World War II prisoner of war camp - Stalag Luft I



 

World War II - Prisoners of War - Stalag Luft I 

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Guestbook Entries - 1st Quarter - 2002
 01/01/02 thru 03/31/02

Highlighted Entries are those left by POWs or their next of kin.

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Name: Phillip Pennicott (son)
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 & others
Name of POW: Frederick James Pennicott 1919-89
Postal Street Address: 2 Forest Avenue
City, State, Zip: London E4 6AR England
Sent: 4.10 PM - 3/31 2002

My father was a PoW from August 1940-May 1945 including latterly at Stalag Luft I. He crashed in a Wellington Bomber with 5 others on 15/16 August 1940 on a mission over Germany with RAF 149 Squadron from Mildenhall in Suffolk.

 


Name:
William Peterson
Hometown: West Plains,
City, State, Zip: West Plains, Mo 65775
Sent: 12.49 PM - 3/30 2002

This is a fascinating site! I was born on Feb 9, 1943 in NY City. My father was a mechanical engineer and was not drafted. He worked on secret equipment design during the war. He worked out how to drop heavy artillary and tanks by parachute so when they hit the ground they were in one piece! I was always fascinated about talking to fellows who had been in fighting in Europe and especially flyers in WWII. We lived in Rochester NY on VE day. Someplace I have a photo of my self holding a Rochester paper with "NAZIS QUIT" as a headline. Just outside Rochester was a POW camp for Nazi's. It was still there in 1947 I believe with a lotta guys still in it. Often wondered when they all got out. Thanks for the great interesting site.

 

Name: Fred Atkinson
POW Camp: Stalag luft III
Name of POW: Fred Atkinson
Postal Street Address: PO Box 294
City, State, Zip: Leland Michigan 49654
Sent: 10.49 PM - 3/29 2002

I have corrected my email address...would like to hear from anyone from the 310th Bomb Group, 381st.

 

Name: Marie Alexander
Hometown: Republic, Pennsylvania
Name of POW: Staff Sergeant William Lowery
Postal Street Address: 1505 Laurel Oaks Drive
City, State, Zip: Streamwood, IL 60107
Sent: 4.30 PM - 3/29 2002

My uncle was a member of the Army Air Force who volunteered for a last mission. I believe the plane went down somewhere over Guam. If alive, he would be  about 90 years of age. My other uncle, Columbus Lowery
was a POW, I think in Germany, before being liberated.

 

Name: ginger martin
Hometown: Athens, AL
Name of POW: Oliver D. McLemore
Postal Street Address: 16016 Browns Ferry Road
City, State, Zip: Athens, AL 35611
Sent: 3.07 PM - 3/29 2002

My dad was a POW in WW2. He was in the 82nd Airborne. He was a prisoner of war for 11 months in Germany. I don't know the name of the camp, but will find out. He has just returned from the VA hospital in Birmingham, AL with macular degeneration. (He's legally blind.) I'm trying to find out the benefits he is entitled to. His feet froze during this time. As your dad he had hardly spoke of the war. However, recently a lawyer from Athens, AL has been doing documentaries on Limestone County veterans and he interviewed dad. Dad told him a few things we had never heard of before. I will find more info for you. Thanks for all the webpage and info.

 

Name: john edward thompson
Hometown: blanchardville, wi.
POW Camp: stalag luft one
Name of POW: same
Postal Street Address: 705 w. 5th st
City, State, Zip: nekoosa, wi. 54457
Sent: 12.13 PM - 3/28 2002

reviewed your excellent collection of memorabilia today and I would like to extend my appreciation for your efforts. I mailed my roster of room-mates to you today.
regards and best wishes, john thompson m.d.

 

Name: George R. Klare
Hometown: North Bend, NE
POW Camp: Stalag Luft One
Postal Street Address: 8800 Johnson rd, # 108
City, State, Zip: The Plains, OH 45780
Sent: 11.46 AM - 3/28 2002

To Paul Haggerty
Thanks for your note, Paul I was a B-17 navigator, so my interrogator was not Hanns Scharff. I am sure it was Major Waldschmidt, who is pictured on page 315 of Scharff' 's book. I could speak German, and knew his rank was major. Drop me an e-mail to< klare@ohiou.edu>.Best wishes, George

 

Name: Garrett Heitmann
Hometown: Groton, SD
Postal Street Address: PSC 80 Box 10014
City, State, Zip: APO, AP 96367
Sent: 9.02 PM - 3/27 2002

I am a Captain in the U.S. Air Force and often brief new troops on the Code of Conduct for prisoners of war. You have done a wonderful job with this site and will recommend it during my lectures. Thanks to you and thank you to all of the veterans!
 

Name: NELSON W. HARDIN
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Myself
Postal Street Address: 6410 Firestone Parkway
City, State, Zip: San Antonio, Tx. 78244
Sent: 8.59 PM - 3/27 2002

I was originally in Barracks 13, South Compound. When the influx of POWS being herded away from the Russian Front arrived we were forced to double up all over the camp. I was moved to Barracks 12. I have a complete list of the occupants of both rooms if you would like them.

Name: Steven Shulaw Sr.
Postal Street Address: 7786 Bliss Rd.
City, State, Zip: Elida, Ohio 45807
Sent: 8.43 PM - 3/27 2002

My Father was a pow in WWII. I am trying to find out information , is there any way you can help me > Thanks in advance


Name:
Joseph F ( Bud) Patterson
POW Camp: Stalag Luft #1 Barth
Name of POW: Joseph F (Bud) Patterson
Postal Street Address: 760 Kingston Court
City, State, Zip: Apollo Beach, Fl, 33572
Sent: 3.50 PM - 3/27 2002

I was in North Compound #1 Barracks #7 Room #15
 

Name: Jane Elizabeth Anderson
Hometown: South Lake Tahoe, CA
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Richard Milton Roper
Sent: 9.11 AM - 3/27 2002

While scrolling through the group photos of Stalag Luft 1, I found my uncle, Richard M. Roper. He is in Group 13, front row, far left. He is sitting down and has a mustache. It was quite a shock seeing him in the photo; I don't think anyone in the family has ever seen that picture of him. Thank you for putting these on the website.
 

Name: David Westheimer
Hometown: Houston (then)., Los Angeles (now)
POW Camp: Stalag Luft III
Name of POW: David Westheimer
Postal Street Address: 11722 Darlington #2
City, State, Zip: Los Angeles, CA 90049
Sent: 6.02 PM - 3/26 2002

Great web site!
 

Name: jim miller
Hometown: south shore ky.
POW Camp: unknown
Name of POW: denver miller
Postal Street Address: 414 montgomery ave.
City, State, Zip: springfield ohio 45506
Sent: 1.58 PM - 3/26 2002

am trying to find any information on my father denver miller. not sure where he was held but was told it was near the alps. i was told that it may have been stalag 13 but not sure.can any one tell me where i can find a map of pow camps in germany.oh he was in northern franc.this sight is great to keep the memory of all our heros alive and dead with us.and in saying heroes i mean all milatary people in this great country of ours. thank you
 

Name: John Carroll Jr.
Hometown: East Tawas, Michigan
Name of POW: John Carroll Sr.
Postal Street Address: P.O. Box 549
City, State, Zip: Tawas City, Michigan 48764
Sent: 1.21 PM - 3/26 2002

This is a wonderful sight! It truly is a tribute to our Fathers who fought so long and hard so that we may be free today in the greatest country on earth.
 

Name: Dennis Frantzen
Hometown: Yorkville
POW Camp: Luft 1
Name of POW: W W Truxes Jr.
City, State, Zip: 33 Robert Road, Oswego, IL 60543
Sent: 8.04 PM - 3/25 2002

Am doing research on the camp life as my father-in-law, Bill Truxes, was a POW from Jan-May 1945.

 

Name: Robert B. Stroker
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Name of POW: Henry J. Thayer
Sent: 7.13 PM - 3/25 2002

It is funny how I came upon your website... I was reading an essay that my grandfather wrote back in 1945, and it was too late in the night to find out from my mother when he was born to then determine how old he was in the current work... anyway, I did come across his name in the roommate section, H.J. THAYER, to possibly find his date of birth - success!. I cannot thank you enough for your contribution to such great men, especially my papa. I am so glad to see that their stories have been kept alive. - Sincerely,
 

Name: Willard Korsmeyer
Hometown: Beardstown IL
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Gene C. Browne Jr.
Postal Street Address: 7868 US Hwy 67
City, State, Zip: Beardstown, IL 62618
Sent: 2.25 PM - 3/25 2002

I would appreciate information about or from members
of Room 2, Block 4 North II.
 

Name: Merry Thompson
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Robert Martin Guthrie
Postal Street Address: 58 Drift Avenue
City, State, Zip: STAMFORD Lincs PE9 1SL England
Sent: 11.51 AM - 3/25 2002

Robert (Bob) Gurthrie is a friend of ours. It's his birthday today and he has been viewing your site on our computer.....is there anyone who remembers him.
I notice he is listed as N. M Guthrie which is an error.
Bob was a Navigator on Lancasters and was shot down on 30/31st March 1944.
 

Name: LaDonna Meyers
Hometown: Mt. Vernon, IL.
POW Camp: KIA 7/28/44
Name of POW: KIA - Frank H. Parker, Jr.
Postal Street Address: 14275 N. Pumphouse Ln.
City, State, Zip: Mt. Vernon, IL. 62864
Sent: 10.01 AM - 3/25 2002

I am looking for information that links to my Uncle, Frank H. Parker, Jr. S#36723114, during the time he was in the service during WWII. He was KIA on 7/28/44 when the plane he was in collided in midair with the plane Hi-Blower #42-97616 while attempting to change positions so that my Uncle's plane could take over the lead position. My Uncle was the top-turret gunner on his ship (which I believe was "Lady Be Good" #42-97764). I do know the crew had named their ship "Lady Be Good" because I have a letter he wrote to my Aunt telling her that. I'm just not positive that it would have been the plane they were in the day of the collision. I have several pictures he had sent home from the Deopham Green base. They have him and some of the other crew members in them. I also have a picture of the crew and their plane "Lady Be Good". If anyone is interested in seeing them, email me and I will scan them and be happy to send them to you.
This mission was my Uncle's 24th.
I have joined the 452nd BG Association and my husband and I attended their last reunion in South Carolina last year. We were SO glad we went. The stories and people we met were just fantastic! I have already learned so much and have met many wonderful people.
Any information anyone can give me would be much appreciated.

Thanks so much,
LaDonna Meyers
 

Name: PAULY BERGE McELHENNY
Hometown: FRAZER, MONTANA
POW Camp: STALAG 7A
Name of POW: RICHARD A BERGE (EZ CO 60TH INFTRY/9TH DIVISION
Postal Street Address: BOX 5008
City, State, Zip: WOLF POINT, MT 59201
Sent: 4.08 PM - 3/24 2002

WE ARE LOOKING FOR ARMY BUDDIES, POWS, WHO WERE IN POW CAMP STALAG 7A WITH MY FATHER RICHARD A. BERGE. WE ARE LOOKING TO HEAR ESPECIALLY ABOUT KENNETH M. HICKS, (CLINTON, MO) WILLARD C JOHNSON,(RIDGLEY,TN) ANDTHE 19 OTHER PRISONERS HE WAS HELD WITH. THANKS SO MUCH.
 

Name: Al Gould
Hometown: Lake Oswego,OR 97035
POW Camp: Stalag Luft
Name of POW: Alvin A. Gould
Postal Street Address: P.O. Box 2184
City, State, Zip: Lake Oswego, OR 97035
Sent: 5.28 PM - 3/23 2002

Bombardier, 613th Squadron, 401st Bomb Group,Deenethorpe, England. Bailed out on mission to
Oschersleben, January 11, 1944. Seventh mission. Two men lost. I followed the path to Dulag, hence to Barth, and Stalag Luft I. Block 6, Room 7.
 

Name: WAYNE BUSH
Hometown: Tehachapi Ca
POW Camp: STALAG LUFT 1
Name of POW: CLINTON A BUSH
Postal Street Address: 1904 CELESTE AVE
City, State, Zip: CLOVIS, CA 93611
Sent: 2.25 AM - 3/23 2002

MY DAD IS LIVING IN TEHACHAPI CA 93561. SHOT DOWN ON OCTOBER 14, 1943 ON WAY TO SCHWIENFORT

MARCH 22, 2002 WAYNE BUSH (559)960 3600
 

Name: Charles Wilson
City, State, Zip: Stone Mountain, GA 30083
Sent: 11.30 PM - 3/22 2002

I was referred to your site by my neice, Brenda Huggins, just two ahead of me. It is a terrific site and the stories very interesting. Shows why we LOVE AMERICA so much, and our honor to those who came back AND to those who didnt. Like Brenda says...keep up the good work, and My very best wishes.
 

Name: Jacob Stanley Fishel
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Same
Postal Street Address: 3313 Glenhope Court
City, State, Zip: Cary NC 27511
Sent: 10.17 PM - 3/22 2002

Interred Sept 1944 -- June 1995
 

Name: Brenda Huggins
Sent: 10.07 PM - 3/22 2002

I was referred to this site by Robert Seeley, a former Stalag prisoner. Have really found it fascinating! Keep up the good work.
 

Name: Diane D'Amore
Name of POW: Robert Olbinski
Postal Street Address: 2379 Caringa Way # H
City, State, Zip: Carlsbad, CA 92009
Sent: 8.37 PM - 3/22 2002

My grandfather was a POW in Germany and I am tremendously curious to learn more about the experiences he must have had. Thank you for this web site.
 

Name: Eugene Sylvester
Hometown: Concordia, MO
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: same
Postal Street Address: 1774 Hillside Dr
City, State, Zip: Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Sent: 3.24 PM - 3/22 2002

This is a new e-mail address. Old one was genenfran@home.com
 

Name: Craig Clemmensen
Hometown: Memphis, Tn
Name of POW: Glen (Curly) O. Clemmensen
Sent: 8.51 PM - 3/21 2002

My father Glen (Curly) Clemmensen was a prisoner of war for over 2 years, held captive in Italy and Germany. Unfortunately, my family knows very little about his experience because of his reluctance to discuss his experinence. Dad died two years ago and now I feel a need to search for information regarding his captivity and experiece. He joined the service at age 18 with a group from his home town, Audobon, Iowa.
He was in the 34th Invantry Division, trained in La. and shipped to England. He said he joined a commando unit that included British and American soldiers and talked of being captured following a beach landing. He mentioned the Bone Airdrome. We have learned that he escaped captivity in Italy and was recaptured following a period of freedom when he nearly starved and suffered from exposure to the elements. We also understand that he was in at least two camps in Germany and was liberated by the Russians. If any one can make any suggestions on how I might seek more information, please contact me at my email address. Thank you for this opportunity. This is really an inspiring site.
 

Name: Joanne Leger
Hometown: Waltham
POW Camp: Stalag Luft IV
Name of POW: James J. Martin
Postal Street Address: 17 Ash Street
City, State, Zip: Waltham MA 02453
Sent: 2.37 PM - 3/21 2002

My dad was a POW at Stalag Luft IV. He was a member of the 8th airforce, shot down over Altenhof, Germany on May 29th 1944. Was looking for anyone who may have flown with him or been with him in the camp. His plane was the "Salutation Rose" and I know that only one member was KIA. He passed away in 1979 from cancer when I was nine, and my brothers and I are trying to piece together some of his story. I have so much pride in where I came from that it cannot be expressed!!
 

Name: Gisela Ramdohr-Hoffmann
POW Camp: STALAG IVB
Name of POW: Richard Osborn
Sent: 6.12 AM - 3/21 2002

I am trying to find information ín English about STALAG IVB where Richard Osborn was kept in the last years of war.One of his companions in STALAG IVB was Thomas Fielder, No. 270030. There is another number appearing on one of his photos which is 29362. He was there from Oct. 1943 until the end of war.

I am interested in any information at all.
Thank you very much.

Gisela Ramdohr-Hoffmann
 

Name: David J. Schmerler
Name of POW: 1LT. Thomas Schmerler
Sent: 9.52 PM - 3/20 2002

I am looking for information on my Uncle 1LT Thomas Schmerler. He was a POW in Stalag Luft 1. He passed away several as did my father. I have no family left that can give me any information.
If there is anyone who was with him in POW camp, I would like to hear from them.

Thank you,
Dave Schmerler
 

Name: Ed Sable
Hometown: Pgh.Pa.15232
Name of POW: Alfred Shepherd
City, State, Zip: Nashville Tennessee
Sent: 1.02 PM - 3/20 2002

Met a friend stationed in Foggia shot down over Germany. Luft 1 Will get more details
 

Name: Lee Raiter
Hometown: St.Paul, Minnesota
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Walter J Raiter
Postal Street Address: 4106 Brantley Pl
City, State, Zip: Ancorage,,Alaska 99508
Sent: 4.11 PM - 3/19 2002

Walter J Raiter was my Uncle, Stalag Luft 1 was last camp he was in.South Barracks 2,,room 8.
 

Name: Tony Kaliher
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: John C. Kaliher
City, State, Zip: Bradenton, Florida
Sent: 3.39 PM - 3/19 2002

I'm research my father's captivity. He flew on 1LT GEORGE S. McCLELLAN'S CREW - 427th BS (crew assigned 427BS: 03 Sep 1943)

 

Name: Lawrence J. Maher II
Hometown: Lake in the Hills
POW Camp: Luft IV and I
Name of POW: Lawrence J. Maher
Postal Street Address: 303 Sioux Trail
City, State, Zip: Lake in the Hills, IL 60156
Sent: 6.37 PM - 3/18 2002

Thank you for your site.
I am the son of L. J. Maher S/Sgt. Illinois West
 

Name: Donna McCracken
Hometown: Alexandria Va
Name of POW: John "Jack" McCracken
Postal Street Address: 6002 Stoddard Ct #104
City, State, Zip: Alexandria Va 22315
Sent: 2.31 PM - 3/17 2002

Ashley --

Just had an opportunity to visit the site for the first time -- Dad told me to check it out -- I really enjoyed the pictures of our trip. Due to an unhappy employee at CVS (where I was having my pictures from the trip developed) half of my pictures were thrown away. (She didn't want to work that day) Needless to say I was very disappointed -- but thanks to my Dad's pictures and my sister's I think I have a complete set. It really did seem appropriate to end the trip on that note as I started it with the "lost" luggage.

Anyway -- You and your family should be very proud of what you have accomplished here -- it is wonderful. I am going to send the address out to my cousins -- they are all very proud of their "Uncle Jack"

Donna McCracken



Name: W. Odell Myers
Hometown: Apex, NC
POW Camp: PG21(Italy) & Stalag Luft 1
Sent: 7.09 PM - 3/16 2002
 

Name: Mary Teresa Edge
Hometown: Lancashire U.K.
POW Camp: Stalag V11
Sent: 2.36 PM - 3/16 2002

Hi my father was in the 7th Btn Tank Regiment anyone who ever knew Corporal Fred Edge I would be so grateful as my father died in 1972 and as much as I can find out about the camps so that I could either do diaries or story so that he is never forgotton.
 

Name: John J Farley
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Postal Street Address: 3201 Rifle Range Road
City, State, Zip: Wetumpka Al 36093-2912
Sent: 1.08 PM - 3/16 2002
 

Name: Henry John Thayer
Hometown: Crosslake, Minnesota
POW Camp: stalag luft 1 south 2
Name of POW: Henry John Thayer
Postal Street Address: po box 369
City, State, Zip: crosslake mn 56442
Sent: 10.19 AM - 3/16 2002

My Dad died about 5 years ago but I would like to talk with any of his old friends. Nancy 973-729-1433
 

Name: Paul E strippgen Jr
Hometown: Webster Groves Mo 63119
POW Camp: Stalag luft 1
Sent: 8.14 PM - 3/15 2002

I was shot down 11 Dec 44 over Vienna Austria. 2 of us survived out a crew of 11,my self and our navigator, who I have lost contact with.I was in Block 12 Room 9 North 3 Compound.
 

Name: Alfred Shepard
Hometown: Nashville, TN
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Sent: 3.34 PM - 3/15 2002

So glad to know that this information is available to us. Thank you. Alfred Shepard
 

Name: Lori Price
Hometown: Bloomington, IL
Sent: 9.15 AM - 3/15 2002

Seeking information concerning my grandfather Norman Price, Sr. He hasn't said much about his time as a POW. I have found out that the battalion he was in was named the Thunderbirds. I was told by my uncle that his unit ran out of ammunition and was captured. Does anyone have any information about this unit or where I can find information. I want to find out as much as I can. Thanks
 

Name: Clyde D. Willis
Hometown: McAllen, Texas 78504
POW Camp: Stalag XVII-B
Sent: 10.26 PM - 3/14 2002

I spent sisteen months as a German POW. September of 1944 I was repatrated and sent back to the states on the Swedish Motor Ship "Gripslhome" I was shot up real bad it is a wonder I have lived this long. Or I even survied the crash of the B-26 May 17th 1943. I have PTSD and it is from the treatment I had to go through as a POW. I would like to hear from any one of my Kriegie Friends. Clyde
 

Name: Carolyn Ramp Entriken
POW Camp: Stalag XIB in Fallingbostel, Germany
Sent: 3.19 PM - 3/14 2002

I am looking for stories, info or anyone who knew my father, Edward George Ramp, Jr, who was at this camp from Dec. 1944 til April 1945. He had his ring finger amputated shortly before being captured and sent to Stalag XIB.  Looking for stories, info or anyone who knew him.
 

Name: Irwin Stovroff
Hometown: Boca Raton, Fl. 33434
POW Camp: Stalag 1
Sent: 12.00 PM - 3/14 2002

I am a National Service Officer in SE Florida with an office at the W.Palm Beach VA. We are looking for all exPOWs who are not getting compensation and other benefits that are available for you. Please if you are not involved with the VA contact me at home by mail or email or phone 561 488 6155 Our job is to help you to enjoy what you earned serving your country
 

Name: fred atkinson
Hometown: leland michigan
POW Camp: stalog luft III
Sent: 6.43 PM - 3/13 2002

I would like to hear from anyone from the 310th bomb group, 381st.
 

Name: eldon p slick
Homepage: http://eldonpslickartwork.homestead.com/Home.html
Hometown: escondido, california
POW Camp: unknown luft stalag
Sent: 4.24 PM - 3/13 2002

I am writing the story of S/Sgt Leon Freedman. Tail gunner on B17 #42-37920 338th bomb squadron. Shot down over Baltic on April 11, 1944. He and his crew were reported KIA but I have documented photo showing them as prisoners of Germans. I seek any info that can help me tell the true and complete story. Other crew members were: 2lt Harold Beckman, 2lt Peter Jenks, FO Edward Flinn, 2lt James Mayo, T/Sgt Herbert Fried, T/Sgt George Myers, S/Sgt Joseph Tye, S/Sgt James Large, and S/Sgt John Miller. I will be glad to share any of the info I have gathered.
 

Name: Harrison W. Roach Jr.
POW Camp: Stalag 1
Sent: 4.08 PM - 3/13 2002

I am writing this for my father. He was in Stalag 1 Compound #3 Block 301 Room 10. He has a list of the people that were in his room with him but it is very hard for him or I to read the writing as the ink has faded over the years. I will send you a list of the names as soon as I can read them. His home town at the time that he went into the service was Woodbury New Jersey.
 

Name: Lou (Armstrong) Harter
Sent: 4.42 PM - 3/12 2002

I am the widow of Lt (Major) John L. Armstrong who was interned in Stalag I August 1944 and released May 1945 give or take a few days.

I commend those that have put this information in format for us to
enjoy. While Jack was a fighter pilot; after a number of years I married a SAC Pilot!!!!!!!!!!
 

Name: Walter Rich
Hometown: Union, Maine 04862-0156
POW Camp: Luft IV-Luft VI-Dulag Luft
Sent: 9.46 AM - 3/12 2002

96th BG,339th Sqdn.Shot down March4,1944 aboard Mischief Maker II,on 1ST Berlin Raid.Evacuated Luft VI via the Baltic Cruise. Evacuated Luft IV via the 600 Mi
90 day Black March. USAFRes 19 yrs,USNRes 18 yrs. Retired 1984. Would like to hear from those who knew me
 

Name: Cliff Cribbs
Hometown: Brecksville, OH
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Sent: 8.48 AM - 3/12 2002

My uncle 2nd Lt Earl O. Brooke was held in Stalag Luft I from December 1943 until liberated by the Russians in May 1945. He was in the 305th BG/364th BS.

The following is a list of his roommates with their hometown:

C. R. Greene - Dayton, OH
J. E. Orrison - Marshall, MI
M. N. Keathley - Tampa, FL
Thomas Davis - Baltimor, MD
M. R. Sands - Milwaukee, WI
Philip Bern - New York, NY
Francis L. Ramsey - El Campo, TX
Loubet C. Boyd - McComb, MS
Robert W. Holmes - Silsbee, TX
Richard T. Phelps - Trinidad, CO
James L. Laing - Detroit, MI

Anyone that has info, please contact me.
 

Name: Robert Trewhitt
Hometown: Stockton, England TS 19 7 DA
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Sent: 7.03 AM - 3/12 2002

My Uncle John ( Jack ) Cordner was in Stalag Luft 1 ( west ) after being shot down over Stettin. He was a navigator in Lanchaster bombers from 12 Squdron RAF. He died seven years ago and his drawings, sketches etc of stalag Luft 1 are in the British War Museum.
 

Name: Taylor thomas albert spencer
Hometown: liverpool
POW Camp: oflagv11c
Sent: 7.00 PM - 3/11 2002

This is my late fathers name .I am trying to find anything I can about his time as a prisoner of war. The following places are in a note book-Weisel-nurenburg-Laufen-warberg-Spanenburg-Hilburlausen and Muhlousen. I do have some photos of a camp and my father playing in a band. I would be grateful for any help.
 

Name: dean ferris
Sent: 6.32 PM - 3/11 2002

It's good to find some of the old gang. I was on the Eight Ball. Finished my last mission on 12/23/1943
DEAN FERRIS
 

Name: Lance Armstrong (Son of Jack Armstrong (John L)
Hometown: Plano, Tx
POW Camp: Luft #1
Sent: 2.08 PM - 3/11 2002

This is absolutely one of the best and most organized web sites! It's vast,
and I visit it regularly, but still haven't seen it all. Thank you for bringing
this part of history back so I can see more clearly what my father endured.
He died before I was old enough to remember him. You've help to
complete the missing pieces of the picture I have in my mind of him and
his experiences. Thank you so much !
Lance Armstrong (son of Jack Armstrong)
 

Name: martin Moskowitz
Hometown: roslyn, NY
POW Camp: Stalag 1
Sent: 1.15 PM - 3/11 2002

Anybody who can remember the general medical conditions at Stalag 1. I am particularly interested in people who had swollen limbs and/or beri-beri. My father (Jack Moskowitz - "Honor Bound") recently passed away and we are trying to obtain a VA pension for my mother. Any assistance would be appreciated. Thank you, Martin Moskowitz
 

Name: Brenda Pleasants Snead
Hometown: Holly Grove, Louisa Co. Virginia
POW Camp: Stalag 2B
Sent: 8.04 PM - 3/10 2002

My father, Eddie Ohma Pleasants, 33093256,was a POW at Stalag 2B near Salzwedel, Germany. He was listed as MIA 19 Sept 1943 in Italy. He was captured at Anzio and was put on a train to northern Germany. He was a POW for 600 days. He was released in May, 1945. He died in 1977 and remained close to 2 buddies, William S. Bull( deceased) from Onancock, Va. and Ralph Redmond from Greenup Co., Ky. Our family would be interested in hearing from other POW s from 2B. B. Snead
 

Name: Judson Whitman
Hometown: Casper, WY
POW Camp: Stalag I
Sent: 10.31 PM - 3/9 2002

For some reason I do not find my name on any of the lists of POWs at Stalag Luft I. My POW dog tag number is 5963. I was at Barth from Sept. 44 until liberation in May 45. I think I was in West Compound I, Block I Room III
 

Name: THOMAS C .HOLLAND
Hometown: lockhart,texas
POW Camp: stalag luft IV
Sent: 9.41 PM - 3/9 2002

SHOT DOWN JUNE 29 1944. FOURTH MISSION .447 BG 709 BS..MARCHED OUT OF LUFT iv FEB 2 1945..LIBERATED FAL
LINBOSTEL APRIL 16 1945

TOM HOLLAND
 

Name: gary hull
Hometown: schenectady, ny
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Sent: 7.21 PM - 3/8 2002

This is in honor of my friend-WILLIS (LARRY) BROWN- who became a POW on 9/30/44 after his glider tow-line was hit by German flak over Holland on 9/19/44. He was a flight officer in the "Aorborne Troop Carrier" unit. He lived in barracks #206 and kept a personal diary titled "Wartime Log" and a comic book titled "All ist Kapoot!". Liberated by the Russians May 1945--Larry died in 1964 age 40. Thank you.
 

Name: Dale Roach
POW Camp: Stalag 1
Sent: 4.47 PM - 3/8 2002

My Dad was in Stalag 1 and I have all the paper work showing that he was there. I can not find his name on the list of people that were there. His Name is Harrison W. Roach Jr. he was a tail gunner on a B-17. I would like to thank you for the information about the entitlements for the ex POWs. If there is any more information that you can locate on this subject I would like to have it so he can get what is coming to him. He is 81 years old now and extra benefits would help. I am in contact with a NSO's Sservice Officer and I am getting everything taken care of for him. Thanks again. ( If there is anything that can be done about getting his name of the Stalag 1 list please let me know)
 

Name: Geri Foster
Hometown: Wilkes-Barre PA
Sent: 8.15 PM - 3/7 2002

Hi Mary sorry i lost your address but we received a letter today that said A claim for this benefit was established and should be processed by May what do you think? THank you Geri Foster
 

Name: Keith gates
Hometown: Bryan, Texas
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Sent: 4.01 PM - 3/7 2002

My dad was H. Bruce Gates, Bombardier/Navigator on a B17 in the 390th Bomb Group. He was shot down in November of '44. He didn't talk much about it for the rest of his life; he passed away 6 years ago and was a perfect role model for my brother and I all his life. I would love to hear from anyone who knew him in the POW camp.
 

Name: Neal Sellars
Hometown: Paducah, KY
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I and Luft III
Sent: 12.12 AM - 3/5 2002

My father, Harry Clifton Sellars, T/Sgt from Paducah Kentucky, was POW and apparently was in West compound of Luft I and may have been at Luft III also. I have two post cards from him while he was POW. Both have Gefangenennummer: 3167 under his name.
He was nose gunner of a B-17 nicknamed "GARGANTUA". I have photos of plane with names of the crew members if anyone is interested.
Thanks for making this site and info available.
 

Name: Nicholas Vargo
Hometown: Novelty Ohio 44072
POW Camp: Luft 4
Sent: 10.38 PM - 3/4 2002

I was ENG. GUNNER on B24 I was at luft 4 Nurenberg an ended up at MOOSEBURG. This is a great site
 

Name: George Meuse
POW Camp: Luft 1
Sent: 11.54 AM - 3/4 2002

I was Kreigie #6443 and am still looking for crew members Willis, Gallo and Dennis. This is a great site
 

Name: Jane Elizabeth (Roper) (Keaton) Anderson
Hometown: South Lake Tahoe, CA
POW Camp: Luft 1
Sent: 9.44 AM - 3/4 2002

I want to thank my cousin, Bob Dye, for providing the information on my uncle, Richard Milton Roper. I was very young when he was a POW, but I remember that period in my life very well. It's not something you ever forget. Thank you for setting up this web site -- these brave men and women should never be forgotten!
 

Name: Roland Opsahl
Hometown: Mesa Arizona 85206
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Sent: 11.35 PM - 3/3 2002

If any one remembers me give me call. I never did make contact with anyone that I knew in camp.
 

Name: Judson H. Whitman
Hometown: Casper, WY
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Sent: 10.15 PM - 3/3 2002

An interesting site for an ex-POW|

 

Name: Ralph C. Andrews
Hometown: Easley, SC 29642
POW Camp: Stalag Luft
Sent: 6.00 PM - 3/3 2002

Participated in the Black March from 6 Feb 1945 to 2 May 1945.
 

Name: Kelly A. Drew
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Sent: 4.52 PM - 3/3 2002

My grandfather, Bernard C. Kyrouac, was a POW at this camp. He is a pilot. He was imprisoned after having to ditch his B-17 into the sea. The plane sunk, taking with it some personal things, including a pistol and a photo of my grandmother, which my grandfather regrets having lost. My brother and I would like to look for these things some day, however long the odds may be against us. We're just so proud of him that it would be well worth the effort.
 

Name: katherine burbee caputo
Hometown: islamorada, fl 33036
POW Camp: ?
Sent: 4.37 PM - 3/3 2002

I am looking for anyone who knew my dad Tech. Sgt. Russell Field Burbee, who was shot down in his plane the Worry Bird, and emprisoned in Germany.
 

Name: joe odonnell
POW Camp: stalag luft 4
Sent: 7.07 PM - 3/2 2002

hello Mary


Name: Neil Hammer
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
POW Camp: Stalag 1 Barth Germany
Sent: 2.22 AM - 3/2 2002

Looking for info from anyone who may remember my uncle, Lieut. Robert (Bob) X. Conly. I think he was in North or North 1 compound. He was a navigator on a B-17 (Ice Cold Katie) when shot down. Trying to get info for his children. Thanks! What a great site!!!!
 


Name: Roland E Weber
Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Sent: 11.58 AM - 2/28 2002

Kriege from January 1945 to May 1945 at Stalag Luft 1
 

Name: chris gould
Sent: 8.32 AM - 2/27 2002

my dad 2nd Lt. Charles L. Gould was in stalag luft1 in north 2
i would appreciate any info on him from those who may have it

thanks
 

Name: Clifton Brizendine
Hometown: Kansas City
POW Camp: Stalag 9B
Sent: 7.55 PM - 2/26 2002

Trying to find any information about stalag 9B in Bad Orb Germany. My Father, Clifton Brizendine was held there from Battle of Bulge until the liberation of the camp. He has recently been put in a nursing home for Alzheimers. I would like to be able to tell my children about his life in the Army. He was a member of the
9th Armoured division. Thanks -Roger Brizendine


Name: Jesse Seeley
Hometown: Chattanooga, TN
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1, south compound
Sent: 6.54 PM - 2/26 2002

I was looking at the group photos of different barracks. Is barracks 2 in any of the photos. I was in room 8.
 

Name: Robert Ayette
Hometown: Rochester N.Y.
POW Camp: Stalag 1
Sent: 3.13 PM - 2/26 2002
 

Name: Stephane Muret
Hometown: Belfort
Sent: 10.12 AM - 2/26 2002

My friend Colonel Williams, former Squadron commander from 522nd FS, 27th FG, crashed near my home on september 08, 1944, was my my guest 2 years before. He was POW at Barth and told me many stories. Great to see pics from the site.
Stephane
 

Name: M Eidmans
Hometown: Potters Bar (Herts UK)
POW Camp: Stalag/Dulag 1
Sent: 5.16 AM - 2/25 2002

My father Gordon Henry Eidmans a L/cpl in the KRRC was an inmate in the camp after his capture at Dunkirk (his regiment were rear guard. Unfortunately he never spoke about his time in captivity in any detail. He died some 7 years ago but i would be interested to hear from anyone that new him in the camp and has memories to share.
 

Name: charles e bauman
Hometown: Torrance, CA
POW Camp: Stalag I
Sent: 11.12 PM - 2/24 2002

My father was Lt. Francis A. Bauman, a navigator on a B-17. He was a prisoner of war at Stalag I. He died October 5, 1962. I have been searching for information about him.
 

Name: Albert Schoeneberg
Hometown: California, Missouri
Sent: 3.00 PM - 2/24 2002

Son of Otto A. Schoeneberg from Stalag Luft I.
 

Name: Eldora Christianson
Hometown: Jamestown, ND
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Sent: 1.39 PM - 2/23 2002

My husband, Russell Christianson, passed away March 23, 2001. I am interested in hearing from any of his friends from his POW days and from the 783 Bomb Squadron, 15th Air Force.
 

Name: John "Jack" McCracken
Hometown: Ligonier, PA 15658
POW Camp: Dulag Luft;Stalag Luft IV @ 1
Sent: 10.39 AM - 2/23 2002

I have a limited number of books "For You Der Var Ist Ofer" left. Orders should include the $7.50 plus a mailing address.
 

Name: Jonathan McNamee
Hometown: Herts, UK
POW Camp: Stalag Luft III and Colditz
Sent: 7.52 AM - 2/23 2002

I am 10, and I would like to find about about my stepgrannie's father, Dr George Matthews. I think he was captured at Dunkirk, and was in Stalag Luft III and then Colditz. If you know anything about him, pls mail me! Thanks!
 

Name: Patti (Arbogast) Wickersham
Hometown: Midlothian Va
POW Camp: Stalag Luft III
Sent: 10.58 PM - 2/22 2002

I am interested in any information on my grandfather, Col F.E. "Phil" Arbogast. He & his crew were shot down on Nov 2, 1944 (their 25th mission over Germany). They were taken prisoners by the Germans. The pilot, Bob Campbell was killed. My grandfather passed away in 1997, and I am trying to organize a "scrapbook" for his great-grandchildren. I grew up on his WWII stories, and I know how important his bomber group buddies were to him. He was with the 398th bomber group, 601st squadron. Any one who knew him, please contact me, I am very interested in talking with you.
Thank you!!!
 

Name: Bernard Kyrouac
Hometown: Wheaton Il. 60137
POW Camp: Stalag luft one
Sent: 6.33 PM - 2/22 2002

South compound,Barracks 2 room 2
 

Name: RUTH
Hometown: OH
POW Camp: ?
Sent: 1.25 AM - 2/22 2002

MY GREAT UNCLE CARL FYFFE WAS A POW HIS BROTHER WOODROW WAS ONE OF THE SOLDIERS WHO RESCUED HIM I HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO FIND OUT WHERE IF YOU KNOW OF HIM OR ANYONE ELSE I WOULD LOVE THE INFORMATION RUTH JOHNSON
 

Name: Fred Franklin
Hometown: Guildford-Surrey
POW Camp: Stalag 20A Thorn, PO
Sent: 8.10 AM - 2/21 2002

I am looking for Fred (Charles) Franklin - working on small farm in Lowin, Poland. Fred you shared your players with Herbert FODE (17) - where are you now Fred?
 

Name: John W Brinser
Hometown: Greeley, CO
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 North 3
Sent: 11.14 PM - 2/18 2002

I spent many months there and some days it is quite a remembrance, I was in the same barracks as Col Gabreski and knew him pretty good and was sorry to hear of hi death in Jan 2002. My best regards to all former POW's
 

Name: Jeff Farren
Hometown: Yorkville IL
POW Camp: STALAG LUFT ONE
Sent: 9.27 PM - 2/18 2002

My Dad, E. L. Farren was a POW in Stalug Luft One. He was just like many of the others. Never said anything. He died of a heart attack at age 48, in 1972. An email from one of his crew to me has helped me find out a lot, but I'm still looking for more!
 

Name: Deborah Caudell Leous
Hometown: Buffalo, New York
POW Camp: Stalag Luft One
Sent: 11.33 PM - 2/16 2002

My father, Otto Caudell was a POW in Stalag Luft One. Like many of the the POWs, he rarely spoke of the time he was a guest of Hitler. Thank you for sharing your web site. If anyone knew him, I would like to hear more.
 

Name: Jiří Turyna
Hometown: Benešov
Sent: 4.58 PM - 2/16 2002

Let me to introduce myself. My name is Jiří , I am employed in Military Museum Lešany .I am interesting in World War II, especially in the activity of heavy bombers from 8th AAF.Two B-17 G from 490.bomb.group were shot down in Czech Republic ( in Middle Bohemia, Between Sedlčany and Benešov on April 19th, 1945. ) There were B-17 G, serial number 43-38078 from 849.bomb.sq. and B-17 G, serial number 43-38701 from 850.bomb.sq.
Flight crew serial number : 43-38701
Crew position Name in full Rank Serial number Current status
PILOT SNYDER, PAUL .A. 2nd Lt, 0-768275 MIA
CO-PILOT STEWART, ROSS .E. 2nd Lt, 0-833268 MIA
NAVIGATOR WILSON, WILLIAM F/O T-137835 MIA
BOMBARDIER TROJANOWSKI,JOSEPH.A. 2nd Lt 0-2069736 MIA
RAD,OPR,GNR, STAUFFER, WAYNE.W. SGT, 13171757 MIA
AERIAL ENGR DOLE, LYLE. E. SGT, 39188034 MIA
WAIST GNR ZUENDEL, WILLIAM..G. SGT, 15134175 MIA
BALL GNR LANGLEY,GEORGE .B. SGT, 32079502 MIA
TAIL GNR PHILLIPS, RICHARD.L. SGT, 33885212 MIA
CARPET SPOT_ LESH, WILBUR. L. S/SGT 37723289 MIA
JAMMER
Flight crew serial number : 43-38078
Crew position Name in full Rank Serial number Current status
PILOT NORWELL, ROBERT.A. 1st Lt, 0-777782 MIA –RTD
CO-PILOT SMITH, LORENZO. G. 2nd Lt, 0-833230 MIA
NAVIGATOR LAKE, GORDON. P. F/O T-134??? MIA
BOMBARDIER BORDEN, LEO .L. 2nd Lt, 0-7????? MIA
RAD OPR GNR MALIRES, PETER T/Sgt 17?????? MIA
AERIAL ENGR SNYDER, WENDELL .S. T/Sgt 32?????3 MIA –RTD
WAIST GNR JOHNSON ,ROBERT .A. S/Sgt 11063744 MIA
BALL GNR JOHNSON ,CARL .B. JR S/Sgt 16106864 MIA
TAIL GNR PARKER, NEWTON .B. S/Sgt 35780287 MIA -RTD

I would like to have photos of members of both crews, too.
I also look for all informations about the all members of their crews and about their relatives too. If You could help me, write please on my internet address :
turyna@seznam.cz or turyna@quick.cz

Name: Gary Walker
Hometown: Columbia,TN
POW Camp: I was not a prisoner of war
Sent: 3.25 PM - 2/16 2002

I was not in the military, but I have many friends that were.I have an old friend, now deceased,that spent two years in a nazi prison camp.He has related many stories about about his time there.It was a very cruel time and many didn't live to tell about their tradgedy.He was one of the fortunate few.His name is Howard Potts and he is from Columbia,Tn 38401.God bless all our valiant men and women who served our country.My health kepy me from serving.
 

Name: Bob Colvin
Hometown: Centerville OH
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Sent: 12.16 PM - 2/16 2002

My Dad, Edward J. (Red) Colvin, was a POW (#5515) at Stalag Luft I from Sep 44 to May 45. He was a bombardier on a B-17, shot down Sep 13, 1944. He was with the 8th AF, 493rd bomb Squad. He is now 80 years old, still lives in East Providence, RI and is doing well. His name does not appear in any of your roll call lists. Would appreciate having his name added.
Thanks,
Bob Colvin
 

Name: David Gratton
Hometown: south wales
POW Camp: stalag 8 b
Sent: 10.55 AM - 2/16 2002

My great grand father,Jack Davies, was held at stalag 8 b,from almost the start of the war, I have a letter sent from him dated11/3/43 stamped stalag vIII B,Gepruft Nr.15a,his number from the letter was 14069,sadly he is no longer with us, but my mother and I would like any information that you have
Thanks
 

Name: Louis E. Ritt/Cheryl
Hometown: Bellaire, MI
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I - south-2 years
Sent: 9.27 PM - 2/15 2002

My husband has been suffering from a degenerative brain disease, shows Alz and Parkinson symptoms, triggered/started day after surgery for a simple hernia procedure, that was apprx 8 yrs ago. I am very glad to have found this site,. I believe his current condition is a result of being a POW and trying to get the proper info to prove it, and get the help he deserves for being a WWII and Korean Veteran, he currently is in need of a long term care facility and I am trying to seek the knowledge to get him him a VA Facility. I will shoot a email off to AXOW this evening. Thank you for this site! Welcome any comments or tips from you that have gone thru the bureaucracy, I've been trying to get help for over two years now, so far I get his medication at a co pay, a savings of about $500.00 per month. THANK YOU! CHERYL RITT
 

Name: John Jackson
Hometown: Quincy, IL
POW Camp: Stalag 12a and Stalag IIIc
Sent: 3.46 PM - 2/15 2002

We are searching for Veterans that served with Ssgt John W Jackson of the 90th Division 357th regiment during WWII. Ssgt Jackson was a POW in Stalag 12a and Stalag IIIc from July 7, 1944 until 1945 when he was liberated from Stalag 3c. Send Info to :
Ruth Jackson , 2130 Harrison apt 7-a, Quincy , IL 62301 or John W Jackson Jr, 38 Freymuth Rd, Lake St. Louis, MO 63367 (jjackson@gtw.net)
These names are listed in John W Jackson’s war diary. They are believed to be collected during his internment in several POW camps including Stalags 3c and 12a.

Floyd Ball, 1440 Downic St , Oroville, Ca; t4
Robert Henay, 237 Kenmore Ave, Buffalo, NY ssgt
Loyd H George, route 4, St. Joseph, MO sgt
Paul P Kezior, route 1 Box 46, Farwell, NB
Emory B Jones, Milan, Georgia sgt
Courtney G Rowlands, 1240 Grove Ave, Racine, WI
Myrle Denbow, P.O. 304, Zanesville or Dresden, Ohio
Allen S Mickle, 17 Main St, Dennisville, NJ
Milvin Ferguson 1501 Johnson St Keokuk, IA
August Jurgens, 2055 Turnbell Ave NY,NY
John Y Burgess Jr 134 Murse Place , ?, ?, lt
Robert P Post 3031 14th Ave South , Minneapolis, MN lt
Adrian A Desmond, Wailuku Maui, territory of Hawaii cpl
M S Quesenberry Jr, Route 1 box 105 Norton , VA lt
Walter Flenette , Route 2 Box 43, Olympia, WA lt
John J Murray, Waverly Ave, Seaford , NY
John Pasota, 415 Willow Ave, Olyphant, PA lt
James Gabel, 212 N. Wood St. Fremont, OH
John H Crow, 16E Baker , Vallage, GA
T. W. (Little Jake) Jackson, Paragould, AR (Mrs. J. A. Nixon)
Charles Taylor, 3160 Park Ave, St. Louis, MO
Vencent Multerer or Multeaer , 502nd Centeral , Marshfield, WI
Robert R Buch or Bush 212 E Main St , Brownstown, PA
William Whyte 3121 E 97st St, Cleveland, OH sgt
Robert Kim, 1362 B South Bereta St Honolulu t5
John Makles, Inza Station, St. Joseph , MO cpl
Eddie Oliveri, 36 Dodge St., Inwood Long Island, NY sgt
Clarence Dallas, 4471 Olive St. 103, St. Louis, MO (15th Air Force)
Walter B Venable, 313 N Locust St. Florence AL (15th Air Force)
Aloys C Suhling, RFD 1 Hamburg IL (15th Air Force)
Bernard Racine 293 Pratt Rd, Fitchburg, MS (15th Air Force) (“If it’s a heart game, I’,m a winner”)
Gordon W Sternbeck, 1911 Monroe St., New Holstein, WI ssgt (15th Air Force B-17) 3e
Harold E Beam, Dice Addition, Hoopeston, IL (15th Air Force B-17) 3e
John Dyer, 189 Cedar St , Manistique, MI (15th Air force)
Theodore Mason 1123 N 4th St , Grand Forks, ND sgt
Edward W Wilson , Route 2 , Rolla, MO ssgt
Ralph W. Sharp , 1629 Cleveland Ave, Waco , TX sgt
John Blasko, 140 Maple Ave , Hartford , CN ssgt
George A Smith Route E , Mulberry, KS sgt
Major A McLaughlin, Lamarque, TX ssgt
William Nelson, Minot ND ssgt
Steve Miller, Vineland, NJ pvt
John Olguin, route 2 box 629, Albquerque, NM t5
James Holder, Stecoah, NC pfc
Virgil Brederg, Red Oak , IA pfc
Raymond G Aros, 619 So 2nd Ave , Phoenix, AR ssgt
Sid Skiffington , Box 300 , Guilfor, MA t5
Stan Slok , 203 Carleton St , Providence, RI t4
Carl I Hardman, 416 The Brooklands, Akron, OH ssgt
B G Phillips , 126 So Main St South Norwalk , CN sgt
Ivan Ekiger, Montezuma, IN t5
Garner E Jordan, Antwerp, OH ssgt
Steven F Mirowski, 31 Auburn St., Boston , MS cpl
Peter A Salerno , 921 So Damen Ave, Chicago , IL t4
Thomas D Sanders, 2939 Irving Park, Chicago, IL sgt
Norman A Butts, 46 E North St, Waynesboro, PA sgt
Virgil McCloud , 4422 Rice St , Chicago , IL or Eureka, IL ssgt
John A Novelli, 309 6th St, Carnesie, PA ssgt
Adrian J Suberviee, 249 Brooklyn Ave, New Orleans, LA ssgt
Charles Gaphardt or Gephardt, 922 N Montford Ave , Baltimore, MD ssgt
Maxwell Peacock, 3044 Emerson Ave , So Minneapolis, MN cpl
George F McNeil 219 so Drive, Chicomanseii Village, Willimansett, MS sgt
John J Czysz, 178 4th St , Jersey City, NJ ssgt
Rick Sauer , 869 Beaconsfield, Grosse Point Park ,MI ssgt
Carl Westmeier, 143-23, 151 Place, Springfield Gardens, NY ssgt
Daniel Procchi, Route 1 box 256 , Plant city, FL t5
Frank Drawdy, Route 1 Box 5, Jesup, GA ssgt
Jerry Kieninger, 19349 Kingsville, Detroit, MI cpl
Harry Wozniak, 2009st 13st Lincoln Arcade, Milwaukee, WI ssgt
Hal Cummins, Seward, NB
Other contacts listed
Ms Georgia Quesenberry, Route 1 Box 105, Norton , VA
Ms Mary Barns, Route 1, Hartford, AL


Name: William W. Kiser
Hometown: Lawrenceville, Il.
POW Camp: Stalag 17B--Krems, Austria
Sent: 8.41 PM - 2/14 2002

I was in several camps, but finished out my "Kriegie" time of two years at this camp. If anyone remembers me, would like to hear from them.


 
Name: James R. (Dick) Kenyon
Hometown: Hillsboro, Or.
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Sent: 4.54 PM - 2/14 2002

I I was in North 1, Barracks 1. The basket Ball "court" and the chinning bar were just outside our room. I can't recall all of my room mates but some were: Bob McGregor, Ed Shevelin, Charie Walk, Dick Miller, Ed Hammer, Ditus , Schuster, if anyone can add to that I'd appreciate it.
 

Name: John O. Elstad
Hometown: St. Paul, MN 55106
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Sent: 2.06 PM - 2/13 2002

Interesting to see when one of a family really goes to this effort to find out about a prison camp. Having
been in that camp I will contact you, to see if info I have is of interest to you.
 

Name: Jack McCracken
Hometown: Ligonier, Pa
POW Camp: Stalag Luft IV and 1
Sent: 3.00 PM - 2/12 2002

Enjoyed reading about my own ventures..
 

Name: Ronald L Beatty
Hometown: PLEASANT HILL MO 64080
POW Camp: DULAG LUFT OR CAMP KING
Sent: 8.09 PM - 2/11 2002

I WAS STATIONED THERE IN 69-70 AND IT WAS A VERY FINE DUTY AT THAT TIME, ESPECIALLY WHEN I HAD JUST FINISH A TOUR IN VIETNAM. IT WAS HEADQUARTER FOR MCA AND TRANSCOM. TRANSPORTATION UNIT THAT BROUGHT IN EVERYTHING IN FOR THE SERVICE MAN. ESPECIALLY FOR ORDERS TO TRANSSPORT THE SERVICEMAN BACK HOME FOR DISCHARGE FROM THE MILITARY.
 

Name: John H. Greenwood ( I am his nephew)
Hometown: Fairfield, CT
POW Camp: stalag luft 1
Sent: 8.16 AM - 2/11 2002

Lt. John Greenwood, bombardier - B24 Liberator, part of 701St Bomber Squadron, 445th Bomber Group, APO 558 shot down over Orcq Belgium on July 11, 1944. Spent remander of war in Stalag Luft 1. Looking for any info from others at Stalag Luft 1 and/or anyone who knew John.
 

Name: romie lee heflin
Hometown: evansville indiana
POW Camp: no
Sent: 9.55 PM - 2/10 2002

lost fingers on right hand at normandy beach in 1944, wounded 14 days after landing on Normandy beach. Twelfth Infantry, 4th division company A.
 

Name: Edward G. Aulman
Hometown: Syosset, New York
Sent: 9.13 PM - 2/10 2002

My father was Edward A. Aulman S/Sgt listed as Nose Gunner on Lt John Kirkham's 35 mission. My father was liberated by the English Army at the end of the war. He raised three children and retired from the New York City Police Dept. in 1968. He died in 1982. Thank you for creating this site.

 

Name: Harold Gene Koeppel (I am his daughter)
Hometown: Cape Girardeau. Missouri
POW Camp: North 2, Barrack 8, Room 10--Stalag Luft 1
Sent: 11.22 AM - 2/9 2002

Dad was in North 2, barracks 8, room 10. Harold Koeppel. I am the oldest of his five children (four are still living). Dad died at age 51 from a brain tumor. I miss him a lot! I always thought he would be around forever. I am sorry now I didn't learn more about his days in the POW camp. If any of you remember him, can you email me? I know he learned to cut hair while a prisoner--became the "barber" of his camp I think. Barb Koeppel Merchant
 

Name: lisa strickland
Hometown: dalton ga
POW Camp: do not know
Sent: 7.58 PM - 2/8 2002

hello i am looking for any information on tom strickland my fatherlaw for my son on family history he never got to meet his grandfather and wants to know about he was a p.o.w. thank-you
 

Name: William R.Schultz
Hometown: Whitefish, Montana
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Sent: 6.50 PM - 2/8 2002

Thanks for all of the information on Stalag Luft I. I found my name listed with others who were in the room. Brought back many memories, many good ones of dear friends.
 

Name: Steve Anderson
Hometown: Lexington, KY
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Sent: 2.24 PM - 2/8 2002

Hi everyone,
My father was Lt. James Maurice Anderson and was a pilot of a B-17. He was shot down and captured during a milk run mission of which I don't know where. He was imprisoned at Stalag Luft 1 for 14 months. Dad died 16 years ago and I miss the stories that he told to his friends as I was listening. It seems that he didn't talk much to us about the harrowing experiences. I am looking for someone to correspond with that could give me some insight as to what he went through. This web site has enlightened me very much.
 

POW Camp: 211 POW Camp Cap Matifou Algiers
Sent: 1.45 PM - 2/8 2002

I would like to receive notices about this Camp from May 1945 to March 1946; I can exchange some material on it.
 

Name: JIM BOWLING
Hometown: BUTLER ,KENTUCKY
POW Camp: STALAG LUFT 1
Sent: 7.06 PM - 2/7 2002

MY FATHER WAS IN STALAG LUFT 1 FOR 18 MO. HE PASSED AWAY IN 1990.I WAS SELLING SOME HARLEY DAVIDSON LITERATURE FORM THE 1930'S AND 40'S HARLEYS.ON EBAY AND SOLD SOME TO A OLD GUY FROM GERMANY WHO TOLD ME HOW MANY HARLEYS AND INDIANS WERE LEFT IN GERMANY. IF ANYONE KNEW MY DAD I WOULD APPRECIATE HEARING FROM YOU. HE LEFT ME A LOT OF PHOTO'S OF THE POW CAMP.
HE WAS LT. RALPH  BOWLING FROM BUTLER, KY. TALL SKINNY BOY,  WHO ALWAYS WANTED A GARAGE.THANKS JIM
 

Name: John R.FitzGerald
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Sent: 5.32 PM - 2/7 2002

I am not listed but was in the room next to Col.Gabriski. Other roommates , Delmerico, Lay, Hanson, Gulette, Blue, Burman, Hoder Greves, Frechette, Duckworth, Carrol,  I will add to this list .It was great to visit .It triggered my memory?
 

Name: Ann Hayes
Hometown: Ruthin, North Wales
POW Camp: Stalag XXA XXB
Sent: 5.17 PM - 2/7 2002

I've been trying to contact anyone who knew my late father Les Hayes who was a POW from 30.7.40 to 11.5.45 at Stalag XXB and also XXA I think. He was a Gunner in the Royal Field Artillery and was captured in France. Any info or photos of the camps would be much appreciated also. Like many others Dad would not speak about his experiences except that he and his fellow prisoners only survived through receiving Red Cross parcels and that they loaded and unloaded coal onto and from trains. Two others on a photo I have have been identified as Mick Sealey and Herbert Pilkinton - also a good mate called Artie whom Dad kept in touch with after the war for a time. Artie named his son Leslie after my Dad.

Well Done - what a great site. Thank you for all your work.
 

Name: LARRY H. CASE
Hometown: METAIREI, LA. 70002
Sent: 8.28 AM - 2/7 2002

Dear Mary and Barbara,
Just want to thank you for what you are doing with this web site and for compiling so much information about the guys who gave up a good part of their lives in the prison camps. I am looking for some information about my brother Rodolph Case who was imprisoned in Stalag Luft 1 relative to his military service such as enlistment dates, places he was stationed, what bomber group he was assigned to especially when he was shot down. I would also like to know what mission he was on, dates of the mission and any other information that I can find that reflects his military record. If you know where I should go to look for this type of information I would greatly appreciate your input. I would like to pass this info on to the D- Day Museum here in New Orleans in an effort to get more information about the European Theatre and the Prisoner's of war. If there is some military organization that would have this info available please let me know. Again thanks for all you are doing to keep these memories alive.
Sincerely,
Larry H. Case
 

Name: Gerald W. Lay
Hometown: Kingston, TN 37763-2028
POW Camp: Stalag 1,North 3, Barracks 307, Rm 9
Sent: 9.37 PM - 2/6 2002

I was shot down 25Nov44, arrived Stalag 1 Dec to open
North 3 Compound.
 

Name: Henry R. Barr
Hometown: charlotte nc
Sent: 8.47 PM - 2/6 2002
 

Name: Robert Coe
Hometown: wheatland calif.
POW Camp: stalag luft one
Sent: 8.13 PM - 2/6 2002

I was a prisoner of war from 9-18-44 until the end of the war at Stalag Luft I in Barth Germany. I was in compound North 3, barracks 13, rm 11. I was a glider pilot participating in operation Market Garden (invasion of Holland) at the time of my capture.
 

Name: Carl A.Hedin
Hometown: Naples, FL
POW Camp: Stalagluft 1
Sent: 7.28 PM - 2/6 2002

Just found your site yesterday. Sent along some information on Barrack 5 Rm 14  Will perhaps have more
Great site, have enjoyed seeing photos I hadn't seen before as well as other information

Great job, Carl
Kriegie Nr.# 3376
 

Name: James B Walden
Hometown: Powder Springs, Georgia 30127
POW Camp: Stalag 1 Barth, Germany
Sent: 5.18 PM - 2/6 2002

Arrived Barth December 44 thru liberation. North 3 compound. Was Navigator in 306 Bomb Group, Thurleigh and made 29 missions. Info from Helga Radu, Barth says the 5 bodies found outside the camp, 3 women and two children was murder and suicide by Mrs Schmidt, one of the women. She was a fanatic Nazi and her husband was an SS officer. I was glad to hear it was not a PW with a grudge. I thought it was the Russians who did it. Col. Gabreski was the CO of Compound 3. His passing completes a milestone in The US Air Force. He will be missed and remembered. James B Walden
 

Name: Leon Shulman
Hometown: Metuchen,NJ
Sent: 1.08 PM - 2/6 2002

I know that I was one of the lucky ones-not being a POW. During 1943-45,my assignment was to fly B-26 TowTarget aircraft out of Westover Fld. Mass. for 'Air to Air' gunnery training for the many B-24-(H) Bomb Groups in their final training prior to flying over to England. One of my close friends and former room-mate prior to WW2 was a B-17 Pilot and POW and connected me to this site. I am planning many more visits to this website to learn more of this historic era.
 

Name: Stuart Wright
Hometown: London
POW Camp: re: Stalag Luft IV
Sent: 10.06 AM - 2/6 2002

Hi, currently completing a book about a B-24 aircrew - Crew 25, 733rd BS, 453rd BG, Old Buckenham, England 1944. On of the gunners, Sgt. James Freddie Witmer became a POW after flying 6 March 1944 mission to Berlin as a stand-in gunner on another crew. James (also known as Freddie) was incarcerated at Stalag Luft IV. I would be interested to hear from anyone who knew him at Stalag Luft IV and who may be able to share some of the experiences. A few years ago I received a letter from a Mr. James Wint (if I recall his name correctly) who had known Witmer, but I haven't heard from Mr. Wint since then. Anyone whose interested, please check out www.nortridge.info This is a website put together by the son of the pilot from the crew I am writing about. Sincerely, Stuart
 

Name: patricia clements
Hometown: Carmarthen, Wales, UK
POW Camp: Any
Sent: 9.24 AM - 2/6 2002

I have just completed a book on ex-Japanese POWs and am about to start on one about ex-prisoners of the Germans. The stories are intended to show the strength of spirit which existed under appalling conditions. No disrespect is shown to these bad times in asking for any funny stories, tricks, sabotage etc. The FEPOWs have been most supportive and the book a great success. Can anyone help please? Patricia
 

Name: Dave Williams
Hometown: Coupeville, WA
Sent: 2.15 AM - 2/6 2002

My father was a radio operator in a fortress shot down on May 12, 1944. He survived an aggressive interrogation, regarding the nature of his aircraft, by the German Intelligence and though wounded remained in a P.O.W. camp until liberated by the Russians.
 

Name: Mike McDade
Hometown: Ft. Worth Texas
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 North 3
Sent: 12.33 AM - 2/6 2002

My father became a "guest" on 11-26-44 on a milk-run, or so he thought. Have his YMCA notebook, several pictures of the camp, MIA clipping, war dept telegrams etc. Remember him talking about his French friend Phillipe who became head of the French SAC years later and a Chinese-American buddy of his who went down on his first mission in a P-51
 

Name: Michelle
Sent: 9.08 PM - 2/5 2002

My grandfather Louis Vernon Winter was a POW in World War II. I know very little details about his life as a POW except for he was a tailgunner in a B24 Bomber. Sadly he died a few years ago and took all the memories with him. When he would try to talk about World War II tears would fill his eyes and he couldn't speak. We respected his wishes to remain silent. Now he has 2 beautiful great grandchildren & I am very proud of my grandfather and wish I had more details to pass along to them. I know I gave very little information, but anyone that has anything to share with me please email me!!!!

Thank You!
 

Name: K.E. (Sam) Webster
Hometown: Springfield, Ohio 45502
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I room 9 block 1
Sent: 1.27 PM - 2/5 2002

I have all the names that was in my room
 

Name: Wendy Hartzfeld
Hometown: Plano
POW Camp: Bad Orb
Sent: 1.02 PM - 2/5 2002

not sure on the spelling of this prison camp but it was little known about it, My father Enoch Scull was there and I would like to know more about it.
 

Name: molly dodds
Hometown: Roxburghshire, Scotland
Sent: 11.50 AM - 2/5 2002

Got into this website by mistake, but felt compelled to read about it. Made me so sad. Was looking for survivors on ss. Duchess of York, bombed on 15th July 1943. My husband, James, was a survivor on this ship. He is looking for any RAF personnel who was on board. You never know, there might be some one out there with a dad or husband who might get in touch. Thank you for letting me read about the wonderful people on your website. I think I will be keeping in touch. My other e-mail address is: doddsmolly@hotmail.com
 

Name: Liz Ross
Hometown: Leeds UK
POW Camp: Stalag 7A
Sent: 11.31 AM - 2/5 2002

Recently a small book has come into my possession. Inside it written in pencil this message"
John now No 125664 Stalag 7A. Hope all is well at 84.
Harman"

If anyone has any knowledge I would be happy to let them have the book. I know its a bit of a long shot !!!
 

Name: Bruce W. Carlton
Hometown: Hamilton Ontario Canada
POW Camp: Stalag Luft Barth Vogelsang
Sent: 9.53 AM - 2/5 2002

I am the son of F/Sgt. James M. Carlton RCAF-POW shot down Apr. 20 1943 over Stettin Germany. He was the navigator of Halifax II JB- 912 coded VR-B. I have dog tags that read;

1058 CAN R103168
STALAG LUFT AIRMAN
BARTH-VOGELSANG J M CARLTON
CE RCAF
Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you very much B.W. Carlton
 

Name: Stephen L. Walker
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
POW Camp: Stalag Luft !
Sent: 2.04 PM - 2/3 2002

Thank You for all the work on this wonderful site. My father was Lawrence (Larry) D. Walker. Navigator on B-17 Dinah MIte II (aka Baby Doll), 42-2514, when it was shot down 1/11/44. He spent the rest of the war at Stalag Luft 1. I don't know where he was kept at the camp, but would love to find out. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who remembers my father or can give me any other information.
 

Name: Al Meyer
Hometown: Dumont, NC
POW Camp: VII-A XI-A 357
Sent: 1.03 PM - 2/3 2002

Addendum to my other message. I was with the 384th Bomb Group, 545th Sqdn., of the Mighty 8th Air Force, shot down on first raid to Schweinfurt, Germany, August 17, 1943. Would like to hear from others assigned to the Mighty 8th, especially anyone who helped bomb Schwienfurt on the 17th.
 

Name: Al Meyer
Hometown: Dumont, NC
POW Camp: VII-A XI-A 357
Sent: 12.47 PM - 2/3 2002

Let's put it this way: "IT WAS A HELLUVA RIDE".
 

Name: Jason
Hometown: Brighton, England
POW Camp: looking for it
Sent: 5.39 AM - 2/3 2002

My grandad was in the 4th armoured indian division and was captured in the gaza strip in 1941. Captured by germans handed over to Italians(Don't know when).Don't know if it was this camp he was at but if anyone could tell me please do? Alijays@hotmail.com
We think his name was Robert Carney Or Kearney


Name: tim roop
Hometown: Ocean City, Maryland
Sent: 1.34 AM - 2/3 2002

I'm trying to findout information on an individual that was a POW in Stalag 111 C . His name was "Calvin W. Clattenburg". His POW number: 77550 . He died several years ago and his son knows nothing about his wartime record. He would like to know more about this. I know his last unit "1st Division" is on his Ike jacket, with a combat infantry badge, 2 1/2 years combat hashmarks, european campaign ribbon with 4 stars. Any help would be appreciated.

Tim Roop
http://www.ww2dday.com
 

Name: Randy Liggett
Hometown: CHESAPEAKE ,VA.
POW Camp: UNKOWN
Sent: 5.22 PM - 2/2 2002

My Father (Keith R Liggett) was a POW in WWII and was taken to a POW camp some where in Belgium. He was in the 17th Airborne. I  am in the process of submitting the "DD Form 2510" I would like to thank you for the information your web site has given me.
 

Name: Joseph W. Froncek
Hometown: New Lyme, Ohio
Sent: 2.56 PM - 2/2 2002

My Grandfather (Joseph P. Froncek) was chief mechanic on Hub Zemke's P-47 Thunderbolt in England for a short portion of the war. They were in the 56th Fighter Group during WWII. I believe it was the 62nd Fighter Squadron. My grand father died within 12 hours of Col. Zemke. He died in Warren, Ohio on August 1994. Thank you for the web site. To all the vets. Thank you for my/our freedom. Anyone in the 56th Fighter Group during WWII that is interested in contacting me...please email me. Thanks.
 

Name: Jacqueline Lamberton
Hometown: Gretna Scotland
Sent: 12.44 PM - 2/2 2002

My Father was in the Canadian Royal Air Force and was based, for a time, near to Croydon,in England, which was being heavily bombed. There he met my Mother, Grace Berry, and they fell in love, as people did during the war. She became pregnant but they were both married to other people, so nothing could become of their relationship. He went to his C.O for help and with the Canadian Red Cross, they organized for my Mother to go to a village called, Lockington and wait for my birth, at a beautiful manor house, the Canadians had taken over, for just this purpose. I was born May 12 1944. I do not know his name but I was named Jacqueline, so we feel that he could have been a French Canadian. I think I have two sisters as well. He didn't desert my Mother, there wasn't anything else that they could do. My Mothers husband adopted me but I have always felt incomplete and would dearly love to know more before it is too late. I have a sweetheart pin from the CRA, which he gave to my Mother. She kept it on her dressing table until the year 2000. I have a photograph of her wearing it. She will not discuss it at all and at 90 we cannot ask her for more. If there is anyone who was stationed near to Croydon during this time I would love to hear from you. You may write as well to 41, Falcon Drive, Gretna, Dumfries DG16 5JU, Scotland.

 

Name: Howard Margolian
Hometown: Ottawa, Canada
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Sent: 8.11 PM - 2/1 2002

Looking for any information on my dad's first cousin Capt Leo Margolian, who was a prisoner in Stalag Luft I.
 

Name: Bob Dickson
Hometown: Morro Bay, CA
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Sent: 5.34 PM - 2/1 2002

Great website. The stories bring back many memories of my 18 months "in the bag.
 

Name: Louis Squires
Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Sent: 5.52 PM - 1/31 2002

I am writing in regards to Ernie Jenkins who was a prisoner at Stalag Luft 1 from January 1944-April 1945. He was in North 1. He is from Charleston South Carolina, and i have his whole story i would like to post if thats alright. Please email me back.
 

Name: Leon S. Kruszewski
Hometown: Palm Desert,Ca. 92211
Sent: 2.06 PM - 1/31 2002

Very interesting! From a 491st B.G. vet.
 

Name: Leon S. Kruszewski
Hometown: Palm Desert, Ca. 92211
Sent: 2.00 PM - 1/31 2002

Ed: Have you sent a copy of your web page to Nelson Leggette so he can put it in our log? I was in the 855th with Oberembt crew!
 

Name: JOHN l. JEFF
Hometown: aUBURN, al
POW Camp: NA
Sent: 11.24 AM - 1/31 2002

Was a member of the 720th, but was one of the lucky few. Flew last mission(#51) on 12 August 1944. There is a picture of my crew on the 450th Web Page, along with a picture of Miss Carriage we crash landed.
Warm Regards!
 

Name: Charles Osborne
Hometown: Sierra Vista, AZ 85650
POW Camp: Stalag Luft IV
Sent: 8.21 PM - 1/30 2002

I would like to report that Frederick Robert Petitt, a former POW in Stalag Luft IV, died in a traffic accident on Jan 25, 2002 in Hereford, Arizona. I did not know Mr. Petitt, but felt that his death should be reported to your organization. Maybe one of his old friends might remember Mr. Petitt.

Charles Osborne
Sierra Vista, AZ
 

Name: Patricia G. Morris
Hometown: Poland, OH 44514
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Sent: 1.46 PM - 1/29 2002

I would like any information on J. J. Morris S/Sgt 733rd Bomb Squadron 453rd Bomb Group Peterbourgh, England.kgf. Nr.:3748 R.A.F. Nr. 35 586 204 Crew #31 Tail Gunner on "The Lame Duck " He was shot down March 23, 1994 over Osnabruk. I just happened on this sight and I just couldn't believe my luck. He left us with his YMCA journal and some pictures, did not talk much about that time in his life. Would love to hear from anyone who might have know him. Thank you Patricia Morris ( Daughter in Law )
 

Name: Gina Lloyd
Hometown: Black Diamond, Alberta, Canda
POW Camp: Taken @ Dieppe as POW
Sent: 11.05 AM - 1/29 2002

My great uncles, Frederick (Fred) Hayes Hilsabeck and James (Jim) Hilsabeck were POW's and taken @ Dieppe, Aug/1942. Unfortunately, I was too young to take an interest in this part if their past when they were alive but am now trying to find out more about them. They were with "The Calgary Tanks" (14th Army Tank Regiment) (The Calgary Regiment) with Churchill Tanks, under the command of LtCol J.G Andrews. One story told to me was right after the fighting one or both of them shared a beer/coke with some German servicemen on the beach. They were all very young and still in shock and didn't really communicate with each other, but for a few moments they were together as just scared young men. Both of my great uncles were on the death march and found a baby in a ditch they were walking alongside. They managed to keep passing this child along through all the men and kept it hidden until they went through a town and was able to pass the child off to a woman in the streets. If anyone is familiar with these men or these stories and the POW camps they were in, I would love to hear from you. Fred may have been a Gunner and Jim may have been a driver.
 

Name: Larry Russo
Hometown: Round Rock,TX viaPlattsburgh,NY
POW Camp: Luft 1
Sent: 10.13 PM - 1/28 2002

My father-in-law found this site. It took about 5Min. to find my dad, Sgt.Rocco Russo in the group photos. As a matter of fact, he's in 2 of the photos. In group 5, He's in the lower standing row, far left (someones got his arm around him). In group 15, he's in the bottom row, far right. I'm very excited about seeing him. He was a ball turret gunner in the 381ST BG, 535TH Squadron. His plane was shot down Feb.22, 1944 over Detmold, Germany. He started out in Luft 6 (4 1/2Mo.), on to Luft 4 (6 1/2Mo.) and then to Luft 1 (3 1/2Mo.). I'm sorry to say that he died in 1986. He would have been so thrilled to see these great photos and this wonderful site. Thank you and if any of you guys were friends, please E-mail me.
 

Name: Daniel H. Lafferty
Hometown: Detroit
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Sent: 8.49 PM - 1/28 2002

I am Daniel H. Lafferty's son, Mark. Daniel has recently passed away. Through all the years we knew and loved him, he talked very little about his experiences at the POW camp. He was placed there in late 1943 for approximately two years. At this time, all I know is that he was in the South compound. I am trying to find any additional information I can on his stay there, and of the camp itself books, pictures or other web sites). This is the first site I am looking at and it has been very helpful so far. He was in the 707th Bomb Squadron, 446th Bomb Group and shot down over Brest, France. Thanks Mark
 

Name: John McCaskey
Hometown: Athens, Ga
Sent: 8.24 PM - 1/28 2002
 

Name: Art Flores for "Dode" Simms
Hometown: Alameda, CA.
POW Camp: Stalag Luft-1 / Barth
Sent: 9.19 PM - 1/27 2002

This is just a follow-up to my original message of 11/23/01. My good friend Horace "Dode" Simms and I are in the middle of the final editing of his life-story, mostly based on his WW-2 military experience as a B-24 bombardier. Dode was shot down on 11/26/44 just after successfully bombing the Misburg synthetic oil refineries near Hanover, Germany. If there are any fellow-heros out there that can shed further light on that mission, please contact me. Dode was in the 853rd. Squadron, (the Ring-Masters) of the 491st Bomb Group, 2nd Division out of North Pickingham, East Anglia. For others seeking similar information, I have contacted the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson and they are currently advising me on photography and other related historical pieces. There are quite a number of sources and books out there. Guys, stay healthy, we still need you.
 

Name: Janell Peterson Perez
Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
POW Camp: unknown
Sent: 2.44 PM - 1/27 2002

My father Clarence George Peterson was a POW in Germany and I cannot find any information on him. He took a bullet and carried it to his grave. He had no memorial burial accommodated by the U.S. Army. I feel really sad. Your page is beautiful. Good work!!!
 

Name: Brandi Bennett
Hometown: Newark, OH
POW Camp: Grandfather in Germany
Sent: 2.01 AM - 1/27 2002

I am looking very hard to find information on my grandfather's time as a POW in Germany. I have been unable to obtain his military records to this point, but as I've just started I'm not giving up hope yet! He was a medic taken as a POW at the Battle of the Bulge. Like many others, he refused to talk of his time as a prisoner until the very end, and then it was too late to learn much of anything. I miss him and want to keep his memory and legacy alive. His name was George Russell Taylor and I want him to be remembered. Thank you for this useful site!!!
Brandi
 

Name: Mike Flanagan
Hometown: Thomaston,Maine
POW Camp: Uncles in Prussia
Sent: 7.50 PM - 1/26 2002

My Uncle Howard Sweeny was a pilot with the 452nd Bomb Group. He was shot down March 6 1944. His POW camp was located near the Baltic and was within visual of PANNEMUNDE testing area. Can anyone tell me which camp that was. He was a good man, quiet, patriotic and traditional in his views of life.
 

Name: PAUL T. HAGGERTY
Hometown: NORTH KINGSTOWN RI 02852-2854
POW Camp: LJUBLJANA, YUGO, OBERURSEL, DULAG LUFT, STALAG LUFT I
Sent: 1.32 PM - 1/26 2002

AM TRYING TO LOCATE ANYONE WHO HAD DEALINGS WITH THE "USTACHA", THE YUGOSLAVIANS (CROATS) THAT WERE ON THE GERMAN'S SIDE. WE HAD A NAVIGATOR IN O T U THAT TRANSFERRED TO ANOTHER CREW BEFORE WE FINISHED TRAINING. HIS NEW CREW WAS SHOT DOWN OVER NORTHERN YUGOSLAVIA DURING THE WAR AND CAPTURED BY THE USTACHA. THE FOUR OFFICERS WERE HANGED BY HAVING MEAT HOOKS INSERTED INTO THEIR JAWS AND THE ENLISTED MEN WERE FORCED TO WATCH WHILE THEY GURGLED AND DIED. THEIR DOG TAGS WERE THEN CUT OFF AND GIVEN TO THE ENLISTED MEN WHO WERE RELEASED AND GIVEN THE MESSAGE, "THIS IS WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO ANY OTHER AIRMEN WHO BAIL OUT OVER OUR TERRITORY." I ALSO HEARD OF ANOTHER INCIDENT WHERE A NAVIGATOR WAS CAPTURED BY THE USTASHA, HE WAS ALSO HANGED AND THEY USED HIS OWN .45 ON HIM FOR TARGET PRACTICE. ALL THIS STUFF IS KIND OF HUSHED UP BUT ANTE PAVELIC AND HIS BAND OF USTASHA WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR OVER 800,000 YUGOSLAV DEATHS DURING WW II. ALSO THE THIRD LARGEST CONCENTRATION CAMP IN EUROPE WAS IN YUGOSLAVIA AND RUN BY THE USTASHA. IF ANYONE HAS ANY OTHER STORIES ABOUT THEM PLEASE PRINT THEM. THAT IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY THERE IS SO MUCH UNREST IN THE BALKANS TODAY. THE PEOPLE LIVING THERE TODAY HAD THEIR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS KILLED DURING WW II AND DURING OTHER INTERNAL WARS IN THE PAST. THE PAST GOES ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE CRUSADES AND THE YEAR 1300. DIFFERENT GROUPS ARE IN POWER AND THEY MURDER THE OTHER GROUPS. WHEN THE OTHER GROUPS GET IN POWER THEY MURDER THE ONES THAT WERE MURDERING THEM. UNFORTUNATELY THINGS WILL NEVER CHANGE. NO ONE CAN GIVE LAND TO CERTAIN GROUPS BECAUSE ALL THE LAND WAS CONTROLLED BY DIFFERENT GROUPS AT DIFFERENT TIMES AND THERE IS NO STARTING POINT TO SAY, "YOU GO HERE, YOU GO THERE ETC. ONCE AGAIN IF ANYONE HAS ANY MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THESE ATROCITIES, PRINT THEM AND LET THEM BE KNOWN.
 

Name: Greg Frank
Hometown: Tyler, TX
Sent: 5.02 AM - 1/26 2002

A friend of ours sent us this site. His cousin, Joe Mansell, was a gunner on a B-17 crew in Europe in WW2. We are in the Army and living in Bamberg, Germany. We arrived in 2001, will be here until January 2003. Thank you for all your diligent research. We will definitely take the time to find these locations and take a moment to reflect and thank all the soldiers who suffered and died for all of us. If we can ever help you with your research while we are stationed in Germany, please feel free to let us know. Thanks again!
 

Name: beverly abbott
Hometown: indianapolis IN & phoenix AZ
Sent: 8.37 PM - 1/25 2002

My father was in the 8th Air Force (George Clark). He was a navigator on a B-24. He was never a prisoner of war. One of his planes was shot down, but the French underground was successful after several months in getting him back to England. Thank you for your efforts and hard work in maintaining the memories of our brave fathers & mothers.
 

Name: B. J. Harpole
Hometown: Golden, Texas 75444
Sent: 7.14 PM - 1/25 2002
 

Name: Delbert D. Lambson
Hometown: St. Johns AZ
POW Camp: Luft Iv
Sent: 5.42 PM - 1/25 2002

Morris Larkin:

I was there and know something about conditions there and about the death march. I would like to trade stories with you and answer any questions that I can. That goes for anyone who was in Luft IV.
E-mail DDlbrtD@netscape.net
 

Name: Delbert D. Lambson
POW Camp: Luft IV
Sent: 5.21 PM - 1/25 2002

I have a not so fond recollection of the death march. I will share my information with whoever wants to trade stories. My home page is being updated and will have much more info soon.

In the light of what is happening with the Taliban prisoners, especially for those who think we should coddle them, all America need to know how we were treated on that march as prisoners of war, supposedly under the Geneva convention.

Delbert D. Lambson

 

Name: Vernon C. Atkinson
Hometown: Fredericksburg, Va
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Sent: 1.01 PM - 1/25 2002

I David Melnick, am a grandson of my late granddad, Lieutenant Vernon C. Atkinson. I'm a clone of him. Obviously, that makes me extremely proud to look like him. 1 of his nicknames in the camp was: Stud. His B-17 was shot down on his 3rd mission.
 

Name: Dick Kenyon ( Rick)
Hometown: Hillsboro, Or.
POW Camp: Stalag I
Sent: 7.50 PM - 1/24 2002

I would love to hear from any of my old room mates. I was in North I
 

Name: ron mcnally
Hometown: fremont, michigan
Sent: 1.23 PM - 1/23 2002

To Lt. Robert Swartz family. Worked for this individual and he was a great friend to me and my family. Glad someone had the information to share with me and others.
 

Name: Betty
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Sent: 11.19 AM - 1/23 2002

Excellent site.  My husband was a POW. His plane was shot down near Chartres, France. He was moving through the underground only to be turned over to the Nazis. He was in prison in Paris after the invasion taken handcuffed in a railroad car to Barth.Stalag Luft1 Also a book that might be of interest to some.. " A Wartime Log" by Art and Lee Beltrone Howell Press It compiles art work and information from prisoners wartime logs
 

Name: Edward Emmick
Hometown: Tacoma WA USA
POW Camp: luft 1
Sent: 5.46 AM - 1/23 2002

Seeking survivors of Miss America 2 shotdown Dec 22 43.(91st 322nd) This was on run to Osnibrook. My father was the navigator. Lt Bob Emmick and was interned at Stalag luft 1, we believe the north compound. Any one who knew him there also please contact me. God Bless
 

Name: Delbert D. Lambson
Homepage: http://Galaxymall.com/market/spring.html
POW Camp: Luft IV
Sent: 2.01 AM - 1/22 2002

Marion Barrett: I did not know your brother, but I can tell you that his experience with the frig is not uncommon. Stalag Luft IV was a lonely place of hungry men. It was as close to hell as I will ever want to be. If your brother was on the death march with us, then it is no wonder that he didn't talk much about it. It was an experience that I would not wish on any human being. Men died like flies, many in their sleep from freezing. And they say that we are mistreating the internees in x-ray camp in Guantanimo bay.
 

Name: Leo Bach
Hometown: Walnut Creek, CA
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 Barth Germany
Sent: 5.30 PM - 1/21 2002

Shot down Aprill 11, '44, target Posen in Poland. Liberated by Russians May 1 '45.  Intereseted in info re "Jewish Barracks" at Stalag Luft 1. Also did other camps have "Jewish Barracks. When were they established? How many in these barracks? Treatment - was it different from rerst of camp? Any stories you have would be appreciated and subject of a book that I'm writing. Pls respond, either by e-mail, snail mail L.S. Bach 2224 Pine Knoll Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94595
phone (925) 937=7313. Keep up the fight!
 

Name: P/O Donald Arthur Baker
Hometown: UK
POW Camp: Stalag Luft lll
Sent: 5.17 PM - 1/21 2002

An amazing revelation and full of melancholy, sadness and courage of brave men. Where can I get some assistance regarding my father's capture, interrogation, November 6th 1941 shot down near Terschelling while bombing German Convoy. Your contribution in memory of these men is incredible.
I want to do the same for my father. Kind regards,
June Maree
 

Name: Angela
Homepage: http://www.wartimememories.co.uk
Hometown: UK
Sent: 4.47 PM - 1/21 2002

What a great website you have here, I really enjoyed reading the stories recorded. I`ll add a link to it from mine. Perhaps you might like to visit my site, it has collections of wartime stories including some from POW camps.
 

Name: PAUL T. HAGGERTY
Hometown: NORTH KINGSTOWN RI 02852-2854
POW Camp: STALAG LUFT 1
Sent: 4.24 PM - 1/21 2002

TO GEORGE KLARE, GEORGE, LOOK DOWN ON THIS GUEST BOOK TO JAN 12. CHECK WITH HANNS SCHRAFF ABOUT OBERURSEL. HIS DAD WAS THE BEST INTERROGATOR THERE. HE IS THE SUBJECT OF A BOOK TITLED "THE INTERROGATOR". VERY INTERESTING. BY THE WAY, NO ONE WHO WAS INTERROGATED BY HANNS EVER HAD A BAD THING TO SAY ABOUT HIM. GOOD LUCK .
PS I WAS IN OBERURSEL DEC 21-24, 1944, FROM THERE TO DULAG LUFT AT WETZLER, THEN TO STALAG LUFT I. NORTH 2 BLOCK 207. KRIEGIE #7050.
 

Name: George R. Klare
Hometown: The Plains, OH 45780
POW Camp: Stalag Luft One
Sent: 11.48 AM - 1/21 2002

How can I get a copy of the phony Red Cross form I was asked to sign in solitary at the interrogation center at Ober Ursel? Can you help on this? Thanks. George Klare
 

Name: Delbert D. Lambson
Homepage: http://www.idearstudios.com/ww2books.htm
Hometown: St.Johns. AZ
POW Camp: Stalag Luft IV
Sent: 1.26 AM - 1/21 2002

As time slips away and memories fade, I feel the need to reach out, to share my thoughts and my feelings with you who experienced the horrors of prison life in Stalag Luft IV and the suffering that acompanied the 600 mile death march across Germany in the dead of winter, as the Europina war came to a bitter end. I pray to God that America will always remember the legacy of freedom that you gave them. contact me at "  "  www.idearstudios.com/ww2books.htm "   My E-mail is "DDlbrtD@netscape.net"


 Name: dennis sculimbrene
Hometown: Ft. Valley, Va.
POW Camp: ???
Sent: 10.10 PM - 1/20 2002

I was a Viet Nam pilot. After that war, I worked for a former B-17 navigator who spent 11 months in a German camp. I was curious if I could find out anything about him, he passed away years ago.
 

Name: James C. Roberts
Hometown: Quitman, Georgia
Sent: 9.45 PM - 1/20 2002

My father was on the crew of the USS Hermitage AP-54 a troopship that carried many to and from the Atlantic and Pacific. I would be interested in any memories that you may have of this ship.
 

Name: Eugene Sylvester
Hometown: Cherr Hill, NJ
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Sent: 9.22 PM - 1/20 2002

There must have been at least two identical bets made at Barth about the end of the war. The one I witnessed took place in the south compound and the two men were on a platform. One of our medics swabbed the posterior with a yellowish coating before the other fellow kissed it.
 

Name: Diane Paulinski Farina
Hometown: Chicago
POW Camp: Stalag Luft ! & 3
Sent: 7.30 PM - 1/20 2002

I am pleased to inform you that through my initial discovery of this website and related links, I have been able to locate and correspond with four of my Fathers B-17 Crew. They had wondered about my father (2nd Lt. Casimir "Casey" Paulinski) ever since the end of World War II. Dad and his crew of the "Aliquippa" were shot down on December 22, 1943 after a bombing run over Osanbruck, Germany, and crash landed in Borne, Holland. All survived and were taken prisoner. My Dad along with Henry Roeder, Donald McPhee, and George Sokolsky spent time at Stalag Luft 1.

Thanks to Colonel Robert Elliott of the HeavyBombers.com website and the 92nd Bomb Group Association, the historian of the 8th Army Air Force Museum in Savannah, Georgia for their help.

Thank you to all those brave men and women who have served and risked their lives to protect this great country of our. God Bless America!
 

Name: nancy browning underwood
Hometown: bruno,w.v.
Sent: 7.21 PM - 1/20 2002

my uncle, harry browning, was a p.o.w. and i'm looking for info on his camp, i'm not sure of the spelling, kiegerslagger, if you have any information please e-mail us ! thanks and thanks to your dad !
 

Name: Delbert D. Lambson
Homepage: http://Galaxymall.com/market/spring.html
Hometown: Box 81 St. Johns, AZ 85936
POW Camp: Stalag Luft IV
Sent: 1.05 AM - 1/20 2002

My name is Delbert D. Lambson. Our B17, "Betty Boop The Pistol Packin Mama" was shot down on our 19th mission to Regensburg. I was wounded and was in the American Memorial Hospital in Reims France for three months. Our train was strafed by four P 47 thunderbolts on the way to camp. I was in Stalag Luft IV when the prisoners from Hydekrug came into our camp. I also saw the F.W 190 crash at our camp. We were evacuated on February 6th. 1944. We slept in open fields and hay barns and marched nearly five hundred miles in the dead of winter on a starvation diet. We crossed the Elbe River to freedom three months later. I felt a need to tell my story while there was still time. My E-Mail is DDlbrtD@netscape.net
 

Name: Bennett J Palmer
Hometown: Holland N.Y. 14080-9638
POW Camp: I was never taken P.O.W.
Sent: 6.12 PM - 1/19 2002

But was in the 36th.Infantry Division from the 10/12/43
Thirty days after Salerno as a replacement in the 143 Reg. Co. B 1st platoon. My reason for signing this guestbook as during my five campaigns all with this same Company and rifle platoon, there where men taken prisoner. Infantry men where also in great danger of being taken prisoner. So as I am a survivor, and have written a book titled {The Hunted and the Hunter}
Twenty Four Months in a Rifle Co. Although never a P.O.W. Thank God, as a platoon Sgt. a survivor, and this book is my first person living History and a memorial to all who weren't as lucky as I.
I am quite active on E mail messages, and a verifiable history of my combat days. All with the 36Th. Div.Twice wounded. Having lived the History of combat that I write about. Hope you except my message in an old Dog face fashion.
From an old Survivor Bennett J Palmer


 

Name: MORRIS LARKIN
Hometown: Marblehead, Mass.
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 4 Grostychow
Sent: 3.23 PM - 1/19 2002

Would like to hear from anyone who was on the forced march from Feb to April 1944. Iwas from the 44th BG, Sqd 506 crew of the famous "Passion Pit" B-24
 

Name: Roy Fulco
Hometown: Shreveport,LA
POW Camp: Stalag Luft #1
Sent: 1.08 PM - 1/19 2002

There from September of 44 till May of 45. B-24 pilot shot down September 11, 1944.
 

Name: Dottie
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 North 2
Sent: 11.21 AM - 1/19 2002

If anyone remembers Lt. J. D. 'Jack' Bowen, a P-38 pilot from Goose Creek TX I'd love to hear from you. He was in Luft 1 for a year before liberation in North 2.
 

Name: Lisa Engelund
Hometown: Lakenheath
POW Camp: Stalag 4B
Sent: 3.54 PM - 1/16 2002

I have written to this site before, but after talking to my grandad he mentioned a story that happened in Stalag 4B that might jog someones memory. He talked about a german plane coming in really low over Stalag 4B, so low that it killed to POW's that were walking around and then pulling up really quickly it caught the barb wire fence on the under-carrage and took a whole load of it with him, nearly knocking one of the german soldiers out of his watch tower! There was a huge argument between the German Officers and British Officers, they were told later that the German soldier would be punished for it, does anyone remember this happening? God bless you all, Lisa
 

Name: Dean M. Johnson, Adjt. Amer. Legion Post 249
Hometown: Spring Grove, Minnesota 55974
Sent: 10.50 AM - 1/16 2002

I am in the process of writing a column in the Spring Grove Herald about Lt. Ellsworth Quinnell who was shot down over Germany in December of 1944. He was a navigator aboard a B-17 of the 334th Squadron of the 95th Bomber Group. He was kind enough to write me a letter about his experiences there, but I needed a bit more information about Stalag Luft 1 to round out the article. I am new to the internet and was completely astounded when I ran across your website! (My daughter in college helped me find it.) I have spent many enjoyable hours reading all the stories relating to Stalag Luft 1. I particularly enjoyed Mr. Clines story of making the violin, Philip Wright's story of being shot down and Luther Richmond's account of being liberated (and inebriated) by the Russians! Ellsworth told me of the black bread that was delivered to camp in the cart that was (ahem) used for other purposes as well. His letter also told of how valuable American cigarettes were to your survival and the war effort. How times change! Again, as in my previous E-mail, I would like to thank all of you folks for all that you have gone through and all you have done for our country. As a Marine (once a Marine, always a Marine) I'd just like to say "Semper Fi" to each and every one of you. God bless.
 

Name: Ruth Thornton Lawrence
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Sent: 12.53 AM - 1/16 2002

My father 2Lt Joseph F. Thornton was shot down on Nov. 16, 1943. He was the pilot on 42-29996 `Flag Ship', and crashed at Mandel, Norway. From the 10 crew members, 1 evaded, the other 9 became POW's. All were sent to the same camp. My fathers POW no. was 1663. The MACR report # was 1384. It was the 33rd mission for this aircraft. His crew was CP 2Lt Whitney M. Bray, N 2Lt David Desbris (EVD), B 2Lt Arthur A. Carrnell, TT S/Sgt John (NMI) Ceegee, RO T/Sgt Laurence E. Dennis, Bt S/Sgt Dean M. Sommers, LW SW/Sgt Charles H. Hartnett, RW S/Sgt Otto F. Trammer, and TG S/Sgt Rolland A. Galloway. I am looking for any information on these men, especially my father. I do know when he was in England he traved with a man named Ed Bielinski, a navigator. Please-mail me at ruthie1152@aol.com. Or call 650-962-0499
 

Name: Dean M. Johnson Adjt. Amer. Leg. Post 249
Hometown: Spring Grove, Minnesota (the best place on Earth!)
POW Camp: none
Sent: 12.27 AM - 1/15 2002

Thank you for your wonderful website. I am the Adjutant for our Legion Post and write a column called "The Post Notes" for the local newspaper that appears about once a month.
A gentleman from our town by the name of Ellsworth Quinnell was a Lt. aboard a B-17 that was shot down in December of 1944. Half the crew got out, half didn't. Ellsworth sent me a letter that told me about life at Stalag Luft 1, and my column for Feb. 2002 will be about that. I needed more info to fill the column out so I checked out your website. It's fascinating!
God bless you and all of your generation for doing so much to keep America the great place it is. I write my column to remind people that the American Legion is not just beer and pulltabs. We are a service organization that enables our members to serve their communities and country just as we did when we wore the uniform and were far from home. Best regards always, Dean.
 

Name: Edwin E Kamarainen
Hometown: Renton Wa
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 4
Sent: 11.19 PM - 1/14 2002

Mary and Barb-Its been a while since I wrote in your guest book and my last entry must be way down the line. I'm impressed with the interest your web site has generated, especially the younger generation. I'm still looking for my buddy named Ben who was my partner on the March and we separated at Stalag 11B, and neglected to trade home addresses. He was from New York City area .If there is members of AXPOW in New York area who might know a guy named Ben please find out if he is the one I'm looking for and Email me.  Mary's dad and I were shot down the same day over Misburg Germany Nov 26 44.Keep up the good work, Mary and Barb!
 

Name: Bruce Lees
Hometown: Mackay,Queensland,Australia.
Sent: 9.10 PM - 1/14 2002

Dear Barbara and Mary,
Congratulations on one of the best websites I've visited. What a great tribute to the memory of your father. Well done and please keep up the good work!
 

Name: Glenn Bickley
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Sent: 8.07 PM - 1/14 2002

Mr. Woods:
Very nice site and informative. Hope to share info with you regarding my uncle's final flight over Cognac on 31 December 1943. Two crewmembers who survived were 2nd Lt's Norbert Lorentz (Navigator) and Stanley Wainwright (Pilot) both interred at Stalag Luft 1 one in the North camp and one in the South. Both are still alive. Members of 94th Bomb Group, 331st Squadron.
 

Name: Elaine Probst Dunlap
Hometown: Williamsport PA
POW Camp: Stalag 12A
Sent: 6.25 PM - 1/14 2002

My cousin, Felix Ragano, was a prisoner in Stalag 12A. His division was 135th, Army. I don't have further info. If anyone remembers him, please contace me. Regards, Elaine
 

Name: Michelle McGirr
Hometown: Henniker, NH
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I - North II Co
Sent: 1.08 PM - 1/13 2002

My grandfather, 1st Lt. Norman Kottke, of the 398th Bomb Group - 600 Squad, was a POW of WWII. When I was young, he never talked much about his time in the camp, we only heard bits and pieces from others. Was delighted to find an actual website about him and his biography! What a great piece to pass on to my daughter about her great-grandfather.
 

Name: m burdess
Hometown: bishop auckland england
POW Camp: stalag xxa thorn poland
Sent: 1.05 PM - 1/13 2002

i am looking for information about my late father john henery burdess he was in stalag 20a from may 1940 to january 1945
 

Name: Janice Blackburn
Hometown: Sea Cliff, New York
POW Camp: Stalag 17
Sent: 11.17 AM - 1/13 2002

At 52 years of age, I am rather new to this history unfortunately, and am transcribing a dictation of my former's father-in-laws Robert B. Blackburn. He also mentions another name of Weissfogel, who was shot down in the B17 with him. More to follow ASAP. Any additionl, please e-mail me. Thanks.
 

Name: Clyde D. Willis
Hometown: McAllen Texas 78504
POW Camp: Stalag XVII-B
Sent: 9.10 AM - 1/13 2002

I was in Stalag XVII-B Thanks for your web site. I will read more. If I knew what I know now life would have been better. I have PTSD and was shot upso badly that I was repatriated before the war was over.
 

Name: Norman Amsler
Hometown: Sewickley, Pa. 15143
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 Barth, Germany
Sent: 2.17 AM - 1/13 2002

I would like to hear from anyone who knew 2nd Lt. Henry C. Foster South Compound 1943 to 1945
 

Name: Kathryn (Smith) Paden
POW Camp: Somewhere in Germany
Sent: 7.32 PM - 1/12 2002

I'm looking for any information on my father,  William Ernest Smith. He was called Ernie, Bill and sometimes Smitty. He was in the 83rd Infantry. He had a good friend named Bob Baker from Kansas City Mo. My father was from Alpaugh California. He was a POW in Germany, I believe in early 1945. He mentioned something about a train car that they were kept in. He didn't like to talk to much about it. He passed away in l982 and us children wish we would have asked him to of at least wrote something down. If anyone has any information on him or those POW's that may have been with him please contact me , Thank you Kathryn Paden
 

Name: Hanns-Claudius Scharff
Hometown: Los Angeles
POW Camp: Oberursel
Sent: 4.51 PM - 1/12 2002

Just checking back to see how your site is progressing. I think the response you are getting is fabulous!!! Anyone who is interested to hear more about my father Hanns Scharff (one of the interrogators at Oberursel) is free to contact me. Hanns Claudius
 

Name: Oreatha Keirns
Hometown: Alexandria, Tn.
POW Camp: Stalag Luft !
Sent: 9.32 AM - 1/12 2002

Would like to hear from anyone who knew Harry A. Keirns.
 

Name: Nathan S. McElrath, SSgt, USAF
Hometown: Manteca, CA
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Sent: 2.40 AM - 1/12 2002

I am the grandson of 1Lt E. L. McElrath from Northfield, MN. He was in South Block. I have no idea what room he was assigned to. If anyone knew him, please email to the address above. I would love to learn more about what he went through as it is hard to get him to talk about it. Also, he was stationed out of Topcroft just outside of Norwich and was a co-pilot on B-24's.

Warmest Regards for all the Heros.
Nathan S. (Mac) McElrath
 

Name: Dick Ritchings
Hometown: Newark ,New Jersey
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Sent: 6.32 PM - 1/11 2002

Greetings to you all. I'm now living in Brick ,N.J.
 

Name: PAUL T. HAGGERTY
Hometown: NORTH KINGSTOWN RI 02852-2854
POW Camp: STALAG LUFT I
Sent: 2.56 PM - 1/11 2002

TO MICHAEL SPILSBURY, YOU ARE FROM KANKAKEE, ILL., WELL THERE WAS A P O W IN MY ROOM NAMED URBAIN H. (BUD) GRAINGER. HE WAS FROM KANKAKEE. I HAD CONTACTED HIM IN THE 70'S BUT HAVE NO CONTACT SINCE EVEN THOUGH I WROTE TO HIM. I BELIEVE HE OWNED A STORE IN KANKAKEE. IF YOU SEE HIM, KNOW HIM OR KNOW OF HIS WERE ABOUTS PLEASE E MAIL ME OR DROP ME A LINE. I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO CONTACT MY ROOMMATES BUT I ONLY REMEMBER ABOUT 12 OF THE24 NAMES AND I KNOW A COUPLE OF THEM ARE DECEASED. P. S AT LEAST YOU KNOW SOMEONE OUTSIDE OF ILLINOIS THAT HEARD OF KANKAKEE. GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY NEW YEAR.
 

Name: Lisa Engelund
Hometown: Lakenheath, Suffolk
POW Camp: Stalag 4B
Sent: 6.06 AM - 1/11 2002

My Grandad, Laurie Lieshman was captured in Anzio and taken to Stalag 4B in Germany on the 8th Feb 1944, he was from 10th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment, 168th Brigade, 56th Division (London) he was there for 15 months, if anyone knows him or remembers him, please contact the e-mail address given, I would be very grateful for any information also of any Re-unions that are held.
Thankyou!
 

Name: Melvin B. Dunham
Hometown: Sherman,TX75090
POW Camp: Stalag Luft One South Compound Barracks 3
Sent: 4.39 PM - 1/10 2002

No Message
 

Name: Robin Jackman
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Sent: 1.51 PM - 1/10 2002

My father is Lt. Edwin M Stanton
 

Name: George M. Collar
Hometown: Jackson, MI
POW Camp: Stalag I, Barth
Sent: 11.45 AM - 1/10 2002

I was in North 2 from September '44 to liberation Bombardier in 702nd Squadron, 445th Bomb Group.
I have sent a list of all fellow Kriegies in my room.  Great website! A lot of memories!
 

Name: Eddie Kelso
Hometown: Greensburg, Indiana
POW Camp: Stalag 17b
Sent: 12.00 AM - 1/10 2002

I have met another survivor of the camp who lives near me in madison, Indiana. But would like to know if there are any still out there from Stalag 17b who knew my uncle Eddie. Thank You. NICK SCHULTZ
 

Name: Amy Heindl
Hometown: Woodruff, WI
POW Camp: Upper france I don't know the name.
Sent: 5.55 PM - 1/9 2002

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Heindl received a telegram from the War Department Tuesday morning that their son, Sgt. Lawrence Heindl, 23, had been missing in action in Germany since March 2nd. The last letter they had received from him was dated Feb. 15th, and informed them that he had recently received a promotion from Corporal to Sergeant.

Lawrence was inducted into the service in Dec, 1942 and received his initial training with the infantry at Camp Philips, Kan. McCain, Miss. and went overseas in August, 1944 He landed in France after a short training period in England. He was captured on Feb. 15th, 1945 to May 5th, 1945
 

Name: Marion Barrett
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 and 4
Sent: 10.36 AM - 1/9 2002

My brother, S/SGT Norris Ballard was a prisoner of war first at Stalag Luft 4, then transferred to Stalag Luft 1. He had kept a diary of his Army Air Corps duties, and continued it while he was a POW.

On one occasion when the guards searched their rooms for contraband, they took his clothing and the diary. For some strange reason, they gave him back the diary, but not his spare clothing items. He was very surprised that they had returned the diary but not his clothes.

His eldest daughter had typed this diary (or at least that which he would allow her to do) prior to his death, and gave copies to all of his siblings.

I was just a baby when he entered the military, so I really had no idea of the things he had experienced. Being a very private person, even with his immediate family, he never discussed his experiences. Too, I think many of them were most likely too painful. I do know that even up to the time of his death, he would have nightmares about starving. His wife said that she would find him rummaging through the refigerator, and once he had satisfied himself that there was ample food, he would go back to sleep.

I cannot begin to imagine what he and so many others had to suffer to maintain our freedom, but I will never forget their heroic sacrifices.
 

Name: janine
Hometown: wollongong N.S.W. australia
POW Camp: STALAG 4B MUHLBERG
Sent: 11.11 PM - 1/8 2002

MY GRANDFATHER WAS ALSO A PRISONER OF WW2 WE HAVE LITTLE INFORMATION AND ALOT OF DEAD ENDS ANY HELP WITH HIS TIME IN GERMANY WOULD BE OF GREAT HELP
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SGT JOESPH JAMES WELSH BRITISH ARMY AIR CORPS POW NO:269956 STALAG 4B MUHLBERG
FEELING LIKE IM CHASING MY TAIL IF ANYONE READS THIS AND CAN GIVE ME ANY GUIDANCE IN SEARCHING PLEASE CONTACT ME  I REALLY ENJOYED SEEING HOW YOU PUT THE PIECES TOGETHER  AND SO MANY OF US APPRICIATE THE TIME AND EFFORT YOU HAVE PUT FORTH WE SHOULD HONOUR THOSE WHO FOUGHT FOR OUR FREEDOM  GRET WEB SITE RECOMMENDED HIGHLY TO OTHERS
 

Name: Howard W McCord
Hometown: Decatur, Alabama
POW Camp: Stalag IV-B, VIII-A & XI-B
Sent: 7.31 PM - 1/8 2002

Greetings,

This is a great web page. I wish all Ex-POW's could read this page. It is so great and the stories are told from the heart.
 

Name: Samuel V. Fox
Hometown: Ottawa , IL
Sent: 4.23 PM - 1/8 2002

I'm a 60 year old history buff, I found this site since I've been trying to get information on my stepfather- Anthony M. Gambo captured at the Battle of the Bulge on the first day of the Nazi counterattack. I've been trying to get info from St. Louis on my dad, but his was lost in the 1976 fire there in St, Louis. I don't know what way to go to get info! Dad was in a Recon outfit. Any information would be appreciated dad died 14 years ago--- Thanks
 

Name: Steve Thrift
Hometown: Collins, Ga.
POW Camp: unknown
Sent: 8.33 PM - 1/7 2002

I'm trying to find out about my uncle Lehman Thrift PFC Co. 148Inf. WW2 BSM. If anyone has any information, please e-mail me or write me at Rt.2 Box 55 Collins Ga. 30421. Thanks
 

Name: PAUL T HAGGERTY
Hometown: NORTH KINGSTOWN RI 02852-2854
POW Camp: STALAG LUFT I
Sent: 4.58 PM - 1/7 2002

HOW MANY OF YOU GUYS ARE STILL AROUND? WE LEFT DULAG LUFT AT WETZLER ON ABOUT THE 30TH OF DEC 1944. ABOUT 5 0R 6 PM ON DEC 31ST WE GOT PARKED IN THE MARSHALLING YARDS IN BERLIN. THE TRAIN LEFT ABOUT 3 OR 4 CARLOADS OF US THERE AND LEFT. WE FIGURED THAT THE BRITISH WOULD SURELY START THE NEW YEAR (1945) BY BOMBING BERLIN. WE WERE ALL GRATEFUL THAT THEY DIDN'T. ANYONE REMEMBER SGT HELLMAN WHO WAS IN THE SAME CAR AS ME? HE TALKED TO THE GERMAN GUARDS AND I COLLECTED SOME CIGARETTS AND GUM AND GAVE THEM TO HIM TO GIVE TO THE GUARDS AND THEY WENT TO THE STATION AND GOT SOME BEERS FOR THOSE POWS WHO WANTED A DRINK ON NEW YEARS. WHEN THE GUARDS LEFT SGT HELLMAN TOLD ME THAT HE WAS JEWISH AND WAS SPEAKING JEWISH TO THE GUARDS AND THAT IF THEY KNEW HE WAS JEWISH HE WOULD PROBABLY BE TAKEN OUT AND SHOT RIGHT NOW. ANYHOW THE GUARDS CAME BACK WITH THE BEERS AND THOSE WHO WANTED THEM GOT TO HAVE A BEER ON NEW YEARS. SGT HELLMAN ENDED UP IN NORTH 3 AT BARTH AND IN EARLY FEBRUARY HE WAS CALLED OUT OF HIS BARRACKS AND PUT IN A SEPERATE COMPOUND WITH OTHER JEWISH PRISONERS. IF YOU SEE THIS SGT HELLMAN I WAS THE RED HEAD. I ENDED UP IN NORTH II COMPOUND. WHILE YOU WERE IN NORTH 3 YOU WERE WITH A COUPLE OF MY CREWMATES, MEL TENHAKEN AND R C WAKEFIELD. R C REMEMBERS YOU VERY WELL. NO ONE CAN SAY THAT WE WERN'T THE FIRST G I'S IN BERLIN IN 1945. THE HUNDRED OR SO OF US SPENT NEW YEARS EVE AND NEW YEARS MORNING RIGHT NEAR THE RAILROAD STATION. WE ARRIVED AT BARTH ON THE THIRD OF JANUARY. IF ANY OF THE HUNDRED OR SO OF YOU GUYS ARE STILL AROUND DROP ME A LINE. GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND GOOD LUCK AND HEALTH FOR YOUR FUTURE
 

Name: Betty A. Wilder
Hometown: Paoli, Pa.
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Sent: 12.49 PM - 1/7 2002

I am a first cousin of John Friend, a POW in Stalag Luft I. Do you have information about him? If not,
I would like to contribute what I know so he has a record on the Internet. He is a major contributor to
WARTIME LOG, VIA his drawings and excepts from his journal.
 

Name: jackie clayton
Hometown: barnwartha
POW Camp: stalag 4a
Sent: 8.43 PM - 1/5 2002

My father Neville Whitehead was captured at Anzio. He was with the Seaforth Highlanders, army number 14421155, p.o.w. number 131144 and I believe his last camp was Stalag 4a. He was a yorkshireman with the nickname of Yorky. Has anyone got any information on stalag 4a please.
 

Name: Ivan Dall
Hometown: New York City
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Sent: 11.50 AM - 1/5 2002

My father, Martin M. Dall was a POW from Oct.14, 1943 until the camp was liberated by the Russians on May 1, 1945. I just found all of these web sites and am trying to find a photo of him either at the POW Camp or in England at the Eighth Air Force, 381st Bomber Group 534 Squadron 118.

Thanks
Ivan Dall (Son)
 

Name: Gail Coleman
Hometown: Matamoras, PA
POW Camp: unknown
Sent: 11.43 AM - 1/5 2002

My fathers name is Edward E. Stanford, Pvt. Deceased March 20th 1987. He was captured by the Germans during WWII and became a prisoner of war.
 

Name: Raymond Duane Vogel
Hometown: Clinton, Iowa
POW Camp: UNKNOWN
Sent: 5.47 AM - 1/5 2002

Raymond D. Vogel is my great grandfather, he passed away December 30,2001, We knew he was a P.O.W. in WWII. He would only tell us a very little amount of information about his capture, his stay there (a year to the day) and his release. He lived a long life of trying to deal with what he saw and what he was put through. At one time we had newspaper clippings of his release, also ones on him missing in action , and another one stating that he was a casualty of war.
So far all that we have gotten from other family members, that he was shot down and captured and taken to a prison camp in Germany that was run by the Nazi's
We are not sure of why after a year of being treated terrible, and being held against your will, that they would release him. We don't know if the war was over, or if United States took the prison camp over? These are things that we would really like to know, but it brought back too many bad memories, Which is totally understandable. This man was so patriotic and loved his country so, Even after he was taken prisoner at 18 years of age, and gone through what he had gone through to stay in the services for another 27 years. Unbelieveable!!  I have so much admiration and gratefulness for the members of the services would put their lives on the line and the ones who sadly lost their lives.
I don't know quite where to turn to maybe find out any kind of information on our Grandfather. Our only clues disappeared along with alot of his metals, but no one will say who has them, so I'm going to try any route that I can to learn more about him during the war.
ANY RESPONSE WILL HELP AND WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!
Thank you,
Kai Cobb
Quincy,Illinois
kaizam77@hotmail.com
 

Name: Diane Paulinski Farina
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 & 3
Sent: 9.09 PM - 1/4 2002

My father. 1st Lieutenant Casimir "Casey" Paulinski was a prisoner of war in World war II. We are looking to contact any of his fellow airmates, prisoners, etc. He unfortunately passed away in 1974, but his memory will always be with us. He was the pilot of a B-17 in the 407th Squad, 92nd Bomb Group. His plane was shotdown over Holland and crash landed in Osmabruck, Germany on December 22, 1943. Please help us with any contacts.
 

Name: Paul J. Jones
Hometown: Alachua, Fl. 32615
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Sent: 9.54 AM - 1/4 2002

I really enjoy reading and rereading the stories you have collected, especially the one by my radio operator Chuck Blaney, As always he has done a thorough job of telling it like it was. We were very lucky in more ways than one to survive our last mision over Germany. Keep up the good work.

 

Name: Dave McHenry
Hometown: Covina, CA
Sent: 10.41 PM - 1/3 2002

Gordon A. Redtfeldt is my father-in-law. Married to his youngest daughter, Madeline. Just looking up some of his life experiences.
 

Name: thomas c holland
Hometown: LOCKHART TX 78644
POW Camp: LUFT IV LAGER ALOO
Sent: 9.48 PM - 1/3 2002

I WAS ON HUNGER MARCH WE LEFT LUFT iv FEB 2 1944 WAS LIBERATED APRIL 16 AT FALLINBOSTEL RETURNED TO ENGLAND ON ABOUT APRIL 22--25 1944 SPENT ABOUT 12 DAYS IN HOSPITAL GETTING FAT. I WAS SHOT DOWN JUNE 29 1944 OVER BOHLEN GERMANY SHIPPED HOME FROM LONDON
 

Name: Robert Poulson
Hometown: Newton Aycliffe
POW Camp: starlag 13-17b
Sent: 12.07 PM - 1/3 2002

I am a relative of Robert Poulson who was a pow in either stalag 13 or 17 b he successfully escapted on his third atempt after a german soilder helped him does anyone have any info he was a desert rat. If you have any info please contact me. Tony Moir
 

Name: Bernard J. Heilweck
Hometown: St. Louis MO
POW Camp: Offlag 13 (stalag 13)
Sent: 12.02 PM - 1/3 2002

I was in an Oflag hospital operated by the Serbs. They were very good to me. I was the only American in the hospital for a while. All my friends were Serbian. I did meet Americans later buy I stayed with the Serbs. When I got a portion of a Red Cross parcel I would offer the Serbs the cigarettes which I did not smoke. Chedo, my special friend would not accept them (he smoked) but he traded them with the Germans for food for me. Near the end of the war we were liberated by Patton' tanks momentarily. No one made it to the front lines. My real liberation was on April 6, 1925, my 20th birthday. I have a diary I kept as a prisoner---it is mostly about food. I should add that I had an ulcer operation and now have cancer.
 

Name: Susie L. Oden
Hometown: Midland, TX
POW Camp: Germany
Sent: 10.01 PM - 1/2 2002

This message is in memory of my Father-In-Law who passed away ten years ago. He was in the 8th. AAF, 40th. Bomb Wing, 305th. Bomb Group, 422nd. Bomb Squad - the "Can Do" group of the B17's. He was a tail gunner and his plane and crewmembers were shot down over Berlin on 12/5/44 and captured. He arrived back in the USA on 7/29/45. I don't know where he was held prisoner as I have just begun this search. Thanks for the really great web pages!
 

Name: RODOLPH CASE
Hometown: METAIRIE, LA., 7002
POW Camp: STALAG LUFT 1 NORTH COMPOUND 1
Sent: 10.05 AM - 1/2 2002

HELLO,
I am trying to get in touch with anyone who may have known my brother Rudy while in prison or flew with him during the war. He was interred in North Compound 1 in Stalag Luft 1 for 18 months till the end of the war. He was a Flight Officer on a B24 when he was shot down and is listed in the book Behind Barbed Wire under the State of Texas which was his home base at the time. We are originally from Brookhaven, Ms. which is where we were born and raised. Another Brother who is also deceased was a navigator during the war on heavy bombers. My third brother who is still living was a merchant marine at that time. Rudys stories were great to listen to and hold wonderful memories for me from my child hood but I would like to hear from anyone who may have been friends with or served with Rudy during the war.
Sincerely,
Larry H. Case
 

Name: Allan G Surgeson
POW Camp: Stalag 4B
Sent: 8.06 AM - 1/1 2002

Allan was my father. POW in Italy (Italian Camp 82?) and then later at Camp 4B near Dresden, Germany till the end of the war. My father passed away but he mentioned a Freddie Poole in his memoirs. Love to hear from anyone who knew my dad.

 

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