724
Breckenridge Ave. Hometown: Kansas City MO 64139 Sent: 9:22 PM - 9/12 2000
My Dad passed away 12/97 He went in D-Day June the 6th At Omaha and had
two purple hearts. He lasted 82 day on the front lines before he got
purple heart number one. He went back to the front in 12/24/44 to
Bastogne for the Battle of the bulge, and lasted till 01/15/45 he got
purple number two. When back in England he met my Mom, O yea he said he
liked to see the B-17 and B-24s fly over. the rest is history.
Hayden Hometown: Mount Vernon, Washington Sent: 6:18 PM - 9/10 2000
My brother, Frank Hayden, was navigator on a C47 shot down the day
before Christmas, 1944, dropping supplies to the troops at Bastogne--Battle
of the bulge. Captured, marched from there to Frankfurt, then Stalag
Luft 1. He became a dentist after the war and was killed in a private
plane crash (fishing trip) in '55. --Like to hear from anybody who might
have known him.
Gooding Hometown: Raleigh, NC Sent: 2:33 PM - 9/10 2000
My father, Jim Wicker, was also a POW in Stalag Luft I from July 1944
until the liberation. Looking for anyone who might have known him there.
He was a co-pilot on a B-17. POW #4790. This site is a great tribute to
the sacrifices made for us all!
Hildreth Hometown: Brundidge, Alabama Sent: 8:51 AM - 9/10 2000
Brother Bart found this great site and we are anxious to share the
experience of our father (2nd Lt) Major P. Hildreth, POW#5019 with his
fiends and fellow countrymen.
Thanks to the Williams family.
"Danny" L. McNulty Sent: 11:46 PM - 9/8 2000
My Father: Maj. James Walton McNulty, Ret., died May, 1977. Flew with
323rd Sq. 91st Bomb Group. Combat from Oct.1,43 till Feb.21,44. Co-pilot
on B-17F Miss Minookie--R-OR. Went down on 16th mission. Spent rest of
war in Stalag Luft 1
Cosgrove Hometown: Orlando, FL Sent: 9:00 AM - 9/8 2000
My father, Joseph G. Cosgrove, was also in Stalag-Luft 1. He was
prisoner number 5663, and was assigned to building 307, room 9. He now
rests in Arlington, in an adjacent section to his former commanding
officer and friend, who was also a prisoner at Stalag-Luft 1. Thank you
for honoring their memories.
Fitch Hometown: Luling, Tx Sent: 12:49 AM - 9/8 2000
My grandfather was a POW in WWII. His name is Charles Fitch. I really
liked this sight. It was very informative. I really think the kids today
should be more educated on the past, wars and the men and women who
faught in them. Thank you for educating me. I my self am 22 and would
like to join the airforce. I only hope my experinces would honor our
county. Thnak you all for fighting for our freedom!
mockett Sent: 7:57 PM - 9/7 2000
I was shot down after 30 missions. Knocked out by flack at
merseberg .landed just east of demold. taken to the german army hostipal
in demold. Was sent to prison hospital ,then to stalag luft III. I was a
pilot of a B17
Hildreth Hometown: Wichita, Kansas Sent: 11:23 AM - 9/7 2000
My father, (2nd Lt.) Major Paul Hildreth, was a B-17 pilot with the
816th Squadron, 483rd Group of the 15th Air Force who was shot down
during the Memmingen Airdrome mission on 18 July 1944. His entire crew
survived and returned to the states, after enduring POW camps. My father
was POW# 5019 in Stalag-Luft 1, North 2, Block I, Room 9, termed
"city hall" (based on a sketch contained in his "Wartime
Log" provided at the time and that I now have). His log contains
many drawings, poems, event activities, and names/addresses of men in
that same facility as well as the "Alabama Kriegies, North Compound
II" which was important to him since he was an Alabama boy. When
the camp was liberated, he returned home. My father died in 1985, but he
did have a chance a few years earlier to meet with most of the members
of his crew at a Dayton reunion of his Squadron. My wife and I had the
pleasure of attending that dinner and it was a grand experience. I would
love to compare notes and details with others who might have known my
father while he was in the military, but especially when he was in POW
camp. And, to our website host I want to thank you for making this
possible. You have an excellent set of web pages. The pictures are a
Durante Hometown: Columbus, GA Sent: 5:39 PM - 9/6 2000
My father was a POW held in Stalag Luft III. This is a great site. You
should be proud of what you are doing, preserving the story of our
fathers and grandfathers during the war, and especially the (little
known) stories of the Kriegies. Congratulations
Ryan Hometown: Hixson, TN 37342 Sent: 4:51 PM - 9/4 2000
My father was a POW in Germany from November 1944 until May 1945. He is
still living in Perry, Iowa, and was recently honored at a celebration
remembering WWII veterans. He has written some of his war memoirs and I
am assisting him in the writing of his autobiography. I am researching
information about the war and where he was as a POW. We too, think these
stories are important for future generations to read about.
W.W. Lee Homepage: P.O.
Box 743 Hometown: Orinda, CA Sent: 8:37 PM - 9/3 2000
I was at Stalag Luft I from October 1944 until May 1945...
Wilbur W. Lee, 2nd Lt - 303rd Bomb Group - 360 Bomb Squadron
W. Mason Hometown: Dublin, Georgia Sent: 9:02 PM - 8/29 2000
My brother was a waist gunner on a B-17, was shot down over Germany, I think sometime in 1943. I know for sure he was
held for 18 months. weighed 60 lbs when freed. He died a couple of years ago of cancer, caused no doubt by the conditions he
lived in while in the camp. His name was Morton Cook Mason Jr.
Easingwood Hometown: Fayetteville, NC Sent: 1:39 PM - 8/29 2000
My father-in-law, 2Lt Garland "Monty" Montague was a guest of
Stalag Luft 1 from Sep 1944 until May 45. He was a bombardier on the
"Methuselah 969 Years" (#2102969) and was shot down on the
12th of September over Berlin. Good web site. (I am US Army Retired)
Hogan Jr. Hometown: Moraga, Calif. 94556 Sent: 1:31 AM - 8/29 2000
I was a POW at Stalag luft 1 from Sept.44 until May 45. Your website has
brought back memories of those days.I was flying B-25's out of Corcisa,
and was shot down in Italy at the Gothic line in Sept. 44. I came
through the war ok, and would like to hear from fellow POW's.
Benker Hometown: Pinecrest,CA Sent: 11:08 PM - 8/28 2000
Your web site has done wonders to help the world remember what our Dad's gave.. Freedom was not free for them.
I just ck. the messages tonight as I am trying to help another daughter find an Ex-POW who was with her Dad in Compound North
1.we found his name in a list one of the men at Stalag Luft I.has. We are looking for anyone who was with
William.L.George 385th BG 556th BS,he was a Bombardier on a B-17. As you
know few talked about the group they were with so we may have less to go
by. Mr.George died 5-7-98 and as usual we do not have alot of info.about the
POW experience,but really need the help for his widow. The Ex-POW's have been so helpful to you and I and provided so much
info. plus they are my extended family;we have a bond only our Dad's in
their suffering could have establiushed for us. I just know we will find
someone to help with information, about Mr. William George.
God Bless,you for what you have done to honor the memories of our Dad's
and let those living Ex-POW's know we appreciate what they gave of their
lives for our Freedoms today. It is amazing in the last year how much more interest there is in
understanding the POW experience,your site has done so much to help.
If there is anyone who remembers my Dad from Stalag Luft IV or Stalag
Luft I. Please contact me I want to thank those who carried Dad during
part of the "inter March", out of Stalag Luft IV prior to
getting him on the "40x40 boxcar" for Luft I. Dad had a serious
leg injury that would not heal and the "march" in the snow
from Stalag Luft IV,could never have been made without the help and
compassion of other POW's. I want them to know my heart will never forget
them.Dad (Patrick Benker), was shot down 4-9-44, over Keil,Ger.on a
return from Marienburg,Ger.he was with 384th BG 546th BS.
Again I thank you for what you are doing,to help save the history and
help us understand how special our Dad's were.
God Bless you.
Waite Hometown: Moriarty NM Sent: 5:45 PM - 8/28 2000
My dad, 2lt Milton D Waite was in Stalag luft 1, North III compound from
Dec 1944 to liberation in May 1945.
Rae Tyner Hometown: Shawnee Oklahoma Sent: 10:32 PM - 8/27 2000
I am the son of Lt. Wallace L. Tyner. He was a POW the last two years of the war.He was in this camp.
(Steve) Stevenson Hometown: Danville, Illinois Sent: 5:33 PM - 8/27 2000
Just discovered this home page and have enjoyed reading and comparing it
with my own experiences at Stalag Luft I, South Compound. We flew a B-17
out of Bassingbourne, near Cambridge, England, with the 91st Bomb Group,
322nd Squadron. I arrived at Barth in February, 1944, after being shot
down on January 11 (spent some time in a German hospital). At Luft I, I
was in Barracks 13, Rm 3, at first. Later I was moved to Barracks 3, Rm
8. My pilot was JC Page and navigator, Larry
Lynch. Would like very much
to hear from anyone who remembers me (email@example.com). My wife
and I visited Luft I and Barth in 1990 and I planted one of the trees in
the memorial park on the site of the camp.
Name: Roland Geiger Hometown: St. Wendel, Germany Sent: 6:42 AM - 8/27 2000
Good morning, Dr. Leland Smith who participated in the Barth Conference in April 2000
died suddenly at his home Saturday evening, August 19, 2000, and was
laid to rest on Wednesday, August 23. I knew him just a couple of days
when I met him at the conference where he told me he was there also his
family told him not to go according to his health and the circumstance
that Germany is not just around the corner. Leland decided to go and
finally found his decision was right.
Roland Geiger, St. Wendel, Germany
BROWN Hometown: KENT WA Sent: 9:30 PM - 8/26 2000
MY STEPFATHER WAS CAPTURED AT THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE CHRISTMAS DAY
1945. HIS DAYS AS A P.O.W. WERE SELDOM TALKED ABOUT. MY THANKS!!!!!! TO
ALL MEN AND WOMEN WHO SUFFURED FOR OUR FREEDOM IS NOT ENOUGH. THANKS FOR
YOUR PAGE. IT IS A EYE OPENER. BY THE WAY HIS NAME WAS PAGE PRATT. HE
RECENTLY DIED AND I KNOW HE IS AT ARLINGTON WITH COMRADES IN ARMS....
GOD BLESS THEM.
MCCORMICK Homepage:104 Garnet Avenue Titusville Fla.32796 Hometown: Wylam ALABAMA Sent: 1:32 PM - 8/23 2000
My brother Duncan McCormick was with the 94 BG 331 BS at Bury Suffolk
He was shot down 10 Feb 44 Brunswick. He was sent to Stalag Luft 6
Heydekrug, then to Stalag Luft 4 Grosstychow. Was part of the Settin Run.
Departed Luft 4 in Jan 45. Was liberated in Blefeld
Batchen Hometown: London Sent: 3:38 PM - 8/21 2000
My late uncle Ron Cable was a POW at stalag 18B. He escaped along with 7
Australians. ANy one with any information on this or the camp , please
contact me. Thank you. I have a photo of him and the Australians at his
wedding and also a photo taken by the Red Cross of him at the Camp.
Rentz Hometown: Wilmington, Delaware Sent: 9:23 PM - 8/20 2000
My father,Staff Sgt. Frederick J. Rentz Jr. was a P.O.W. in Stalag 17B
from July 28,1943 until the end of the war.He was a gunner with the 8th
A.F. 92nd B.G. 327th B.S. when shot down on the raid over Kassel,
Germany. Unfortunatley he died Aug.28th 1969 at the young age of 47.
Scherlie Hometown: Beaverton, OR Sent: 2:15 PM - 8/18 2000
My dad, Dick Kenyon, was a "guest" of Stalag Luft 1 in Barth.
He flew a P51B Mustang as bomber escort, and was shot down on March 22,
1944. Thanks to the tremendous efforts of people in Belgium and Germany,
a woman at the archives in Barth, and the US National Archives, my
family has just last night returned from a trip to Germany to retrace
this time in his life, and re-visit the site where his parachute landed,
where his plane crashed and still rests (we have retrieved pieces), the
farmhouse where he was held until picked up by the military, the jail
cell at the Air Force base where he was held the first night, and Stalag
Luft 1 in Barth. We met German people who, as children, saw him
parachute out and saw his plane crash, and who peeked at him in the
kitchen of the farmhouse. We stood in the very jail cell where he spent
his first night, and stood in the unchanged kitchen at the farmhouse
where he was originally held. We walked through the gate at Barth that
he was walked through so very many years ago, and walked the road to
Stalag Luft 1. A woman in Barth who works at the archives, Frau Helga
Radau, has worked very hard to establish a wonderful memorial at the
site, and continues to work to make sure that this time in history is
not forgotten. Our thanks to all who made this trip possible.
Callaghan Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA Sent: 3:57 PM - 8/16 2000
My dad, Oscar Richard, was a POW in Stalag Luft 1 also. He was a
bombardier aboard a B-17 with the 384th Bombardment Group of the 8th Air
Force, and was shot down near Abbeville, France in January, 1944. He
just published a book about his experiences entitled "Kriegie: An
American POW in Germany," published by the LSU Press. It's
available through Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com and many bookstores,
particularly in the south La. area. It was the featured book of the
month on the website, www.behindbarbedwire.com. Unlike others, my dad
was always willing to talk about his POW experience, so I grew up with
the knowledge of much of what he and his fellow POWs went through.
During my growing-up years, I met several of the men he was imprisoned
with, and on a visit to Dublin, Ireland two years ago, had dinner with
children of two of his fellow POWs. Our dads were really excited that we
"kids" (I'm 50 years old), who had not previously known one
another, happened to be in Dublin at the same time and made it a point
It's wonderful that the brave men and women who served during WWII are
finally getting the attention they deserve. Those who haven't seen the
new D-Day Museum in New Orleans should make it a point to visit ... it's
a very moving experience.
Thanks for the wonderful work you've put into this website! Although my
dad doesn't have a computer yet, I'm going to let him know about this
site. Maybe we can talk him into getting one.
N. Queener Hometown: Shell Lake ;Wisconsin Sent: 5:47 PM - 8/14 2000
POW Stalag 17-B
Combine with Woodman,Teaman,Hulme,Trotter,Kulakowski
Bradicich Hometown: Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469 Sent: 11:30 AM - 8/11 2000
I was not in the air force but I watched you guys go overhead and bomb
the enemy. I was with the 28th Infantry, 110th RCT. In combat, I used to look up and say "those poor bastards keep
flying and hope the Germans are poor shots". Then later I met an
airman and he said "look at those poor bastards down there, they
are fighting the Germans all day." Great web page, Good luck.
BOB OLSON Hometown: RAPID CITY SD Sent: 11:15 AM - 8/11 2000
MY UNCLE(DECEASED) WAS A TAIL GUNNER IN A B 25 OUT OF EGYPT. SHOT DOWN
EARLY IN THE WAR AND SURVIVED A LUFT STALAG. (NOT SURE WHICH ONE) HE WAS
DAMAGED FOR LIFE BY THE EXPERIENCE BUT STAYED IN THE USAF FOR 35 YRS
strafford Hometown: gallipoli, ohio Sent: 4:13 PM - 8/10 2000
really interesting. and the picture of my father (Jim Strafford) too. thanks again for
all the really in depth hard work you have done.
Yeager Hometown: Gettysburg, PA Sent: 5:06 PM - 8/9 2000
Exceptionally well designed and curated website. The letters are
profoundly moving. Thanks for sharing them with the world.
Samuel Hometown: Salisbury, NC Sent: 10:47 PM - 8/8 2000
My uncle Robert Gullet was a POW. He was in the Antitank Company, 242d
Infantry. Please write if you were part of this or know him. For the
last 2 years he has gone to the reunions. Thank you.
SINGLETON CHILDREE Hometown: EUFAULA, AL/MONTGOMERY AL Sent: 9:07 AM - 8/7 2000
MARY LOU, BRUCE TURNER SENT ME YOUR WEB PAGE.
Ford Hometown: Dayton Sent: 7:42 PM - 8/6 2000
My father, Ivan Savic, was a POW in Camp Offlag XIII-B for almost 4
years. He fought against Tito and Communism in the underground for King
Peter of Yugoslavia. I always knew of his history as a POW, but have
recently found paperwork validating his story. He died when I was 4. How
does one contact family members of those who survived this place? When
Germany paid war reparations for Yugoslavians, the money went to Tito
and his coffers. If you are familiar with circumstances at Camp Offlag,
please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ball Hometown: Fremont NE Sent: 1:49 PM - 8/6 2000
I am happy to honor the memory of my uncle, M/Sgt Harrod Ashley, who was
a top turret gunner on a B-17. His plane was shot down on a mission to
bomb ball bearing plants at Scheinfurt, Germany. He parachuted, was
captured, and spent 18 months in Stalag 17. He was liberated 6/45 by
American Forces. He never wanted to talk about his experiences in that
horrible camp. He passed away in 1971.
Kirkham Hometown: Longwood, FL Sent: 9:05 PM - 8/2 2000
I am the son of John A. Kirkham, who was a prisoner in Stalag 1. I have
just discovered this web page today. My father is alive and well, having
just celebrated his 80th birthday. He and my mother, Wanda, are living
near Leesburg, FL.
Dad was a bombadier-navagator on a B-17 and was shot down late in 1944
on what was supposed to be his 35th and last mission. He never told us
much about the experience until the last few years. Unfortunately, he
does not own a computer... he is one of the last of the holdouts against
these things, but I will surely tell him about this site! Maybe it will
induce him to finally buy one!
Scharff Sent: 7:00 PM - 7/31 2000
My father was Hanns Joachim Scharff. We have met many of his former
prisoners under extremely cordial circumstances. In fact Gabby Gabreski
and his son came from Long Island to attend my dads 75th birthday. His
birthday gift was two roll s and a bottle of Cognac. During a speach, he
told us he was returning the gift my dad gave him on his way to the
Stalag. I think you have a great site. If I and my brother can be of
aany assistance to you please let me know.
Sent: 6:52 PM -
Re:Edwin Hayes' posting of the 28th on how he had a tour of of the third
reich before arriving in Stalag Luft 1,Barth-on-the-Baltic,in Jan. of
1945.Im glad that you made it through the hazards that went with travel
at that time. Which compound and Block were you in at Barth?
I went through the Dulag and then directly to Barth, arriving in early
August 1944.There's a photo of myslf and some of my roommates from North
2, Block 4. Room 12. elsewhere on this website under 'Kriegies".
Best wishes, Bruce Bockstanz
W. Hays Hometown: Paramus, N.J. 07652 Sent: 4:44 PM - 7/29 2000
In reply to Patricia Benker: I flew on "Just Elmer's Tune" and
I have been in touch with Elmer Costales' wife Rita many times and have
also visited with them over the years. I too, am a National Service
Officer for the American Ex-Prisoners of War and have had much success
in getting many fellow POWs their benefits that are available to them.
Please contact me at W. 143 Ridgewood Ave., Paramus, N. J. 07652 (Tel:
W. Hays Hometown: Paramus, New Jersey 07652 Sent: 12:34 PM - 7/28 2000
I was in Stalg Luft 1 from Jan. 1945 to May 1945 when we were finally
liberated by the Russian Army. Prior to that I was at Stalag Luft VI at
Heydekrug, Stalag Luft IV at Keifheide and thence to Barth. Shot down
over Denmark, 2/24/44, hospitalized there. Then to Dulag Luft at
Oberusel, and off to the above Stalags. Was on the "Heydekrug
Run" and spent two days in the hold of the good ship
"Masuren". Have returned to Denmark four times since 1995 to
visit with old Danish friends and also a short visit to Berlin to visit
with the German Me109 pilot who shot us down. An interesting experience.
Took my wife, daughter, grandaughter and great-grandaughter with me and
they had a history lesson! My regards to you. Ed Hays
Larson Sent: 4:49 PM - 7/25 2000
Norman Kottke, the lead bomadier was a friend of mine. After the war he
farmed in Stewart, Minn. He was a private pilot and took me up several
times. Norman was a member of the flying farmers of Minnesota. He was a
Thomas Hometown: Sadieville ky Sent: 2:05 PM - 7/24 2000
I too lost my father many years ago (41). I knew his b-24 was shot down
over Vienna Austria in Sept. 1944. My father,2nd Lt. John E Thomas and
the bombardier got out of the plane before it exploded.The seven other
crew members were killed. Both survivors were hurt while they were
landing and taken prisoner, first by the civilians, who tried to hang
them, then by the Germans.They ended up at Stalag Luft III, and then
Stalag Luft VIIA, with other crews from the 450th and 720th.
My father never talked of the war after he came home so I had very
little information to go on. After about 1 hour on the internet and a
few phone calls, I found the bombardier my father was POW with, he was
alive and well and overjoyed to talk with me. He (Dillard R. Cantrell)
has sent me information and documents that I though were lost for ever.
Also through him the navigator, who was pulled off the flight has called
me, he too had stories and pictures which he has sent me. My mother, sister,and I will be forever grateful to these men for
opening their lives a memories to us. Our father lives again, our tears
flow , but we are overjoyed to learn about our dad, and the young men
who sacrificed their youth and their lives to save the world. Ps. dont ever give up your search,its out there!
Thanks, Terry Thomas 787 Hinton Cemetery Rd. Sadieville ,Ky. 40370
Arthur Taber Hometown: San Francisco, CA Sent: 11:29 AM - 7/24 2000
I am trying to unearth any information whatsoever on my father, 1st. Lt.
Robin Everett Taber, who was at Stalag Luft #3 (American POW #2425) from
late 1941 (I think) thru mid-1944, when he was repatriatated from a
different POW camp (name unknown) in Poland. He was a bombadier on a
B-29, which was shot down over Germany. He did parachute successfully,
as did some of the crew. I do not have any information on the
crew-members' names, or the name of their airplane.
If you could pass this letter along to anyone who might have come in
contact with him, I'd be eternally grateful. Anything at all. Stories,
rumors, mentions in letters, possible rememberances (it's been a long
time), names (and especially addresses or e-mail addresses) of anyone
who knew him, or might have known him during this time. Whatever assistance that can be rendered will be gratefully appreciated.
Arthur C. Taber
1020 St Francis Blvd. #2020
Daly City, CA 94015
T. Kantor Hometown: San Diego, CA Sent: 6:07 AM - 7/24 2000
My grandfather was a POW at Dulag Luft in Oberursal. Dwain Stanley
Kantor, my grandfather, was a radio gunner for US airforce. A lot of
information he forgets but he always tells me about jumping out of the
bombay doors and his crew/pow friends "BLINKY"
"DAWS" "MICK". I am so facinated with the B-17
airmen and their stories. I'm in film school and feel one day I can make
a true testiment of what an B-17 airmen was like in WWII. I'm currently in the researching stages of my script and would love some
feed back from people. If anyone knew my grandfather "KINKY" a
piano player in the camp. I would love to hear from you as well.
KELK Hometown: OAKVILLE CANADA Sent: 10:13 AM - 7/23 2000
I WAS IN THE WAR 9 (CANADIAN ARMY) AND I HAVE ALWAYS THANKED GOD THAT I
WAS NOT TAKEN PRISONER. FRIENDS WHO WERE IN THE BAG, EITHER HAD AN EARLY DEATH OR ARE ENJOYING POOR HEALTH WHICH
RELATES TO THEIR EXPERIENCE. TERRIBLE.
bockstanz Hometown: St. Clair, MI Sent: 10:28 PM - 7/21 2000
BILL TATE - PLEASE REVIEW YOU ENTERED EMAIL ADDRESS - UNABLE TO CONNECT
- PLEASE POST AGAIN
Tate Homepage: 4309
Hiawatha Dr Hometown: Knoxville, Tn 37919 Sent: 10:42 AM - 7/21 2000
I was in Stalag Luft 1,North Compound 2, Block 204,Room 12. Shot down on Oct. 6,1944. Liberated on May 1, 1945( my 22nd
birthday) by the Russians. I was in the room with Bruce Bockstanz.
bockstanz Hometown: Grosse Pointe Woods Sent: 1:47 PM - 7/20 2000
In reply to the letter of of David Margolik of 7/17. I saw Max Schmeling
when he visited our North two Compound at Stalag Luft One, Barth. It was
near the end of the war and he was obviously sent around to try to
soften our attitude towards our captors. He was nattily dressed in civilian clothes. Someone said "Max, we
heard that you died when you parachuted into Crete". He replied the
"the report was exagerated!". He was asked "When are we
going,home?" He replied, with a grin, "Very soon, and I wish
that I were going with you!" Some of the POWs made remarks like "Max, I listened to all your
fights. You were a great boxer. Will you fight Louis again?" Then
several other POs broke it up with the statement "Don't you guys
realize that he's the enemy? Quit buttering him up!"
P. Downey Hometown: las vegas, nevada Sent: 9:20 AM - 7/20 2000
I am a former serviceman, 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam and was
looking through the archives. I hope that you vets will talk to each
other and to family, life is too very short to keep it all inside, I
know. I died of a fatal heart attack Dec 13, l999 and brought back to
Mick Berry Hometown: San Francisco Sent: 5:54 PM - 7/18 2000
I've been performing a one person play about my father's ( Daniel
Behre - 15th Army Air Corps) experiences as
a POW at Stalag Luft IV. He wrote the whole experience down when he
returned at the age of twenty four. As I'm an actor, I took what he had
simply filed away in a desk, and turned it into a one person play based
on his words and my experiences with him, producing understanding and
resolutions between his and my generatiobns. Entitled "Dad Fought
Hitler, the Bottle, and Me", I've performed this around California
to most appreciative audiences. I'm looking for more places to perform,
and spefically for audiences that have and intereset in this subject
matter. As far as I know, mine is the only theater piece written from
the actual words of a POW in Germany. I'm immensely proud of it, and am
now seeking out an audience. If you have any ideas where I might be able
to perform this, it would be a great help to get your suggestions. So
far I've managed to find the Eight Air Force Museum in Savanah, GA. I'm
trying to find the POW museum I've heard about in Andersonville, but
information has no number.
I enjoyed your web sight immensely, and hope that we can mutually assist
Margolick Sent: 6:41 PM - 7/17 2000
Congratulations on the wonderful commemoration you have put together.
For a research project I'm working on, I wonder whether there are any
more former POWs who, like Dr. Kuptsow, remember Max Schmeling's visit
to the Stalag Luft; and whether there is a way to get ahold of Dr.
Kuptsow. Many thanks.
LEE SANDENO Hometown: Galveston, Texas Sent: 4:46 AM - 7/17 2000
I am Retied USAF , And this is the best site I have ever seen in tribute
to ones father who whent though a lot. Thanks for the information. Alan
Dare Hometown: Adelaide, Australia Sent: 11:22 PM - 7/16 2000
For my major year 12 History Study I am focusing on 'The nature of POW
camps in Germany during WWII'. This site has proved very helpful, and I
urge anyone with further information, particularly ex-POW's from Colditz
- Oflag IVC to contact me. Thankyou, Juliana
FORTENBERRY PRESLEY Hometown: PELAHATCHIE, MISSISSIPPI Sent: 9:53 PM - 7/16 2000
THANK YOU FOR SERVING YOUR COUNTRY SO WELL. MY FATHER SERVED ALSO AND I
BELIEVE IT CAUSED HIS EARLY DEATH AT THE YOUNG AGE OF 46. THANKS AGAIN
TO EVERYONE AND ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES OR WERE POWS.
Clutton-Brock Hometown: Devizes, Wiltshire, England Sent: 8:00 AM - 7/16 2000
Great site. I'm very interested in it as I'm writing a book on RAF
Bomber Command PoWs. Incidentally, caption to photo of Stalag Luft I
taken after liberation by Russkies should read 1945! If it's any help, I
have a list of all 10,900 RAF Bomber Command PoWs, should anyone need
Manierre Hometown: Clearwater, FL Sent: 10:48 AM - 7/14 2000
Great site! My dad was OSS, ended up in Stalag Luft 1 along with his
brother who was(UL) flying a B24, a remarkable coincidence. There are a
few interesting tidbits about his career there that I've been able to
glean from various books (ZEMKE'S STALAG, THE MIGHTY EIGHTH) but I want
to get more and he unfortunately died many years ago, and in my
teen-aged carelessness, I never asked him about his experiences. Does
anyone remember Cyrus Manierre, Gabby Gabreski's Exec Officer?
K Smith Hometown: Santa Ana California Sent: 7:00 PM - 7/13 2000
Fantastic site, my heart goes out to the MEN & WOMEN that had to
suffer confinement and death so I and the rest of the people in the USA
can have a long and safe life.Again thank you all.
Name: Molly Howard Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa Sent: 6:07 PM - 7/13 2000
My grandfather and I are looking for anyone that he may have known
during World War 2. I have information on where he trained and his
missions. I would love to hear from any of you who may know my
grandfather or the people he knew.
My grandfather went to Pre-Flight at Maxwell Field, Alabama, in May and
June of 1943. (Stearman PT 17) From there, he went to primary in
Jackson, Tennessee from July to August 1943. (Vultee BT 13A) Next, he
went to Newport Arkansas for his basic training in September and October
of 1943. (Curtiss AT9-Twin Engine) My grandfather then took his advanced
training at Blytheville, Arkansas in November and December of 1943.
(Twin Engine Advance) Carroll Snidow (my grandfather) graduated from
flight school in Class 44A at Blytheville, Ark., in January of 1944.
After graduation, my grandfather went to Salt Lake, Utah for one month.
From there, (February ’44) he went to Davis Monthan Field, Tuscon
Arizona. While there, my grandfather got B-24 training to be a Co-Pilot.
After training, Mr. Snidow left for Lincoln, Nebraska. In May of 1944,
he and his crew left with a new B-24 for England via Bangor, Maine,
Iceland and Scotland. He arrived in England around June 10, 1944. He was
assigned to the 445 Bomb Group on July 1, 1944 in Tibenham, England.
The following are a list of the missions that my grandfather flew on
(all in 1944): July 18, July 21, July 23, July 24, July 25, August 1,
August 2, August 4, August 6, August 9, August 14, August 25, August 26,
August 30, September 13, September 22, September 25, and September 27.
He flew a total of 18 missions and was shot down about 30 miles from
France over Kassel, Germany.
He was captured on September 27 by the Germans. He landed on a farm,
after evacuation the plane. He there met a kind women who’s husband
was a POW and was in the United States. She however, was required to
turn him in to the government. After being captured, he was taken to
Frankford on Main for one week of interrogation.
After that week, he arrived at POW camp Stalag Luft #1 on October 10th.
He was in the North Compound 2. While he was there, he wrote a 10-page
story of the mission. He also recorded the rations he received. He wrote
a journal for 2 months on the back of cigarette wrappers.
Finally, on May 2, 1945 he and the rest of his camp were liberated by
Some of the people that my grandfather had written in his journal are:
John Mayfield “Pancho”, Ray Barthelmy “Pop”, Joseph Pokorny
“Porky”, William Smithdeal “Boy”, Archie Sornberger “Sandy”,
William Schultz “Rudolph”, Stanley Johnson “The Baker”,
Beck “Food”, John Dougherty, Jr. “Doc”, Richard Stark
“Shark”, Rollins Mahony Jr. “Head”, Wesley Akins “Hoppy”,
Rollins Wade “Joe Miller Jokes”, Gilberttt Hollingsworth Jr.
“Holly”, William Fitzroy “Fitz”, Herbert Bridges “Bridge”,
and James Wicker “Wick”.
Thank you so much for your time. My Grandfather and I would really
appreciate any and all information that you have. Thank you again,
Molly Howard and Carroll Snidow
WOLFKILL Hometown: DES MOINES, IOWA Sent: 6:21 PM - 7/12 2000
MY DAD WAS A POW, I HAVE ALOT OF BOOKS THAT HE DREW PICTURES AND A LOT
OF ADDRESSES, PLUS PICTURES
Winter Hometown: Brisbane Qld Sent: 5:42 AM - 7/11 2000
My grandad, Donald Winter (QX308) was a prisoner of war in Stalag 18a
wolfsberg Austria. He was in the 1st corps signals in t he 2nd austrlain
imperial forces. I believe he was captured in Crete, but am desperatly
seeking information. If anyone has any information or remembers him,
please contact me. thanks.
Holmes Hometown: Richmond, VA Sent: 11:48 AM - 7/10 2000
My dad, EMMITT ALLEN, was a bombardier, shot down over Italy and was a
German prisoner of war for approx. 9 months. I have no other information
yet, but am hoping someone remembers him. Would love to hear from anyone
who does. Thank you so much!
H. Richmond Hometown: Tampa, Fl Sent: 9:30 PM - 7/9 2000
I was in the 352nd Ftr. Group and was shot down while strafing a flak
gun on 15 April 1944. Spent the rest of the war in Stalag Luft 1.
Evacuated to Paris on the last B=17 to depart Barth.
H.Stutzer Homepage: 5190
Pale Moon Drive Hometown: Pensacola,FL 32507 Sent: 3:39 PM - 7/9 2000
I was in the 94th Bomb Grp. Was shot down 4 Feb 1944. Was in Stalag Luft
1 South Compound Block 11 until rescued 13 May 45. Enjoyed the entire entry on the internet. Thanks loads.
Daugherty Hometown: Dallastown, PA> Sent: 1:57 PM - 7/9 2000
Forgot to add my kriegsgefanganennummer which was 7544.
E. Daugherty Hometown: Dallastown, PA Sent: 1:53 PM - 7/9 2000
Thank you. This is a great honor you pay us. Navigator with 450th Grp.,
722nd sqdn. Manduria, Italy. Shot down Dec.29, 1944. Ended up in Stalag
Luft 1, No. compond III, Barache 301, Room 2. Would like to include
names of mates there but not enough room except for "bunkie"
Lyle Pearson Mankato, MN. Or is there? Here goes:
Blakeney, L.R.; Brannen,S.; Donovan, A.W.; Druehl, F.W.;Gleason,
W.J.;Haggard, W.A.; Klare, G.R.; Krantz, R.F.; Lee, R.W.; McBride, D.F.;
Pearson, Lyle C.; Pollard, T.E.; Richey, N.; Robertson, R.B.; Rudolph,
M.J.; Spencer, J.B.; Uhl, M.E.; Yeaton, T.E.; Zackert, G.E.; Fishburn,
J.B. Room Commander; Churchwell, Harry B.; McClintock, Ralph,; Olson,
Became friends with two Commonwealth pilots: Johnny Weston, Flt. Lt.,
RCAF and Don McFee, RAF.
Anyone out there who would like more info or can enlighten me further on
any score please, repeat please, contact me. Again, thank you for providing us with this opportunity and thank you
all for participating.
Culbert Hometown: Vero Beach FL Sent: 12:11 AM - 7/9 2000
My father was a Kriege, He was Second Lieutenant Walter Maurice Culbert
0713003 510th Bomb Squadron - 351st Bomb Group. He was the navigator on
"Baby Butch" and was shot down by FW 190's on 12 September
1944 and was sent to Stalag Luft 1. He spent 9 monts as #5793 in Block 7
Room 12. He kept a diary of his experiences and on his passing in 1993 I
was entrusted with it. I am now in the process of scanning it and hope
to post it on the Internet in the future. Any advice on where it could
be posted or questions about his expereinces would be most welcome.
Benker Hometown: Pinecrest,CA.USA Sent: 8:52 PM - 7/7 2000
I just looked at all the errors in my note to you...please forgive.
However, realized maybe if I provide info about Dad I may find another
8th AF or Ex-POW friend who was with Dad.
Patrick D.Benker...384th BG 546th.. arrived ETO Aug.1943 out of
Grafton-Underwood, Eng. Shot down April 9th 1944 on return
"mission", over Keil, Germany. Dad was injured left leg
operated on by a Belg. or French. POW MD., Dr. Michad(sp?) from Lyon,Fr.
who save Dad's leg.),was at Westler Hosp. with Harry Shiery, and Elmer
Costales,(Elmer found me a year ago, via another Ex-POW and he was my
motivation to want to help as a EX-POW National Service Officer) Elmer
died Jan 29th,2000. If anyone knew Elmer or his crew on "Elmers
Tune", please contact me,it would be so nice for his wife to hear
from his friends. ..now back to my Dad.
......I'll look up transit sites Dad recorded in his diary he was moved
to, but he was sent to Stalag Luft IV, Poland Oct 7th 1944, moved by
German Army as Russian Army moved west, was in part of the "long
winter march" (for some it was over 800++miles in the hardest
winter Europe had in 50 years), as I have found a Ex-POW who was with
him part of the way, however as he became ill and Dad's leg would not
heal in the cold and wet,he always thought Dad died enroute and I guess
maybe Dad didn't know his friend lived. I think from talking with other
Ex-POW's Dad must have been put on the train 40x40+++ Box car system,
and sent to Stalag Luft One,Barth. On Feb 7th he arrived there. I have
heard from Dad's pilot, and what a wonderful letter, part of a story
only he could write. I'll forever be grateful to him.
My father died at Ft.Miley, VA Hosp. SF,Ca. July 16th,1995 almost 50
years to the date he came home to the USA. Dad received wonderful
medical care and was treated with such dignity and honor during the last
few weeks of his life. There is no way to ever thank the staff at Ft.
Miley who provided the comfort and medical care, that allowed Dad to die
with the dignity, respect and kindness every Ex-POW should have. I was
with Dad 24 hours a day and realized they went beyond their
"job". They said Thank you to him in their own way by
providing their special skills of medical care.
Dad is buried at the Presidio Golden Gate National Cem. San
Francisco,CA. and we are so very grateful as we grew up there. It is a
beautiful resting place to honor those who gave so much and went on to
live out their lives in Freedom.
Dad carried his POW stories with him, to the beyond. It is only via the
compassion,love and understanding that I have been able to know who my
father was and in that process who I am. I encourage anyone who has or
had a family member who was a POW to ask them to share with you their
VERY SPECIAL story. In the process you will learn so very much about
courage, respect, honor and love. Each time I find any Ex-POW willing to
share their story, I realize this is the "living history" of
Our Nations people and great suffering shared has the ability to help us
understand what real friendship and forgivness is. So many have returned
to share a forgivness with those who were their enemy. Again Thank you Mary.
Benker Hometown: Pinecrest,CA.USA Sent: 7:49 PM - 7/7 2000
My Dear Friend,
I almost feel like we are sisters or relatives in some small way,our
lives were in the plan to cross as were our father's I have spent the
last few hours reading and re-reading your site,(I had promised myself I
would take the time to read and print everything). What a wonderful
HONOR to your father and all Ex-POW's. I thank you and your family from
I return to NY for my Ex-POW National Service Officer education next
week. I will stay with family and have found a wonderful Ex-POW who is
the National Service Officer in the Hudson Valley area to help educ.
me!!! I pray I will be able to help assist those in need of their
benefits. I think like our meeting; God is the guide and will provide
the energy and skill needed,I must not give up when too tired,the
Ex-POW's never gave up, and when I think I can't do this,I just think of
them and all the time and years after that they have kept going,with
such examples of hope and dignity.
Your web site is a real link of love and HONOR to all Ex-POW's and their
families. I'll bet that as the children of Ex-POW's many are learning as
we have how much our parents gave for Our Freedoms. The help in making
contact with long missing "Links of Life" during the Ex-POW
experience,I am sure,is helping heal the souls of many.
Mary..watch for New York Times Ex-POW article this month and the 20/20
ABC program the 21st or 28th not sure of date.
I must find your other email address but have a new computer and today
was set aside to read your site and learn how to use this. My old Border
Collie is at my feet waiting to go out for a walk so must give in, as
she has been very patient.
I sure hope you will be able to be at the Nat.Ex-POW meeting in Sept. As
of now I plan to be there all week. My prayers and love to all your
family and I think of your children often.
God Bless You,
Holbrook Homepage: http://www.hawaiiwebdesign.com Hometown: Koloa, Hi. 96756 Sent: 2:09 PM - 7/6 2000
My father is George Lesko. I have only met him once. He and my mother
were divorced 3 months before I was born. I am amazed that he never told
me that he was shot down and that he was a prisoner of war. I knew he
was in this Air Force unit, but thats all I knew. I guess heroism and
humility often go hand in hand.
king Hometown: Oakville,On Canada Sent: 9:43 PM - 7/5 2000
What a great tribute to your father, I have just recently lost my
father. He was not one who spoke much about the war, but I am fortunate
enough to have a few pictures of him in his Canadian uniform. I am sure
your father was a great man and with so many interesting stories to
tell. But it must have been hard on all the brave men and women who have
went to war for our countries.
Creekmore Homepage: http://121
Hatton Drive Hometown: Severna Park, MD 21146 Sent: 2:13 PM - 7/5 2000
I was the radio operator on one of the 21 305th BG aircraft that flew
into Barth on Sunday, May 13, 1945 to pick up the POWs. I called this my
20th mission and was more important to me than the previous 19. I will
never forget that day.
Name: Duward J. Bare Hometown: lasing, il Sent: 4:35 PM - 7/4 2000
Hi: I also was a pow in stalag l. kriegie no. 6189. was in compound no.
3 compound commander was col. spicer.I was in his barracks from sept 44
to may 45. Interested to know if there is a pow chat room or any other
details regarding corresponding and or providing info and also names of
Biddle Sent: 12:35 PM - 7/4 2000
My Father-in-Law was R.C. Fry. He spent the last 10 months of the war in
Stalag Luft 1.
He would love this web site.
Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA Sent: 3:45 PM - 7/2 2000
I thoroughly enjoyed this website. As a 22-year-old African-American
female, I amazingly feel a connection with the veterans and all
participants of WWII. I am currently employed with the National Park
Service in Boston as a Ranger. I give tours aboard the decommissioned
USS Cassin Young. During my experience here, I've had the pleasure of
making the acquaintance of a number of WWII veterans. I am truly
grateful for the selfless sacrifice each man and woman made in order to
secure the privileges allotted to us today. Thankyou. And please email
me with further information.
Miller Hometown: Denton, TX Sent: 1:14 PM - 7/2 2000
My husband found your web page and I was thrilled to see it. My father
was a B-17 pilot in the 381st Bomb Group out of Ridgewell, England. He
was a POW at Stalag Luft III after spending a great deal of time in a
German hospital recovering from internal injuries suffered during his
bail-out. We will always be grateful to the compassionate German doctor
who saved his life and encouraged him to survive. They became lifelong
friends. Thank you for taking the time to honor your father as well as
all the others who served so gallantly.
Name: Robin Zieman Hometown: Batavia OH us Sent: 11:37 PM - 7/1 2000
I am looking for information on Edward Zieman who was pow in stalag 17.
Can you help me or tell me where to search for this info. Division was
army air force. Please respond asap.
Name: Bob Betts Hometown: San Diego Sent: 6:33 PM - 7/1 2000
Greetings from Bob Betts exRAF ex POW, now US citizen. Saw Don Hillman's
account abt escape with help of Haussmann. Hv a near finished ms. abt
escape with German help, thru bribery or other reasons. Based on
personal recollection, but mainly about RAF. Hv a few US examples too,
but need more, like Hillman's story, if I cd use it for the book. Also
do you hv any other cases? Wd be most grateful for reply. Best wishes