World War II prisoner of war camp - Stalag Luft I



 

World War II - Prisoners of War - Stalag Luft I 

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 2/16/00 thru 6/30/00

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Name: Larry Hammill Case
Hometown: Metairie, Louisiana 70002
Sent: 2:45 PM - 6/30 2000
I am looking for any information or living friends of my brother, Rodolph Case, who was a prisoner of war in Germany durring WWII.  His name is listed in the book, Behind Barbed Wire, by Lt. Morris K. Roy. I am also interested in trying to find a copy of this book which I have seen when I was younger."Rudy" as he was called listed his home town as the city he lived in at the time he was located on the Air base there. His actual birth place is Brookhaven, Mississippi. I would love to hear from anyone he may have flown with in his crew or whom he associated with durring his days in prison. I can't remember all the stories of his imprisonment as I was too young to really note the importance of them at the time. However as I have grown older I realize what an important part he played in my life as a free american and would much like to have some of this information to pass on to my children and grand children. My brother is gone now but I miss him dearly and the older I get the more it seems to stay on my mind. If anyone out there happened to know him I would greatly like to hear from you or any information about your tour with Rudy and or prison days.

Name: Claude McCrocklin
Hometown: Shreveport, La.
Sent: 11:21 PM - 6/28 2000
It was wonderful to hear from you. I am happy you had the chance to visit with Helga, Grete and her husband Gunther.    My nephew is writing this to you via the internet. This is too new for me. Please forward your postal address so that I may write you a letter.
Sincerely,
Claude

Name: Sarajane Kleine Steinecker
Hometown: Germantown, Ohio
Sent: 12:39 PM - 6/28 2000
My Dad was an ex-Stalag Luft I POW who arrived in 1944 and stayed until the Russians liberated the camp. He was a co-pilot of a B-17, which was shot down on its first mission. I am currently researching your site as part of a presentation for an art education Masters class. I have chosen this time period to discuss what was happening in art classrooms in the US and Germany and am also including artwork from the Jewish Concentration camps and the POW camp. Dad is coming to speak to the class and your photgraphs are very helpful. I am going to use them to help illustrate his part of the presentation. Thanks so much, I will be back to visit this site again, Sarajane Steinecker

Name: WilliamT. Hamor
Homepage:5127 Birchmont
Hometown: Houston
Sent: 9:52 PM - 6/27 2000
Was interested in your webpage about your father. I was a POW in Stalag Luft 4 from October '44 to April '45. I was a radio operator on a B17 in the 398th bomb group, 602 squadran. Our plane was shot down and broke open and I was the only one that survived because I was thrown clear of the plane before it went down. I only suffered minor scratches and bruises and was captured after I parachuted down. It is always interesting to hear of other POW's experiences and appreciate your sharing your father with us.

Name: Anne Bennett Carpenter
Hometown: Opelika,Alabama
Sent: 1:54 PM - 6/27 2000
Growing up in Eufaula,Alabama, the twin daughter of Gay and Clarence Bennett,M.D., I spent many happy family holidays visiting in the home of Aunt Carolyn and Brother Dick and seeing Barbara, Jim, Doris, and Marylou growing up.  Dick Jr. was always so pleasant to be around, with such a sweet smile. He carried his memories of the War Camp well. I loved him and his family and still do love his children and Aunt Peggy.   I would love to meet Allison and the other children.

Name: Denise Pirollo
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Sent: 12:05 PM - 6/26 2000
Thank you for putting up this site. It is obviously a labor of love and devotion to your dad. I am trying to find out more information about my father who was shot down over Schleswig on May 29, 1944 while on a bombing mission over the Politz Oil Refineries. He was at 4 different stalags as the Germans kept marching them. I know the second one was Stalag Luft 3 in Zagan, Poland. He was a navigator on a B-24 and I really don't have too much other information as my dad did not talk about that time very much. His name was Michael A. Delduca and he was at Selman Field for his training. He was assigned to the 34th Bomb Group in Tucson Arizona and finished OTU at Blythe before going overseas. If anyone has any information that would be helpful to me, I would really appreciate it.

Name: Randy Sherrill
Homepage: 265 Hwy. 165
Hometown: Eufaula, AL 36027
Sent: 10:20 AM - 6/25 2000
These are very nice pages on your Dad.  Great way to honor him.

Name: Bob Outman
Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
Sent: 9:55 PM - 6/22 2000
I was in Stalag Luft I, North Compound 2, Barracks 4, Room 5. Captured 07/07/44 in Hoorn, Holland. Navigator on B-17, 390th Bomb Group, 570th Squadron. I have been unable to find any living members of our crew, though I have learned of some who have died. I'm still looking for Clarence Brown, tailgunner, and Joe Grove, waist gunner. I am in correspondence with 5 men who were in the same room as I at Barth.

Name: Harry Nelson
Hometown: Eufaula, Al
Sent: 4:48 PM - 6/22 2000
My first time visiting. Very interesting.

Name: Jerry Lynn Cox
Hometown: Geneva, Il.
Sent: 12:05 PM - 6/21 2000
I find your site fascinating! I am new at this computer stuff, but am excited about it all. My Father and my late Uncle are WWII vets, in fact my Uncle, Lt. Robert R. Swartz from White Pigeon, Michigan was a POW at Stalag Luft I, North Compound II, Hut 201, Room 6 and then 11. During his "stay" and immediately after returning home, he wrote a journal of daily life in the camp, as well as the liberation. I would like to share that on the internet, but am not sure how to go about it. Can anyone help?

Name: GERALDINE FOSTER
Hometown: WILKES-BARRE,P.A
Sent: 5:10 PM - 6/20 2000
MY DADS NAME WAS GERALD STUCKER HE WAS CAPTURED AT THE FRANCE GERMANY BORDER,CHRISTMAS EVE 1942 ANY IMFORM,ATION WOULD BE APPRECIATED. 
Update: Gerald Stucker  was part of company F71st infantry Regiment his title was Gerald Stucker 33 463 811 corporal battles&campaigns go33&40wd45 northern france rhineland.any info.will be most appreciated. 

Name: Candy Schwarz
Hometown: Sacramento, Cal
Sent: 3:17 AM - 6/19 2000
My father was in WWII he was in captured and sent to prison camp. He was a engineer on the B-17 . He was released and later came home. It saddens me, in all my father went through to later die from heart failure at the age of 50 years old, in 1969.

Name: Doris
Hometown: Eufaula, AL
Sent: 9:27 PM - 6/18 2000
Happy Father's Day Daddy!! I miss you so much.

Note from Mary:
Doris is our younger sister. She was 19 when Daddy died. There are 4 of us, Barbara, Mary, Jim and Doris. We all miss him so! It's been 21 years now since he died and it doesn't get any easier! It still seems like yesterday, but I would rather it be that way than for it to seem so long ago that I couldn't remember him.

Name: jeanne marie
Hometown: Festus, Mo.
Sent: 11:49 AM - 6/18 2000
Jack A. Selzer of Bonne Terre, Mo, now deceased, was held prisoner of war in Stalag 12A in Limburg, Germany and moved to Mulburg, Germany by boxcar. He escaped the end of April 1945 FROM A DEATH MARCH, AND WAS PICKED UP 3 DAYS LATER BY THE 9TH ARMORED DIVISION. Another man escaped with him, Carl Irmsdier, who now lives in California. He served in the European Theatre, was a Tech 5 with the 10-4th Infantry.
Jack Selzer was my Uncle, he was my friend and he was and always will be my hero.

Name: Jim Bockstanz
Hometown: St. Clair, MI
Sent: 11:24 AM - 6/18 2000
On this Father's Day 2000, my thoughts are of how lucky I am to have my father (Bruce Bockstanz) around to share his experiences with me and the rest of his family. The time we have left together will be cherished. I am grateful for the interest you have shown in his remembrances of his time spent at Luft I and am looking forward to the addition of his story to your wonderful site. I hope everyone that reads his accounts will realize the personal toll each of these prisoners paid for all of us to enjoy the life we have today. Your efforts are a great service for future generations to be able to relive the sacrifices of war and realize the heroism that all servicemen showed in the face of ultimate sacrifice.

Name: Patricia Gulledge Self
Hometown: Eufaula, AL 36027-8115
Sent: 6:08 PM - 6/17
My father, Sim Gulledge, was not a prisoner of war, but served in WW II. He, too, would not talk about the war, nor would he watch any war movies on television. He came home shell-shocked and in bad shape. He died June 5, 1999, and I would have liked for him to have shared more information.

Name: van moody
Hometown: flushing, mi.
Sent: 12:05 AM - 6/17
I served in the pacific campaign in world war two and in korean late 1945.  My heart goes out to those brave men and their sacrafices.  I returned from the pacific on the victory ship Eufaula victory.

Name: Bruce Turner
Hometown: Eufaula, AL
Sent: 10:43 PM - 6/16
Mary Lou, This is an excellent tribute to your father. I have been reading the articles on your hard work in The Eufaula Tribune, what a labor of LOVE!!!!!!!!!! Mighty impressive.

Name: Hubert Mark Altvater
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Sent: 11:39 AM - 6/16
 Congratulations on your marvelous work concerning Stalag Luft 1. I was a B-26 pilot, shot down on 8-6-44 and ended up in Stalag Luft 1 in North Compound 2, Barake 2, Room 2. I hope to hear from you.

Name: David Schamis
Hometown: New York, NY
Sent: 5:30 PM - 6/15
My Grandfather, Abe Schamis, spent 6 months in Stalag Luft I, starting in December 1944.
He often talks of his experiences in the camp, and is very anxious to read these pages. I think my Grandfather has a unique ability to filter out the bad memories.

Name: frank bisagna (steve)
Hometown: bradenton fl
Sent: 3:37 PM - 6/15
pow in stalag luft 1 jan 44 to may 13 1945.

Name: Leonard Ray Franklin
Hometown: Paso Robles, CA
Sent: 9:03 PM - 6/14
My wife's father, Jack W. Heckman, was pilot on 53 missions in a B-17 right up to the end of the war. He started in North Africa and progressed north as the war continued. He trained on Curtis Field, class 43-A. He died at age 57 after working many years as an air traffic specilist. He had served again in the Korean war as an instructor. He did not say very much about the war, but he never again had as important a job as commanding & flying a B-17.

Name: Mark Dodge
Homepage: http://TigerStripeDesign@msn.com
Hometown: Portland, Oregon USA
Sent: 6:48 PM - 6/14
Preparing unit history for British-American Ambulance Corps. Unit Commander-Francis (Frank) Vicovari (New York, NY) detained by Germans after capture/scuttle of ship (ZAMZAM) mid-Atlantic April 1941 (1 of 3 Seriously Wounded and detained - 1 US Civilian dies 11-days later aboard captors ship ATLANTIS/TAMESIS)-

Vicovari arrives Marlag und Milag Nord Jan. 1942 - Released February 1944 in 2nd of 3 exchanges for "sick and wounded" - First event GOTEBURG, SWEDEN 20OCT43 (14) Internees - 2nd event LISBON, PORTUGAL 15FEB44 (35) internees - 3rd event BARCELONA, SPAIN 17MAY44 (65) internees - total 114 internees exchanged -

Vicovari exchanged for (2) German Archeologists - Names Unknown - Criteria for exchange unknown - Want to know name of Operation - How did it get started? - This was pre-Operation 'Magic Carpet' - What level was U.S State Dept./Embassy-Consulate Staff/War Department/International Red Cross/YMCA involved? How did they travel out of these cities (Ship-nationality - Aircraft-Pan American Clippers - USAAF/RAF Aircraft - Special markings/Escorts)? What ports/cities did they arrive in? Who assisted in conversion and de-briefing? Did any of these or other Internees/POW collect on the 'pay vouchers' issued by the German Government upon their release?

Preparing Student Research Project for Undergraduate Degree Program - All sources will be acknowledged and cited - In advance, thank you for any notes or leads you can share -

Best regards, Mark -

Name: Les Dear
Hometown: Hoddesdon,England
Sent: 4:43 PM - 6/14
My Friend Mr Tom Dougherty, told me about this site.  It is superb i will be back many times i am sure.
Les Dear UK Friends of the 398th BG

Name: Jan Wieland
Hometown: LaGrange, Ga.
Sent: 4:11 PM - 6/11
My daddy James Benjamin Scarborough, nickname Smokemeat was a pow at stalag luft 1. He lives in Waycross, Ga. I grew up hearing all of his stories. He still has a lot of information including a diary that he kept. I don't know what barracks he was in. Three of his friends were Clarence Greene, Billy Mitchell, and Paige Nelson. Paige is also still alive and in Virginia. I would love to hear from anyone who might have known him.

Name: Anthony J. Zywiczynski
Hometown: Perrysburg, OH
Sent: 1:56 AM - 6/11
Barb & Mary, you have done a wonderful job on this website. A fine tribute to your father.

Name: Oliver Clutton-Brock
Hometown: Devizes, Wiltshire, England
Sent: 6:40 AM - 6/9
Mouth-watering. Wish I could get my hands on these books. Reason? I'm writng a book on RAF Bomber Command PoWs of WW2. I have also compiled a database of all 10,000 of those PoWs. Any data re US PoWs always welcome, particularly date shot down and Kriegsgefangennummer!

Name: B.J. Macauley
Hometown: Orlando, Florida
Sent: 10:34 PM - 6/8
Congratulations. Your message is well received and most needed in America today. Your site is a ray of hope that other works may be out there. My search is for some history regarding the NINTH AIR FORCE (9th AF}, EIGHT HUNDRED THIRTY SECOND (832nd) Aviation Sq. I am trying to locate any information regarding the unit and hopefully any person who may have known TSgt Irving C. DeMarais (or similar spelling). He was an Airborne Radio Operator serving from May 42 to Sep 45. For about one year he was a POW (requiring medical attention for head injuries) and returned to the USA after the war ended. Please e-mail me if you can lead me on the road to discovering more facts. Thank you. B.J.

Name: Capt. Kenneth E. Webster (Sam)
Hometown: Springfield, Ohio
Sent: 2:29 PM - 6/8
I was shot down on Sept 12,1944. I was in Stalig Luft I until liberation. I was in room 9 block 1. I was in the 445 bomb group Sqd 702. It was not a very good time for any of us.

Name: Donna Niewinski (Weepers)
Hometown: New Dundee, Ontario, Canada
Sent: 11:01 AM - 6/8
Terrific information and photos ! Would be interested in hearing from anyone who might have met/known my dad, David Weepers, F.O. RCAF. Thanks, Donna

Name: Bill Chapman
Hometown: Clovis, NM 88101
Sent: 11:54 AM - 6/7
My brother was 2/Lt Curtis G. Chapman who you have pictured in the Kriegie section. My neice, Amy Baker sent the picture. You have done a wonderful job of putting this site on line. I served in the AF l951-55. Thanks for a good job of making info available.

Name: S. Moore
Hometown: Glenwood, IA
Sent: 11:40 PM - 6/6
My grandpa was a prisoner of war in Germany, but after the war he would never talk about his experiences. He died in the early 90s and I don't even know what camp he was in. If you have any info, PLEASE email me.His name is LEE ROENFELD. Thanks.

Name: Linda Krajewski
Hometown: Coventry, RI
Sent: 7:10 AM - 6/6
I am trying to find anyone who was in Barracks North 2 Compound Rm #208 from January 1945-May14, 1945. "Red" Paul Haggerty a dear friend who volunteers for my daughters softball league would love to hear from anyone who was there with him. Col. Wilson was the commander in North 2. On New Years Eve 1944 they were on a train from Dulag to Stalag I from Berlin. Paul is such a wonderful person who would love to hear from any old friends.

Note From Mary:  Linda's father in law - Alexander J. Krajewski was a navigator and first lieutenant in the Army Air Corps 340th Bombardment Squadron and was shot down twice over Germany and spent eight months as a Pow at Stalag Luft 1

Name: Scherer Stephan
Hometown: Fuerth/Bay
Sent: 1:20 PM - 6/5
My father Willibald Scherer was Commander of Stalag Luft 1 from 1942 till to the end of 1944. I will look up your web page now very often, as I'm interested as well in getting more and more informations about that time and about the role of my father in those days. Helga Radau from the archive in Barth got a lot of photos from my father's Stalag 1 collection. Maybe you are interested to know, what keeps myself busy and why I can't read all from your page right now? If yes, read this:
J A R O G E R A 2 0 0 0 ( JA pan, RO mania, GER many, A merica) The acronym J A R O G E R A represents the countries participating in this travelling exhibition. The members of JAROGERA come together in Summer 2000 to join their artistic efforts toward world peace. Some members are good friends, others are soon to become acquainted with the rest of the group. Although countries of origin vary, as do ideologies, what they have in common is a vision of ART AS A LANGUAGE FOR WORLD PEACE. The JAROGERA project has made good progress.

Name: George R. Simmons
Homepage: 5220 Summit
Hometown: Oklahoma Ciy, Ok #73112
Sent: 12:57 AM - 6/4
I am an Ex-Pow, #7335, Stalag Luft 1, North 3 compound. My baracks was in the S.E. corner of the compound (Number ?) I have an considerable amount of information that I have compiled concering ex-pow's that didn't make it home and were likely held by the Russians in case anyone is interested. I was a P-47 pilot. I was shot down at Haslach, Germany on 12-26-44, and arrived at Barth on 1-10-45, flown out on 5-13-45 to Laon, France, thence to Camp Luck Strike, thence sailed on the "Mayo" with Victor Mature to Boston, Camp Miles Standish.  I have had but a couple of contacts with other prisoners here in Oklahoma City who were with me during my confinement in the same compound. I would be available to anyone who is seeking additional information. I can be reached at my home address or by phone 405-9431043

Name: Jake M Simonitsch
Hometown: Independence, MO
Sent: 3:07 PM - 6/3
Fourteen month resident of Stalag Luft I. North Compound 1, Block (barracks)# 1. Capt. J. Bromley in charge.(Pilot -B17). I was captured 3-8-44. Raid Berlin. 390th BG Nav. Very interesting wep page.

Name: Al Lang
Hometown: St. Charles, Mo.
Sent: 2:25 PM - 6/3
I am certainly enjoying some of you history as a POW. I spent 9 months as a POW I was liberated April 29'45 at Moosburg after the march from Nuremberg in March '45 prior to that I spent 6 months in the hospital in Meinengen. I have made 2 trips back to Germany and also to a Dedication Ceremony at
Schoeneck France in Aug of '98

Name: Judy Church
Hometown: Sierra Madre, CA 91024
Sent: 10:50 AM - 6/3
My father, Gordon A. Redtfeldt was a POW at this camp, Stalg Luft I. He was the navigator on the B-17 "Pride of New Mexico". They were shot down in November 1944. He was there until they were liberated. Is it possible to get a copy of this web site. If so, I will send you a ZIP disk or what ever it would take. This site is fantastic. We would like to be able to sit down and really study it. On the web it is hard to do. If you want to contact him you can do it through me his daughter, Judy Redtfeldt Church, jcpromo@aol.com or (626) 355-3846.

Name: Bruce Bockstanz
Hometown: Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
Sent: 4:00 PM - 6/2
On this day in 1944 I was navigating a brand new B-17 from Gander, New Foundland to Valley, Wales - on my 22nd birthday!

Name: Sheila McGeehan-Purdy
Hometown: Jefferson City, Mo
Sent: 5:07 PM - 6/1
My father was a POW in Germany. He was in Stalag Luft 3, then was transfered to Stalag Luft 7. His name is William F. McGeehan (he was in the Air force). His e-mail address is wmcgeehan@iopener.net   We have been lucky to be able to hear his stories during his POW years. Although they bring tears to my eyes, I cherish the times he sits and talks about it. The first time I asked him to tell me about it was in 1971. I am lucky enough to live 2 doors from him and the times I have with him hearing his stories are very special to me.   My father is the one who told me about your web site. Thank you so much.

Name: BRUCE BOCKSTANZ
Hometown: GROSSE POINTE WOODS, MI
Sent: 5:54 PM - 5/31
I JUST FINISH READING THE NEW SECTION TO THIS GREAT WEB SITE - 'RESCUE'.RAYMOND DARLING'S RECOLLECTIONS AS A RESCUER BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES AS A RESCUEE! I WILL NEVER FORGET MY FEELINGS OF UTTER ELATION WHEN THOSE BIG BIRDS - THOSE B-17'S - THOSE FLYING FORTRESSES, SWEPT DOWN ON THAT AIRFIELD AT BARTH. WE WERE FREE AT LAST!   
ON ONE POINT I QUESTION MR. DARLING'S RECOLLECTIONS. HE SAID THAT WE WERE HAGGARD AND SKINNY AND OUR EYES WERE GLAZED. LIKE WE WERE IN A TRANCE. IF OUR EYES WERE GLAZED, IT WAS BECAUSE WE WERE ANTICIPATING OUR RETURN TO THE STATES AND THOSE THAT WERE WAITING FOR US THERE (WITH MAYBE A WARM-UP STOP IN PARIS)!
AS FOR 'HAGGARD AND SKINNY', WE HAD BEEN EATING WELL SINCE EASTER, ABOUT TWO MONTHS BEFORE. ABOUT THAT TIME OUR HOSTS BEGAN TO REALIZE THAT 'FOR THEM THE WAR WAS OVER' AND THAT THEY BETTER START TREATING US BETTER. THEY FOUND THAT THEY DID HAVE SOME RED CROSS FOOD PARCELS AFTER ALL. MOST OF US PUT BACK THE WEIGHT THAT WE HAD LOST DURING A TOUGH WINTER.THEN WHEN THE RUSSIANS ARRIVED, THEY ROUNDED UP ALL THE NEARBY CATTLE AND DROVE THEM ONTO OUR PENINSULA. SO WHILE WAITING FOR THE AIRFIELD TO BE PREPARED, WE GOURGED ON HAMBURGERS AND MILK.
AS EVIDENCE THAT WE WERE IN GOOD SHAPE AND RARING TO GET ON WITH THE THINGS THAT WE HAD MISSED, LOOK AT THE PHOTO OF MY ROOMMATES AND I UNDER 'KRIEGIES', ELSEWHERE IN THIS WEB SITE. THIS WAS TAKEN JUST AFTER THE GERMAN GUARDS HAD LEFT AND WE WERE WAITING FOR THE RUSSIANS. DO OUR EYES LOOK 'GLAZED'? OR IS THAT THE JOY WE FELT SHINING THROUGH.
WE SAID AT THE TIME THAT IN LATER YEARS, WE WOULD FORGET THE ROUGH PARTS AND REMEMBER THE BETTER MOMENTS. THAT'S WHAT I'M EXPERIENCING TODAY. WHILE I'M IN THE MOOD, I JUST CALLED MY PILOT, CHUCK QUINBY AND STARTED ARRANGEMENTS TO MEET HIM AT THE 8TH AIR FORCE REUNION IN SALT LAKE CITY IN OCTOBER! 

Name: Clint Gruber
Hometown: Beaverton, Oregon
Sent: 2:20 PM - 5/31
What a wonderful job of providing info for us old Kriegies!  I was at Barth from about 16 Dec '43 to the end, Block Three, room 6, South (or West) compound. Ted Ansfield, signed in just before me in the Guest Book, and I must have rubbed shoulders a lot, but never knew each other there. We are old buddies now, thanks to the Internet. 

Name: Ted Ansfield
Hometown: Sulby. Isle of Man. British Isles.
Sent: 4:08 PM - 5/30
A wonderful site.    I was there from November 1943 to the end. Barrack 6 British compound. Are there any more Brits out there? 

Name: Hank Richmond
Hometown: McLean, VA
Sent: 10:15 AM - 5/30
Thank you Mary for the excellent job you did reporting on the recent conference. Just wish my Dad (Luther Richmond)  had attended. 

Name: Thomas E. Dougherty
Hometown: Harrisburg, OR
Sent: 7:40 AM - 5/30
A wonderful thing you have done Mary.   My home town was originally, Somonauk, IL. I became a member of he 398th while it was still in Rapid City, S.D. My 28 missions were quite uneventful compared to what some of our boys went through. I too, was a waist gunner. God bless your father for what he was made to experience. May God bless you too for the love you have shown for him. TED 

Name: Bill Guiteras
Hometown: Phila., Pa
Sent: 6:33 PM - 5/29
My uncle Paul Guiteras was a bombadiar with the 85th bomb group.He was shot down over Munster Oct. 10 1943. He was a prisoner for 21 months, not sure whitch stalog kept him. He passed away last month. Thank you for any info. 

Name: Cristine Cresto Varney
Hometown: Chatsworth(suburb of Los Angeles)
Sent: 1:54 PM - 5/29
My father, John Anthony Cresto, was also a prisoner of war in Luft 1. His B17 was hit while on a bombing run (my dad was the bombardier). Everyone except the pilot and co-pilot bailed out. The plane made it to safety and the pilot, co-pilot were decorated. My father landed in a tree, and watched as the townspeople and the german military raced to be the first to get him. He said he was glad the military won. He did not think he would be delivered to the prison camp by the civilians. My father didn't speak much about those years; primarily because my mother reacted so strongly. He was missing in action and she never got over the feelings she had at that time. I was born in September of 1944, and my dad was captured in November. He returned in pretty good shape, despite all he endured. My folks were married for 55 years until his death in July of 1998. My dad went on to become a Los Angeles City Fire Captain, a job which he loved.  My father said they were not treated badly, just that there was no food for anyone. He said the men exchanged recipes for the meals they would have their wives fix for them upon their return.
My dad didn't see me until I was 9 months old. The story goes that our first meeting I was on my pottie chair when we first saw each other.  My father has an air medal, but I would appreciate more information about the prisoner of war medal. Thank you for any information you could provide. I put up my flag today, and said a prayer of gratitude to all the beloved veterans.
Sincerely, Cristine May 29, 2000 

Name: Bruce Bockstanz
Hometown: Grosse Pointe woods, MI
Sent: 8:32 PM - 5/27
I was really excited when I turned to your web site and found that you had added a report on our Conference at the site of SL I, Barth, Pomarania, Germany! In addition to your skills in running this site, illustrating it with interesting photos, I see that you are a good reporter too!  I learned a lot about the people that I met in Barth. I've spent the day, reading, printing and notifying my family and friends about the changes.   Thanks and my best wishes to your mother.
Bruce 

Name: DON MCDONALD
Hometown: 117-15TH ST. HOLLY HILL, FL 32117-2201
Sent: 6:46 PM - 5/27
8TH AF 381ST BM.GRP 534 BM.SQDN  DOWN 07 JAN 1944 LUDWIGSHAVEN/MANNHEIM
RESIDED BARRACKE 7 NORTH COMPOUND  GLAD TO HEAR FROM EX/ROOMIES OR FRIENDS
PHONE----1-904-258-6893

Name: anna j.staton lefler
Homepage: http://po box 21
Hometown: crab orchard wv 25827
Sent: 3:30 PM - 5/27
I am looking for information on bombing mission dated August 26th 1944 which my husband was killed in. Would like to know the target and any other info you may have. He was with 8th air force was killed over meheim germany on that date. He was a gunner on b54. alive when parachuted. 

Name: Jim Gleason
Hometown: Schenectady, NY
Sent: 11:19 AM - 5/27
Father William J. Gleason
Shot down (actually bomb blew up leaving bomb bay) over Germany 12/31/44 - B17. There is a picture on this web site labeled "Class of 45" My guess is he is in there somewhere.  He passed away 1989

Name: Doris
Hometown: Eufaula, AL
Sent: 10:52 PM - 5/26
Sis,
I visit this page occasionally and was drawn here tonight I guess because of the Memorial Day weekend and thoughts turned to Daddy. So far I have not made it through the site without crying...I guess I inherited that sentimental stuff from Daddy...he did love his family so. I love the letters you have added from Nannie and Poppoo (I remember rummaging through Mom's boxes last year when we discovered those letters!) You did a great job recapping the jest of the letters. I'm so glad that you and Mom went to the reunion...not only to have been there firsthand and witnessing the place that held our father captive but also I'm glad that you and Mom shared the experience together. As we get older there are fewer and fewer chances to really bond with a parent. This was one of those times for you and Mom...Daddy would be pleased. 

Name: Kenneth K. Blyth
Homepage: http://www.cradlecrew.com
Hometown: Ottawa,Ontario now Naples, Fl.
Sent: 6:57 PM - 5/26
Mary - It was nice being with you and your mother in Barth. You have done a great job with your web page. If you have time you might like to look up mine but it doesn't compare. I will have to do a lot more work on it. 

Name: CARL P. FINNEY HISTORIAN
Hometown: MUSKEGON,MICHIGAN
Sent: 2:19 PM - 5/23
ONE OF OUR MEN WAS IN STALAG#1 "MORTON LEVINE" 72nd TROOP CARRIER SQUADRON OF THE 434th TROOP CARRIER GROUP, FROM SEPTEMBER 17th 1944 TO THE END OF THE WAR. 

Name: Ron Fleishman
Hometown: Camarillo, CA
Sent: 2:03 AM - 5/22
Ten years ago I worked at TWA with Monroe S.(Harry) Wolyn.  He was a "guest" of the German Govt. Having to bail out of his B-24,Harry was a gunner. Harry retired about ten years ago and we lost track of each other. He used to tell me many "Barth -Stalag Luft one" tales. Do you have an email for him? 

Name: Steve Kaplan
Hometown: Plymouth, MN
Sent: 5:48 PM - 5/21
Thank you so much for making all of this information available to the families of those who flew the B-17s and who experienced an imprisonment of which they rarely, if ever, spoke. 

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Name: Lt. Truman C. Cole
Hometown: De Soto , Mo
Sent: 8:07 AM - 5/16
Anyone in the 320th ?
POW Stalag Luft 1 ??
Barth

Name: Dan Gardner
Hometown: Mathiston, MS 39752
Sent: 10:37 AM - 5/15
I was in the Army Air Corp. 389 Bomb group. Was shot down in a B-24 December 20, 1943. Was a German prisoner of war for almost 18 months. Was in Stalag XV11-B. Would like to hear from anyone that was in the same camp.

Name: JOHN J CARROLL
Homepage:911 N TAWAS LAKE RD
Hometown: E. TAWAS,MI,48730
Sent: 5:01 PM - 5/14
FLORIDA IN WINTER-4427 MT VERNON DR,BRADENTON,FL,34210; I WAS AT STALAG LUFT 1, FLEW P38 WITH 38TH SQD,55TH FTR GP.; DOWN NOV29TH 1943 OVER HOLLAND.; OTHER THREE IN FLIGHT WERE; KILLED INCL SQD C.O.

Name: David Prater
Hometown: Redding
Sent: 9:55 PM - 5/13
My grandfather is Don Tapie and was a POW at Barth. Here is an oral tradition report I wrote about him for my 6th grade class this year......I am writing my oral tradition report about my Grandfather Don Louis Tapie, who was born in Santa Barbara, California on February 11, 1921. When he was 21 years old my Grandpa decided to join the military service. He joined the Army Air Corp, and became a navigator during World War II.
The stories my Grandpa tells about his time in World War II are some of the most interesting oral tradition stories shared in my family. My favorite story started out when he was stationed at a base in England at East Anglica. He was part of the 8th Air Army Corp 458 Bomb Group.
On September 16, 1944 he had a big breakfast and a short briefing with the Commanding Officer. Then this mission was called off (scrubbed) and he returned to his bunks. In a little while, he was called back for another breakfast and briefing. It was a good thing he ate twice, because he didnít eat again for a couple of days.
The Commanding Officer ordered a bomb attack against Germany, so off they went. At first, because they were so loaded, my Grandpa didnít think the plane would get off the ground. In the air, they were supposed to change course 30 degrees when the Rhine River came to a bend below them. But they didnít, and their plane was hit by flak from the enemy. Flak are shells that explode and cover a large area. Some of the flak hit his number two engine. The pilot gave them the order to bail out. My grandpa rushed to the gunners in the rear and found out they had already jumped, mainly because their oxygen had exploded, and you donít do to well at 24,000 feet without oxygen. My grandfathersí plane was then contacted by other planes in his group, who said two of their engines were on fire. So it was a wise decision to jump. My Grandpa had to escape through the Bomb-bay door, which still had the bombs in its racks. It was tight place to squeeze through, but he made it. At 24,000 feet, he was tumbling so fast he could not even see his plane until he pulled his ripcord. He says that was quite a sudden stop for a person who weighed 220 pounds! Then he saw the plane Ė he said it looked so good and he wished he could still be on board, instead of in the air at 20,000 feet, and falling.
He could see everything, including many people on the ground. He said it looked like they were waiting for him, greeting him to Germany. He came down close to the town of Cob Lenz. He was escorted into town by a Luftwaffe Officer and about 30 little, nine or ten year old children. They spoke good English and wanted know where my Grandpa was from, and what his name was. They also kept asking for candy bars, and my Grandpa quickly lost his stash. They took my Grandpa to the Mayorís office. There he was interrogated and they took his watch, ring and everything else of value. They never did believe my Grandpa didnít have a gun on him. They then locked him in a cell near the school. He said it seemed like all of the kids had to look at him, but he didnít pay much attention to what they said. His back hurt from landing on it when he bailed from the plane, and still hurts him sometimes today.
Later they took my Grandpa and some other Americans and lined them up in front of a big wall, like they were planning to shoot them! But he says the Germans were just having ďfunĒ by scaring the Americans to death! He stayed in Cob Lenz for a couple of days, and then was sent Frankfurt for another interrogation. They knew my grandpaís wifeís name, his high school and many other things that surprised him, because all my Grandpa would say was his rank, name and serial number. After five days, the interrogators gave up and sent him to another camp where he was finally given clothing and food. This was the first real food he had in a long time.
Then my grandpa and the other American soldiers were put on a train and sent on a long trip to Barth, in the northern part of Germany. It was about sixty miles from the tip of Sweden. He stayed there for about eight months until the war was over. While he was a POW., his wife was having their first child (my momís older sister).
My grandpa has many stories about his time in World War Two, but this story is my favorite. Every time I talk to my Grandpa about the War, I learn more details and I am surprised that he remembers it all so well. These stories make me feel closer to my Grandpa, because he gets to share his adventures with me. Someday, I will share his adventures with my kids. 

Name: Ann Prater
Hometown: Redding, CA
Sent: 8:55 PM - 5/13
My Dad, Donald Louis Tapie, was a POW in Barth Germany. I don't know his exact location, but will try to find it and sign in again. In the meantime, if anyone knows DON TAPIE please let me know. He can reached at DLTAPIE@aol.com . He would also love to hear from you. 

Name: Gene Sylvester
Hometown: Concordia MO
Sent: 7:59 PM - 5/12
I now live in NJ. I spent 34 years working for the Boeing company after getting a degree in Aero eng at U of Kansas.

Name: Bruce Kamarainen
Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
Sent: 1:50 PM - 5/9
Hi!! My dad ( Ed Kamarainen)said I should check out this website. I think it is a good idea. He was also shot down over the same area. Before the German soldiers arrived he was beaten to unconsciousness by the local farmers. He has written a couple of articles for newsletters about his experiences 

Name: Earl Baker
Hometown: Eufaula,Alabama
Sent: 8:22 PM - 5/8
I did not meet Mr. Dick Williams until after the war.   But I remember him as a fine gentleman that always applied the golden rule to all his business dealings. 

Name: HOMER S. NORRIS
Hometown: COLUMBIA, TN
Sent: 2:02 PM - 5/8
I WAS IN THE 322ND SQDN, 91st BOMB GROUP. SHOT DOWN JULY 20,'44. POW AT LUFT IV FOR 6 MONTHS, MARCHED 700 MILES ACCROSS GERMANY, LIBERATED MAY ,45. I WAS MOST INTERESTED IN YOUR WEB PAGE. THANKS 

Name: John W. Galt
Hometown: Shalimar. FL.
Sent: 2:47 PM - 5/7
483rd Bomb Grp 15th AF shot down July 18 1944 over Kempton. Ger. Stalag Luft I. Bombardier.Hometown then Carlisle, PA.Retired USAF 1963 as CMSgt (E-9).B-17.Bombardier class 43-9 San Angelo, TX. 

Name: John DeRaimo
Hometown: Charleston West Virginia
Sent: 11:33 PM - 5/5
Thanks for the memories. I've just started putting together my fathers story and came across this site. His log that he kept the whole time he was in Stalag 1 confirms most of the information that you've so wonderfully put together. I can't wait to print off some of your photo's and show him.  I can think of no fonder memory of your farther than what you've accomphished on this home page. Thank you from my father, myself, and my family. 

Name: Eric Smylie
Sent: 9:13 PM - 5/5
I recently purchased the Wartime Log belonging to 2nd Lt. Jacob R. Brown from Harlingen, Texas ASN 0-698256 Krgf. No. 4350 Stalag Luft 1 Barracks 3, Room 6. He was at the camp when it was abandoned in 1945. Does anyone have any information on Lt. Brown? 

Name: Clint Gruber
Hometown: Beaverton OR
Sent: 1:15 AM - 5/2
I was copilot on "Iron Ass" of the 329th SQ 93BG. Shot down on ninth mission December 1, 1943. Target Solingen in the Ruhr valley. All crew bailed out safely except tail gunner, S/Sgt Harry Byerman, KIA in turret. Spent remainder of war in Stalag Luft 1. Lived in South Compound, Block 3. 

Name: Bob Outman
Homepage: 6210 Park Heights ave.
Hometown: Baltimore, Md. 21215
Sent: 1:21 PM - 4/29
Stalag Luft I
North Compound II
Barracks 4
Room 5 

Name: Sara
Hometown: Modesto, CA.
Sent: 11:17 AM - 4/29
Dear Heroic Men,
This page is very interesting and also very helpfull. I am a college student writing a research paper and I decided to write a sort of documentary about a P.O.W. of WWII, when I met a man from this same camp Stalag Luft 1 named Lt. Eldred McElrath a B-24 Liberator pilot, whom I interviewed and am in the process of writing my research paper about his life as a POW in the camp Stalag Luft 1. His description of life at that time in camp Stalag Luft1 matches exactly others description of the camp.I appreciate you all having this site. Everyone needs to learn about what happened in the past and learn from others experiences. Thank You! 

Name: Teresa Whittington
Sent: 12:19 AM - 4/29
My first cousin was Lt. Wesley B. Crow, Jr. who was flying a p-38 when he was shot down over Italy in April, 1944. He was held in the North Compound I. Anyone who has any information they can share with his family would earn our gratitude. Lt. Crow died June 1, 1999 in Ft. Worth, Texas 

Name: Kenneth Cooper
Hometown: Former Eufaula resident
Sent: 11:46 PM - 4/27
I did not make the WW2 list but was active in the Korean Conflict. Every citizen should read the stories of the POWs in order to appreciate their freedoms we have today in which most people take for granted. This Web site is worthwhile and I will pass it on.
I grew up in Eufaula but did not know Dick. I know that his family must be very proud of him. 

Name: Dawn M Naret'
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa, USA 15230-0505
Sent: 7:18 PM - 4/27
This truly is "THE BEST OF THE BEST". From the first sentence I had tears in my eyes. The bravery, valor and all American KHUTZBAH of those early military men could not be duplicated today. Our boys of this age will thankfully never have to endure the miseries of bygone atroscities caused by the degeneration of the human intelligence and spirituality that lured leaders of nations to send bright young men and women into the bowels of evil called war. What part of "THOU SHALT NOT KILL" do we not understand ? Will we as a species ever learn to obey the laws of GOD and refuse to not "LOVE THY NEIGHBOR AS THYSELF". Our world leaders do seem to be making attempts at more "negotiating" solutions to world problems today, but are they really as interested in protecting us as they are in promoting commerce? I cry for those who have been shredded by the guns of war, I cry for those who have been left as orphans by the guns of war, I cry for those who have buried children lost to the guns of war, I cry for the survivers who are forever ripped from the pleasantries of innocence and now only replay the horrors of the memories of war and I cry for the world leaders who will have to stand in front of GOD, at their judgement, and explain why they considered this valuable young creation of GOD as dispensible meat to be thrown to the front for political power boosters. As a member of the "human" race, I pray for you and all those brave men who survived that blackhole in the shining glory of man's progressive evolution. May we all learn from this wonderful memorial site that each and every human is a blessing and a great loss to "someone"..."somewhere". Thank you again for sharing so much info that many of us could never have been aware of. GOD BLESS THOSE MEN AND GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.-
Dawn Marie Stauter-Liechtenstein Naret' 

Name: jack moskowitz
Homepage: http://863 skyline dr. coram ny 11727
Sent: 2:44 PM - 4/27
452 bomb gr. 731 sq. pilot was Ted macDonald we were shot down 3/8/44 mission to berlin. Bombardier and Co-pilot lynched by civilians.  Stalag Luft 1 - no. compound bk 10 transferred to Jewish prisoners barrack after 7/1/44 fortunately survived . Severely wounded, and spent 6 weeks in pow hospital. ,staffed by british personnel.operated on by british col.oral surgeon on kitchen table with ether as an anaesthetic.have been going to 452nd reunions met some crew men and also fellow kriegies.  Let's hear from you!!! 

Name: edward rae
Hometown: Gloucester, ON.Canada K1J 6T9
Sent: 12:53 PM - 4/25
Very interesting reading. I was in the RCAF(158 Squadron-RAF)as a rear gunner on a Halifax aircraft. Attacked by 2Ju.88s(got One) bailed out near Hannover on the night of Jan .5th/45 about 7:30 p.m. Visited Frankfurt, box-car (40 men or 8 horses) to Barth and issued #7626. I was flown out of Barth aerodrome by the 305th BG, B-17s in the afternoon of May 13th, Col F.Cabreski, a P-47 pilot, was one of the senior U.S.A.F. officers.He later flew F-86s in Korea, with a few Migs to his credit.Thank you . 

Name: MARY PICKERING
Sent: 11:20 PM - 4/22
I AM TRYING TO FIND INFORMATION ON MY GRANDFATHER, S/SGT GEORGE A GOOD. HE WAS A BALL TURRET GUNNER ON A B17 CALLED SHACK BUNNY, THEY FLEW WITH THE 8TH AF, 385TH BG, 550 SQUAD. THE PILOT'S NAME WAS LT. LYLE FRYER. THE PLANE WENT DOWN OCTOBER 1943. ALL CREW WERE TAKEN AS POW'S. WE DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY WHERE TAKEN. WE ARE LOOKING FOR ANY INFORMATION ON MY GRANDFATHER OR THE CREW THAT HE WAS WITH.   I HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT ONE OF HIS CREW MEMBER'S, LT JOHN S DURAKOV WAS THE CAMP INTERPITER. ANY INFO WOULD BE GRATLY APPRECIATED. THANK YOU, MARY PICKERING 

Name: John Rapp
Hometown: Bath, NY
Sent: 1:21 PM - 4/22
My grandfather was a B-17 navigator shot down over Germany and interred at Luft Stalag I at Barth (John Raymond Rapp). It is a period of his life he has always been extremely retiscent to tell our family about. As a result, that period has been speculated on actively. Thanks for the great source of information! 

Name: Thomas Creekmore
Hometown: Severna Park, MD
Sent: 3:50 PM - 4/21
I was a radio operator on one of the B-17s that flew to Barth to pick up the POWs. I flew with the 305th BG and we flew 21 planes and landed at Barth at Noon, Sunday, May 13th. 200 B-17s from the 1st Air Division went on this "Revival" that Sunday. I will always remember that day. 

Name: Darrel G. Myers
Hometown: Lindale, Texas
Sent: 4:55 PM - 4/13
I really enjoyed your site however I am searching for Stalag Luft 4 and looking for Sgt. Roy T. Patterson I might add without much luck. Thanks again 

Name: Bill Loch
Hometown: Cincinnati,Ohio
Sent: 11:14 AM - 4/11
I want to thank all the men that served our country in WWII. My father served and was also a POW. He was in Stalag 7A in Moosesburg, Germany. I am trying to piece together his stint in the service but it is very difficult because his memory is fading. He can't even remember what unit he was in or who he served under. He thinks he was with the 125th Armored engineers division, but he is not sure. If anyone can help me with how and where to obtain this information please let me know.
P.S. I once again attended the POW Recognition Day Program this past Sunday in Cincinnati and I applauded loudly as each branch of the service was recognized. Again thanks for your service to our country.
Bill Loch 513-831-1321 

Name: Major Bill D. Little - USAF (Ret)
Hometown: Meare Oxenpill, Smt. BA6 9TA, UK
Sent: 5:27 AM - 4/11
In Honor of my brother, M/Sgt. Ralph H Little, Oakboro, NC.8th AF, 45th Wing, 452nd BG, 729th BSq., "Top Turret" and "Ass't Radio" - B-17. POW in Stalag Luft  IV. 

Name: susan helms
Sent: 11:43 PM - 4/10
I am hoping to find out someday where my dad was captured during the battle of the bulge. all i really know is he was 28th division and 112th infantry. My Mom is little by little telling me more. It was something never talked about in our house. All that was mentioned is he was a prisoner a war and he was wounded. His name was Claude Briard.... I will keep trying to find out all that happened to my Dad .... Thank you for your time!!!
Sincerely,
Susan Briard Helms

Name: Joe R Ahrens
Hometown: Story City IA
Sent: 9:06 PM - 4/10
My father was Lt. Robert H Ahrens. He was co-pilot of a B-24 named Miss Fit. I would love to hear from anyone who knew him or anybody interested at all. I have several pictures of his plane and the Stalag Luft Camp he was in.
jolinda5@gte.net 

Name: David N. Thompson
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Sent: 3:52 PM - 4/10
So glad to get more information from another Kriegie about Stalag Luft 1. I was in the West Compound. Member of RCAF. Arrived Sept. 1944. 

Name: Patricia Benker
Hometown: Pinecrest,CA>USA
Sent: 5:13 PM - 4/8
Mary,
I just realized I had found your web page via another route and did not realize it until I reread the page and notes to you. Again, thank you from my heart my friend you have opened the door to the young "Record Keepers", who will find the energy to discover who their Silent Family Heros are and were. We as Free Americans need to remember what great personal goodness we have. I have discovered many Ex-POW's who have found the men who shot them out of the sky 55 years ago and have become friends and forgiven each other. What wonderful examples of tolerance for all the world to know of. I think I have discovered a friend with more photos for you.  God Bless your family and I pray all have returned to good health.
Sincerely, Patricia 

Name: Patricia D. Benker
Hometown: Pinecrest,CA.USA
Sent: 4:55 PM - 4/8
Thank you for saving so much info. on your web page. I only wish I had more about Dad or anyone with him, when he arrived at Barth from Stalag Luft IV, as I would like to thank the men who helped him survive. I am sure he never would have lived for 50 years longer had it not been for the good heart and kindness of fellow POW's. The POW's really took care of each other and continue to try to this day if only they can find their fellow friends of many years ago. Sometimes it is only to say "good bye", however often the reunion with family is priceless.
Dad had a serious injury to his left leg when they were shot down Aprin 9,1944 over Keil,Ger., on a return flight from Marinberg(on the eastern front). If there is anyone who was with Dad (Patrick Benker,384th BG. 546th BS)reading this please contact me. I would like to express our appreciation for all you gave for our American Freeedoms.
Sincerely,
Patricia Benker 

Name: Robert J. Watkins
Homepage: 136 Egypt Rd.
Hometown: Mont Clare, Pa
Sent: 11:25 AM - 4/4
I was a POW in Stalag 17B after being shot down on August 17,1943 to May, 1945. Enjoy reading other accounts. Thanks for your effort. 

Name: Sherri Harrison Porter
Hometown: Waxahachie, Tx
Sent: 8:38 PM - 4/2
My Dad was a waist gunner shot down in 1945 and spent 2 months in a prison camp at the age of 19. Im a civil member of the 305 th Bomb Group Assoc. today. Dad past away in 1992, he was a great hero and I know your Dad is and was as proud of you as mine was of me. My father Edgar F. Harrison was in the 366 th sq. Last year I met 4 men that flew with my father in his crew as I attended my 1st 305 th reunion in seattle, Wa. My trip and the relations with my new friends reminded me of my fathers wonderful nature of being an all american GOOD OLD GUY....  All that I've done to learn more and be an active part of history has helped me over come the trama that was never talked about in my home. Honor is not silence...Thanks 

 

Name: Cindy Cotter
Sent: 11:04 AM - 4/1
My dad was a POW at this camp....James F. Cotter 

Name: William Eisner
Hometown: Short Hills, NJ
Sent: 6:53 PM - 3/31
I found your site by following the web page design leads on AT&T. It's really very good and a great reminder that all of those "doddering old men" we see around us today- actually not much older than I am - performed truly heroic deeds when they were young and essentially saved us from a horrible future. Best of luck and God Bless! 

Hometown: South Carolina
Sent: 2:13 AM - 3/31
Hello
I'm looking for help with information on my Grandfather. Raymond E. Spencer, ser # 34965826, POW at Stalag 9 -B, Bad Orb, Germany, WWII. I'm also looking for information on the Prisoner of War tags issued to him by the Germans. These tags were recently stolen and my family is trying to recover them. Any information would be welcomed. Thank you all, for all you've done for our country. 

Name: Todd Fielding
Hometown: Paoli, PA
Sent: 8:53 PM - 3/29
I enjoyed my visit to your site. Can you tell me where I can get a list of the US flies held at Stalag Luft 1? My cousin's husband was the last navigator of the Picadilly Lily, and was a prisoner for 19 months until June 1945. I would like to find which stalag he was held. 

 

Name: John Sacks
Hometown: Mason, Ohio
Sent: 6:52 PM - 3/27
I was a POW at Stalag Luft 1 September 27, 1944 - May 13, 1945 - #5587 North Compound 2, Barracks 205, Room 6. My wife and I visited Barth August 20-21, 1998. Helga Radau was just great as historian. A few days earlier, we also visited the village (Bebelsheim) where I parachuted September 13, 1944 after being shot up over Ludwigshafen in a Pathfinder B-17 from the 96th BG, but leading 490th BG who had just converted from B-24's to B-17's. At Bebelsheim, I spent 3 days with the soldier (Ignatz Merz) who had captured me. We now correspond regularly as friends.

Anyone who would like further information about travel or accommodations in Barth based on our experience there, send us an e-mail. Also, if anyone would like to share experiences during the POW era, contact me. (Does anyone remember the song about Ashland U?)

This is a great Web Site with lots of accurate information and amazing photos! I never thought I'd see those scenes again! 

Name: Jackie Smith
Hometown: Georgia
Sent: 10:32 AM - 3/27
You have done a wonderful job and have inspired me to find out more of my family history! This was certainly very interesting and informative.
Jackie Smith 

Name: Paul Bartley
Hometown: Montgomery, Al
Sent: 2:31 AM - 3/27
I have spent a little more than an hour pouring over every page of your site and must say that as much as I am impressed with your site, I am most moved over your obvious love for your father and your deep respect for his sacrifice. As much as we study history our depth of understanding will yield only an inexperienced idea as to the actual experience seen and felt by our fathers. My father, Paul Bartley, Sr., Ozark, Al., lived a quiet, honorable and contributing life till his death in 1990. He, like yours, never spoke of his months and months of island-hopping in the Pacific Theatre, the firefights in the swamps, the life and times of a combat officer, the carnage. When I thought those tales of heroism would be lost, the last two days of his life he answered my ten thousandth request and told me his story in his quiet and humble way. He was ever proud to have been there although would have just as well not had the war. He was proud to have contributed although never considered anything he did better than the contribution of others. To the end he was lovingly devoted to his God and his family and fiercely devoted to his country. My son, Paul III, never saw his grandfather but knows well the man who's name he bears. Great men like your father, Dr. Kuptsow and mine cannot be praised high or long enough for their sacrifice, even more so those who gave their lives. I read not long ago the ignorant words of some social activist complaining "We don't have any more heros for our young people to emulate." Oh, yes we do! 

Name: George Lesko
Hometown: Lee's Summit, MO
Sent: 8:05 AM - 3/26
I, and my son Greg are going to the Stalag Luft 1 confernce on 17 and 18 April 2000 via a Belin-Oranienburg conference scheduled 15 and 16 April. Hope to meet with British flyer Bertram James who participated in the "Great Escape" Roland Geiger is guiding us for 5 days.
I plan to pilot a rented aircraft onto the Barth Airfield - the same airfield I departed from in a B-17 in April 1945.

Name: Bill Morford
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Sent: 8:56 PM - 3/25
Very nice web page! A fitting tribute!  My father was captured during the Battle of the Bulge and was intered at Stalag 4 b, but as he is recently deceased and did not speak of many particulars of his imprisonment, I have been trying to glean what information I can about POW prisons (the real ones, not the movie version) to let people know what a true, though quiet hero he really was.  Keep up the good work. Your site is an inspiration. 

Name: Angela
Hometown: Huntsville, AL.
Sent: 9:56 PM - 3/24
This is really a special thought you had and I'm sure your daddy would be very pleased with the kind of effort you gave to tell this to all. Congratulations...A.Smith 

Name: Donna
Hometown: Sarasota, FL
Sent: 9:36 PM - 3/24
I was looking at the "featured" Web pages on ATT Home Page and got hooked as I started reading yours. I enjoy WWII history, but especially when it is up close and personal. Thank you for keeping the stories alive.

Name: THOMAS CLARK SMITH
Hometown: HUNTSVILLE , AL.
Sent: 8:21 PM - 3/24
MARY YOU DID A GREAT JOB ON THIS.WE KNOW YOU ARE PROUD..  ANDREW LOOKS JUST LIKE YOUR FATHER, THE BIG PICTURE LOOKS JUST LIKE ANDREW . GOOD JOB BARBARA 

Name: Edwin E Kamarainen
Hometown: Renton Wa
Sent: 4:27 PM - 3/24
Mary;  As we found out,your dad and I were shot down over the same target on the same date,  Misburg Nov 26 1944.    I was with 491st Bg about an hour earlier.Congratulations on your very informative sight   .Best wishes! Ed & Eva 

 

Name: BRUCE BOCKSTANZ
Hometown: GROSSE POINTE WOODS, MI
Sent: 8:33 AM - 3/20
I WAS A NAVIGATOR ON THE B-17, THE SILVER SLIPPER. IT WAS THE FIRST NON-PAINTED FORTRESS TO FLY IN THE ETO. WE WERE STATIONED AT THE 96TH BOMB GROUP AT SNETTERTON HEATH.
ON JULY 19, 1944, WE WERE HIT BY TWO FLAX BURSTS JUST AFTER DROPPING OUR BOMBS ON THE BALL-BEARING PLANT AT SCHWEINFURT. ESCORTED BY P-38'S, WE DROPPED OUT OF FORMATION AND FLEW FOR AN HOUR ON TWO ENGINES. WE BAILED OUT OVER REIL ON THE MOSEL RIVER. AFTER INTERROGATION,WE SPENT THE REST OF THE WAR IN STALAG LUFT I, BARTH, POMARANIA, NORTH COMPOUND II, BLOCK 4, ROOM 12.
AM CURRENTLY TRYING TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE CEREMONY AT BARTH IN APRIL. ANYONE PLANNING TO ATTEND? 

Name: Ed Suominen
Sent: 2:02 PM - 3/18
POW Stalag 2B 2 years, escaped from death march and concentration camp. Book: "Twice to Freedom".
www.twicetofreedom.com 

Name: JRW
Hometown: McLean, VA
Sent: 9:12 AM - 3/15
I made it. 

Name: Clayton F. (Clay) Boyce
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Sent: 3:11 AM - 3/15
I was a crew member on the USS Admiral H. T. Mayo, the ship that brought these guys home. I came across this site almost by accident. I have been writing a family history for a while and thought it was about time to write my own story. It was in the process of trying to refresh my memory about my service on the Admiral Mayo that I came across this site. It was one of the greatest thrills of my life to witness the debarkation of these airmen and soldiers in Boston that day. I had forgotten the name of the camp (Camp Lucky Strike) where these men had been just prior to coming aboard the ship until I read the narrative by Dr. Kuptsow. I am honored to have been involved in a small part of their lives. 

Name: Jeff Blyth
Hometown: Glendale, CA
Sent: 5:00 PM - 3/14
Took my father (RCAF Halifax pilot, 408 Squadron) back to Stalag Luft 1 last year and we're going back again next month. There's a reunion planned for all former POWs April 17, 18, 2000, in Barth. The town is organizing the two day festivities. Contact me for further info. 

Name: Patricia Benker
Hometown: Pinecrest,CA
Sent: 1:31 AM - 3/13
Thank you, what a wonderful web site you have made for your Dad. You have collected so much information, as I have about my "silent Ex-POW" father however, you have used your skill and heart to record a story that will soon be lost if not shared and recorded by the friends and family who knew these silent heros. We will never be able to understand the pain and suffering of the Ex-POW's who were our fathers however we have both discovered a group of very special Americans who are really friends, that are like family. Part of my own father's life history would have been lost and never known by his own family had I not discovered with the help of other Ex-POW's men who knew Dad during those dark days as a POW.
God Bless You for the time and effort you have put into collecting and saving your Dad's story.
Sincerely,
Patricia 

Name: Gerry Seger
Hometown: Lake City, Michigan
Sent: 9:47 AM - 3/12
Enjoyed your story about your father. Each time I read a story, I thank these fine gentlemen who suffered so much for our freedom.    I am helping a friend research information on her father, Albert Maxbauer, who was a POW from March 31, 1944 at Barth.
Gerry Seger 

Name: Pam Kupsov
Homepage: 227 Pine Ridge Rd
Hometown: Havertown, PA
Sent: 10:58 AM - 3/11
THANKS AARON! I really appreciate learning more about you and our family...talk to you soon. 

Name: Steve Kupsov
Homepage: http://227 Pineridge Road
Hometown: Havertown, PA 19083
Sent: 12:04 PM - 3/9
Thanks for providing all the info on my cousin, Aaron Kuptsow. His memories will live forever in our hearts and minds. 

Name: Susie Hoffmeyer
Hometown: Huntsville, Al
Sent: 5:19 PM - 3/6
Mary, You have really put in alot of work on this. I am sure it was worth it for you and your family. Hope you are feeling better. 

Name: Lt. Col. Robert M. Wills, Sr.
Homepage: http://Liberty Lake, Washington
Hometown: Marion, Ohio
Sent: 2:11 PM - 3/6
Great Site: I, too, was a POW from 3/23/44 - 4/19/45.   All of the other members of our crew from 385th Bomb Group, 550th Squadron, were at Stalag-Luft 1.     I was taken off train headed for Barth, and ended up in a hospital at Nordhausen for 3 months, then on to Stalag-Luft 3, and participated in forced march to Stalag XIII-D at Nuremberg. Crew members who were in Luft 1: 1st Lt Jack Salyards, 2nd Lts. Nate Gewirtz and Bill George, SSgts Harry Campbell, Charles Cooper, John McGwire, William Brooks,Otto Schoenberg, and Joseph Williams. 

Name: james speight (Anabel)
Hometown: Oakboro NC
Sent: 12:35 AM - 3/6
trying to find info for my uncle (Ralph Little) 452ndBG--729Sq. POW in Germany Stalag 4 or 5. B17 shot down near Gembioux, Belgium 

Name: Anita & Aaron
Hometown: Phila. PA
Sent: 7:58 AM - 3/4
Dear Mary:
Your web site is terrific. I've enjoyed re-reading the account. Everything has come thru clear & concise. The picture reproductions are first rate. You've done an excellent job and I'm sure that you'll get a lot of hits from those seeking more information relative to their own families. See more on e-mail.
Anita & Aaron 

Name: Steve Harper
Hometown: Columbia SC
Sent: 3:00 PM - 3/2
Great site ! Truly an honor to our "Greatest Generation" . My dad was a POW in WWll , but was so quiet (traumatised I think) that I got very little information from him . We were in the preliminary stages of a trip to Europe to follow his wartime travels , when he suddenly died of a heart attack . He never got around to telling me where he was , except captured by a pitchfork wielding Belgian (?) farmer .Do you have any informational sources where I can follow his wartime career?
Thanks
Steve
Note: Steve's father was T/Sgt. Mallie Lemmuel Harper of South Carolina . The city could have been Columbia , Cayce , West Columbia or Hopkins. Flying on his 12th mission on a B-17, he bailed out over Belgium, he thinks, as a fighter was trailing them waiting for them to go down from battle damage. They bailed out rather than be shot down. A local farmer captured him with a pitchfork !! 

Name: Roy Berman
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.
Sent: 2:30 PM - 3/1
My wife and I are friends of Aaron Kuptsow and find that his story as well as all others and the photos are fascinating! 

Name: SUSAN KANADY
Hometown: GAINESVILLE FL
Sent: 12:33 AM - 3/1
HI,MY GRANDDADS NAME IS PAUL LUKAC/LUCAS.I DONT KNOW MUCH EXCEPT HE WAS IN BOOT CAMP IN CAMP BLANDING,WENT TO PARATROOPER SCHOOL IN FORT BENNING,GA,AND GOT OUT OF THE ARMY IN 1945. HE WAS A POW IN GERMAN CAMP AND WAS CAPTURED ON THE METZ(METS) RIVER. ANY INFO WOULD BE APPRECIATED 

Name: Fran Alden
Hometown: Mansfield Pa
Sent: 5:45 PM - 2/29
Mary I got thru easily this time FRAN 

Name: Karen Dice
Sent: 10:00 AM - 2/28
Hi! What a tremendous amount of work! And all those messages, in just a few days, must make you feel good.
Love, Karen 

Name: Chris Pappas
Sent: 7:37 PM - 2/27
This is great stuff. Look forward to seeing you both soon. Dinner is on us. Chris 

Name: Doris Williams Fowler
Sent: 6:00 PM - 2/27
Mary,
Thank you for honoring Daddy's life and service to his country. Your tireless research has filled in a blank spot we all had regarding his short life. I feel certain that this web page is once again making him proud of his daughter! I'm proud of you too big Sis!! 

Name: Scott Mather
Hometown: Morro Bay , Californis
Sent: 4:32 PM - 2/25
I'm trying to find information on my Fathers ordeal as a prisoner of war. The only information I have is that he was in Generals Hodges 1st Army during the Battle of the Buldge in about the middle of the line. He was a Lieutenant in Company D ( heavy weapons). They were over run by the Germans. The men were either to be killed or captured by the advancing infantry. The Battalion Commander gave the men a choice of trying to get back to the lines or taken prisoner. The group that opted prison needed an officer to command and represent them. My Father volunteered. They walked for over three weeks in the snow to arrive at the camp. That is all I know. His name was Joseph Mather from Pasadena California. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his action. Later he received the POW Metal. If any one has any information on him or where I might go to find some I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you, Scott Mather 

Name: Debbie Lusana
Hometown: Israel
Sent: 3:43 PM - 2/25
I am Aaron Kuptsow's neice. He thought we would like to read the story. Thanks 

Name: John Hamann
Hometown: Rochester, MN
Sent: 12:01 AM - 2/24
My uncle. Lorin Hamann,  was in the same prison camp as your father was. He wrote a book about his experience in Germany, being shot down and capitured. With pictures that he had taken at prison camp. My uncle past away three year ago, his wife, Marj, ask me to help her to maybe publish it. Any war publisher,or other ideals.  Thank You,

Name: Carrol F. Dillon
Homepage: http://sites.netscape.net/carroldillon/homepage
Hometown: Sarasota, FL
Sent: 4:31 PM - 2/21
I found your entire web page of great interest. You have done a great service to the history of the POW's. I don't understand why your father was not sent first to Stalag Luft IV. Most of the noncommissioned officer went to Luft IV. Then, in February 1945 a small group were sent to Luft I. Thank you for the kind words about my book "A Domain of Heroes" My e-mail address has now changed and is CFDillon@dellnet.com 

Name: Richard A. Manasian
Hometown: Sandwich Mass.
Sent: 12:37 AM - 2/19
I found your story very interesting my father was a radio man and top gunner in a B-17 was shot down and spent two years in stalag 17 Manas Manasian 

Name: marvin laufer
Homepage:75 cottonwood drive
Hometown: williamsville ny 14221
Sent: 3:50 PM - 2/18
I was given your web address by Aaron who was close to me during our time in service. I flew with the 603 BS of the 398th. I never met your father because mickeymen were not assigned to a crew. I was shot down on 11/21/44 over Merseburg and ended up in Luft 1 north compound. Your site is fantastic and gave me much gen happy landings mickeyman1
 

Name: james
Hometown: billings
Sent: 9:32 AM - 2/16
Hi.I'm 22 and I have never served in a war, but it makes me proud when I read about good men who gave me and my family the freedom we enjoy today. People like rock stars and movie stars but my real heros are the men like your father =)The men who fought and died for me and my children. So I want to say thank you from my heart.=)Thank you.

 

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