collection of stories, photos, art and information on Stalag Luft I
If you are a former Prisoner of War or a next of
kin of a POW, we invite you to sign and leave your email address so others that
come may find you. Please mention camp, compound, barracks and room numbers if
Bomer Hometown: Palestine, Tex. POW Camp: stalag 7a and 4b Name of POW: Lawton Bomer Postal Street Address: 104 Lorraine pl. City, State, Zip: Palestine. tx.75801 Sent: 12.10 PM - 12/31 2002
I was captured june 12 1944 was with co.a 23rd.inf.in france was put in
boxcars with 39 others finnaly was put out after 23 days in the boxcars at
stalag 4b then moved to 7a where i spent most of my time on work details was
liberated in may ibelieve.was discharged Feb.1 1946 Happy New year Lawton
Dave Hometown: Friendswood, TX POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 Name of POW: Harlan B. Bixby Sent: 11.01 PM - 12/30 2002
The story of the Picadilly Commando, is very familiar to me, my uncle Harlan
Bixby was the copilot. He came out and spent Xmas with me in 1999. While
here I put him on video for about 3 1/2hrs. I just let him talk about his
experiences. Between the time he was shot down and the time I was born, my
grandparents had received a message from the Dept. of the Army, stating that
he was missing in action. I was born on 30 Nov 1944. My mother gave me a
middle name of Harlan, in his memory. Of course they found out later he had
survived. He is and has been, my own personal hero. He has been a gift to
everyone who knows him. He is eighty one yrs old on Dec 28th 02
My daughter is presently in the U.S.Army she makes the 5th generation who
have served our country Hoooyah!!
Uncle Harlan's, uncle Bennet, died at Ft Benning Georgia in 1918 of the flu
that ravaged the us. Harlan's great grandfather Augustus Bixby, fought in
the deciding battle of the civil war, the battle of Nashville.
In the revolutionary war, at the battle of Lexington and Concord, there were
9 Bixby's in attendance. That was the night Paul Revere did his ride. And of
course we all know of the Bixby brothers lost in the civil war.
To say we are a proud family is an understatement, we are honored to have
served our country.
Torin Douglas Hometown: London, UK POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 Name of POW: Ken Winstanley Postal Street Address: 125 Gressel Lane City, State, Zip: Birmingham 33 9UD, England, UK Sent: 11.52 AM - 12/30 2002
My father-in-law Ken Winstanley was a POW in Stalag Luft 1 from January 1945
until the camp was liberated in May, and would like to hear from anyone who
might have known him at that time. He thinks this site is marvellous and is
only sorry he's lost his sight and cannot read the entries and see the
pictures himself. He was particularly interested in the story of the "secret
radio" which he remembers well - he thinks that at one time it used to be
hidden in a bucket of dirty water (wrapped up in waterproof cloth) to hide
it from the Germans. Does anyone else recall that?
Ken was a rear gunner in the RAF, flying in Lancaster bombers - 550
Squadron, Number 1 Group, based at North Killingholme in Lincolnshire. He
was a sergeant (RAF no 634829) and is listed on the RAF POW Association
rollcall webpage. He was shot down on January 5th 1945 and was saved by his
parachute, and has his Caterpillar Club membership certificate to prove it.
He was the only member of his crew to survive. He never knew what happened
to the others until yesterday when we started looking on the Internet and
found them listed on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site - they are
buried in Hanover cemetery.
He was evacuated by the Americans on a B-17 Flying Fortress and brought back
to Ford airfield near Eastbourne in the UK.
Thank you very much for all the effort and inspiration that has gone into
creating this website.
Herbert A. Rainbird POW Camp: Stalagluft #1 Name of POW: Herbert A. Rainbird Postal Street Address: 15900 Lexington Blvd. #2123 City, State, Zip: Sugar Land, Tx. 77479 Sent: 11.48 AM - 12/30 2002
I was in the first 57 Officers at Stalagluft @ 1 in October 1943. I worked
in the kitchen of the South compound until may 1945. Does nany one know of
"Skinny" Fryer who was first X in That Bunch? I would like to from anyone in
vicinity of southwest Houston.
Susan Wessel Hometown: Florence POW Camp: stalag 17 Name of POW: James Danald White Postal Street Address: 913 Sherrod Ave City, State, Zip: Florence, AL 35630 Sent: 11.17 AM - 12/30 2002
Thank you for this site. My brother Jimmy was a member of the Caterpiller
Club. My granddauther helped me find this site. i just wanted to say thank
you for all the information. He was sht daown over the North Sea. I found
his card in all of his letters. Thank you again
J Robidoux Hometown: Jackson Michigan POW Camp: Stalag I Name of POW: Jack Van Butterfield Postal Street Address: 2113 Ridgeway Road City, State, Zip: Jackson MI 49203 Sent: 6.08 PM - 12/29 2002
Thrilled to see your site. After the death of my Mother, we have had the
opportunity to find all kinds of records from my fathers WW II experiences,
including some information on his time in the prison camp. His experiences
were something he was reluctant to share with his children. If anyone
remembers him, would would really like to hear from them. Thanks for being
I am an English tutor for English Language, English as a Second Language,
communication, and writing skills. I found this site for information for one
of my students. It is the best I've found in my research and thank you. I
lived in this period of Luft 1 and speak German, so my students need to know
the vision they get from enemy prison camps is not a sit-com but real and
the inhuman contact by the enemy on prisoners. This site is important to
history, and thanks again.
Pole Hometown: Leicester UK POW Camp: Stalag 20b Marienburg Name of POW: Harry Garner Postal Street Address: 10 east Road, Birstall City, State, Zip: le4 4aj Sent: 8.19 PM - 12/28 2002
I'm looking for anyone who remembers Harry Garner captured in Norway on the
27th April 1940 escaping with Steve Elliott and Harry Anson in March 1945.
Harry is still with us but is desparte to know what happened to his old
commrades so if anyone knows of thems or relatives please let us know!
GARY HUMPHREY City, State, Zip: VISALIA CA 93277 Sent: 12.40 AM - 12/28 2002
Carmella Germano POW Camp: Stalag Luft I, North II Compound, Block 4, Room 12 Name of POW: Ernest Germano Postal Street Address: 3814 East "K" Street City, State, Zip: Tacoma, WA 98404 Sent: 1.55 PM - 12/27 2002
Ernest Germano died December 25th 2002.
Thank you for posting the picture of "10 of the 18 Kriegies of Stalag Luft
I, North II Compound, Block 4, Room 12". Before this picture, I had never
seen any pictures of my dad from WW2.
Trudy Talbott Hometown: Canyon Country, CA POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 Name of POW: Harold F. Korger Postal Street Address: PO BOX 1155 City, State, Zip: Canyon Country CA. 91386 Sent: 12.16 AM - 12/27 2002
My Late Maternal Uncle, HAROLD F. KORGER, was a navigator and was in both
Ploesti Raids. He was a hero of some note after that and was offered the
chance to tour with "Killer Kane" and the rest of them after the 2nd raid,
but he had only one more mission to fly on so he stayed for that. He was
shot down over Italy, broke a leg, was betrayed by a farmer for years
afterwards he wanted to KILL that 'S.O.B'). He ended up in Stalag Luft 1.
Fortunately for him, no one knew who he really was or he'd have been
executed for sure! He had been a music teacher as a civilian and quickly
formed a choir and later a band, with music and instruments donated by the
German Soldiers who really loved good music, no matter WHO was playing it.
The noise of it also served to cover up other noises, such as the digging
that was taking place to try to get out of there!
Uncle "Harry's" stories of eating rats and of weighing only 98 lbs at his
release gave my brother and I nightmares as you might imagine!
He died 7 years ago from a rare from of Leukemia. He is survived by his wife
of over 50 years, Bernice, and three children, Kathy, Margret and James, and
4 grandchildren, Michael, Tawren and Sean(all from Kathy)and Alexandra(from
Margret)who is a talented musician and composer in her own right!
Aunt Bernice lives in Medford Ore, and if anyone knew Harry Korger during
his days there, she would like to hear from them via an email to me.
God bless our brave men and women everywhere!
My great Uncle Peat Chumley was a prisoner of war .He went in at D-day and
was captured at battle of budge after being cut off from rest of troops.He
was a Sargent of a sniper squad. He died this year and was burried in
Grennwood South Carolina.He had three childern,two girls and a boy.He was in
his 40,s when the war started,he was home on leave when pearl harbor was
attacked.He was in the army and was stationed at pearl harbor.He is the best
rifle man that i have ever seen.I,m a good shot and hunter but I have never
seen anyone that was a better shot than he was.He did kill many enemy but he
didn,t talk about it much.he showed me a SS uniform that he had and said
that the german wouldn't be needing it any more.
Anne Wordsworth Hometown: Melton Mowbray POW Camp: slalag XXA Name of POW: Edward George Morgan Postal Street Address: 10 New Street ,Asfordby Leics LE14 3SG Sent: 1.18 PM - 12/26 2002
I am seeking information about Stalag xxa. My father was a pow for five
years and was on the march from Poland.Mum is 82 years old now and I wish to
know more about Dad's time as a pow.He died in 1980 and never talked much
about this terrible time in his life.
Hometown: Ken Brousseau Sr. POW Camp: 16511 Forest Bend Ave Name of POW: Friendswood,TX. 77546 Sent: 11.45 AM - 12/26 2002
Trying to find room mates: Dean Reid & H.W. Torgeson.
Craig Wall Hometown: Newton Abbot - Devon POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1- West Camp, Bks 10 rm 4 Name of POW: Eddie Warmington - KGF 4712 Sent: 3.47 PM - 12/25 2002
This site's historical records are unbelievable and revealed to me in
December 2002, have made a moving and emotional memory of my enforced stay
at Stalag Luft 1 from 25 July 1944 to 14 May 1945, for which I am most
grateful! If you would like to contact me please reply to my friend Craig
Robbins Hometown: crawfordsville,IN POW Camp: Stalag Luft VI Name of POW: Ralph Wildman Sent: 9.37 AM - 12/25 2002
I am searching for any information on my grandpa. He was shot down in Berlin
and landed in the North Sea while flying on April 28, 1944 and was captured
by the Germans. He was liberated April 26, 1945.
Kenny Warner Jr. Hometown: Science Hill,Ky POW Camp: IVB Name of POW: James M Warner Postal Street Address: P.O Box 396 City, State, Zip: Science Hill ,Ky 42553 Sent: 7.51 PM - 12/24 2002
My grandfather was in company F 34th infantry ..rifleman 745.and A POW
Stagal IVB..his name was James M Warner...I would like to know any
information or ways to get info .My grandfather died when I was 12 & my
father died when I was 16 ...so little info was passed down to me ...just
his tags & A form of honorable discharge. I would also like to hear from
anyone who may have known him
Name: Rudolph POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1-North 3-Block 301 rm 2 Name of POW: Miles Rudolph Postal Street Address: 404 Hartung ST City, State, Zip: Green Bay, WI 54302 Sent: 5.57 PM - 12/24 2002
Hi--I am still alive--and a member of P47 Thunderbolt Fighter Club. I do not
have an email address, but you can send a message to my daughter Barbara at
Love to hear from any of you! Miles Rudolph
joe bonnette Name of POW: quitman roof Postal Street Address: 441 george brown rd. pelion sc 29123 City, State, Zip: w. columbia sc Sent: 6.53 AM - 12/24 2002
he was my uncle-i remember him telling me he ate a lot of garlic and turnips
Mike Osborn Hometown: Ventura, CA POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 Name of POW: William L. Rucker Postal Street Address: 4924 Thille St. City, State, Zip: Ventura, CA 93003 Sent: 10.02 PM - 12/22 2002
Looking for those who may have known my father, William L. (Bill) Rucker,
CAREY Hometown: AUGUSTA, MAINE Sent: 6.44 PM - 12/20 2002
Here is a LIST of MEN I Knew as a BOY that Served in EUROPE- During
WW!!--Perhaps?? Some ONE! Will Recognize their NAMES who Knew THEM? & Get
Back to ME! DON HUNT--a Gunner on a B-17-Norm Hayden I do NOT Know What Norn
DID? I used to Work with NORM--Sherman Hallowell a Mechanic on P-47s & a BOB
CAREY a P-51 Pilot that was LOST & never Returned!-at the very END of the
WAR! BOB had just Shot Down an M-262 & was Engaging Another! & was Never
Heard from AGAIN! Any REPLIES Will be APPRICATED! THANKS & GOD BLESS!
CAREY Hometown: AUGUSTA,MAINE POW Camp: Unkown Name of POW: DON HUNT Postal Street Address: Riverside Drive City, State, Zip: AUGUSTA,MAINE 04330 Sent: 6.17 PM - 12/20 2002
I was just a Boy of 7 yrs Old-when WW11 Started-- & I had Known Don Hunt & I
was a Farm BOY & I Remember DON When My DAD cut our HAY Feild--& DON helped
HIM--DON was a GUNNER on a B-17 & was SHOT Down & Taken Prisoner Where? I
have NO IDEA? --BUT Heard DON DIED Of DYSENTERY? & Just for the RECORD!--I
Am now an Old MAN-68 yrs OLD! & I Still Do NOT UNDERSTAND! HOW MEN Could GO
off to WAR!-& Go Through ALL they Went Through! the HORROR! & Come Back
HOME--& Become Leaders & Law Makers-& COMPLETELY FORGET-Their
BUDDIES they Left BEHIND? BUT-to WHOM? it May CONCERN?? I Will ALWAYS
REMEMBER! & from the Very BOTTOM of My HEART!- as REMEMBERED by a BOY--THANK
ALL of YOU! for ABOVE & BEYOND the Call of DUTY!-- that FOUGHT AGAINST ALL
ODDS! Along with MY FRIEND--DON HUNT GOD BLESS ! from JIM CAREY & YES! I
SEGAL Hometown: PITTSBURGH POW Camp: STALAG 7A Name of POW: GEORGE L. SEGAL (DECEASED) Sent: 5.23 PM - 12/20 2002
I NEVER GOT TO MEET MY FATHER-IN-LAW. HE DIED BEFORE I MET MY HUSBAND. I
HAVE BEEN CURIOUS ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCE AS A POW. THAT IS HOW I FOUND THIS
Pamela Conner Hometown: Commerce city POW Camp: Stalag4B Muhlberg Sachsen 51-13 Name of POW: James G Wellman Postal Street Address: 7900 Roslyn St City, State, Zip: commerce city colo 80022 Sent: 7.11 PM - 12/19 2002
I finally found out where my father was held does anyone know him or were
they in this camp thank you
butterfield Hometown: Jackson, Michigan POW Camp: stalag luft 1-west from luft IV Name of POW: jack van butterfield Postal Street Address: 5106 e. bardstone City, State, Zip: jackson, michigan 49201 Sent: 2.14 PM - 12/19 2002
I am trying to gather information about my husband's Dad for a Christmas
present. Jack was in the 527th bomb squadron, and 379th bomb group. He was
an aerial gunner. Any info would be a blessing, and greatly appreciated.
David s Case POW Camp: luft stalag 1 Name of POW: Capt Richard "dick" case Sent: 9.06 PM - 12/18 2002
My uncle Richard "dick" Case was shot down over Germany in January 1944 and
spent the rest of the war in luft stalag 1 . There Is actual combat film
footage of his B17 getting shot down that was used in a movie that was made
during the war and starred Errol Flynn but the name of it slips my mind
right know but it is for sale @ any blockbuster store in the U.S also he
told me some of what went on in the camp if anyone is interested Thanks
Walker Hometown: Worcester, MA POW Camp: Stalag 17B Name of POW: Peter C Motiaytis Sent: 1.52 PM - 12/18 2002
My Dad was in 546 Bomb Squadron, 384 bomb group. He was a gunnar on a B-17
that was shot down over Schweinfort Germany October 14, 1943. He was then a
POW in Krems Austria. I would like to hear from anyone who would like to
share some information. His plane's name was SADSACK. I think there were
only 2 or three survivors.
appreciate your efforts, enjoy visit from time to time!
our moms are friends [Dolly Fletcher from americus] our fathers will not be
Castner Hometown: Princeton, IL POW Camp: Stalag I Name of POW: Max Castner Postal Street Address: 620 Sherwood Glen Dr City, State, Zip: Princeton, IL 61356 Sent: 1.37 PM - 12/16 2002
This is a wonderful site as I was a POW in this camp. My grandson found the
website and as a soon to be history major this is more hands on for him.
Jaclyn Collis Hometown: Creston B.C. Postal Street Address: Apt#310-410 Strickland St City, State, Zip: Whitehorse, Yukon, y1a 2k2 Sent: 7.35 PM - 12/15 2002
Both of my grandparents were in ww2 i am not sure exactly what there place
was but i know my grandfather Fredrick Jeffery Collis was in the air force
and my Grandmother was a W.A.C Daisy Victoria Trevelyan they both came out
of Canada at that time I believe if any info in regards to these (now both
deceased) people please let me know i was closer to these people than i ever
have been even to my own mother. I miss them greatly and would like to know,
sincerely Jaclyn Collis
Wayne POW Camp: Stalag Luft IV Name of POW: Aaron "Archie" Stein Sent: 8.28 PM - 12/14 2002
My dad was in Stalag Luft IV and I am looking for a paperback book of the
same name. I think it was a 50 year anniversary book about the camp. If
anyone has one they would like to sell, please contact me. My father is
still alive, but is very demented and is in a VA nursing home in
Thank you and bless all the people who served.
Allaston POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 Name of POW: Arthur Henry Lucy Jr. (Tech Sgt) Sent: 6.42 AM - 12/14 2002
I have just found out from this site that my dad was in Stalag Luft 1 during
the war. All I know is he was the radio operator in a B17. He died in 1975
and would never tell us anything about his time as a pow. Any information
was kept at my grandmother's house, I never knew her, and when she died her
second husband threw all my dad's things away including his medals that my
mother did not have (she was his second wife). If anybody has any
information whatsoever about my dad I would love to know it.
My grandfather was a P.O.W. in Germany, but will never speak on it. I thank
you for this site, it reenforces what I had believed.
As a U.S. Marine myself, I understand about sacrifice for for your beliefs,
but I will never be asked to sacrifice as much as these men. I am humbled.
Diana (Mickey) Hawkins Hometown: Denver, Colorado POW Camp: Lucky Strike Camp Name of POW: Gerald B. MIckey Postal Street Address: 944 Rim Rock Circle City, State, Zip: Show Low, AZ 85901 Sent: 5.19 PM - 12/13 2002
POW, Gerald B. Mickey, shot down in France on first or second mission.
Believe they crash landed on May 24, 1944. Daughter trying to find out if
anyone remembers her father (Gerald) and knows details of situation.
Navigator was killed in the crash. believe the bombardier wrote to my
father's parents and told them how gerald had helped him get out of plane.
any more information would be appreciate by a daughter who was not told much
for whatever reason. thanks. . . .
Jay Gaudig Hometown: Rapid City S.D. (Ellsworth AFB) Postal Street Address: 1625 Avenida deL Manzano City, State, Zip: Camarillo, CA 93010 Sent: 4.04 PM - 12/13 2002
1. Vietnam, our ship picked up 13 aircrew in the Gulf of Tonkin. After
college my career began to focus on aircraft self defense and electronics
countermeasures. Gulf War and present on going actions since then show our
work has been highly successful. Zip Nada aircrew in POW camps.
2. Thank you for preserving our freedom so I could enjoy it and pass it on.
Jay age 59. Civil service retired. Raytheon Systems Engineering, Goleta CA
Dennis de Wet POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 Name of POW: Jack "Divvie" de Wet Postal Street Address: 309 Carnation Dr City, State, Zip: 75002 Sent: 11.29 AM - 12/13 2002
Dad was an RAF pilot (237 Squadron). He was shot down in Italy on May 26,
1944 while straffing some flak emplacements near Orbetello, Italy. He crash
landed in field in front of the barracks of the Herman Goering division, was
captured, escaped after a couple of days and was recaptured at the river
Arno on August 24 while trying to cross to the Allied lines (400 yards away)
after passing within a hundred yards of the German Advanced field
headquarters. He sent to Abtione? the Gestapo prison North of Pistoia and
was interrogated by them for several days. They suspected that he was a spy
parachuted in to work with the partisans because he was captured in Civilian
clothes. He was sent to Germany and arrived at Barth around September 10,
1944. His stay in Stalag Luft 1 sounds much the same as that of the other
Marjorie C. Sievers Hometown: Duluth, MN POW Camp: Luft 1 Name of POW: Thomas J. Shefchik City, State, Zip: Duluth, MN Sent: 5.04 PM - 12/12 2002
Thomas J. Shefchik was my brother-in-law (and POW who snuck into the latrine
and played taps on his bugle the night Roosevelt died) and recently passed
(July 5). I am a veteran of WWII and appreciate your wonderful site.
Hynes Hometown: Chicago POW Camp: Stalag Luft 3 Name of POW: Wylton Todd, FT/LT RAF Sent: 2.52 AM - 12/12 2002
Wylton Todd, my grandfather, was sent to Stalag Luft 3 just before the great
escape. He was a prominent architect. So when the 50 POW officers were
executed, he designed the memorial, which is in Zagan, Poland. He was with
the 169 RAF Squadron
Arthur 'Digger' Arculus Hometown: Howick Auckland Postal Street Address: 2/27 Channing Cres, Howick City, State, Zip: Auckland. New Zealand Sent: 4.37 PM - 12/11 2002
I am trying to trace the name of a POW who was shot down over the Bay of
Biscay by a German 'blockade runner', the 'Weserland' sailing to the Far
East, two survivors were picked up, one badly burnt and one who had his leg
amputated by the ships Doctor. They could have been shot down anytime from
the date of sailing, 19 September 1942 to say, the end of the month. The
pow's were disembarked at Batavia, Java. The aircraft waws NOT a Sunderland
as no losses tie up at all during that time.
Sorry there is very little to go on and I have been trying for a very long
time starting with so very little information. Do you know any other avenues
to chase up Far east POW's? the chap I am after survived the war.
Arthur Arculus WW2 Aircraft and Aircrew Research.
(Former Royal Corps of Signals - 4th Air Formation Signals Regt)
I am trying to find information about my uncle.
His name was Reginald William Willmott and he flew in Lancasters in 7 Sqdn
based at Oakington Cambridgeshire.
He was killed on the 29th January 1944 on a mission on Berlin.
My understanding is that two of his crew mates survived and were probably
My father and grandfather were visited after the war by my uncles crew
mates. My father thinks that one of them may have been Canadian.
I would be pleased to hear from anybody who may have any information.
Ernest Young Hometown: Floresville Name of POW: John Carey "Red" Morgan Postal Street Address: 603 Elm City, State, Zip: Floresville, TX 78114 Sent: 2.22 AM - 12/11 2002
I am working on the genealogy of the Young and Morgan families. John Carey
"Red" Morgan was a descendant of Samuel Bynum Morgan and Diana Landrum
Young. I would like to connect with any descendants or ancestors of John C.
Zack POW Camp: Kurile IslandS & Hokkaido, Japan Name of POW: Milton E. Zack Postal Street Address: 432 A Avenida Sevilla City, State, Zip: Laguna Woods, CA 92653 Sent: 10.35 PM - 12/10 2002
If interested log on to 11thairforce.com . My years in the Air Corps, now
the Air Force.
Galvin Hometown: Ohio POW Camp: Unknown Stalag Name of POW: Harry Quigley Sent: 7.53 PM - 12/10 2002
Looking for information on prisoners taken at Kasserine Pass that were in
stalags during the war. My uncle was MIA and presumed dead for the duration
after Kasserine, but was eventually found by a catholic charity. I have no
other information. Can anyone help?
Gina Hometown: PD POW Camp: Moosburg, Stalag 7 Name of POW: Anthony Dodaro Sent: 12.18 AM - 12/10 2002
Hello- I have been trying to find any information about my grandpa, Anthony
Dodaro, if you can help please contact us at email@example.com. Thank you
Gina and family
Name: Carol Popovich POW Camp: Stalag 1 Name of POW: Vladimir Popovich Sent: 8.18 PM - 12/9 2002
My father was a POW in that camp and I am happy to see this website.
I have the story of his and my mother's life in the process of being written
and I believe it will be wonderful to share information with some other
families of POWs.
Landtroop POW Camp: STALAG 1 Name of POW: Dorman W. Landtroop Postal Street Address: 1816 E. Mountain Sky Ave. City, State, Zip: Phoenix, Az 85048 Sent: 7.03 PM - 12/9 2002
My father, Lt. Landtroop, was captured bombing a bridge at Cassino, Itlay,
Dec. 16, 1943. He spent the remainder of the war in Stalag 1. He stayed in
the Air Force till 1962, then retired as Lt. Col. He then worked for the
NTSB - Aviaton Safety in Wash. DC till he retired in 1978. He passed away in
Jan 1986 in Peoria, AZ. Anyone who knew him I would be pleased to know.
I am an oral historian for the Commemorative Air Force and their American
Airpower Museum at Midland, TX.
What do you folks plan to do with the oral histories you collect? Do you
have a permanent archive in your plans?
Charlie Ballman POW Camp: Stalag V A Name of POW: Pete Ballman Postal Street Address: 215 Ridgewood Drive City, State, Zip: Nicholasville KY 40356 Sent: 11.20 PM - 12/8 2002
My Grandfather Pete Ballman was captured and sent to Stalag V A camp. But
since he has been dead for almost 20 years now I have lost his stories. To
wish that I knew then what I know now. I would have asked and recorded more
stories. All I know is that he and my grandmother were divorced before he
went into the service. His DD214 states that he was at Normandy but dont say
anything about DDay.
Does anyone know about how to read the info on the form and does anyone know
about Stalag V A other than it was located in Ludwigsburg Germany???
Susan Peters POW Camp: Stalag Luft III Name of POW: Albert Seibel (RCAF) Postal Street Address: P.O. Box 606 City, State, Zip: Morrisburg, Ontario K0C 1X0 Sent: 7.57 PM - 12/8 2002
I am collecting data on behalf of my family - my unlce, Albert Seibel, was
at Stalag Luft III, (among other camps). Would love to communicate with
anyone who may be able to provide further information.
http://home.cfl.rr.com/bailout Hometown: Now Orlando POW Camp: Stalag I (Barth) Name of POW: Same City, State, Zip: Winter Park FL 32792 Sent: 2.00 AM - 12/8 2002
Update of my email address. I am originally from Akron Ohio.
ron buchanan Hometown: san bernardino Name of POW: louis guinn Sent: 10.48 PM - 12/7 2002
i found a red cross prisoner of war bulletin, dated may 1944.my uncle louis
was a prisoner of war, but i am unsure where. the bulletin was sent to my
grandfather in san bernardino.if anyone is interested in this document
please feel free to contact me.
Jerry Campbell Homepage:
http://ev1.net Hometown: Portland, TX POW Camp: Stalag 1. Name of POW: Jerry Campbell Postal Street Address: 111 Causeway City, State, Zip: Portland, TX 78374 Sent: 4.59 PM - 12/7 2002
I am researching United States citizens who enlisted in the Royal Canadian
Air Force prior to Pearl Harbor.
Any names/related information would be appreciated.
P. Wilcha Hometown: Warwick, NY POW Camp: Unk Stalag Name of POW: Irv Rubin, US Army Sent: 7.13 PM - 12/6 2002
I am trying to find out some information about my uncle, Irv Rubin, US Army,
who was a POW in a German Stalag. My Uncle was from Yonkers, NY and passed
away in the late 1960's. My Mom had told me her brother had to hide the fact
he was Jewish from his captors. I don't have any other info to share. I
would appreciate any info from someone who may have known him.
Your site is great. It's an awesome tribute. Thanks for sharing it with
WILLIAMS Hometown: WREXHAM, N. Wales, Gr.Britain POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1,Barth,Germany Name of POW: Gwyn Postal Street Address: 6 Renard Road City, State, Zip: Hillsborough, NJ 08844 Sent: 5.21 PM - 12/6 2002
I was in a barrack 18, with men from various countries. One good friend V.
Popovich from Yugoslavia, flying with RAF, died Dec. 24, 2001. Johnny Woods,
England, Colin Hughes, from New Zealand,dec. Terry Fynn, South Africa (Zimbabway)dec.
Rudy Hoiland, Norway. Jerry Turgeon, Canada.
Roberts Hometown: East Windsor, CT POW Camp: Stalag Luft 6 - Stalag Luft 4 - Stalag Luft 3 - Stalag VIIA Name of POW: Ernest W. Lacross Sent: 3.58 PM - 12/6 2002
I would appreciate being contacted by anyone who knew my Dad.
William Dean Jones Hometown: Manchester, Iowa 52057 POW Camp: Dulag-Luft/and Stalag 17B Name of POW: same Postal Street Address: same City, State, Zip: same Sent: 8.53 PM - 12/5 2002
While held at Dulag Luft--I lost my dog-tags somewhere over or in the mtns
near Steyr, Austria. I do not remember how long I was held in solitary.
Eventually, after being escourted to an office, I was seated and given a
Babe Ruth candy bar and one Cambell Cigarette.I was told they knew who I was
and told me my Mothers name was Blanche. A loose leaf binder was opened to a
news clipping taken from my hometown paper after my last furlough home, in
1943. I was downed over Austria on April 2, 1944, by an aerial Rocket fired
from an ME-109.
Walter B Zirbes III Postal Street Address: 276 Reade St apt 2 City, State, Zip: Blandburg, PA 16619 Sent: 8.35 PM - 12/4 2002
Not seeking help. Have just finished Richard Freeman's book 'Zemke's
Wolfpack' and did search "Hub Zemke" this site came up. Checked it out,
interesting. I am a retired Navy Chief, student of military hx ie guerilla
warfare, counter-insurgency and much more. Keep up the good work.
Blake Dennison Hometown: Columbia City, IN POW Camp: Luft III Name of POW: My Dad-Brandon A, Dennison Postal Street Address: 31 S. Stickler Rd. City, State, Zip: Columbia City, IN 46725 Sent: 8.26 AM - 12/4 2002
This is a wonderful site for finding research on this stuff.
Heare Hometown: Midlothian, Va POW Camp: Luft IV Name of POW: My father - Robert D. Heare City, State, Zip: Romney W. a. Sent: 9.07 PM - 12/3 2002
My father, Robert D. Heare, was a prisoner until the end of the war. I would
love to hear from anyone who knew him. Dad is still alive and well living in
Romney W. Va.
p.s. I made a mistake the first time i did this.
Jill Hobart Hometown: Sparta, WI POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 Name of POW: Earl A. Jefferson Postal Street Address: 812 N. Hampshire Ave. City, State, Zip: Mason City, IA 50401 Sent: 6.04 PM - 12/3 2002
My grandfather (Earl "Brub" Jefferson) died before I was born. We have
scrapbooks from when he was a P.O.W. but that's not the same as knowing him.
If you knew him please get in touch. The whole Jefferson family is very
interested. Thank you!
H. Burns Hometown: Manassas, VA POW Camp: Stalag IV Name of POW: Merle Hancock City, State, Zip: Manassas, VA Sent: 3.32 PM - 12/3 2002
Merle Hancock is my VFW Buddy and he told me about his B-17 missions with
the 483rd from over Memmingen, Germany. His plane went down.
Trudy Talbott Hometown: Canyon Country POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 Name of POW: Harold Korger Sent: 12.09 PM - 12/3 2002
My Uncle Harold F.Korger (deceased) was a navigator that was in BOTH Polesti
raids, and was then shot down over Italy shortly after. He ended up in SL1.
He had been a music teacher in civilian life, and quickly organized a camp
choir and band. He spoke vividly of eating dogs, cats and rats in order to
survive. The last 6 months of the war, there wern't even many Rats left to
Harold Died 6 years ago from Leukemia. His widow, Bernice, lives in Medford
Oregon and is in touch with a few other former POW's still. I will let her
know about this website. I believe she has some artwork and other
that she might be willing to share here with everyone.
If anyone remembers my uncle, I would LOVE to hear from them...He was always
my Late Mom's favorite brother and MY favorite Uncle as well!
Thoroughly enjoyed looking through your site. It helped me a great deal in a
historic research I am conducting at the moment. Found two pictures of men I
only knew by name from a MACR. The pictures of Mr. Samuel H. Bender and Mr.
James C. Newbold I was able to send to the relatives of another (deceased)
crewmember. Keep up the good work !!
ouellet Postal Street Address: 4229 gulfstream bay court City, State, Zip: orlando, florida 32822 Sent: 5.15 PM - 12/1 2002
Great site, seeing actual documents makes you feel there, like it just
happened. Thank you for this great site.
Kimberly Evans Hometown: New York POW Camp: Stalag Luft One Name of POW: Ellicott Davis Evans Sent: 2.51 PM - 12/1 2002
I'd love to hear from anyone who knew my father! Of course, any photos
anyone may have with him in them would be truly appreciated! Thank you
D. Forsythe Hometown: Leachville Arkansas POW Camp: 12A Name of POW: PFC James D. Forsythe Postal Street Address: 21893 McClellan Road City, State, Zip: Cupertino Ca 95014 Sent: 11.04 AM - 12/1 2002
Stalag 12A was an induction Center, I was in 13 other Stalags and on the
road most of the time.
Can I Email or U S Post mail my memories of Being
A P O W?
Abramo Hometown: Worcester Ma POW Camp: Stalag Luft 4 Name of POW: S/SGT NICHOLAS ABRAMO Postal Street Address: 556 Massasoit Rd City, State, Zip: Worcester, MA 01604 Sent: 11.31 PM - 11/30 2002
Please help me solve this mystery?
I was wondering if anyone knew of POW''s that were transferred to Stalag 1
or other camp from Stalag 4 in January/February 1945? My father S/SGT
Nicholas Abramo was at Stalag 4 but was transferred to a camp where the
Russians liberated them in May 1945. He said they just walked out of the
camp after the Germans left.
I know he was with these POW's:
Al Hellier, Bill Mansmann, MacGowan, Eddie Mettler, Charley Cognac when
Baltimore Name of POW: William Garth Seddon Postal Street Address: 1110 C Ave East City, State, Zip: Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577 Sent: 8.34 PM - 11/30 2002
I am looking for information on my grandfather, William Garth Seddon [b.1919
d.1975]. I know he was a POW twice, the first time he got out. I would like
to know the best way to get information about him, any clues? Thanks in
advance!! Shad Baltimore
Zandt POW Camp: Stalag l Name of POW: Robert W. VanZandt Sent: 4.02 PM - 11/30 2002
my father was a POW from Nov.l944 til liberation. He was in Stalag Luft l,
North Compound 3, Barrack 305, Room 12. names mentioned in diary-Young, salt
lake city,utah;Butler, Illinois; Bishop; Schmidt, Calif;Nance;Victor
Hernandez, Puerto Rico; Joe McCorgin, Oklahoma; Col. Zemke; Major Monnier;
Green; . Hope someone remembers him. He passed away on Jan.1, 2000, before i
knew of these web sites. I think he would have been very interested in
seeing them. Thanks for any information forthcoming. John VanZandt
Janice Foster Hometown: Cementon, PA POW Camp: Stalag VB Name of POW: Emil Spitko Sent: 1.36 PM - 11/30 2002
My father, Emil Spitko, was captured in North Africa and sent to Stalag VB.
I'd be interested in hearing from anyone else in the same camp who may have
Firms located in 'neutral' Sweden supported the Nazis' financial and
Sweden's crucial role supplying Nazi Germany iron ore and military
facilities. Especially notorious for their support to the Nazis were
Wallenberg family, SEB bank and SKF factory. The Swedish government was
responsible for the most iron ore that Nazis received. Kiruna-Gällivare ore
fields in Northern Sweden were all important to Nazi Germany.
These heavy deliveries of iron ore and military facilities from Sweden to
Nazi Germany lengthened World War II. Casualties of the war has been
estimated at 20 million killed in Europe. How many of them died due to
Sweden's material support to Nazi Germany?
Tim Hometown: London UK Sent: 1.56 AM - 11/29 2002
I just read the story by Bruce Bockstanz and it brought to mind something
that I might be able to contribute. My Grandfather - Air Vice Marshall
******** (then wing/co Surgeon I think) was one of the first British Doctors
into Bergen Belsen at the end of the war. He wrote a lot of letters to his
wife (my grandmother) which I have seen - they are on blue paper, but my
mother (now married to an Admiral) will not let me have until she passes
My father was a P51 and Sp Mk 9 pilot at the end of the war (he died ten
years ago) and he taught me to fly.
I will be flying a twin again tomorrow and often think when I am holding
before radio "*** ready on 29 left" before lining up and easing the
throttles open.....that it must have been a bit harder in your day....silly
you might think, but there you go.
Anyway, I am 44 now and hope to convert to jets (with a military friend I
have just been to post grad business school with (I work for an oil co) and
also to fly a P51 which can be rented (dual-and rather expensive). Any tips
Just thought I'd check in. We take our hats off to you guys - regards, Tim
Craig Hart Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI POW Camp: Limburg, Germany Name of POW: William (Billy) Hoof Sent: 9.14 PM - 11/28 2002
I am looking for anyone who knew my grandfather in this prison camp (Stalag
12A?) in Limburg, Germany. Please contact me! Thanks!
Robert E. Cook POW Camp: Stalag 3 Name of POW: S/sgt Gilbert A. Borba W/G Postal Street Address: 2521 Sr 508 City, State, Zip: Onalaska,Wa. 98570 Sent: 2.09 PM - 11/28 2002
S/sgt Borba is my uncle.100th Bg.13th wing.Shot down over France September
8th 1944.Flying B17 named (VARGA VENUS).all onboard killed but him.Remained
POW till the end of war maybe someone well know him from POW camp.THANKS SO
Ove Tuneborn Hometown: Trollhättan Postal Street Address: Hjortmossegatan 99 City, State, Zip: Sweden Sent: 1.11 PM - 11/28 2002
I have been reading the texts at this site for several days and I find it
very interesting. I grew up at the Air Force Base of Såtenäs, Sweden, at the
end of WW2 and I remember the American planes and pilots that had to land
there. If you or someone you know have been to Såtenäs I would love to hear
Marion Lougheed Hometown: Earth Postal Street Address: PO Box 218 City, State, Zip: Montague, PEI Canada C0A 1R0 Sent: 9.49 AM - 11/28 2002
I have been emotionally and intellectually fascinated by anything having to
do with WWII for a long time. I am trying to have enough 'experience' to
feel like I could have lived it. I know I can never feel that because its an
incomparable experience and probably a horrible one, but at the same time it
must have been amazing because of the humanity shown by the prisoners. How
people live through extraordinary conditions is equally fascinating. I also
want other young people to be aware of what the war was all about from the
human point of view.
Please contact me with any experiences, comments, websites or anything else.
I would love to have memorabilia and hope to write a book as close to
firsthand account as I can get.
Name: Kent Jefferson Hometown: Sparta, WI POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 Name of POW: Earl "Brub" Jefferson Postal Street Address: 1519 Andaman Street City, State, Zip: Sun Prairie, WI 53590 Sent: 8.51 PM - 11/27 2002
Trying to find out more of experiences in prison camp.
Have memorabilia and got us started to look for more information.
If anyone has any information, please share!
Steve Brown Hometown: Edenton, NC POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 Name of POW: Wilbur H. Brown Postal Street Address: PO Box 574 City, State, Zip: Edenton, NC Sent: 8.07 PM - 11/27 2002
My father was in this POW camp and I would like to receive any information
from anyone on him. Thanks!
Whaley Hometown: Oil City PA Name of POW: Floyd B. Whaley City, State, Zip: Oil City PA Sent: 9.07 PM - 11/21 2002
My brother was in this POW camp and I am looking for any information that
anyone can provide on Floyd B. Whaley.
dave punchard Hometown: clitheroe,lancashire.england POW Camp: captured in crete 1941 Name of POW: samuel joseph parker Sent: 9.34 AM - 11/21 2002
im trying to trace any information about my grandfather.Friends he
made,camps he was in.He was marched through europe finishing in i think
austrian camp.Known as sam parker.england.now deceased.any info
appreciated.thankyou, dave punchard
Loya POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 Name of POW: Roman Yriarte Sent: 10.14 PM - 11/20 2002
Roman is my Great Uncle. He is living in Northern California, although I
know he doesn't own a computer. According to the roomate listing he was in
North 3, Block 308, Room 12. My daughter is in the 3rd grade and will be
studying WWII next semester in Social Studies. She will be interviewing her
Great-Great-Uncle over the Christmas break. This website is a wonderful
Keith Virley Hometown: Ipswich,Suffolk.England POW Camp: Stalag 20a Name of POW: Colin Virley Postal Street Address: 18,Wicklow Road, City, State, Zip: Ipswich,Suffolk,England Sent: 4.15 PM - 11/20 2002
I am interested in contacting relatives of or anyone who was in the same
camp as my father He was a gunner in the Royal Artillery based at Croydon
Surrey,and was captured at Dunkirk and spent all of the war at Stalag 20a.He
was in the same camp as the actor Sam Kydd.
Name: Albert F.
Bernard Hometown: Brooklyn N. Y. POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 Name of POW: Albert F. Bernard Postal Street Address: 28923 Bay Tree PL.l City, State, Zip: Wesley Chapel FL. 33544 Sent: 1.56 PM - 11/20 2002
Shot down on the low level mission on the Romanian oil fields at Plosti 1
Aug.1943. Arrived at Barth early Nov. North compound 1 Barracks 7 Rm.7 My
story is in the book Behind Barbed Wire compiled by Morris J. Roy
I have always been interested in the POW subject since visiting Hammelberg
in 1958 while stationed in Germany. Also visited the site of Stalag XIII on
the outskirts of Nurnberg in 1959, 1996 and 1999
Arfman Heard Hometown: Austin, Texas POW Camp: Stalag Luft IV Name of POW: Harry W. Arfman II Postal Street Address: 5514 Porsche Lane City, State, Zip: Austin, Texas 78749 Sent: 12.29 PM - 11/19 2002
My Father passed away in 1996 and I want to learn more about his POW
experience. Thank you for posting the Stalag Luft IV pictures.
Name: lloyd stool Hometown: erie,pa POW Camp: sagan Postal Street Address: r9ver rd. Sent: 12.03 PM - 11/19 2002
Many thanks for a most wonderful site. We found it looking for my Father's
friend, C.L.Reeder. Dad's base was 8th Air Force, 95 Bomb Group, 13th Wing,
Horam, Suffolk. He was there from just before Xmas 1943, until July of 1945.
Would so enjoy hearing from any one who was there with Joe Hilliard, and any
one who knew C.L. Reeder.
Again, thanks so very much.
Julie Fisk Hometown: HULL, Yorkshire POW Camp: Stalag Luft 6 Heyderkrug Name of POW: Edwin R. McCunnell Postal Street Address: 28 Park Walk, City, State, Zip: Hull HU4 7QA Sent: 6.57 PM - 11/18 2002
My father Edwin R McCunnell, nicknamed "Mac", "Junior" and "Tiddler" by his
compatriots, survived with 2 other crew members, Roger Pallant, and Basil
Wordworth (Rhodesia) when their Halifax was shot down and crashed nr. St.
Antonius Church, Ulft, Netherlands on the night of June 12/13 1943. Their
squadron was 158 squadron based at Lisset, Yorkshire. They were all sent to
Heyderkrug Stalag Luft 6. Basil and Edwin were sent by train to Thorn (Torun)
for a few weeks and then to 357 Kopernikus when Luft 6 was evacuated in
1944. Roger Pallant was sent by Sea to Stalag IV, and took part in the "Long
March". Whilst I have discovered lots of information about the actual crash,
and have visited the site in Holland, and correspond with people who
witnessed it, I have very little information about my father, and his
experiences in the camp. - The crew who died were Hugh Wooldridge, Frank
Oliver, Reginald Cook and E. Thurlow. I write to the cousin of Frank Oliver,
and the sister in law of Roger Pallant, who has since died. My father died
in 1961. Basil Wordsworth is now 81 and lives in South Africa. If any
families of those who died need any information, I will be happy to help.
Similarly, if anyone knew my father, I would be grateful for any information
they can give me.
Sgt. Darrin J. Leonhart, USMC Hometown: DeForest, WI POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1, North 1, Barrack 8, Rm 14 Name of POW: Robert L. Boebel Postal Street Address: 2189 Elrod Ave. City, State, Zip: Quantico, VA 22134 Sent: 1.21 PM - 11/18 2002
Grandpa, I love you and grandma both. Hope you see this.
C. Beal Hometown: Santa Clara, CA. Postal Street Address: 566 Eden Court City, State, Zip: Santa Clara, CA. 95051 Sent: 2.29 AM - 11/18 2002
I had the pleasure of coming home on the Mayo from
Korea via Japan to San Francisco December 1945.
Ann Crowley POW Camp: Stalag Luft I & IV Name of POW: John Crowley Postal Street Address: 692 Main Street City, State, Zip: Shrewsbury, MA 01545 Sent: 5.24 PM - 11/16 2002
My dad was a tailgunner on a B24 and was shot down 7/7/1944 and was in both
I & IV. My sister and I know little about what happened in prison because he
didn't talk about it much except to say that We should all appreciate
freedom because you don't know what it is til it has been taken away. Is
there anyone who remembers him? His home town would have been Cranston RI.
JOSEPH MAIALE Hometown: FRANKLIN SQUARE NY POW Camp: LINBURG Name of POW: STALG XII A Sent: 3.39 PM - 11/16 2002
LOOKING FOR ANYONE WHO WAS ON THE TRAIN THAT WAS STRAFT BY OUR P38WHEN WE
WERE BEIG MOVED FROM STALG12A BECAUSE ALLIED FORCES WERE GETTING CLOSE
WE WERE LEFT LOCKED IN THE BOX CARS THE GUARD RAN AWAY WHEN WE DID BREAK WE
HAD 14 OFFICERS AND 36 ENLISTED MEN WOUNDED OR KILLED THIS WAS AROUND MARCH
Odell Myers Hometown: Tyler, TX POW Camp: PG21 (Italy):Stalag Luft 1 (Germany) Name of POW: Odell Myers Postal Street Address: 1602 Shepherds Glade Dr. City, State, Zip: Apex, NC 27523 Sent: 2.14 PM - 11/16 2002
Update on my E-mail address and new Zip Code. Interested any contact at
PG21, South Compound Stalag Luft 1 and 319th Medium Bomb Group, 438th Sqdn.
(B26 Marauder.)--Odell Myers
Pavey Hometown: lincoln POW Camp: stalag luft 3 Name of POW: Robert Dickson Johnstone Postal Street Address: The Lodge Wickenby City, State, Zip: Lincoln Ln3 5ab UK Sent: 2.11 PM - 11/16 2002
I am the eldest daughter of Flt.Lt R.D. Johnstone DFC
Royal Air Force Pilot 51 squadron Snaith Yorkshire
He was shot down over Bochum 13/14 May 1943 incarcerated in Stalag Luft III.
He died in 1974 and I am interested in contact from any of his crew or their
D Funk Hometown: KIRKSVILLE, mo POW Camp: Stalag 17 B Name of POW: same Postal Street Address: 2100 S First St City, State, Zip: Kirksville, MO 63501 Sent: 11.54 AM - 11/16 2002
Nice web site... First time I have seen the "Letter of Appreciation" from
Gen Hap Arnold to army air forces members.. Dont suppose I could get one at
this late date??? Looking for a link to any 17 B web site.
L. Roth Hometown: Grand Junction, Colo. 81501 POW Camp: 8b, 7a, 17b, Name of POW: Charles L. Roth Postal Street Address: 302 Gunnison Ave. City, State, Zip: Grand Junction,Colo. 81501 Sent: 8.38 PM - 11/15 2002
Hello,Casey Bauer. I`d be glad to write to you.
My winter Address is 1119 N. Lehmberg Ave.
Casa Grande, Az. 85222
Sweetman Hometown: Newark Name of POW: Albert D Sweetman Postal Street Address: 337 Wedgewood Rd City, State, Zip: Newark DE 19711 Sent: 8.17 PM - 11/14 2002
Albert Draper Sweetman ,my 1st cousin, now deceased, was captured by the
Germans in the Ruhr Valley near the end of the war . He had told me that he
was never mistreated but did not have much food . He stated that the poor
German soldiers had not much food for themselves.
Jesse H. Shaver Hometown: Goodland KS - Schoenchen KS - Nashville TN POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 Name of POW: James Herman Shaver Postal Street Address: 2526 Sharondale Dr. Apt A3 City, State, Zip: Nashville, TN 37215 Sent: 4.13 AM - 11/14 2002
I am looking for information about my grandfather, Lt. James Herman Shaver.
He was from Western Kansas. He was a B-17 bombardier. On the 25th mission
over Kassel, Germany, there was a midair collision, probably with another
Allied plane. Grandpa parachuted down from 30,000 ft.
He was taken to Stalag Luft One, where he was a prisoner on North 3. This
was about 6 months or so before the Russians came in. He got back home
around September of 1945
I am looking for anyone who knew him from training, the time in England, the
POW time, or after the liberation. I am particularly interested in anyone
from the plane. I vaguely remember him saying that the rest of the crippled
plane made it back out of Germany by trading altitude for airspeed, although
some crewmembers were badly injured and frostbitten.
I have a small diary he kept in the camp with a tin-can cover. Also, he
carved a wooden locket with a wooden chain out of an oak pitchfork handle.
He also carved an 8th Air Force insignia in the camp.
Any information will be greatly appreciated.
Jesse H. Shaver
615 297 2235
DENNIS P. CULLER Hometown: KING POW Camp: STALAG LUFT IV Name of POW: BUFORT E. CULLER Postal Street Address: 1604 SLATE RD. City, State, Zip: KING NC 27021 Sent: 9.39 PM - 11/13 2002
MY FATHER WAS A POW IN STALAG LUFT IV. HE WAS A NOSE GUNNER ON THE B24
BOMBER. HE WAS IN THE 461ST/765TH. THEY WERE SHOT DOWN ON MISSION # 36 .
THEIR TARGET WAS THE CONCORDIA VEGA OIL REFINERY IN POLESTI, ROMANIA. IF
ANYONE HAS ANY INFORMATION AND OR PHOTOS ABOUT THIS, PLEASE EMAIL ME!
THANKS! PS: MY FATHER IS STILL ALIVE AND WELL!
Truman A. Saam Jr. Hometown: Williamsport Penna. POW Camp: North Compound Name of POW: Ralph M. Persun Jr. ( Hap ) Postal Street Address: 1928 Newberry St. City, State, Zip: Williamsport,Penna.17701 Sent: 1.51 PM - 11/13 2002
Hap was transferred to luft stalag 1 approx. Nov. or Early Dec.1944.He was
transferred from luft stalag 3 and came to stalag 1 by train. He was a S/Sgt
USAAF service number was 33504400.Hap would like to hear from anyone who
remembers him and those times. Would also like to hear from any of his crew
that bailed out of Leroy Heyders ship #471 of 447th Bomb Group (H)710Sqd.his
phone # 1=405-842-8656 or contact me at e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Matthew Gibb POW Camp: Stalag Luft III Name of POW: Matthew Gibb Postal Street Address: 7 Royal Hill Court, Greenwich High Road,
Greenwich, London, SE10 8PH, UK Sent: 1.46 PM - 11/13 2002
I am posting this on behalf of my father who was in Squadron 51, flying from
Snaith, crewing a Halifax. He was in Dulag Luft and then Stalag Luft III
from about June 1943 until the end of the war, in North compound, hut 107 (I
think it was 107 - anyway the one the completed Great Escape tunnel was dug
from) and both he and I would be pleased to hear from fellow prisoners.
Matthias Wulff Hometown: Barth City, State, Zip: Barth, Germany Sent: 10.43 AM - 11/13 2002
I'm Matthias. I live in Barth and I was quite suprised that such an site is
existing. In school we' ve heard much about the terrible thinks which has
happened during World War II. In my opinion it's very important to keep this
part of history in mind.
It's a great site with fantastic photos!
CLIVE WHALLEY Hometown: SCARBOROUGH UK. POW Camp: STALAG LUFTs I, IV, VI Name of POW: RON JACKSON Sent: 8.47 PM - 11/12 2002
LOOKING FOR V ROSSI (NEW JERSEY), A.ZINGER, JIM LUNGER,
AL HAYWORTH, A. LIND (NZ), LACH MCKAY (NZ), E.A. LINGENFUS LUFT4 (PHILA. PENN),
A. YOUNG (NZ/AUS)
Livo Hometown: Cheboygan, Michigan POW Camp: Stalag Luft I Name of POW: Jonn Carroll Postal Street Address: 1205 S Main City, State, Zip: CHeboygan, Michigan 49721 Sent: 1.52 PM - 11/12 2002
My deepest thanks to all who risked their lives to protect the freedom I
enjoy. But I have a question for my friend John Carroll---just what did you
do to kill time during your 18 months as a prisoner of the Germans? For
example, were any pranks played?
William Hallett Hometown: Pottsville Beach New South Wales 2484 Australia POW Camp: Luft 7 Bankua Stalag 111A Luckenwalde Name of POW: William Hallett Postal Street Address: 15 Elfran Avenue Pottsville Beach City, State, Zip: New South Wales 2489 Australia Sent: 3.16 AM - 11/12 2002
I was flying with 214 squadron as a Flight Engineer firstly on Stirling
aircraft then on B17 Fortress, shot
down on 24th May i944,I am now 80 years old, and only,
recently saw your program, I see where compensation has
and is being paid to American ex POWs and others, but
the English seem to be left out of it all, I like others experienced the
long forced march between camps
and on baling out got tangled with the trailing arial
since then have always had back problems, not serious
enough to stop working as a TransportManager, and being in Australia since
June 1951 have lost all contact. I would appreciate any help regarding any
possible compensation claim from the British authorities, and any contact
with Luft 7 inmates,
Farina Hometown: Chicago POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 Name of POW: Casimir "Casey" Paulinski Sent: 12.07 AM - 11/12 2002
I have been able to track don the whereabouts of the crew of my
Father-in-Law Casey Paulinski. He was the co-pilot of a b-17 crew in the
92nd Bomb Group- 407th Squadron based in Podington, England during World
His crew was shot down on their 4th mission, December 22, 1943 during a
bombing run over Osnabruck, Germany. seven of the crew bailed out and
survived, but became POW's. Casey, the pilot and the flight Engineer-Top
Turret Gunner landed the plane safely in Borne, Holland, but were arrested
on Christmas Day, 1943 by local Dutch police, and turned over the the German
SS. They were sent to POW camps and spent the rest of the War there. Casey
died in 1974, after a long battle with cancer, but his legacy lives on in
his three daughters, and five grandchildren. Five of the crew are still
alive, two however confined to VA hospitals due to strokes. We have traveled
to meet the Pilot and radio operaor at their homes, and have videotaped
their recollections of the war and their POW experiences.
I would strongly recommend using the Internet search engines, (Yahoo, AOL,
etc.) and then the Internet White Pages for telephone numbers to search for
information, including squadron, POW camp and fellow crew members. Be
patient and persistent and you will be amazed at the results.
Grady W. Adams Hometown: Winston Salem, NC Postal Street Address: 691 Valleybrook Lane City, State, Zip: Winston Salem, NC 27104 Sent: 4.58 PM - 11/11 2002
Found your page while browsing. Today is November 11, 2002. My WWII
experience is limited to the latter part of the war. June 6, 1944 to May
1956 in the Navy. I noticed many of the fellows were not much older than I
when they were overseas. Interesting Pages. Thanks.
Grady W. Adams
Tracey Rentner Hometown: Concord, CA POW Camp: Unknown- somewhere in germany Name of POW: Malcolm Rentner- Mst Sargent USArmy Sent: 3.28 PM - 11/11 2002
I am trying- hopefully not in vain- to locate members of the POW camp that
my grandfather was in. He was a POW in Germany in the years 1941-1943
approx. He was a tall man- 6'7" hard to forget- from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
I'm not sure what rank he was when he was captured, but his gravesite
mentions that he was a master sargent. He spoke fluent german, which might
have saved his life. Unfortunately for me he died before i was born in 1972.
If this person sounds remotely familiar to anyone please let me know. His
wife, my grandmother passed on 10 years ago so no one alive knows the story.
Name: Eugene A.
Burlingame Hometown: Eugene A. Burlingame POW Camp: P.O. Bx. 1848 Name of POW: Martinez, California Sent: 3.24 PM - 11/11 2002
I need help in finding the name or number of my barracks at Stalag 1. Thank
John Bamford Hometown: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada POW Camp: Stalag Luft I Name of POW: Jack Bamford Sent: 10.31 PM - 11/10 2002
Just wondering if anyone may have known my grandfather, Jack Bamford, F/O
with RCAF and a POW in Stalag Luft I...thanks...
M. Cox Hometown: Whaleyville, MD POW Camp: unknown Name of POW: Mr. Bill James Sent: 8.17 PM - 11/10 2002
My grandfather was a fighter pilot in WWII, flying the B17. His name was
Bill James. He married a British girl named Pearl Hubbard after his release
from a German POW camp. My mother had been born while he was imprisoned and
was 18 moths old at the time of his release. I know nothing about his
experiences and he did not speak of any of this. He was in the 91st Bomb
Group, and (I think) the 323 Squad. If anyone at all remembered my
grandfather, I would love to get an email. Thanks so much for this site.
Gayle Cody Homepage:
http://libertywrites.com Hometown: Little Elm, Texas POW Camp: unknown Name of POW: Wayne Corbin Polston Postal Street Address: 1521 Live Oak Drive City, State, Zip: Tallahassee, FL 32301 Sent: 7.28 PM - 11/10 2002
Looking for my Dad, who was a POW in WWII, since deceased, want to tell his
Gayle Polston Cody,
His loving daughter
L. Smith Hometown: Dover, NH POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 South Barrack-12/Room 5 Name of POW: Harold (Harry) Campbell City, State, Zip: Clarkesville, Georgia Sent: 12.02 PM - 11/10 2002
Harold is a 1st cousin of mine. In October 2002, a reunion was held for part
of his crew and room mates at Stalag Luft 1.
maureen dickson (redhead) Hometown: bishop auckland POW Camp: ?southern germany Name of POW: edward redhead Postal Street Address: 24 west end, wolsingham, City, State, Zip: bishop auckland, count y durham, dl13 3ap england Sent: 8.06 AM - 11/10 2002
my late grandfather edward redhead born newcastle-upon-tyne england on 17th
dec 1919. served in the catering corps during ww2 was captured in the agean
and sent to a stalag camp in southern germany. we have rosary beads carved
for him by ?nuns, he was ill and in hospital during his incarceration. my
grandfather died in 1980 so all my info is from family. anyone help put the
Ann Wistock Huisken Hometown: California POW Camp: Stalag Luft I Name of POW: Michael Wistock Sent: 12.17 AM - 11/10 2002
My dad was pilot of B-17, 15th air force 463 bomb group, 775 bomb sq, shot
down April 6, 1944 Plane named "Banshee". Am doing life history.
to hear from anyone who knew him.
My father Galbraith Hyde MBE, was a POW in Stalag 8b Lamsdorf. He crashed
his Stirling Bomber 50 years ago this week. I'm starting a web project to
re-tell his story,
and invite you to visit.
Attempted escape by stealing a plane, the death march,
and life in VIIIb . Any info to add to the story appreciated. Timothy Hyde
HIXSON Hometown: CLEVELAND Postal Street Address: 212 WINDTRACE DR NW City, State, Zip: CLEVELAND, TN 37312 Sent: 7.48 PM - 11/8 2002
CHARLES EDWARD HIXSON WAS MY UNCLE. HE FLEW IN THE 853RD BS IN THE
"PONDEROUS PACHYDERM". HIS LAST MISSION, HOWEVER WAS ON THE "ARK ANGEL".
EDDIE DID NOT RETURN FROM THE11/26//44 MISSION.I WOULD JUST LIKE TO TALK
WITH ANYONE WHO SERVED WITH MY UNCLE.PLEASE REPLY
Dorothy Kabaker Hometown: Los Angeles,CA POW Camp: Germany Name of POW: William Aaron Kabaker Postal Street Address: 86 Blue Sky Lane City, State, Zip: Oceanside. CA 920-56 Sent: 3.00 PM - 11/8 2002
Thanks, I found a group to help me with getting benefits for me , a widow of
a P.O.W. ( Army ). I am
a disabled nurse and need assistance with medical
expenses etc. The VA turned away my request.
LD Donovan Hometown: Manassas, VA POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 Name of POW: Arthur Walsh Donovan Postal Street Address: 9104 Karlo Street City, State, Zip: Manassas, VA 20110 Sent: 2.25 PM - 11/8 2002
Anyone who knew AW Donovan of the 493rd Bomb Group, 863 Squadron who was
taken prisoner on Dec 31 1944 would be appreciated.
W. Walsh POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1, Barth Name of POW: Capt. Frank K. Walsh Postal Street Address: 5249 Brookview Drive City, State, Zip: Jackson, MS 39212 Sent: 6.23 PM - 11/7 2002
My dad, Frank Walsh, was a B-26 Marauder pilot knocked down over Sardinia,
captured by the Italians, and moved to Barth after the Italian surrender. He
lived in South Compound, Barrack 2, Room 7, from late 1943 until the
Russians came through in May, 1945. Ironically, his little brother, Richard,
was the waist gunner on one of the B-17s that flew the liberated POWs to
France (Camp Lucky Strike I believe?). Dad retired from the USAF in 1960,
taught school in Mississippi, and retired from that in 1987. He's still
enjoying the second retirement.
Thanks for bringin this web site to the public. May we never forget!
My great-grandfather, Charles Eubanks was an POW. I am not sure where or at
what camp, because he never really talked about war and six years ago he
passed away. In school we are getting into deeper research about wars and we
can decide what we would like to write our paper about. If anyone can
remember him or find out more about his camp, let me know, it would be
jane tukey Postal Street Address: 15 Piper Rd, Apt,k314 City, State, Zip: scarborough,Maine Sent: 12.19 PM - 11/7 2002
My husband was Commander of the 356th Fighter Group stationed at Martlesham
Heath in East Anglia, but had a parallel career with Mac until they both
were assigned to different squadrons. We kept in close touch with each
others families until they died. My husband Philip E. Tukey, Jr died on
March 3 of 2001. He retired out of the Maine ANG as a BG. Thanks for doing
this site. It is great
James Leahy Hometown: London Postal Street Address: 520 Ben Jonson House, Barbican, City, State, Zip: London EC2Y 8NH Sent: 11.16 AM - 11/7 2002
This week BBC Radio 4 has been broadcasting extracts from John Nichol and
Tony Rennell's book The Last Escape. I was so impressed by the leadership of
Dixie Deans that I searched Google to try to find out more about him. I was
saddened to learn he was stricken by multiple sclerosis and died young.
Bernard DENNIS Hometown: Chester UK POW Camp: Stalag 7A Sent: 7.56 AM - 11/7 2002
I have a book from Stalag 7a about Munich. It is in English and has a rubber
stamp confirming its origin.
Also, inside the front cover is written ''Room 7G Stalag 7A.
Is this of interest ?
Bev Goreham Stoughton Hometown: Salem, NH POW Camp: Stalag 1 West Name of POW: Rod Goreham Postal Street Address: 24 Walnut Ave City, State, Zip: Hampton Nh 03842 Sent: 9.24 PM - 11/6 2002
Hi , I just found your site. My dad was a pow and I am trying to compile
some info for him. He was an RAF captain. His bomber was shot down. He and
another man I believe were the only survivors. He told me he was hooked up
and gave a blood transfusion to someone. I am trying to get some of his
roommates names. I couldn't find him on the room mates page. He has just
recently been talking about it, through tears as most I am sure do. Thanks
for your page, and I will try to get more info.
Marianne Trouve Hometown: Elmont, NY POW Camp: Stalag Luft One Name of POW: Louis Trouve Postal Street Address: 50 Saint Pauls Ave City, State, Zip: Boston, MA 02130-3491 Sent: 6.08 PM - 11/5 2002
My father, Louis Trouve, was a prisoner at Stalag Luft One from Dec 1943
until liberation in May 1945. I wonder if anyone might remember him or have
any stories. He used to take down the BBC news broadcast at night in
shorthand, which was then copied and distributed the next day. He is now
deceased and never talked about his experiences there very much.
Jason Wood Hometown: Rexburg, Idaho Name of POW: Lois Webster City, State, Zip: Twin Falls, Idaho Sent: 10.57 AM - 11/5 2002
My Great uncle, Lois was a P-38 pilot and was shot down and captured. My
Grandmother (his sister) and I have been trying to get him to write about
his experiences. This site is beautifully put together and will hopefully
motivate him to open up some more.
Jessie Smith Hometown: Steamboat Springs POW Camp: Don't know Name of POW: Arthur Smith Postal Street Address: 42312 CR 44 City, State, Zip: Steamboat Springs, CO, 80487 Sent: 2.16 PM - 11/4 2002
My great-uncle was a POW after his B-52, for which he was the navigator,
crashed in Germany. He never told me what camp he was at, or even much about
his story. His little brother, my grandfather, told me most of what he
knows, but there are gaps. So if anyone recognizes the name, could you
please email me any stories you have, I would really appreciate it.
my father Daniel Robert Bown was in the R.A.F. and was in several POW camps
unfortunately he died when I was 16, and did not leave us any history of his
role in the second World War, but we do know that he escaped from the camps
at least once, if anyone out there can enlighten us if would be appreciated.
Dibrino Hometown: Philadelphia POW Camp: Stalag Luft I Name of POW: SSgt Jim Dibrino Sent: 8.58 PM - 11/3 2002
My Dad is interested in talking to anyone who might recognize his name and
shared his experience.
326 Bomb Squadron
P. Faragasso POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 Name of POW: Lt. Frank Faragasso Sent: 1.11 PM - 11/3 2002
My father was a POW in Stalag Luft 1 from late 1943 to 1945. I would liketo
hear from anyone who knew him. He died in 1982.
Sage-Passant Hometown: Stanbridge, Beds UK Postal Street Address: 40 Tilsworth Rd Sent: 6.02 AM - 11/3 2002
At this time of year I like to visit sites like this to tell my sons stories
of the war -I am only 35 but I feel strongly they must know first hand what
kind of men lived through theses conditions and to have a sense of pride in
what you can achieve in the worst of circumstances.
Thank you for the time you took to tell this story as I have visited this web
Can you tell me as I cannot find reference to it this time, the tunnel that
was actually used for the escape and which tunnel in the film "The great
escape" was used as I know they are different ones, as I plan to put this
question in a School quiz I am writing.
Robert M. Slane, USAF(ret ) Hometown: Shreveport La. POW Camp: Stalag Luft III, Stalag13b, Stalag7a Name of POW: Robert Slane Postal Street Address: 1510 Carmel Drive. City, State, Zip: Shreveport, la. 71105 Sent: 6.58 PM - 11/2 2002
I was a B-17 Ist Pilot at age 19. Shot down 2 months after my 20th Birthday.
(Class 43A.) Shot down on 14 Oct,1943.Member of the 91st Bomb Group. Just
discovered your fine web site.
Paul Chryst, USAF (Ret) POW Camp: (none) Postal Street Address: 1494 North Adams Street City, State, Zip: Pottstown, PA 19464 Sent: 3.11 PM - 11/2 2002
We flew our first Mission on 03 AUG 44 and the last one No. 35 on 15 Dec 44.
I counted 38 missions total; but the Orderly Room said "only 35 completed".
MY Pilot Class was 43K;but the PT-17 Stearman washed me out.
Went on to Aerial Gunnery School and graduated to become the FIRST class of
Cadets to wear Gunner's wings then on to Bombardier School. We graduated
after 12 weeks bombing and another 6 weeks of DR Navigation.
My biggest fear while flying was "bail-out" the small hatch next to the
Navigator and being killed by hitting the leading edge of the left elevator.
If I made it to the ground, my next worry was being killed by some German
civilian. At 6'-2" I weighed 125 lbs. and never would have survived the
small rations in POW Camp. I salute you for having survived and your website
achievement. "Never Forgotten; Forever Honored" to ALL Members of the 91st
L. Janiskee Hometown: Knoxville, TN POW Camp: Dulag Luft Name of POW: Commodore L. Sharp Postal Street Address: 1104 Javelin Ct. City, State, Zip: Columbia, SC 29212-1520 Sent: 7.08 AM - 11/2 2002
Seeking information about T/Sgt Commodore L. Sharp, Knoxville, TN, top
turret gunner who served with 351st BG, 510th SQ based at Polebrooke. My
relative 2LT Eldred Hancy (KIA) was with him in B-17 42-30867 downed by
enemy aircraft on 9 October 1943 near Hallig Hooge. BTW, I was stationed at
Camp King (formerly Dulag Luft) in Oberursel/Ts when I served as Grp Supply
Officer for the 513th MI Group during 1964-67. My office, which was used as
an interrogation room, still had the bars on the windows.
L. Sanford Hometown: Albuquerque POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 Name of POW: Raymond P. Sanford Postal Street Address: 1103 Kentucky St NE City, State, Zip: Albuquerque, NM 87110 Sent: 5.03 PM - 11/1 2002
Raymond P. Sanford was my grandfather. He was captured when his plane
crashed on 12/13/43. All his crew perished except for him. I am interested
in finding out about his P.O.W. years.
William T. Bolt Hometown: Big Spring, Texas POW Camp: Stalag Luft I Name of POW: William T. Bolt Postal Street Address: 5100 John Ryan Blvd., # 135 City, State, Zip: San Antonio, Texas 78245 Sent: 3.05 PM - 11/1 2002
Appreciate e-mail from room mates and fellow POW's of Stalag Luft I.
Doug Smith POW Camp: Stalag Luft I Name of POW: Everett P. Musselman Postal Street Address: 267 Cross Creek Dr. City, State, Zip: Petal, MS 39465 Sent: 12.12 PM - 11/1 2002
Everett Musselman was my uncle. He passed away earlier this year. I would
like to hear from anyone who remembers him or Lt Hugh Augustus Ward, who was
Thanks for any help,
John D. Smith
Name: Benjamin Robert Styles Hometown: perth wa POW Camp: stalag luft 1 Name of POW: robert charles styles Postal Street Address: 27 booker street dianella australia Sent: 12.54 AM - 11/1 2002
my garnadfather was an upper gunner in a lancaster bomber and was shot down
over holland. if you knew my grandfather can you please write to my at:27
E. Early Hometown: Austin, Tx Postal Street Address: 204 Deen Ave City, State, Zip: Austin,Tx 78753-5404 Sent: 12.37 AM - 11/1 2002
In a search on AOL search came up on this name,,,kind of stops you in your
tracks-was eight when the war started, then Daddy went in Dec'42 and we saw
a good bit of the country. Daddy was a Chaplain and things were different
then and we got to see a good bit with him at the different bases, from Maine
to Florida,,,,,bring back a lot of memories,,,,,mostly good....Praise the
William C. Thompson Hometown: Chickasha, ok POW Camp: Stalag 9-B Name of POW: w. c. thompson Sent: 12.18 PM - 10/31 2002
Did you know my cousin Bill Cox, b-17 pilot, short, wiry little guy from
Greensboro, North Carolina? Returned o.k. and was involved in the family
business, Cox Tire Machine. His brother David was a marine on a flat top in
the pacific. I can't believe you fly boys had ROOM numbers. The infantry
shared a barracks with 300 other equally filthy, human beings and 2 million
cooties. I assume you have read the narrative of your Luft-lag in the
Chickasha Library. I found it very interesting. Bill Thompson
Eddie Sewall Hometown: Huntsville, AL POW Camp: Stalag Luft I Name of POW: Frank L. Sewall Postal Street Address: 10202 Plantation Dr. City, State, Zip: Huntsville, AL 35803 Sent: 10.49 PM - 10/30 2002
If anyone knows anything about my father, please contact me. Thanks.
Okonek Hometown: Cleveland POW Camp: Stalag IIIC Name of POW: Victor C. Okonek Postal Street Address: 4640 Young Rd. City, State, Zip: Stow, Ohio 44224 Sent: 6.55 PM - 10/27 2002
My father Victor C. Okonek was a captured American soldier and was held at
Stalag IIIC. Any information you may have will be appreciated.
Pehrson Hometown: Omaha, NE Name of POW: Col. Carl Crumpler Postal Street Address: 5 Elwood Road City, State, Zip: Londonderry, NH Sent: 9.43 PM - 10/26 2002
This message is for Col. Carl Crumpler. I am 43 years old. I remember when I
was young, the day my mother took me to get a POW bracelet with your name on
it and the day your name appeared in the Omaha World Herald that you were
released. I returned the bracelet to celebrate your release. Your wife wrote
to me and included your picture. Those were the days before computers. I
just watched a movie depicting Vietnam and thought of you and wondered if
the internet would shed some light about you...and it did...and I cried.
Thank you for what you and coming back to make me feel an american should.
George mcPherson Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada POW Camp: stalag luft one Name of POW: Same Postal Street Address: 206-200 Dallas Rd City, State, Zip: Victoria, B.C. Canada v8v 1a4 Sent: 7.51 PM - 10/26 2002
Brings back a lot of fond memories thank goodness no bad ones. I still enjoy
listening to John stoyko, I keep in touch with my Squadron through Alan
Davies and Renee Ounsley in Goole Yorkshire. They do a wonderful job with
51Sqdn. Memorial Garden at
ANNETTE RUBENSTEIN Hometown: BROOKLYN,NEW YORK POW Camp: STALAG LUFT 1 Name of POW: ARTHUR J. RUBENSTEIN Postal Street Address: 332 MAHOGANY GLEN City, State, Zip: ESCONDIDO, CA. 92026 Sent: 6.50 PM - 10/26 2002
ARTHUR WAS A BOMBARDIER IN THE 452 BOMB GROUP, AND IN THE 729TH SQUADRON
STATIONED AT DOEPHAM GREEN, ENGLAND.WAS AT BARTH FOR 13 MONTHS, FREED BY THE
RUSSIANS IN MAY,1945.
PASSED ON 20 JULY, 2001.WAS 100P/C DISABLED
DUE TO HIS INCARCERATION ETC.
Klare Hometown: the plains, OH 45780 POW Camp: s Sent: 2.03 PM - 10/26 2002
Also sending an e-mail separately about using some of the pictures in your
web site in a story I am writing about my interrogations. Is that possible?
Freddie Potter Hometown: Ware, Herts, England POW Camp: Stalag 383 Name of POW: Sgt Fredrick Potter City, State, Zip: Worthing Sussex Sent: 8.20 PM - 10/25 2002
Alive and well and wishing to speak with anybody who served with 44th
Battery 101st Regt Royal Artillery, caputured at St Valery France 1940 12th
Was the guns with the 51st Highland
Conner Hometown: Commerce city Name of POW: James G Wellman (Shorty) Postal Street Address: 7900 Roslyn St City, State, Zip: commerce city colo 80022 Sent: 8.32 PM - 10/24 2002
I don't know to much about my Dads war time he was captured and was a pow
for 18 months the Russians liberated them. He was held in Germany. He was
probably about 18 yr old. After he returned home he was an MP in Seattle
Washington and was awarded the Purple Heart and two Oak Leaf clusters Does
any one know my dad Thank you Pam
Stehlik Hometown: Crete, NE POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 Name of POW: Irvin F. Stehlik City, State, Zip: Grand Island, NE 68801 Sent: 6.10 PM - 10/24 2002
Irvin Stehlik is my father. He was shot down February 4, 1944 on a Frankfurt
mission. He was in the 401st Squadron, 91st Bomb Group. Anybody with
information concerning my dad, please email me.
Jerry Dinkelacker Hometown: Brandon. MS POW Camp: STALAG II B, II A Name of POW: George Robert Dinkelacker Postal Street Address: 366 Avalon Way City, State, Zip: Brandon, MS 39047 Sent: 10.42 AM - 10/24 2002
My Dad, George Dinkelacker, Passed away on the 17th of April 2002. He was a
POW during WWII. He was held in STALAG's IIB and IIA. Liberated by Russians
in spring of 45 during move to a third camp. I am trying to locate other
POWs that might have remembered him from those camps. Are there POW lists
from these camps?
http://www.b-17combatcrewmen.org Hometown: San Diego, CA POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 Name of POW: William (Bill) W. White, 2Lt, 351st BG Postal Street Address: 8094 Mission Vista Drive City, State, Zip: San Diego, CA 92120 Sent: 6.22 PM - 10/23 2002
What a great webpage. One of my buddies, Bill White (Bombardier, 351st Bomb
Group), was "in the bag" at Luft 1 for the last 18months of the war. Bill is
not "plugged in", so please contact me if you knew him. Bill is 85 now and
would very much like to hear from anyone he served with.
Keep 'em Flying!
Annette Woods Name of POW: Mitchell K. Woods Postal Street Address: 115 North Wille Street City, State, Zip: Mt. Prospect IL 60056 Sent: 2.09 PM - 10/23 2002
Mitch is now 85 y/o residing in a VA Facility Nursing Home. True, not much
in the way of conversation with
his children about his POW internment.
Holmes Postal Street Address: 2550 Yeager Rd, Bldg 1, Apt 7 City, State, Zip: West Lafayette, In 47906 Sent: 12.30 PM - 10/22 2002
Not a POW during WWII, but a navigator, classified at Nashville, Sept 1942,
preflight at Selman. Advanced at U.of Miami, Coral Gables, Fl with Pan-Am.
Overseas August, 1943 to Oct, 1045 in C-47's, troop carrier,
Mediterraen,North Africa, Southern Europe. Back to USA thru Trinidad. Wrote
more in detail in another message. Would like to hear from other navigators.
Thank you, John W.Holmes
E. Thompson Hometown: Wetumpka, Al. POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 Name of POW: 2nd Lt. Bill E.Thompson 100 Bm Gp Sent: 10.14 AM - 10/22 2002
Shot down by ME 262 on 18th March 1945 on trip to Berlin. We lost 4 B-17,s
in this encounter. Paul DeWeerdt, M.E. Jensen, R.C. King, and E.P. Gwin. I was
CP, in the lead plane of low box with DeWeerdt
Ellen Harry Hometown: Jacksonville, FL POW Camp: Stalag Luft I Name of POW: William R Harry Postal Street Address: 7027 Alpine Street City, State, Zip: Jacksonville, FL 32208 Sent: 8.33 AM - 10/22 2002
Thank you again for this remarkable web site and the information you have
posted on my father. I am updating my email address and, as always, hoping
to hear from anyone who might have known him or their families. God Bless.
Trigg POW Camp: Stalag Luft I Name of POW: Anderson, Raymond Sent: 8.52 PM - 10/21 2002
I am about 95% certain that my grandfather, Raymond Anderson, was held
as POW in Stalag Luft I. I am trying to get some confirmation on this.
He is not listed definitively on your roster, but I do note an Anderson
w/ no first name. Possibly him?
Here is what I know about his service and his capture as a POW.
He was a Bombardier on a B-17 of the 15th Air Force Bomber Group 301,
He was based out of Foggia, Italy.
He was shot down over Verona, Italy in either 1943 or early 1944. Most
likely mid 1943. He discharged the Air Corp as a 1st Lieutenant, but he
may have been shot down and captured as a 2nd Lieutenant. He was also
recalled to B-29 duty during the Korean conflict, but was stationed
Stateside the duration of that recall.
According to his recollections to my father and uncle (my grandfather
currently suffers from Alzheimers, and is in extremely poor health) he
was liberated by the Russians at Barth. His camp was run, at various
intervals, by Wermacht, Naval, and SS administration. He stated that he
was treated adequately by all, in terms of food and base accomdations.
He stated, as well, that the SS staff were the most feared and the most
strict. He also stated that some Russian soldiers were held either at
that camp, or in some camp that was in close proximity, and that the
Russian soldiers were typcially executed in some fashion.
Any information you can give me is appreciated, and I will try to answer
any questions that you may have.
Kast Hometown: Massapequa, New York 11758 POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 Name of POW: Walter Kast Postal Street Address: 10 Beach Road City, State, Zip: Massapequa, New York 11758 Sent: 1.39 PM - 10/21 2002
Navigator 324th SQ. 91st Bomb Group
Shot down (on fire) during 8th mission (Leipzig, July 20, 1944. All crew
members got out alive.
When I read about those wonderful!!! interrogators at Dulagluft (Wetzlar) I
only wish they are rotting in hell. No thoughts of kindness and
understanding from me.
Ruspini Reid Hometown: Puebo, CO POW Camp: Stalag 7 Name of POW: Albert Ruspini Postal Street Address: 76 Fiernald Rd City, State, Zip: Park Ridge, NJ Sent: 9.07 PM - 10/19 2002
I am looking for anyone with the name Ruspini. I discovered Albert Ruspini's
name in your web-site, but I do not know who he is. Please respond in any
way you can. Thank you. Mrs. Nola Reid Pueblo, CO
Lay POW Camp: Stalag 1, North Compound 3 Name of POW: Lt Gerald W. Lay Postal Street Address: 1107 Scott Road City, State, Zip: Kingston, TN 37763 Sent: 9.52 AM - 10/19 2002
I was Co-Pilot on B-17, shot down 25 Nov 44 and went to Stalag 1 until
liberated by Russian forces May 45.
Name: richard hill mandell Hometown: toledo ,ohio POW Camp: 8634 augusta ln Name of POW: robert edward mandell Sent: 12.12 AM - 10/18 2002
i was stationed in leharve france and i found my brother robert at camp
lucky strike in june 45.. it was great to see all those 17's bringing them
back.all four of us served overseas in wwii...three in europe, one in
Coulter Hometown: Detroit POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1, South Barracks Name of POW: Fred Coulter Postal Street Address: 16996 Marguerite City, State, Zip: Beverly Hills, MI 48025 Sent: 7.18 AM - 10/17 2002
Looking for anyone who may have known my father in camp. He passed away in
1987 and I would be very interested in hearing about him from anyone who was
in the camp.
Ruth Crisman POW Camp: Decatur Apt. with Don Cole, Sr. Name of POW: Ruth Postal Street Address: P.O. Box 141 City, State, Zip: Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487 Sent: 3.30 PM - 10/16 2002
A fantastic and interesting website revealing hours and hours of research!
Great design. Still surfing through. Wish Don could have seen this because
of his tremendous interest and knowledge of history. Thanks.
Greg Price Hometown: Galt, California POW Camp: Stalag Luft I Name of POW: Curtis (Bill) Dunlap Postal Street Address: 823 Lyonia Dr City, State, Zip: Galt, Ca 95632 Sent: 6.04 PM - 10/14 2002
Looking for any info regarding my father in law who was shot down on mission
to Schweinfurt. He was assigned to 306th Bomb Group, 369th Bomb Squadron.
Looking for anyone who was roommates with him or has photos for my wife.
Ray Goodson Hometown: Joliet, IL POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 Name of POW: Ray Goodson Postal Street Address: 1007 W. Marion St. City, State, Zip: Joliet, IL 60436 Sent: 2.55 PM - 10/14 2002
Lenora Swanson Hometown: Beckley, WV POW Camp: Germany ?? Name of POW: Russlle Tolle City, State, Zip: Kanas Sent: 11.54 AM - 10/14 2002
He is my grandfather, He's dead now, just wanted to know if anyone remembers
him from when he was there?
Corinne M. Pray POW Camp: Stalag IXB Name of POW: Joseph S. Arsenault Sent: 8.45 AM - 10/14 2002
My father became a POW during the Battle of the Bulge on December 19, 1944
and was sent to Stalag IXB in Bad Orb, Germany. Any information from former
comrades of Company C, 106th Div., 423rd Infantry Regiment will be greatly
My grandfather Adriaan (Jan) Behage was in Dulag Luft. He died 5 years ago,
and he never talked about this time. I'm very satisfied , that I haved
looked on this site, so I can imagine how it looked like.