Name: Robin Pritchard
Hometown: honoye, NY
Sent: 9.34 AM - 9/29 2001
Hi, I just found this site and don't know if anyone can help me, but I
have been looking for info. on my Uncle, who fought in WWII and was MIA
at Pearl Harbor. My mother has many newspaper clippings, letters,
pictures, etc. from him and things my grandmother kept, but I would love
to find someone who knew him (though I know that will be almost
impossible). There was never ANY evidence found that he had definitely
been killed--not a dog tag, pin, uniform, tooth, bones, personal
belongings--nothing, so sometimes I wonder if he possibly lived and was
a prisoner and just could not contact his family for whatever reason.
Anyway, here is the basic information--his name was George Robert
Loughborough, he was a Lieutenant and flew a B-29 and was shot down over
Pearl Harbor. He went by the name of Bob. He was born on May 27, 1923 in
Rochester, New York and grew up on Maynard St. in Rochester, New York
and had 2 sisters (Gail and Barbara) and l brother (Paul). His parents
were George and Clara Loughborough. (He would be 78 now). He is my hero,
though I never knew him.
If any one has any info., or can send me to where to look, I would be so
greatful. Thank you so much.
Robin Pritchard (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hometown: rancho cordova ca
Sent: 6.06 PM - 9/27 2001
my father was pow in ww2. but i havent seen my father for 47years.
my mother passed away never talking about him, and i think my father
passed away 1995-1997.i dont know what branch he was in ,all i know pow
in germany for 2years.i dont know who his parents are or if he had
siblings.by the way his name was
thomas dawson from suffolk.you have a great site, but really
doesnt help me. i have no idea what to look for. im new at this. thx.
Hometown: Saginaw, MI
Sent: 11.44 PM - 9/25 2001
Hello - my uncle, James E.
McGraw, was a POW at Stalag Luft 1 - don't know when he arrived,
but he was there when the camp was liberated. Would love to put him in
contact with anyone who knew him. My husband has been nominated to be
U.S. Ambassador to Slovak Republic, and we're waiting for his Senate
confirmation hearing. I am hoping to find some of his friends soon to
put him in touch with them.
Hometown: Galveston, Texas
Sent: 9.41 PM - 9/24 2001
Hello,my step-father, Joe
Martin, was shot down Feb.20,1944, and was at Stalag Luft 1 in
Barth, Germany. He was there until May 1945. I'm a teacher and he's
coming to talk to the 5th grade about being a P.O.W. I am so very proud
of him and all the others that gave so freely of themselves so that we
could be free. God bless America and all of her service men/women.
Hometown: New York
Sent: 5.46 PM - 9/23 2001
Great website. Thanks. I fought in 7 battles in N. Africa, was captured
at Kasserine. I spent two arduous years inside German Prison Camp
Stalag 2B. Escaped from
the death march. Ended up in a concentration camp and escaped again. Made
it through to rejoin the American troops in Naples and came home just
before the war ended.
Vincent L. Thrasher
Hometown: St Leonard, Md
Sent: 11.03 AM - 9/23 2001
I was captured at Rochefort Belgium on Dec 23 44. I was part of
the 84th inf div 335 reg co I . Ended up at Limburg germany
Stalag 12A Liberated Mat
27 by 9th army
Ovila Stan Corbiere
Sent: 1.04 PM - 9/22 2001
Our crews tranferred to the 398th on Nov 25,1994 We were shot down
on the same day as your dad. Our pilot was Kermit Pope.This is the 1st
time on your site.This is great. Will get back to you later Stan
john henry bryner, jr
Hometown: roland,iowa 50236 tel 5153884550
Sent: 9.52 PM - 9/21 2001
tail gunner, B-17G #44-6440, 15thAF, 2ndBG, 20thBS, foggia-to ruhland,
shot down over GROSSRASCHEN, 22-march-1945, POW-Luft-I, barth. returned
to grossraschen 9-3-01 to find my plane; 9-6-01 joined tour group of
x-POWs to barth,berlin,zurich. HOME SAFE AFTER TERRORIST attack.
Chris L. Walsh
Hometown: Orangeburg, SC 29115
Sent: 7.57 AM - 9/21 2001
Thanks for all you have done in putting together information concerning
the POW's in Stalag I in Barth. My father,
Walker Limehouse has not
shared many facts about his internment, but the trip to Barth and
hearing the other POW's stories plus your wonderful web page has
enlightened our family. What a history! And a living one at that. For
others reading this message, my father who was one of the oldest
attending the conference at Barth in September, 2001, taught law and
trumphet lessons during his imprisonment. I would love to hear from
anyone who was in his stalag who remembers him. He is still going pretty
strong at 86!
Chris Limehouse Walsh
Hometown: Lenexa, KS
Sent: 6.59 PM - 9/20 2001
Hi. MY name is Nick Kolakowski. My grandfather was a POW of
Stalag Luft IV. His name
was Edward Kolakowski. He
was a ball gunner. He was (and still is)a brave man, as I know that you
were to. If you knew him or want to share any of your stories, my email
Name: Randall Hankey
Hometown: Litchfield , MI
Sent: 8.29 PM - 9/19 2001
Mom and Dad called giving me this address. Really enjoyed reading about
this. Wish he would have showed this to us in high school. Would have
meant a lot. I retired after almost 25 years in the Air Force. Flew for
19 years on E-3 AWACS.
Hometown: Washington State
Sent: 6.26 PM - 9/19 2001
Great informative site. My brother,
Frank Hayden, was a navigator on a c-47 shot down dropping
supplies at Bastogne, and spent the rest of the war in Stalag Luft 1.
Told fascinating stories of life at SL 1!
Name: Connie & Rich Kupchunos
Hometown: Ivoryton, CT
Sent: 2.23 PM - 9/18 2001
Hi Mary and Barbara (and Ashley, too)! It was such a pleasure meeting
you and spending the time on the tour with you. We trust you got home
safely -- we were SO happy to touch down in Boston after the 8 hr.
flight. My parents (Jack and Wanda Kirkham) arrived in Orlando later
that evening and we were very glad to hear from them. There were only 9
passengers on the Delta Express that took them to Florida. Our best to
you--GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!! Connie & Rich
Hometown: Arden, NC 28704
Sent: 7.43 PM - 9/17 2001
Nice being with you on the "Return to Stalag Luft I" We arrived
home by Sunday Evening, flying over New York city on the way to Atlanta.
Could see the large columns of smoke from the piles of rubble.
Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
Sent: 10.02 PM - 9/16 2001
Daughter of Donald C.Olson
(deceased) Tech Sgt. Army/Air Corp. POW
Sent: 8.47 PM - 9/16 2001
Son of Sqd Ldr Ken Watts
- prisoner Stalag Luft 1 (deceased).
Marianne Dinndorf Ayers
Sent: 8.04 PM - 9/16 2001
I am researching my Dad's WWII History (Arthur
Robert Dinndorf) for an increase in his VA Pension. He is now 85
and soon to be 86. He was a POW at Stalag Luft III, shot down and
captured 9-6-1943 in Stuttgart. It has always been hard for him to share
what happened there and now it is hard to remember the details. My Mom
(now deceased) & Dad both tried in 1988 to get his POW Medal and were
unsuccessful. My hope is to try again and get results while Dad is still
here! Dad was a Bombadier Unit 384 BG 544 BS 8 AF. If anyone has a
suggestion on a good person to contact to expedite the request, please
let me know. I was born while Dad was overseas in January 1944. God
Bless all our Men & Women who experienced the plight of a POW in service
to our country to ensure that we would be a free society!
Hometown: Rollinsville, CO
Sent: 5.10 PM - 9/16 2001
My father-in-law an ex-WWII POW, just passed away. I have his original
Stalag 3 dog tag and German POW card with his picture. Can you help me
find a museum that would display this artifact and cherish it as much as
Hometown: Toccoa, Ga.
Sent: 11.45 AM - 9/14 2001
My daddy was Cpl.Richard T.
Smith. He was in Co. H, 422nd Inf., 106 Division. Was captured on
Dec. 19, 1944 & was in Stalag
IX-B, Bad Ord Germany. He never spoke much about the war & I was
young & do not remember very much he did say. All I know is he died with
scars & bad memories, at 58 years of age, having had a nervous
in 1951, & heart attack at 47. I would like to find any information
concerning his time in Germany POW camp. It was always something he did
not discuss. These are among the thousands of loss records during that
Hometown: Corry, Pa
Sent: 9.35 PM - 9/12 2001
my paternal grandfather is 86 yrs old and was a pow for almost 2 years
this site put a huge lump in my throat and I can hadly wait to show my
grandfather I love to hear war stories and thank you so much
Hometown: Dinslaken Germany
Sent: 5.08 PM - 9/12 2001
I return to this guestbook to send my sympathy to the American People,-
I simply don't know what else I can do at the moment. Me and all people
I know are deeply shocked! In summer 2000 me and my wife had a terrific
time spending our holiday with folks in Basking Ridge/New Jersey and
also moving in an out of South Manhattan from there,- what a place! All
I can say now is that my friend living in William Street, lower
Manhattan is fine! What about the other innocent people? I hope that the
message will not be overheard that democratic nations must work together
much more strongly and intensively to fight this common enemy.
Name: T Johnson
Hometown: Kansas City, Kansas
Sent: 1.19 PM - 9/11 2001
I was just looking through some war websites. The reason I was doing
this was because of the devastating tragedy that occured today in New
York and Washington D.C.. Just wanted to say that I really enjoyed your
website. I must tell you that everyone that was involved or had a loved
one or just some kind of tie to it, I am sure that they are very
appreciative of the quality and all of the time, love, and dedication
that you have given. To myself I thank you, so that anyone that does
have questions are able to have some kind of idea of all or at least
some of the pain and suffering that these poor people went through...
William "Bill" Wells
Hometown: Bagley, Wi. - Lake Helen, Fl
Sent: 12.58 PM - 9/10 2001
I am a former prisoner of war (Stalag Luft 1) and am very appreciative
that these web sites keep the POW story alive and help educate the young
on the ravages of War.
Sent: 8.05 AM - 9/10 2001
What a wonderful website. I am searching for information on my great
Uncle, he was a POW, in World War 2. I have no idea where he was a
prisonar at. His name was Glen Hartman. I don't have alot of
information. Maybe you know where I can search for information on my
Uncle. Thank you so much, for having this webpage, it is a start, for me
and others, who are searching.
Hometown: WELLINGTON. SOMERSET UK
Sent: 9.15 AM - 9/9 2001
MY FATHER FL/LT W. B. P. PRITCHARD RAF. PRISONER AT
STALAG LUFT 1 SHOT DOWN OFF CRETE IN 09/10/43. RELEASED
BY THE RUSSIANS . DIED IN 23/09/1988 IN A CAR CRASH
AFTER SUFFERING M/I. FLEW 51 MISSIONS WITH 603 SQ
Hometown: Moreton in Marsh Glos.UK
Sent: 11.38 AM - 9/8 2001
My Father was a prisoner of war in
StalagXV11b. He was in the Eighth
Army and captured in North Africa in 1941.
Sadly he died some 10 years ago, but I have several letters etc. and one
name that he mentions is an American called Paul Scully of Broadway,
NYC. I would love to try and trace him or his family.
Love your site.
Sent: 10.07 PM - 9/6 2001
My Dad was a POW in Stalag Luft I in Barth for 6-8 months. He is
currently the Commander of the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the
American Ex Prisoners of War. I am repeatedly in awe of him, and all of
those who served and survived. I thank you.
Name: PAUL WILCOX
Hometown: CORNING NEW YORK
Sent: 8.26 PM - 9/6 2001
I FOUND A NEWS PAPER CLIPPING FROM THE CORNING LEADER A NEWS PAPER FROM
ARE AREA. IT HAD A PICTURE OF MY UNCLE
ROBERT WILCOX AND AN ARTICLE
ABOUT HIM. IT SAID HE AND OTHERS HAD WALKED 200 MILES IN 13 DAYS ACROSS
AUSTRIA. AND THAT HE WAS IN A POW CAMP IN AUSTRIA. I WAS TOLD A LONG
TIME AGO HE WAS IN STALAG 21 OR 13 AND WAS WONDERING IF ANYONE HAD ANY
INFO THAT WOULD HELP ME WITH THIS MATTER. MY UNCLE PASSED AWAY SOME TIME
AGO AND I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW A LITTLE MORE ABOUT HIM. THANK YOU PAUL
Name: Charles "Chuck"
Hometown: Atlanta, IL
Sent: 12.40 AM - 9/6 2001
My uncle S/Sgt. William H. Ruble was a POW from May 24,44 until the camp
was liberated by the Russians. Unfortunately, my uncle passed away in
1966 and we know very little about his POW experience. My cousin
mentioned that my uncle was in the same camp as Hub Zemke. Looked it up
and found out it was Stalag 1. Might be my imagination, but I think my
uncle might be in one of your photos. AWESOME WEB SITE!!
James P. Lilligren
Hometown: Fresno, CA.
Sent: 8.00 PM - 9/5 2001
I was in Stalag Luft 1, North 2 Compound from July 26, 1944 until the
end. I have enjoyed your message about your grandfather. I have been in
touch with Helga Radau. My wife and I visited Barth in 1987 and received
a very nice visit.
Name: Leanne Judd
Hometown: Geelong Victoria Australia
Sent: 6.39 PM - 9/5 2001
I am the grand daughter of Arther Stubbs who was held as a POW during
WW2. I have been trying to find out more details but I am not having a
lot of luck. What we do know is that he was held captive in Poland and
believe he was captured in Crete. If any one remembers him please
Hometown: Alexander City
Sent: 3.50 PM - 9/4 2001
Hello, I am writing to find out how my
father in law could be included in
your page. He was a POW in 1945 with WW11. My husband (son to POW) and I
have taken him in to care for. Just recently we have begon using VA for
his medical care and found out alot of things he had never talked
about. The veteran needs to be recongized.
Name: Ian Le Sueur
Hometown: Jersey CI UK
Sent: 2.42 PM - 9/4 2001
Spoke to Verne and Onie Woods this evening, what a super couple.
If anyone has any info on James A Schneider who was the bombardier on
the Black Swan on that fatefully day in Dec 1943 I would love to hear
Hometown: Mt. Vernon, IL.
Sent: 12.25 PM - 9/4 2001
I enjoyed your website. I had an Uncle who was a top turret gunner on a
B17. He was with the 731st BS, 452 BG. He was killed over Merseburg,
Germany when the lead plane and the plane he was in collided in mid-air
while attempting to switch places. The plane he was in was going to take
over the lead, due to the lead plane having some type of mal-function.
This happened on 7/28/44. He was on his 25th mission. I have been
digging for information about my Uncle's missions and his crew members.
I have spoken with one gentleman who was the tailgunner on his plane on
7/28/44. I was so thrilled to get to talk with him. I have become a
member of the 452BG and my husband and I are planning on attending the
reunion in South Carolina in October. My Uncle was T.Sgt. Frank H.
Parker, Jr. The plane he was in was PFF equipped.
Name: Ross Lindsay Edwards
Sent: 5.33 AM - 9/4 2001
My grandfather, Flying Officer William Henry Edwards DFC, was shot down
on the 12th May 1940. He was on a bombing mission to attack the bridges
at Maastricht, Belgium flying the Bristol Blenheim 1V for the RAF.
He was captured by the Germans and sent to the prison camps where he
remained from 12th May 1940 to 16th Sept. 1944.
We, the family, have no record of what prison camps he was in, or what
events took place during these times.
If anyone can help with any information relating to my grandfathers time
in the prison camps, it would be most appreciated.
We believe he spent time in Stalag Luft 3, but cannot be sure.
Ross Lindsay Edwards
Name: Colleen Gardner
Sent: 8.11 AM - 9/3 2001
My husbands uncle(Harry Bean),was shot down in 1944 and ended up at
Stalag Luft lV
until after the march and he was liberated I believe by
the Russians. Can anyone give me any more info on the march, the
conditions at the camps, other websites or further reading. He never
talked about any of this and would like to learn more.Thanks for this
site. And thank you to all who served.
G E Ashford
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Sent: 10.31 PM - 9/1 2001
Many memories brought back. Thanks
Name: teeny york
Sent: 8.33 PM - 8/30 2001
I am proud to know my Father served in the army in world war 11 he died
when i was young and i did not fully understand what he tried to tell us
about it.If any one ever served or knows of Earnest E. Caison please
contact me at web address [email@example.com] thanks to all of you.
Name: Cameron Phillips
Hometown: Monroe, La.
Sent: 9.01 PM - 8/29 2001
We lost a good friend, Jimmy Marion, from Jackson, Ms. who was a bomber
pilot stationed in England during the war. Hope someone who reads your
wonderful site will remember him & contact us, as we would like to hear
from them & what they know about his last mission.
Name: Franz Gajdosch
Hometown: D - 61440 Oberurel/Ts.
Sent: 4.28 AM - 8/28 2001
i was 1946 a POW in the Camp King, the former DULAG LUDFT inprisoned in
tht "COOLER", after I worked as a barkeeper in the Cfficers Club till I
ritired 1993 and I am interested in the hisdtory of the post. Whisching
You the best!
Name: John Kimbrow
Hometown: Hot Springs Village, ARK 71909
Sent: 4.19 PM - 8/27 2001
Terrific site! My uncle, Lt. Robert B. Spencer,
was POW at Stalag Luft I. Shot down (B-26) on Feb.
10, 1944 over France, Spent remainder of War at
Stalag Luft I. No other crew members survived crash.
Jake M. Simonitsch
Hometown: Independence, MO 64055-2091
Sent: 3.57 PM - 8/27 2001
Great Site George.My Stalag Luft POW # was 3555.Was introduced into
North Compound #1 late in Mar '44. The barracks was #2, in the northeast
corner of the Compound.Our B17 was shot down by fighters and flack on
Mar 8. The crew was on mission 18 with the 390 Bomb Gp, 8th AF. My job
was the Navigtor. Nine of us bailed out safely. Our Engineer/gunner,
T/Sgt Louis Lebaron, was the only crew not accounted for. 1st Lt Paul
Quillin was the Pilot.The 390th BG has a good history on the crews & the
groups operation.The 390th has a restored B17 located at the Pima air
Museum, Tucson, AZ and has a museum within the PIMA museun. E Mail is
Name: Alderic L. Leger
Hometown: Belchertown, MA
Sent: 8.14 PM - 8/22 2001
A very informative site. These were real heros who must have had a real
rough time. I happened to be one of the lucky ones who survied 30
missions with the 8th Air Force (91stBG-322BS) This site really opened
my eyes on how things could have been.
Hometown: Bethany, OK 73008-3041
Sent: 8.50 PM - 8/21 2001
I was in the Regular Army, 18 Field Artillery Battalion from Jan 6, 1941
to November l8, 1945. Our unit had l05mm Guns an 4.5 Rocket Launchers
during 10 Months combat. The unit did not land in Normandy till July 6,
1944 ans was in all Five Major Campaigns in Europe.
Name: Bruce M. Herman
Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida 33433
Sent: 7.23 PM - 8/21 2001
IRWIN IS MY BEST BUDDY, MY CONSTANT FRIEND AND DRINKING PAL AT MY
HANGAR, AND A PERSISTENT CO-PILOT, INSISTING THAT I TEACH HIM TO LAND
THE COMMANDER I FLY BEFORE FLYING WITH ME AGAIN. DESPITE THAT, HE KEEPS
FLYING!!!!!!!! HE IS MY HERO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Name: Kim Granholm
Hometown: Freeport, Me
Sent: 10.15 AM - 8/21 2001
I am the great neice of Tech. Sargeant Paul W. Manter who also served in
the 8th Air Force, 491st Bombgroup, 853rd. He was a waist gunner and
died Nov 26 1944 when his plane was shot down on that day over Misburg.
The only survivor's on that day were the pilot and co-pilot of which one
of there names were Lt. Grear. He served on a B-24 Liberator Bomber and
was 19 years old when killed in action.
Thank you for this site. My grandfather, his brother will be thrilled
when I show him this!
Name: Valerie Telleria
Hometown: Elko, Nv.
Sent: 1.36 PM - 8/20 2001
I'm the daughter of Millard R. Dick, who was a POW in Germany.
Sorry I don't have an e-mail address
Hometown: Perth West Australia
Sent: 9.59 AM - 8/20 2001
I was wounded and captured on Crete May 1941. spent two years in forced
labour camps then swapped identities with Flt Sgt Tenny R.A.F. to help
him escape. Spent the next two years in
Stalag 4b .
The guards deserted the camp on the arrival of the Russians but I and
another chap managed to get across the Elbe river and back to the
Name: F. Brent Betenson
Hometown: Ceadr City, Utah
Sent: 10.39 PM - 8/19 2001
My father B-17 Pilot Lt. Francis W. Betenson was a POW from 3/4/44 until
the end of the War. He was shot down over Berlin on the first daylight
raid. He was held at Stalag Luft 1. He still lives in Cedar City, Utah.
Hometown: Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Sent: 9.44 PM - 8/19 2001
Will be in Berlin on Sept. 6, 2001. Lead Navigator of 3rd Wing 0f 8th
Airforce. Mid-air collision with alternate "Mickey" ship when our ship's
Mickey wouldn't work on bomb run to Merseberg synthetic oil works near
Leipzig. Nine died on our ship as a result of the crash. I came out of
it with only injuries from the parachute landing on 7/28/44. 26th
mission. North compound 1 in Stalag Luft 1. From POW camp to Lucky
Strike tents in La Harve, France.
Hometown: Hingham, Ma
Sent: 7.31 PM - 8/19 2001
My second or third visit to site. Shot down on Sept 12, 1944. Was in
Stalag Luft 1, North Compound. 465th BG 780th Squadron. Some on crew
have now passed away. At age 85 still hanging on and these stories are
great. Keep them coming. Bill of Lil Abner
Name: Gary Vogt
Hometown: Rochester, NY
Sent: 1.03 PM - 8/19 2001
What a terrific site. I have been mesmerized for hours. My uncle,
Kramer, was shot down (probably a gunner), and spent some time as a POW
within Germany. I'd hate to compromise his privacy, but is there a
complete listing somewhere that would provide me with a little more
Name: Don Gawlik
Hometown: Right now, Hayama, Japan, but originally St. Louis, MO
Sent: 7.41 PM - 8/18 2001
My uncle, 2nd Lt. Donald J. Hyerdall, of Chicago, IL, talks about his
experience all the time, to anyone who will listen. He was in SL I from
September, 1944 - May, 1945. We're thinking about visiting in Spring,
2002. Has anyone been there since the War?
Name: Bonnie Thornton
Sent: 8.29 PM - 8/16 2001
My father was in Stalag Luft I for 13 months. He passed in 1996 and I am
going to Europe this September. I am trying to see if there is anything
there that I can visit. His name was
Lt Elmer N. Dunlap, he was a pilot
for the Air Corp. Do you know of him?
Name: Al Loehndorf
Hometown: Fond du Lac, WI 54935-9372
Sent: 1.44 PM - 8/16 2001
Your efforts are much appreciated. While my brother, Warren E. Loehndorf,
did not survive, most of his crewmen did. It is for them that such a
site as this is an honorable tribute.
Name: Eugene G. Millspaugh
Hometown: Livermore California
Sent: 11.01 PM - 8/15 2001
My father Alvin G. Millspaugh
was a P.O.W. for nine months at Luft1.He
was in North 3. His B-24 was shot down over Sarajevo.He was in the 15th
450th b.g. 720th b.s. We have been down loading pictures for his photo
album.He can't get enough of this web site.
Name: Shirley Giraudo
Hometown: Winter Haven, FLorida
Sent: 11.18 AM - 8/14 2001
Thank you so much for yoour wonderful page. I am the widow of
General John C. Giraudo. a POW in Germany. I read every line with great
interest anad will refer many readers to same.
Name: Karen Driscoll
Hometown: Chimacum, Washington
Sent: 11.44 PM - 8/13 2001
A new book by Col. C. Ross Greening, commanding officer of North
Compound of Luft I, compiled and edited by his widow and myself, has
just been published by Washington State University Press. This book
covers Col Greenings' entire career including his stint in Luft I and
includes his wonderful watercolor paintings. This book builds on the
book he published shortly after the war and includes most of the
paintings in that book plus additional paintings from his log book and
other sources. It is also titled "Not As Briefed" with the addition of
the subtitle, "From the Doolittle Raid to a German Stalag". I would like
to send some information about the book and information about how to
order it for posting on this web site. If this is acceptable please send
me your regular mail address so I can send the material to you. The
reproduction of the color pictures in the information will be better if
I send it by regular mail. Sincerely, If you have already received and
posted some information about this book and I have just missed finding
it on your web site I would still like to update the material with a
summary of the book and with an updated price and order form.
Leo S. Bach
Hometown: brooklyn, n.y.
Sent: 12.32 PM - 8/13 2001
so many versions of the Jewish Barracks in Stalag Luft 1 at Barth. One
thing is absolutly clear, and this should dispell any doubts that the
Germans did indeed segregate Jews. I was ome who along with 200 other
Jews were placed in Block 11 in North Compound. If there was another
building in the South compound that housed Jews is news to me altho it
wouldn't surprise me. I am finding so many different versions of
what took place. I am sure they are the subject of suppressed memories
as is the case in my mind. I've found so many things that happened
around and to me that I had suppressed and only came to the surface as
my memory was stimulated by others at the camp. Would love to continue
dialogue with others at Stalag Luft 1. I was there from April '44 to May
'45 Am anxious to hear from you
I live in Walnut Creek, Ca my address is 2224 Pine Knoll Dr phone (925)
937-7313 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Hometown: Latrobe Pennsylvania
Sent: 11.33 AM - 8/12 2001
Yours is a page that will make a certain individual very happy,
especially if he can contact some old buddies. His name is
from Greensburg (New Alexandria, PA). We just intervied him for our
forthcoming publication on World War II Veterans. Check our website for
our other publications. Connect to www.stvincent.edu, click on special
programs, then on center for northern appalachian studies, click on
publications. Joe kept a magnificent diary while he was in Luft I. it is
filled with dream recipes, poems, diagrams, calendars, etc. I don['t
have the diary in f ront of me, but I remember one name in it is
Alexander Deptula who resides now in Mingo Junction, Ohio. If anyone
remembers Joe Seanor, please contact me, or call Joe at 724-837-4727.
His address is 648 Keystone, Greensburgh PA 15601. He also has a book of
cartoons that were released after liberation and a complete set of
pictures, the same as those on your page!
Donald J. Lewis
Hometown: Dresher , Pennsylvania
Sent: 11.05 AM - 8/12 2001
I am the sole survivor of my B17 Bomber crew. Five were killed in the
crash and four have since died of natural causes. My plane was shot down
on a mission to Augsburg Germany and Innsbruck Austria on 19 Dec 1943.
Spent three months in a German Military hospital in Meran Italy then to
Stalag Luft 6 then 4. Walked 89 days west and north to stay ahead of
Russian advance. Liberated the 2nd of May 1945 by the British Royal 2nd Dagoons. Would be happy to help history scholars.
Hometown: Grosse Pointe woods, MI
Sent: 10.17 PM - 8/11 2001
Berard Marcus' entry of 8/10 states that his English contact did not
know of any instance of the Germans segregating American Jewish airmen
in POW camps.
My bombardier, Joe Bernstein was rooming with me in the North 2 Compound
of Stalag Luft I. At a morning roll call in January 1945, he with all
those of the Jewish faith were reassigned to a barracks building in the
I believe that the local German officials were following orders from
higher authority but realized that the war was all but lost and that
they would be personally held accountable for anything that they did to
Actually the barracks where they were confined was one of the original
in the camp and much better constructed than the rest of us had. Their
treatment and food continued to be the same as the rest of us received.
Joe's widow told me that he didn't talk about his concerns during
captivity, but that he had terrible nightmares for years afterwards.
Name: Douglas Kupper
Hometown: Leander, Texas
Sent: 5.30 PM - 8/11 2001
My uncle Cpl. Michael Kupper
was in 3rf army at Battle of Bulge. He was
a taken captive in the battle and died in a pow camp sometime early
Our family knows little ofr his time in Europe. My father is the last
living sibling as his sister Amanda died on Good Friday 2001.
Michael Kupper was born in LINDSEY,TEXAS ON 4/12/09.
Michael Kupper is now buried in Lindsey, Texas.
Hometown: Monsey, New York
Sent: 4.33 PM - 8/11 2001
I came to Luft 1 from luft 4 in
feb 1945. 98 Gp 415 sq. 8 killed of crew.Germans tried to put all of us
Jewish guys in one building to burn down; stopped by Father lynch
Name: Bernard Marcus
Hometown: demarest, nj 07627 - 2227
Sent: 10.57 AM - 8/10 2001
Just got on your great web site. Would like to hear from Dr. Kuptsow
because my contact at the AJEX in England did not believe that Jewish
POWs were segregated or persecuted by the German captors in the Second
War. Anyhow I would be honored to receive any messages from any fliers
who were captured and their recollections if possible. Americans need to
know how we survived under these conditions and to be able to honor
them. Good luck to all of you.
Hometown: Hillsborough, NC
Sent: 1.17 PM - 8/9 2001
I was with the 384th Bomb Gp, 545th Bomb Sqdn, in 1943.
Aerial gunner. Was shot down on first Schweinfurt raid, August 17, 1943.
Spent time in Stalag VIIA, XIA, and 357. It was a helluva ride.
Name: John & Wanda Kirkham
Hometown: The Villages, FL 32162
Sent: 7.46 AM - 8/8 2001
We are looking forward to our trip in September 2001.
Hometown: Augusta Kansas
Sent: 3.17 PM - 8/7 2001
I am very happy to find this site today. My brother
Hamilton was a member of 100th Bomb Group stationed at Thorpe Abbott. He
was bombadier on John Brady's plane "Mlle Zigzag". I loved to hear some
of the tales Haward told of his wartime experiences. I Have read Ian
Hawkins books, Harry Crosby's, and Frank Murphys. They are very good
books. Howard was shot down over Munster, and was st
Stalag I or III, I
am not sure which. I would love to hear from others he did the time
with. Thanks for this very informative website!
Name: Gary Swinger
Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee
Sent: 3.12 PM - 8/6 2001
To Charles Sturgeon: I am the son of
Harry Swinger. He was shot down in
Western France on the same day you were (near Falise on Aug. 13, 1944).
He was taken to Paris and then later force marched to Metz where he was
put on a train there. He spent most of his time in
Luft IV. Do you know
He now lives in Dexter, Missouri, and we just celebrated his 80th
birthday with a surprise party.
Name: Phil Martin
Sent: 2.10 PM - 8/6 2001
Congrats on the Stalag Luft 1 Homepage. I am researching
Flt Lt A.R.Whitaker
RAF a navigator.He was a member of 582Sqdn (Pathfinders)and
bailed out over Germany on 23rd December,1944.His Lancaster crashed in
Belgium.He was taken to Stalag Luft 1 and it is believed he remained
there until released in 1945.
Name: Leo A. Synoracki
Sent: 1.27 PM - 8/6 2001
Does anyone remember my Uncle, 2Lt.Martin J. Monti, he "joined" Dulag
Luft in October or November of 1944.
Hometown: Amarillo, Texas
Sent: 5.07 PM - 8/5 2001
Been her several times, don't sign guestbook every time. I was in Stalag
Luft 1 for several months in West compound. (I think). The one nearest
the flack school. I wanted to start walking out but found no one to go
with me. Am now glad that I stayed to experience my last flight in a B
17, when we were flown out of Barth, Germany by the 91st BG. I served
with the 91st BG, 322nd BS. as Engineer, top turret, gunner on Thomas P.
Smith Jr's. crew. Shot down on 20th mission, Aug 13, 1944, while bombing
a rail bridge on the Seine River at Le Manoir, France.
Name: Dr. Gerald J. Keller
Hometown: Reserve, LA 70084
Sent: 5.35 PM - 8/3 2001
Trying to get information on Etienne Scioneaux of Reserve, LA. Believed
to have been caputured in North Africa. If anyone has any information,
Thanks for the great web site. I wished I would have found it earlier, I
would have loved to have made the trip in September!
The POW's were our true heroes of W.W. II.
Name: Debra Valenti
Hometown: Flushing , NY
Sent: 11.48 PM - 8/2 2001
My father Alfio Valenti was a gunner on a B-25 Mitchell with the 321st
Bomb group and 446th Bomb sqd. He was shot down over Italy on Jan 13,
1944 and was a POW liberated May 8th, 1945. Any one who may know of him
please E-Mail me... God Bless All Veterans...
Name: M.L. Boultinghouse
Hometown: Evansville, Ind.
Sent: 7.27 PM - 8/2 2001
I will be visiting Barth in Sept. this year.
Your web page is the best.
I flew with the 91st Bomb group 12 May 1945. We took 35 English POW's to
Name: Louis Smith
N. 85th Pl.
Hometown: Scottsdale, Az.
Sent: 11.19 PM - 8/1 2001
Looking for crew members on the Bride of Mars that went down on the 5th
of Dec. 1944.8th AF 91stBG 322BS.
Ralph Blanton - Roy Burns-Emery E. Salyards=Allison Stern.
Ernest W Chumley
340 E Michigan
Hometown: Jacksonville, Il
Sent: 3.07 PM - 8/1 2001
Hello, just to let you know that I found your websight. I have been
looking at pictures and things. My wife and some of are family is going
to Barth in Sept.
Take care now
E. W. (Perk) Chumley
Hometown: London, England
Sent: 5.33 AM - 8/1 2001
What a magnificent web site for the children of Fathers who fought
in WW2. You should be commended for your efforts in creating this
site. I am looking for one of the pilots of Halifax squadron 419 out
of Middleton St. George, England called Sgt. Westerman. He came from
somewhere in Pa. He was a volunteer in the R.C.A.F and was shot down
over Stettin docks in Germany on his first flight. My Father would
love to know of his life since then.
Name: Shirley Wright
Hometown: Mattoon, Illinois
Sent: 10.43 PM - 7/31 2001
My father in law was a pow in world war 2. The area was germany, the
camp name was Stalag 4B,and he was captured on December 21, 1944. I
would appreciate being notified from anyone who was captured at that
time to send emails. He would love to here from anyone who was there
at the same place.
Name: Robert a. Serpico
Hometown: 165 Maple street #1 burlington Vt. 05401
Sent: 9.37 PM - 7/31 2001
I think my dear family friend once was incarcerated in luft stag 1.
his name is Clifford Linnel. How can I
receive reliable data on
cliff's experience? I know he was a prisoner of war. I would like to
learn more, because he is a good man, and an honorable man, and a
recalcitrant man. I seem to recall him saying to me as a boy that he
was in luft stalag #1 please help if you have the time. thank you!!
Hometown: Billerica, Ma
Sent: 6.14 AM - 7/31 2001
Great site I have been enjoying it for awhile. I've seen the pow
I.D. pictures from the prison camps and would like to know where to
find them as I would like to find my
I would also like to hear from anyone that was on the Herbern
Mission on March 23, 1944.
Keep up the great work.
Name: Denise A.
Hometown: Mt. Pleasant, Pa.
Sent: 8.42 PM - 7/29 2001
My father was a P.O.W. in Germany during WWII. He passed away 4/7/99
but his stories and memoirs will be with me forever. Anyone who new
Tony Caruso, please contact me at this sight.
Hometown: Durham N.C.
Sent: 8.14 PM - 7/29 2001
Was shot down July of 44 .Was in the 8th and 15th
Name: Ruth Dunn
Hometown: Valhalla, New York
Sent: 4.02 PM - 7/29 2001
I came upon this site today - thank you! My father was
Dunn who was shot down near Vienna on Christmas Day, 1944. He left
Stalag Luft I on May 5,1945 as his mother was dying. He got home in
time to see her. Please contact me if you knew Wendell.
Hometown: Martinsburg, WV
Sent: 12.12 AM - 7/29 2001
Thank you for this wonderful tribute to not only your father but to
the many men who served our country. My father
Pvt. Edward McCarthy
was wounded taken prisioner on November 7, 1944 in the Hurtgen
Forrest. He was held in Stalag 3A
in Luckenwalde, Germany until the
Russians liberated the camp. Daddy died 7 years ago, and I know he
is at peace and is no longer suffering from the scars of the war. I
have always been very interested in his experience as a POW, however
he did not feel that he could share alot about it. I have been
searching for any information about Stalag 3A and Luckenwalde and
the battle in the Hurtgen Forrest. I feel that I am touching the tip
of the ice berge, however I would sincerely appreciate any
assistance of suggested sites. May we never forget, may we always
remember the courage of our fathers and may we always look through
their eyes onto the world as we remember. Peace be with all of us
always. Thank you.
Sent: 9.54 PM - 7/28 2001
My father was robert w hickman s/sgt with the 15th air force 485
bomb group. Flew with the crew of Life on june 28th or july 1st 1944
as a tail gunner. Seriously wounded on that flight over romania. I
think his squadron was either 830 or 831 anyone with any information
please reply. His crew members or some of them at the time was Hall,
dempsey, Shimer, Wiggins, Leasure. Does anyone know anything about
Hometown: Plainville, MA
Sent: 7.23 AM - 7/28 2001
My father, Arthur W. Washburn Jr. was a POW at Stalag Luft I. He was
shot down in Aug of 1944 and eventually taken to Stalag Luft I. He
was there until May of 1945. I remember him telling of the Russian Cossaks riding into camp to liberate them, driving before them some
cattle because they new that the POW's would be hungry.
My mother and I visited Barth in 1999 to see the stone memorial that
is at the site of the camp.
Name: John F. Beard
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Sent: 1.50 AM - 7/28 2001
John F. Beard (1921-98, from Moultrie, Ga.) was co-pilot on 9
missions (aircraft 230337; "8 Ball/Flak Hack") from 30 Dec '43 to 10
Feb. '44, at which point his craft went down at Striepe and he was
taken captive and held until sometime the following year. I believe
he was held in Barth. Is there any way I can find out for sure?
According to my information, Bombardier Cloud Hodgson (from Sayre,
OK) and Engineer/Top Turret Chester Gillen (from Blamesburg, Iowa)
survived the crash as well. Are these men still living? Grandaddy
never spoke about those days, & I would be grateful for any accounts
or descriptions from any knowledgable source.
Name: Richard Spanier
Sent: 7.45 PM - 7/27 2001
My dad, Donald G. Spanier, was a 2nd Lt and Bombardier shot down on
December 20, 1943 and imprisoned at Barth. I'm not sure which Stalag
he was in, but his diary reflects the same stories and emotions
found on this wonderful site. Dad died at 71 - a happy man who left
behind a loving family and many lifelong friends. Anyone who may
have known him, please email me.
LT. COL DAVID FRY
Hometown: INDEPENDENCE, OREGON
Sent: 6.36 PM - 7/27 2001
SECOND VISIT TO THE SITE JUST TO DOWNLOAD SOME MORE PICTURES. THANKS
FOR THE RIDE DOWN MEMORY LANE.
PAUL T. HAGGERTY
Hometown: NORTH KINGSTOWN RI 02852-2854
Sent: 1.07 PM - 7/27 2001
WAS ONE OF THE POWS THAT SPENT NEW YEARS EVE 1944-1945 IN
MARSHALLING YARDS IN BERLIN ALONG WITH A HUNDRED OR SO OTHERS GOING
FROM DULAG LUFT IN WETZLER TO STALAG LUFT I. WILL NEVER FORGET SGT
HELLMAN. HE WAS SPEAKING TO THE GERMAN GUARDS AND I WAS WITH HIM. HE
PERSUADED THEM TO GET BEER FOR THOSE WHO WANTED IT TO CELEBRATE NEW
YEARS EVE WITH A TOAST. I COLLECTED GUM AND CIGARETTES FROM SOME OF
THE POWS AND GAVE THEM TO HIM TO GIVE TO THE GUARDS TO GET THE BEER.
WHEN THE GUARDS LEFT HE TOLD ME "THE WOULD PROBABLY SHOOT ME IF THEY
KNEW I WAS JEWISH AND WAS SPEAKING JEWISH TO THEM. WE SWEATED OUT
THE PROBABILITY OF THE BRITISH STARTING THE NEW YEARS OFF BY BOMBING
BELIN BUT FOR SOME REASON THEY DIDN'T. WE ARRIVED AT BARTH ON JAN 3,
1945 AND WERE THERE UNTIL LIBERATED BY THE RUSSIANS IN MAY 1945. MY
KRIEGIE NUMBER WAS 7050, I WAS IN NORTH II COMPOUND BLOCK 208. SGT
HELLMAN WAS IN NORTH 3 ALONG WITH MY RADIO OPERATOR MEL TENHAKEN AND
TAIL GUNNER R C WAKEFIELD. IN FEB 1945 SGT HELLMAN WAS REMOVED FROM
THE ROOM AND ENDED UP IN THE JEWISH COMPOUND ALONG WITH LT. KUPTSOW
AND A LOCAL FRIEND OF MINE HERE IN RI LT MIKE GOLD. THE JEWISH
COMPOUND WAS KIND OF ISOLATED FROM THE REST OF THE CAMP AND WAS NEXT
TO THE AMMUNITION DUMP SO THAT ANY MISPLACED BOMB ON A RAID BY THE
BRITISH OR U.S. COULD RESULT IN THEIR DESTRUCTION. FORTUNATELY IT
NEVER HAPPENED. OH YES, IN ONE OF THE STALAG LUFT STORIES A CAT IS
MENTIONED. YES I REMEMBER IT VERY WELL. ONE OF THE OFFICERS WAS
TRYING TO CATCH THE CAT, ANOTHER OFFICER IN ANOTHER COMPOUND WAS
FEEDING IT SPAM. TOUGH LUCK GUYS, ONE OF THE SARGENTS IN NORTH II,
BLOCK 208, NEXT ROOM TO ME CAUGHT THE CAT AND THEY COOKED IT UP. I
SAW THE CAT IN THE PAN WITH FOUR LEGS STICKING UP AND CAT GRAVY ALL
OVER IT. THEY SAID IT TASTED LIKE CHICKEN. BY THE WAY IF ANYONE
BAILED OUT OVER YUGOSLAVIA (ESPECIALLY WHAT IS NOW SLOVENIA) AND
WERE JAILED IN THE LAW COURT AT LJUBLJANA I HAVE PEN PALS OVER THERE
NOW AND THEY HAVE OBTAINED PICTURES OF THE JAIL AND OTHER
INTERESTING INFORMATION. ONE OF MY FRIENDS HAS WRITTEN A BOOK ABOUT
AIRMEN RESCUED BY THE PARTISANS CALLED EVASION AND REPATRIATION BY
EDI SELHOUS (SUNFLOWER PRESS) AND ANOTHER IS FINISHING A BOOK TO BE
OUT IN OCTOBER. HIS NAME IS MATIJA ZGAJNAR AND HE HAS BEEN TO THE
US. HE SET UP A PARTISAN EXHIBIT AT THE PENTAGON AND ALSO AT CHANUTE
FIELD. WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM ANY OLD ROOMMATES.
Name: Alderic L.
Hometown: Belchertown, MA
Sent: 11.29 AM - 7/27 2001
Survived 30 missions as a tail gunner with the 91stBG, 322BS. After
finding this site I have a lot more respect for all those who
weren't able to finish their tour and ended up as PW's. Truely a
great site. Thanks for a great education.
Hometown: Morro Bay, CA
Sent: 11.17 PM - 7/26 2001
Nice website. I was a B-17 pilot with the 91st BG, 322nd Sq. Shot
down Dec. 1,1943. POW in Stalag Luft 1. South Compound, Block 2
Name: Helen E. Haffner
Hometown: Bandon, Oregon 97411
Sent: 9.53 PM - 7/26 2001
My husband James D. Haffner, Bombardier on B-17 Omar the
Dentmaker,shot down over Pas de Calais,France on 3/26/44. Stalag
Luft I, South Compound for 14 mo. Avid Baseball player. Hometown
Seattle,Washington. Looking for anyone who remembers him or
Name: George A.
Hometown: Burlington, N. C. 27215
Sent: 6.30 PM - 7/26 2001
Member of the 91st October 1943-September 1944, Crew John D.Davis,
Buckeye Boomerang and Buckeye Boomerang 11, and General Ike. 35
mission credit actual 31. Very interesting account of the rescue of
our POW's from the potential harm by the Russians. Thanks to all,
Cloren A. "Bud"
Hometown: Beloit, Wisconsin
Sent: 5.44 PM - 7/26 2001
Your web site is one of the better ones I have seen. It is full of
info for anyone wanting to look for it. I flew with the 91st Bm Grp,
323rd sqd. I was called "JR" then as I was the 18 year old brat of
the crew. We went down on 5/21/43 and I was with the first Americans
to be sent to Stalag 17B. Keep up the good work of having this
information available for who ever needs it. MAY YOU ALWAYS BE FREE.
Name: Apache Jay Nesahkluah
Hometown: Anadarko, OK
Sent: 9.36 AM - 7/25 2001
My father, Moses Jay, served in the 3rd Infantry Division during
WWII. He was awarded 3 Silver Stars, 4 Bronze Stars, 4 Purple Hearts
and was a Prisoner of War for 3 months. He never would talk about
it, not until I myself joined the Army. After i did, i found out my
father was recommended for the Medal of Honor, but he declined
because he "didn't need a medal to prove what he knew in his heart."
I agree with the person from Beaver Falls, PA - they were the
greatest generation and did nothing short of saving the world!
Name: Jason Carroll
Hometown: Mesa, AZ
Sent: 10.34 PM - 7/24 2001
My grandfather spent 18 months there,
Philip Carroll. I hope to see
this website again.
Sent: 7.08 PM - 7/24 2001
Paul F. Nulton
was my father. Thank you for filling in a part of his
life he would never talk about. Dad died December 22, 1989.
Hometown: Clermont, Fl.
Sent: 6.20 PM - 7/24 2001
My father flew a B-24 and spent the last year in Stalag Luft 1. The
only photos I have of the plane has Tsgt Reynolds under the pilot
window. Anyone who knows anything about the crew please contact me.
Dad died in 1966.
Name: Kay Couch-Lopez
Hometown: TUCSON, AZ
Sent: 11.27 PM - 7/23 2001
I would like to contact any members of my uncle's crew. the crew was
shot down in Feb 1944. Ira Loyd was part of Crew 49, 8th AF, 448th
Bomb Gp, 714th Bomb Sq. He didn't make it and is buried in Beligum.
His crew became POWs
Homepage: 9735 Paso Robles Ave
Hometown: Northridge, Ca. 91325
Sent: 7.56 PM - 7/23 2001
I was in the 91st BG. Shot down on Sept. 5, 1944. Escaped and walked
back through Europe (from near
Ludwigshaven) to Paris just as the Allies liberated
Paris. I missed all that agony in the Stalags. I found
you, here, through Verne Woods. Fascinating stories. AA
Name: Robert Bitzer
Hometown: Manassas, Virginia
Sent: 9.50 AM - 7/23 2001
My grandfather, Staff SGT Edwin Elroy "Gene" Bulford was a waist
gunner on a B24 in Europe. His hometown was Elwood City, PA. He was
a POW in Stalag XVII-B in Krems, Austria. His prisoner number was
105257. He has since passed on (1987) and has been a great
inspiration to me. I intend on visiting the site some day...please
email me if you knew my grandfather or could provide assitance in
locating the old campsite. Thank you and God Bless the POWS.
Hometown: FT Worth
Sent: 10.40 PM - 7/22 2001
My grandfather was a waist gunner on a B-17 (306th),
He was a POW at Stalag Luft IV. I thank you for the information this
site supplies and thanks to all who served our country
Hometown: Rockville, MD
Sent: 7.55 PM - 7/22 2001
You have done your father proud with this masterpiece! I wish you
continued success with your remembrance activities, less we forget.
We try to remember all 398th veterans, past and those still present,
with our 398th Bomb Group Memorial Association efforts to put the
398th story into all historial archives possible.
Name: Jimmie J. McDonald
Hometown: Yorktown, Va. 23692
Sent: 7.55 PM - 7/22 2001
My Uncle Sgt Claude R. Lindsey flew in B-17's as a tail gunner from
1943-45 I beleive he was with the 8th AF stationed in England. I
would appreciate if any one knew him would send me an email. Thanks
...I enjoyed this site very much as I am interested in WWI and WWII
history. I was in the Navy from 1946 unitl 1980.
Name: KATHLEEN REAGAN
Sent: 1.58 PM - 7/22 2001
My father Daniel A.Reagan
was a pow in stalag luft 1in 1944 1945,he
was an Air Force first LT.A bombardier.He was shot down over
Germany,and he landed in a tree, where the Germans captured him. He
is now dead and I really do not know a whole lot about what went on
and would love to start learning. Anyone out ther that might have
known him I would love to hear from you
Name: Darrell B.
Hometown: Woods Cross, Utah 84087
Sent: 12.41 PM - 7/22 2001
My father, Eldon Larsen, was a bombardier on a B-17G (called the
SWEET DISH) with the 322nd Sqdn., 91st Bomb Group, 8th Air Force. On
his 5th mission out of England he bailed out over Berlin on the 5th
of December 1944. He ended up in Stalag Luft I as a POW for over
five months. He died in 1982. The pilot was Robert Roach, co-pilot
J.B. Temple, navigator George Alexander, engineer Robert Faulkner. I
am unsure of the rest of the crew although I have read in some
letters of R.Schuster, B.Lopez, Andy Mantia & Ernest Hovey. Would
love to hear from any of the above or their relatives or anyone
familiar with the crew of the SWEET DISH.
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Sent: 12.53 AM - 7/22 2001
My friends of Stalag One I say hello. It was a terrible Sept. 11,
1944. We lost so many brave souls. God bless all on that day. I lost
my friend who sat in the left seat next to me, Lt. Baker. He wasn't
even suppose to be there that day. His medical discharge came in too
late. I was only too happy to make it to the Barth, Germany prison
The Discovery Channel had a wonderful special. Rosie Rosenburg, the
true American Hero of our group, who as a fellow pilot, completed
over Fifty missions. He went on as a prosecutor at the Nuremburg
To my fellow navigator, Donald H. Lienemann, I only hope the
translation into English was a mistake. The description of the
terror on Sept.11, 1944 you gave to the enemy seems to have been
lost in the translation. Anyway my friend, god bless you.
After the War, my wife and I settled in Dallas,Texas. I was employed
with Braniff Airlines from 1946 to 1982. Now 81 years old and have
been married to my dear Alice 56 years. A Best to all, C.Dwight
Name: David Jensen
Sent: 11.22 PM - 7/21 2001
Trying to locate list of names that would include the gunners like
Sergeant Lars Elden Larsen, 8th Air Force, 91st BG, 332nd Bomber Sqdn. He flew in the B-17 named Sweet Dish on 5 Dec. 1944 when hit
by flak and in a dive to stop the fire in engine No. 2, they bailed
out. Any lists or details, knowledge of Lars Elden Larsen, photos
would be appreciated.
Also, I learned that a large group of gunners were only later
transferred to Luft 1. When was the date of transfer?
Where might I find a Luft 1 list of POW? Are their any records of
individual POW's that might include the gunners. Good site, good
Nephew, David Jensen
Hometown: Plainville,Ct. 06062
Sent: 10.13 PM - 7/21 2001
My father was in Barth German Prison Camp during the years of 1944
His name was Raymond Dwight Alderman, originally from Sunrise Ave.
New Britain, Ct. 06051
Looking for pictures or any info on dad to learn more of what he
wouldn't talk about. We have his diary from his writings in prison
camp, and are trying to learn more as well as comparisons to what he
wrote versus what this info says. If anyone has any knowledge of
info about my dad or better yet knew him,please e-mail me at once.
Name: Joe Black
Hometown: Philadelphia PA
Sent: 9.08 PM - 7/21 2001
I am proud to be a member of the 8th A.F.. I learned of your site
from Aaron Kuptsow at a 8th AFHS luncheon this afternoon. What a
wonderful tribute to all of us but especialy to your brave Dad and
his fellow POWs. I am sure I will spend many hours here. Thank you.
Joe Black #57th F.G.
Name: john sinton
Sent: 7.59 PM - 7/20 2001
if anyone had a relative serving in italy in feb 1944 along side 2nd
batallion coldstream guards (GB)
ANZIO/CASINO/ETC and met serjent edward robson age 26 K.I.A. 17 feb
1944 buried at minturno war cem italy
he was from newcastle upon tyne england (a geordie lad)
any info or links would be appreciated
thank you all
Name: DAN ORR
Hometown: MONTOSE MICHIGAN
Sent: 1.10 PM - 7/20 2001
I FOUND YOUR WEB SITE AND FIND IT OF GREAT INTEREST.MY INTEREST IN
WWII POW'S HAS IT'S ORIGIN IN A WONDERFUL OLD MAN I WORKED WITH IN
MY YOUNGER DAYS.HE SPENT 18 MONTHS IN A GERMAN POW CAMP.HE USED TO
TELL ME STORIES ABOUT HIS INTUREMENT THERE DURING OUR BREAKS FROM
IF YOU HAVE ANY RESOURCES FOR INFORMATION ABOUT HIM I WOULD LIKE TO
KNOW.HIS NAME WAS GLENN UTLEY,(DECEASED 1992),HE WAS IN THE ARMY AND
WAS FROM FLINT MICHIGAN.THANKS,DAN ORR.
Richard L. White
Sent: 4.54 PM - 7/19 2001
Great site. I was a POW at Stalag Luft 3 after 17 days in solitary.
Shot down in fighter attack 11-2-44 on 23rd mission out of
Bassingbourn with the 91st Bomb Group - Triangle A
Name: John Monti
Hometown: Santa Maria, CA
Sent: 2.10 AM - 7/19 2001
Great website about Hans Scharff. I just finished the book
Interrogator and was fascinated by him as a person. His nobility is
what struck me the most. Is he still alive?
Note from Mary : No, Hans Scharff passed away
in the early 90's.
Sent: 9.41 PM - 7/18 2001
correction on wwII S/SGT ROBERT W. HICKMAN- HE WAS WITH THE 8TH AIR
FORCE 98TH SQUADRON B24 BY THE NAME OF 'LIFE' H E WAS ALSO WITH THE
15TH SQUADRON 456TH ANYONE AT ALL WITH ANY INFORMATION OR PICTURES
PLEASE CONTACT ME. I want very much to get ahold of any information
for my father also his planes pilot was VOLNEY WIGGINS. please email
me at following address
Name: Jack Gaffney
Hometown: Moreno Valley, California
Sent: 4.23 PM - 7/18 2001
I flew as engineer on 2 flights, May 12 & 13 returning P.O.W's from
Barth. This is one of my fondest memories, as I was a ground crew
chief 401st. Sqdn. 91st. Bomb Group.( Destiny's Child, Sunkist Sue,
Hot Shot Charlie, L. A. City Limits) will never forget those moments
especially the de-lousing, which was minor to what those brave
passengers had undergone. On one of the flights back to base at Bassingbourn we were nearly rammed head on by a P-61 night fighter
over London. A tip of the cap to all of you great guys.
Name: Clarke J. Alderman
Highland View Dr.
Hometown: Sutton, Mass 01590
Sent: 3.16 PM - 7/18 2001
My father was Raymond D. Alderman. He was a pilot & was shot down in
Dec. 1944. He was in the Barth, Germany POW camp until the Russians
came to rescue them. Do you have any information on him?
Hometown: Gillette, Wy
Sent: 12.52 PM - 7/17 2001
Thank you for sharing this wonderful example of heroism. My father
also received the Silver Star; however, I do not know why. I am in
the process of having our state senator, Mike Enzi, investigate for
me. Hope to know soon. With great admiration and respect for all of
these brave men, Linda
Sent: 10.35 PM - 7/14 2001
LOOKING FOR ANYONE WHO MIGHT OF KNOWN MY FATHER ROBERT W HICKMAN .
HE WAS WITH THE 15TH AIRFORCE AND A TAIL GUNNER IN A B24 PLANE. HIS
CREW WAS ONE OF MANY THAT FLEW OVER PLOESTI,ROMANIA AUGUST 1ST 1943.
ALL HIS PICTURS AND LETTERS WERE DESTROYED IN A FIRE AND I VERY MUCH
WOULD LIKE TO FIND OUT ALL I COULD AS TO REPLACE THEM FOR HIM PLEASE
REPLY THANK YOU
DAVID MALCOLM FRY
Hometown: INDEPENDENCE, OREGON 97351
Sent: 11.38 AM - 7/14 2001
WE ARE STILL ENJOYING SEEING ALL OF THE PICS FROM KRIEGIE CAMP.
THANKS AGAIN. DAVE AND BENNIE
Hometown: Mattoon, Illinois
Sent: 9.02 AM - 7/14 2001
There is nothing like the vacation I had at Barth. FREE room and
Board. It is not recommended by any of the "Four Star" travel
agencies, but, you can meet some of the finest people in the world
with the same interest in mind. "Lets get the hell out of here" or
"Maybe I can an RR back to Capri."
I should have stayed in the sack.
Why am I here? I think someone upstaires got Pissed-off at me for
not doing the right thing. I had a year to think it over and never
came up with a logical reason.
Life as a POW, in Stalag Luft 1, sucks. I know, I survived the
Howard E Munson, Lt. Col. USAF Ret.
David M. Fry
Hometown: Independence, Oregon 97351
Sent: 1.06 PM - 7/13 2001
I was at Stalag Luft 1 for 8 months, a 51D pilot of the 55th Fighter
Group. Thanks for a great trip back in time.
Hometown: Newcastle on Tyne. UK
Sent: 10.36 AM - 7/13 2001
My deceased stepfather THOMAS BEDE CROISDALE
(a Brit) was at BARTH,
does anyone remember him? I don't know the whole story but I think
he was a (UK)Royal Army Service Corps L/Cpl?? He was captured in N
Africa early on (41/42). I know no more, if anyone has any info at
all please E-mail.
Name: Robert H. Gernand
Hometown: St Augustine FL
Sent: 8.03 PM - 7/12 2001
I was Operations Officer of 723 rd Squadron 450 Bomb Gp Original
cadre. Manduria Italy Dec 10 1943 to shoot down Feb 14 1944 over
Verona Italy. POW Stalag Luft 1 Barth North Compound. Liberated by
Russians 1 May 1945.
Name: Melissa Kauffman
Hometown: Arthur, IL
Sent: 7.32 AM - 7/12 2001
Chuck Blaney is my cousin. His plane went down 6 days before I was
born. It gives me a lot to think about conserning his family and
emotions during that time.
Hometown: Garfield, N.J.
Sent: 12.28 AM - 7/12 2001
My father was a ball-turret belly gunner in a B-17F. He was shot
down over Germany on August 17th, 1943. He was held POW in
until the end of the war. Anyone having any information about him
can email me at the above address. The name of his plane was the Damfino. It was shot down by fighters. All crew survived but were
POW'S until the end of the war.
Fred W. Butler,
Hometown: Lompoc, California 93436-1416
Sent: 12.05 AM - 7/12 2001
I was a POW, shot down on 25 Feb 1944 and ended in Stalag Luft 1 at
Barth. Can't remember the room number but I was in two Blocks, first
was #4 and then #11 in North 1 compound. I was also a member of the
band in N1, played sax and we called ourselves the 'Round The
Benders. It was a long time ago but I'll never forget the
experience. Thanks for this website. Fred
Name: Don Tremblay
Sent: 2.53 PM - 7/11 2001
Great site for those of us finding a clue to the past where our
relatives have sacrificed their lives to ensure the freedom of their
country and the free world. They will not be forgotten. We are in
your debt. My uncle was only 23 when it lost his life in a P-38 over
Koln, Germany. Yet during his tour of duty he earned a DSC, Air
Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.
Hometown: Bracknell Berkshire England
Sent: 2.29 PM - 7/11 2001
Very interesting web site. My interest is through my uncle, Laurie Dando 44 (Rhodesia)Squadron to Augsburg April 42,and then at
Stalag Luft's 3, 6, 357(Thorun and Fallingbostal.) Still looking for anyone
who may have come accross him from 1942, till repatriation. Would
welcome any contact.
Hometown: Olney, Maryland
Sent: 7.40 AM - 7/10 2001
Thank god, that men like you and my Dad (Retired Lt. Col. I.D.
Steinman, JEWS fought for country. I my family and my children will
forever be in your debt.
Duward J. Bare
Hometown: Lansing, Il 60438
Sent: 12.24 AM - 7/10 2001
I was In Col. Spicers barracks but at the opposite end. Dont
remember barracks or room number. Will try to answer all email re:
same. Thanks for all you have done to keep this site going duward
Hometown: Findlay, Ohio
Sent: 10.34 PM - 7/9 2001
Please help me find/locate anyone who knew my father TSgt Francis G.
O'Connell. He was a POW in the European theater and a bombadier
flying out of England on a Liberator. He is no longer alive and is
buried in Arlington National Cemetery. I have requested his
personnel records, etc from St. Louis andthe regional VA office. My
parents were divorced when I was a child so any info would be
helpful. Thanks. (I would like to attend a POW reunion of people he
knew if able to locate some of them.) P.S. Retired Air Force and
widow of a fighter pilot.
Name: Michael A Sirianni
11445 james grant
Hometown: el paso texas 79936
Sent: 9.23 PM - 7/9 2001
I sent you a e-mail.yesterday.However I was under the
impression thay Lt Gleason had been shot down in Sept when we lost 9
planes. My Navigator does not have a computer but I dropped him a
card with your E-mail address. I am sure he knew your Lt.
Name: L.S. Bach
Hometown: Walnut Creek, CA 94595
Sent: 5.13 PM - 7/9 2001
addendum to above msgs. I was in the 381BG 534 BS Triangle L B-17's
Stationed in Ridgewell in the Midlands
Final msg Thanks for your help
Hometown: Walnut Creek, CA 94595
Sent: 5.01 PM - 7/9 2001
I'm calling on all POW's in the various Stalag Lufts in Germany to
help me collect vignettes about how the Kriegies felt with respect
to GOING HOME. I'm trying to capture in print, the innermost
feelings of young Americans in captivity and how they longed for
freedom and home. I know that the bravado of young turks often hid
these feelings. However I know from personal experience that
underneath it all, GOING HOME was the stuff that kept us going.
Please repond by E-mail land mail or phone. I promise a copy of my
book soon to be published.
I was a POW at Stalag Luft 1 No Compound, Block 10 and 11 from
4/11/44 to 5/12/45 liberated by the russians on May 1, 1945
Lt. L.S. Bach
2224 Pine Knoll Drive
Walnut Creek, CA 94595
land phone (925) 937-7313
Name: Ivan Lemeza
Hometown: Missoula MT
Sent: 2.24 PM - 7/9 2001
I realy liked you site because i like to look a pictures of the war.
I whant to find a picure of my grandpa.He was a prisiner of war in
Menden Germany getto #1 and worked in the Fabrik Walkwerk (Valsvrk
Factory). His name is Mikhail F. Bobko. If you have any pictures or
any information of him or of the places her worked in can you please
sent it to me at email@example.com.
Thank you very much.
Name: James Jarosz
Hometown: Norwalk, CA 90650
Sent: 1.32 AM - 7/8 2001
I am looking for any information(de-briefing?)regarding the mission
of the 26th of November 1944 for the 853rd AAF Bomb Squadron
(specifically crew 72 CAAB).I have an uncle i never met(Thaddeus C. Jarosz) who was reported missing in action as of that date. A later
Western Union telegram reported him a prisoner of war. And a final
telegram reported that he had died of his wounds in a prisoner of
war camp on 17 December 1944. Only one other member of the crew
survived and was also taken prisoner but I do not know his name. Can
anyone tell me if it is possible to get a declassified de-briefing
of this surviving crewmember or of anyone else who came back from
that mission of 26 November 1944 with the 853rd Bomb Squadron? I am
told by one of my uncles that the entire squadron was shot down that
day but I don't know if this is true. Can anyone give me info. about
the events of that day? Sincerely, James Jarosz
Name: Delbert Bemis
Hometown: Spokane Wa 99216
Sent: 12.36 AM - 7/8 2001
Member of the 94th Inf Div Association From Normandy to German
Occupation Dec 1942 to Jan 1946 Just finished seeing Memphis
Belle.Question ? when were the requirements changed from 25 missions
to 50 missions.The 94thhas an e-mail site ,you may be interested in
ground troops history the e-mail address is Ninety 94th Inf Div
@aol.com Thanks from an 80 year old vet
Name: Janet Crandall
Hometown: Little River, KS
Sent: 7.32 PM - 7/7 2001
My father, Lt. William B. Foster, was a POW at Stalag Luft 1 for the
last 6 months of its existence. He was a P-47 pilot with the 378th
Fighter Squadron of the US Army Air Corp and I believe he was in
"North 3" while at Stalag Luft 1. He has reunited with some of his
fellow Kriegies over the years, but is always interested in hearing
from those of you who may remember him or just want to get in touch.
His e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
. or contact me at my address
and I will relay the message. Thanks so much.
Lt. James W.
Hometown: Hoquiam, WA
Sent: 6.14 PM - 7/7 2001
I am a survivor of Stalag 1.
I was a First Lt. and a member of the
"4th Pathfinder Squadron" who volunteered for a resupply mission to
drop desperately needed materials for the groundpounders.
As we were flying over Bastone,
our C-47 was shot down on December 23, 1944.
I managed to safely land the plane and was taken prisoner by German
infantry. We were marched for several weeks across Belguim and
Germany, finaly arriving at Barth Germany and placed in Stalag-1.
During initial interrogation, I was held in solitary confinement for
8 days but once the Germans determined that I wasn't about to
divulge any information about our squadron, I was put in a one room
barrack with 18 other guys. (Quite crowded).
I remained a prisoner for almost 5 months until
May 1, 1945 when the camp was liberated by oncoming Russian Army
If anyone reading this testimonial, is also a survivor of Stalag 1,
I'd like to hear from you.
My E-mail address is lited above.
Lt. James W. Alwood /
US Army Air Corp.
Paul J. Jones
Hometown: Alachua, Fl. 32615
Sent: 12.23 PM - 7/7 2001
As a farm boy back in Kentucky during the big depression, I never
dreamed I would be signing a guest book such as yours. A lot of
memories come to mind about the war years and friends that I made
and lost during that time. I was the pilot of the B24 bomber
mentioned in 'A WINDOW IN TIME' the story of my crew and our last
mission over Germany on 25 March 1945. Several members of the crew
are no longer with us but those remaining alive today remember well
how lucky we were to crash land near Soltau and Lt. Joachim
Gruenhorst who no doubt saved our lives. He and a boy of 12 years at
that time ,later to become a professor and historian, subsequently
became good fiends, Gerhard Brache along with Brian Lindner an
American historian were able to research our crash and made us
acquainted with our captor and even determined who shot us down, Lt.
Rudolf Rademacher flying a ME262 Jet Fighter.
Soltau and Lt. Joachim
duward J. Bare
Homepage: KGF No. 6189
Hometown: Bellmont, Ill
Sent: 1.39 PM - 7/6 2001
I WAS JUST ONE OF THE MANY IN STALAG ONE. I WAS IN COL, SPICERS
5190 Pale Moon Drive
Hometown: Pensacola,FL 32507
Sent: 1.02 PM - 7/6 2001
Best wishes to all my fellow P'sOW.
Name: b. coston
Sent: 6.12 AM - 7/6 2001
Robert w. coston, sr., my father told wwII stories of his capture in
the Battle of the Bulge. I struggle now trying to recall his tales.I
was in high school at the time and neglected to write them down. He
died in 1978. He was in 423rd,106th. I believe he was held in
12, but unsure. My daughter, age 14, is using our scant information
to piece into a play she is involved in writing. Your father's diary
was very helpful
Name: FLORENCE EVANS
Hometown: SPOKANE WA
Sent: 6.18 PM - 7/5 2001
My father Homer McKinley Evans was in the Army during WWII. He was
killed or missing during the war. He was born in Portland Or. My
mother died when I was 8 and I have no relatives since I haven't
been able to locate any information on my father. Could you give me
Herbert A. Markle
Sent: 12.20 PM - 7/5 2001
My name is Bert Markle. I was in Stalag Luft 1, for a short time
before I escaped with Bill Clark
and Tom Brooks. Any information on
either of these two fine gentlemen would be greatly appreciated.
Sent: 10.39 PM - 7/4 2001
Iwas assigned to 441/320 out of Sardenia shot down over sbridge Orvietto/spent
five months evadee/capturedsent to Moosburg
Stalag 7a for two months/taken to stalag luft 1 Aug 1944.
Name: Linda O'Callaghan
Hometown: Walden, NY
Sent: 8.24 PM - 7/4 2001
My father, Robert E. Martel, of Lynn, Mass. was a prisoner of war. He
was captured in Belgium on Christmas Eve, 1944 at the age of 19, and
liberated from Germany (Stalag 9B I believe-I know it was at Bad Orb,
Germany) on April 23, 1945. Because of the atrocities of German care (or
lack thereof), he weighed less than 60 lbs at the time of liberation. He
did lead a fairly good life after many, many months in the hospital both
in England and Fort Devens, Mass. He died in 1986 at the age of 60,
leaving 4 children who loved him very much. He spent many years working
for the rights of POW-MIA soldiers. If there is anyone out there who may
have known him during his service time, I would love to hear from them.
Hometown: Amarillo, Texas
Sent: 2.16 PM - 7/3 2001
Visited once before. Enjoyed reading the stories.
Robert Bell of Room 11
was my Bombardier, we were shot down and captured together. He went to
Barth, I went to Stalag Luft 1V. Later I was sent to Barth, West
Compound. Our living conditions in the West were different from the
account written here for the North. Bell passed on about 4 years ago. He
had written some good stories of his experiences while in Barth. I still
correspond with his wife who still lives in Tennessee. Charles Sturgeon
Name: Fred W. Lee
Hometown: Plymouth, MN
Sent: 1.18 AM - 7/3 2001
My brother, Randolph W. Lee, was at Stalag Luft I, after being shot down
over Verona, Italy on January 1, 1945. He was a P-47 pilot. Randolph
died of cancer in May 1998. As a Lutheran pastor, I was privileged to
officiate at his funeral at Arlington National Cemetary. The funeral was
with full military honors, complete with casson and military band.
His son is very interested in learning more. I plan to visit Barth in
August of this year.
Name: Nathanial Raley
Hometown: Huntsville, AL
Sent: 2.57 PM - 7/2 2001
I knew a Dick Williams who was a P-38 pilot in Stalag Luft I, and was in
the 48th Fighter Squadron, 14th Fighter Group, 15th Air Force, so
apparently he is not your father.
Name: denise norris
Sent: 2.25 PM - 7/1 2001
My father was James Leroy Norris, radio operator and gunner for b-17
named "Mary Kay". He never talked about his experience and died at the
age of 52. I just recently was given the information that he was a
prisoner of stalag luft IV.
I would like to hear from anyone that that could give me any info about
him or the camp. THanks
Name: Melba Schmidt Hixon
Hometown: San Luis Obispo, CA.
Sent: 2.19 PM - 7/1 2001
I keep coming back to these wonderful pages, not only because I'm
looking for a long lost friend, but also it is so heartwarming to see
such great messages full of thoughtfulness and to share in some of the
joys of reunion. Thank you for providing this outlet to so many. I have
not heard from Lt. John J. Daly,Jr. since
being notified that he was a POW in Stalag Luft 1, He had been a
Bombardier, 401st B.G. 614th Sq. Any word of him would be greatly
appreciated. He was captured in April 1944. Thank you.