World War II prisoner of war camp - Stalag Luft I


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 1/01/03 thru 3/31/03

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Name: Gary Crawford
Hometown: Salem IL. 62881
POW Camp: stalag 3-A
Name of POW: Robert (Bob) Crawford
Postal Street Address: 118 N. Forest St.
City, State, Zip: New Lisbon, Wi. 53950
Sent: 9.04 PM - 3/31 2003

I am looking for information on my father. He passed away at 80 yrs young on 3/06/03. I had some talks with him over the years about the war but a lot he would not talk about. We are starting to find some information that he had locked up, but would like more information on stalag 3-A. I find everything but that and would appreciate a push in the right direction or if you have information please send it to me. I regret not doing this sooner, but did not want to bring things up in his life he had pushed aside for obvious reasons. Thanks for your help and time.
Gary Crawford

Name: Shelley Kuhen
Postal Street Address: 934 Highland Terr
City, State, Zip: Macon GA 31201
Sent: 8.43 AM - 3/31 2003

I am the costume designer at Theatre Macon and we are doing a production of Stalag 17. Your website has been very helpful in my research. We try very hard to be as authentic as possible, not only in the way a show looks, but in the personalities and the attitudes of the real people that we portray. So your photos have been awesome as well as the letters, stories. etc. We have a man who lives here in Macon that was actually at Stalag 17 and knows the men who wrote the book and came and talked with our actors as well so we consider ourselves very fortunate! Thank you so much for all of the time and effort that has gone into this site.

Name: Pat Gallagher
Sent: 3.48 PM - 3/30 2003

I was not a POW but I did complete 32 missions with the 452nd Bomb Group. I completed my missions October 17, 1944

Name: John Teager
Hometown: Stafford
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: John Teager
Sent: 4.01 PM - 3/28 2003

Just seen your web site. Intend to scan original sketches, camp newspapers and so on. Still alive, 81!
Anyone who remembers me, please get in touch.

Name: cecil porter
POW Camp: German Internment Camp 20
Name of POW: Not a POW
Postal Street Address: Box 252
City, State, Zip: Gravenhurst, Ont P1P 1T6
Sent: 2.06 PM - 3/28 2003

Anyone interested in German POW Camp 20 located at Gravenhurst, Ont. could order THE GILDED CAGE from its producer, Gary Long, Fox Madow Creations, Box 5401,Huntsville, Ont. P1H 2K7. The Second Edition, with over 90 graphics including photos and a camp site plan, records the origins of the camp, and the daily life of the prisoners. The book contains over 90 graphics, and refers to the exploits of such notable escapers as Ulrich Steinhilper, Peter Krug, Walter Manhardt, Reinhardt Pfundtner

Name: McAdam, Robert
POW Camp: Luft 1
Name of POW: same
Postal Street Address: 101Saint Clare Drive
City, State, Zip: Crowley, Texas 76036
Sent: 11.09 AM - 3/28 2003

Nice job on the website. It has already helped the son of george Oliver to obtain info from some of us who knew George.
Does the red print mean that the Pow is deceased? I was not aware, for example, that Walker Limehouse had died.

Name: Gary Bartel
Hometown: Discovery Bay, Ca.
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Name of POW: Richard William Bartel
Postal Street Address: 2203 Reef Court
City, State, Zip: Discovery Bay, Ca. 94514
Sent: 3.17 AM - 3/28 2003

My dad was a pilot flying a B-17 in the 398th Bomb Group out of England. The name of their plane was "Ground Happy" and they were on about their 30th mission when they were shot down around 1944 I think. He was a POW for 18 months.
Unfortunately, he was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1969.
My family and I are leaving for England tomorrow on vacation and I want to find his airfield if possible which I believe to be in Nuthampton.
Thanks for the pictures and all your great work. My dad's name is on the list but I couldn't pick him out of any of the photos.

Thanks again and I would appreciate any correspondence or further information.

Sincere regards,

Gary Bartel

Name: carolyn wilson
Hometown: Toronto,
POW Camp: Poland
Name of POW: Ernest "Sonny" Howell
Postal Street Address: 1875 Steeles Ave.W. #426
City, State, Zip: North York, Ont. Canada
Sent: 7.14 PM - 3/27 2003

Hello. My father was a pow in Poland for 5 years. After the war he met my mom, Nellie Wike, they had a child, which is me. I would like to locate any Howell's left, as I must have family that I have never met. If anyone knows him, I would love to have a photo of him. thank you.

Name: Gina Moorehead
Hometown: What Cheer, Iowa
POW Camp: Germany
Name of POW: Harry Max Moorehead
City, State, Zip: Los Angeles, CA
Sent: 3.31 PM - 3/27 2003

The only information I have is that my Dad was a POW in Germany -- for 3 years, I believe. I was hoping that someone had perhaps known him at that time.

Hometown: TELFORD
City, State, Zip: NOTTINGHAM
Sent: 9.51 AM - 3/27 2003


Postal Street Address: 9785 E CELESTE DR
City, State, Zip: TUCSON AZ 85730
Sent: 8.59 AM - 3/27 2003

YOU GUY'S ARE MY HERO'S !! My Uncle Denzel springstun flew waist in forts and lib's , my Dad said he hit Ploesti in a Lib . He was shot down and was taken prisoner in a fort after 30 plus missions . There is a poem writen by a man named Mackinlay Kantor titled "ONE CHUTE BURNED" Published in the December 4th ,1943 Saturday evening post that mentions a crewman named "Springstun" . Does any of you know my Uncle. You guy's went to hell and back and you guy's are my hero's !I didn't get to talk much to my uncle about his time with the Mighty 8TH, he wouldn't say much about it. Now he's gone on his final mission never to return , except in my memory and those he knew. I miss him so ! You guy's are my hero's ! If you knew my uncle please contact me , i so want to know more about him. Thank you so much for your dedication and bravery and for making this world and this country a better place for all who enjoy it's bountiful libertys !

Name: Philip Carney
POW Camp: Not a POW
Postal Street Address: 6616 Columbus Ave.
City, State, Zip: Richfield, MN 5542a3
Sent: 5.43 PM - 3/26 2003

Checking POW statistics because of Iraq. Gives some back ground. I was in WWll in European Theater. Have several friends that were however.

Name: Kathy Ziller
Hometown: pennsylvania
POW Camp: not sure
Name of POW: Louis Frailey
Postal Street Address: Church ST.
City, State, Zip: Jeanesville pa. 18201
Sent: 12.15 AM - 3/26 2003

My father was with the 101 infantry (i think) he never told us much about the year he was a prisoner in Germany, my Mother told us a little about it.I would like to know if their is anyone from his unit and if they would be interested in getting in touch with me. Thank you Kathy Ziller

Name: Newton, Donald W. , Sr.
Hometown: Madison, MS
City, State, Zip: Madison, MS 39110-7125
Sent: 10.09 PM - 3/25 2003

Name: robert c. bueker
Hometown: Schertz, Tx 78154
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Name of POW: robert c. bueker
Postal Street Address: 1000 Antler Dr.
City, State, Zip: Schertz, Tx 78154
Sent: 5.46 PM - 3/25 2003

Navigator on "Buzz Job", B-24 from 454th Bomb Gp., Cerignola, Italy. Went down Nov 20, 44 south of Gyor, Hungary. Five crewmembers lost. Regrouped with Pilot, Co-Pilot at Oberrussel interrogation camp. Arrived Barth approximately Dec 12 after bombing raid by B17's in Berlin. Locked in rail cars during the raid and fortunately the marshalling yards were not the target that day. In the same barracks at North 3 with Col Gabreski. In March 1945, a boxing match was held by the prisoners in an outside ring constructed by the Germans. Max Schmeling did the fighter introductions. Fights were pitiful with emaciated prisoners barely able to stand, let alone throw punches. May l, day of liberation, my pilot Joe Plepel discovered his native Yugoslav tongue was understood by the Russians and we were allowed through their lines to tour Barth and the airbase. Visiting the former married Officers quarters, two lamps were noted made of human skin with prominent tatoos. The camp for internment of civil prisoners was littered with the corpses of (estimated) 5,000 whom were abandoned without food or water behind electric fences.

Name: Louise Belitsos
Hometown: Brooklyn, CT
POW Camp: Staflaf Luft 1
Name of POW: Peter S. Belitsos
Sent: 12.37 PM - 3/25 2003

Thank you for letting me know about what my grandfather's time in captivity was like. You are giving many people of my generation a chance to see what really happened.

Name: Karin Smith
Hometown: Fargo, ND
POW Camp: Stalag Luft IV
Name of POW: Warren S. Smith
Sent: 1.33 AM - 3/25 2003

Looking for any other information about the camp, or stories about this POW Warren S. Smith. I am really interested to know what compound he was in.

Sent: 9.43 PM - 3/24 2003


Name: Brian J. Casey
Hometown: Floral Park N.Y.
POW Camp: Stalag 1 north 2 barrack 5
Name of POW: Henry Kaczorowski
Postal Street Address: 128 Rutledge dr.
City, State, Zip: Red Bank N. J. 07701
Sent: 11.09 PM - 3/23 2003

Would like to know the accounts of my uncles time as a P.O.W. ? Would also like information on how and when his bomber was shot down ? There was also a book that was written that included some information on my uncles plane and the other people in his crew .

Thank You

Name: Dale Linebarger
Hometown: Dallas, Tx
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: R.C. Bueker
Sent: 10.40 PM - 3/23 2003

Found the site by accident...have been friends with
R.C. (Bob) Bueker (North 3)for about 43 years. Have informed Bob of the site this week so he can contribute toward preserving the memory.

Name: Daphne Visser Lees
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 South Barrack 6 Room 7
Name of POW: F/O Frank J Lees
Postal Street Address: Novemberstraat 51
City, State, Zip: !335 EZ Almere The Netherlands
Sent: 11.35 AM - 3/23 2003

My father F/O Frank J. Lees RAF was in Stalag Luft 1 from November 1943 - May 1945. He was a Lancaster pilot, Number 9 squadron. He bailed out over Brandenberg on the night of Nov 18/19 1943 and was captured five days later. He was in the same room as John Cordner - the artist. Names of others who occupied the same room for varying periods of time.

Lt J F Cameron, Lt CMD Reitz, Lt H P Currin, Lt J J Steyn,Lt B J Grove,Lt K K Kincaid-Weeks,Lt G Whitehouse

W. O'Brien, D D Wilson, O A Montgomery

F/O S Smith, F/O J. Cordner, F/O N. Parry

Is there anyone out there who remembers him or hearing of him? He was from Manchester, England

Name: Ashley Schafer
Hometown: Goodhue
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Frank Goplen
Sent: 3.15 PM - 3/22 2003

hi my name is ashley and i know a guy named frank goplen he was 20 yrs old when he was captured and sent to this camp. He said that he was a crew member of a plane that was on its way to switz. and they didnt make it. so i was just wondering if anyone knows this guy?

Name: Leslie Liddell
Hometown: Bulverde, Texas
POW Camp: Stalag 9B
Name of POW: Joe Liddell
Postal Street Address: 5123 FM 1863
City, State, Zip: Bulverde Texas 78163
Sent: 1.33 AM - 3/22 2003

My uncle, Joe Liddell, was captured at the Battle of the Bulge and imprisoned at Stalag 9B. After the war, he spent the rest of his life (until 2000) in a veterans hospital. I would love to hear from anyone that may have knew him, and to those of you that were there, my heart and thanks go out to you.

Name: Martin E. Uhl, Jr.
Hometown: Braintree, MA
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Martin E. Uhl
Sent: 8.22 PM - 3/21 2003

My father passed away in January of 2000. I just ran across this website and took a look around. I have a journal my dad kept with a lot of cool sketches of the compound in it (a great one of the barracks and one of the guard tower). If anyone is interested, I could scan the pictures and send them to them via email.

Name: Cristine Patrykus
POW Camp: Stallag XXa &Stalag VIg
Name of POW: Jozef Ciesielski
Sent: 3.43 PM - 3/21 2003

Jozef Ciesielski: Polish army POW captured Sep. 17, 1939 released possibly 1945

Name: peter worby
Hometown: luton
Name of POW: 8th airforce
Postal Street Address: 26 woodgreen rd luton england
City, State, Zip: lu28bt england
Sent: 11.36 AM - 3/21 2003

how ever can we thank you for giving us english our freedom in ww2? we owe you a debt of honour..i honour your memories by being a member of friends of the 8th and 8th historical society and showing people my small museum dedicated to the usaaf....our good friends include henry reilly 447th bg among others who were pow,s....god bless you all, we love all of ya
peter and lisa

Name: Nathan Rasko
Hometown: Indianola, Iowa
Name of POW: John Rasko
Sent: 12.36 AM - 3/21 2003

John Rasko was my Great Uncle. I didn't know him as well as I would have liked, but I knew that he was a POW. I stumbled upon this site, and noticed his name. What I have seen is Very interesting, but if anyone knew John Rasko, I would love to hear from them! Please feel free to e-mail me. Thanks

Name: Howard J Zeman II
Hometown: Loomis, CA
POW Camp: Stalag 1
Name of POW: Howard J Zeman
Postal Street Address: PO Box 1805
City, State, Zip: Loomis, CA 95650
Sent: 11.10 PM - 3/20 2003

Came across this page from a websearch on Stalag 1. Looking for information about my father. I think he was a Lt at the time. He never really talked about his experiences there and passed away July 2001. He was a -17 pilot, I think with 95th Bomb Grp. Would appreciate any information.

Name: Samantha Lake
Hometown: Gloucester - England
POW Camp: Moosburg - Poland
Name of POW: Thomas George Oakes
Postal Street Address: 28 Stewarts Mill Lane
City, State, Zip: Abbeymead Gloucester GL4 5UL
Sent: 2.39 PM - 3/20 2003

I am trying to find out information on behalf of my Grandfather Tommy Oakes. His memory is very vague on the time spent in the Prisoner of War Camp. The information I have is as follows;

He was captured in Dunkirk in 1940 and was sent to a camp he believes was Stallag 8 in Moosburg Poland.

He fought with the 5th Gloucester Terretorials in the Forward Betallion.

He was released in April / May 1945.

If anybody can provide me with any more information to piece together my grandfathers memory I would appreciate if you could let me know. Also if you know of any other places that I can look your help would be appreciated.

Name: Lauri Brown
Name of POW: Lewis Rush
Postal Street Address:
689 Birch Circle
City, State, Zip: Price, Utah 84501
Sent: 9.08 PM - 3/18 2003

Your site is very interesting. My grandfather passed away 10 years ago and as your father took with him all information on his experience, all I know is that he was a prisoner of war in a German camp. I am just now trying to find information as I was not sure I really wanted to know the horror that he must of went through to not ever speak of it. He would not even watch anything war related on the television. I do have a few of his medals, ribbons and a 15th air force bomb group patch. Any information that you might be able to offer would be greatly appreciated. My Grandfathers name is Lewis Rush.

Name: Roman A. Gabriel
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY, USA
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Name of POW: N. F. Caputo
Postal Street Address: 501 E. Lorene St.
City, State, Zip: Payson, AZ, 85541
Sent: 12.37 AM - 3/18 2003

I looking for more info on N. F. Caputo from Brooklyn, NY. He was in barracks # 12 I believe.

Name: B. Carmichael
Hometown: winnipeg, manitoba canada
POW Camp: Stalag III at sagan/ stalag IIIA luckenwalde
Name of POW: John Archie Carmichael
Postal Street Address: 332 Hampton Street
City, State, Zip: winnipeg, Manitoba
Sent: 4.02 PM - 3/17 2003

My father in-law was a collector of memories. He's gone now but when he was a dam buster (navigator) that was shot down ove the black forest and eventually ended up in Stalag III. Lord knows how but he wrote letters every day and hid them. We have them all. the give great details of the bartering system. Because before he went into the service he was a school principal he helped with the camp paper. LOCAL NEWS stalag IIIA Lukenwalde (after the death march) THe dates we still have copies of are April 25,27,28,29, 1944 and May 2,3,5,6,8(churchill's speech & the kings speech) 9,10,11,13,14,18. We also have the Bullitin on the war criminals and the British headquarters Stalag 111A evacuation orders and an inteligence summary No.# 20 and No. 21. Also the British officer news May 19. If anyone is interested in any thing let me know.

Name: Kelli Hart
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Name of POW: Captain E. C. Heckman
Postal Street Address: PO Box 375
City, State, Zip: Winnsboro, TX, 75494
Sent: 3.39 PM - 3/16 2003

My Granddad was shot down while flying P-47 over Luneville, France in Sept. 1944 and was a POW at Stalag Luft I until May 1945 when liberated. I found a list on anther web site that told me he was in the North 1 Compound. He was called Ned by his family. He remained in the Air Force for 30 years and retired a Lt. Col. He died September 4, 1996 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetary. Our family would like to hear from anybody who might have any more information about him.

Name: doug
Sent: 10.19 AM - 3/14 2003

this is a great site. I also read the granddaughter's note. What a family, your father was proud I'm sure. I'm sorry about the troubles you're going through now - try to think of these POWs as inspiration in your dark times.

Name: Dan Blodgett
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Postal Street Address: 1714 State St.
City, State, Zip: Alton, IL 62002
Sent: 4.11 PM - 3/13 2003

Name: Ronna Janssen
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 4 and 357
Name of POW: Julian Walker
Postal Street Address: Rt 1 Box 222
City, State, Zip: Eastman, GA
Sent: 9.19 AM - 3/13 2003

I am looking for the site of Stalag 357 near Hanover. My father was liberated from this camp after the 500 mile march from Stalag Luft IV. I will be visiting Germany in early April and would like to visit the site if there is any marker. Plus I need directions or something specific to help me find it. Thanks, Ronns

Name: John Bates
Hometown: Austin
POW Camp: Stalag 3B
Name of POW: James D Bates
Sent: 11.57 PM - 3/12 2003

My father, Sgt. James D. Bates, was 143rd Infantry. Captured in Salerno, Italy, September 13, 1943. Held in Stalag 3B at Furstenberg.
Passed away November 20, 1987.

Hometown: WAKEMAN, OH. 44889
POW Camp: STALAG LUFT I librated May 10 th 45
Postal Street Address: 53080 US RT 20 fax same as phone
City, State, Zip: WAKEMAN,OH. 44889
Sent: 8.10 PM - 3/12 2003


Name: ByronHerde
Hometown: same
POW Camp: IV-F Stamlager M-90
Name of POW: Byron Herde
Postal Street Address: 1200 Wright Ave ,Alma,Mi. 48801
City, State, Zip: Same
Sent: 1.07 PM - 3/12 2003

I was a POW for 10 months and a forced laborer for 8 of those months near Plauen Germany (stamlager in Meilthuer 11 km away from Plauen)
Interested in hearing from anyone that was in that camp and forced to work on the German Railroad.


Name: john osborne
Hometown: walsall
POW Camp: stalag xv111 a 306
Name of POW: george james william osborne
Postal Street Address: millfeild ave bloxwich
City, State, Zip: west midlands
Sent: 6.37 AM - 3/12 2003

i wish to know as much as i can about my father as i can as i was on 1 year old when i lost him any photo's story's would be very good news

Sent: 4.02 PM - 3/11 2003


Name: Jackson
Hometown: Lake Providence, LA
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Jackson Dewey Kiefer
Postal Street Address: 160 McWilliams Drive
City, State, Zip: Lake Providence, La 71254
Sent: 1.25 PM - 3/11 2003

I am the grandson of Lt. Jackson Dewey Kiefer. He was a POW in Stalag Luft 1 and i found him on your list of POWs. I will be happy to provide you with any information i have on him in return for what i can find out from you. thank you so much- Jackson Kiefer

Name: Sara Beth Howard
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: 2nd Lt. Col. Jackson Dewey Kiefer
Sent: 1.08 PM - 3/11 2003

I am trying to help a student find information about his grandfather, the service man listed above. His Seriel Number is 3700 38 61. He was in the Air Force, and was shot down on April 20, 1944. Any help you could provide would be great. He survived, and is still living. The family may be interested in sharing journals that he kept while in captivity.

Name: Peter Cutchey
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Name of POW: Peter Cutchey!
City, State, Zip: Ely, Cambs, United Kingdom
Sent: 12.55 PM - 3/11 2003

Still alive at 80!

Americans: Is Buck Singer alive? 7th squadron
and Johnny Stickle ? 7th squadron

Name: mike brackin
Sent: 8.24 AM - 3/11 2003

nice site, my pal's dad was a POW (George I Oliver.

Name: William Mulholland
POW Camp: Stalag 1
Name of POW: Mitchell J Mulholland
Postal Street Address: PO Box 357
City, State, Zip: Becket Ma 01223
Sent: 8.23 AM - 3/11 2003

Mitchell Mulholland was a major in south compound. He drew very well and his pictures are featured in "Time Out" and in Odell's book Thrice caught. He was in charge of the military police at the time of liberation.
Great Web Site!!!

Hometown: HARTFORD KY 42347
Postal Street Address: HC63 BOX 721C
City, State, Zip: GREEN-UP KY 41144
Sent: 10.05 PM - 3/10 2003


Name: Mary Connors
Hometown: Perrysburg, Ohio
Name of POW: Richard O Bellerive
City, State, Zip: Collyer, Kansas
Sent: 8.54 PM - 3/10 2003

I can never see enough info about what my dad went thru in 14 months as a POW He passed away July 5, 1999, so his stories are gone

Name: Elvio "Al" Rosati
Hometown: Sterling Heights, Michigan 48312
POW Camp: Held Over-Night
Name of POW: Elvio "Al" Rosati
Postal Street Address: 34851 Beaver Drive
City, State, Zip: Sterling Heights, Michigan 48312
Sent: 3.57 PM - 3/10 2003

As terrifying as it was being a prisoner-of-war of the North Koreans, I was lucky because the North Koreans left me there to die. I was badly wounded, but I survived. The worst part of my experience was that the enemy officer ordered and the Sergeant, then, cocked his pistol and stuck the muzzle in my face. How horrifying!

I sometimes think of my first-cousin who was a Russian prisoner-of-war. He was assigned as a non-combatant to a German general although he was in the Italian army. He was like a personal valet -- shoeshine boy. In the Balkans he was captured with the general and taken to a Soviet prisoner camp. About ten years after the war had ended, another Italian prisoner of the Russians escaped. He reported that my cousin was still alive in the Soviet Union. My cousin never returned. His hometown (Ovindoli) in Italy named a street "Via Nicolino Sebastiani" in his memory.

Military men and women do what they are told, and, therefore, they are ordered to kill. This is tragic. What is worst is the behavior of the victorious who abuse the prisoner. All prisoners-of-war are victims simply because they were doing what they were ordered to do under pain of death. How many have suffered -- especially the prisoner of the Japanese and the Nazis during World War Two and the prisoners of the Communists.

When will we humans learn to be human -- yes, human --to each other? Why don't those who are angry and cruel learn to respect God's creation and be of good will -- merciful?

War is Hell at best. Ask my sons. They lost their maternal grandfather (Eugene Lord) on Christmas Day of 1944 at the Bulge. That sure casts an ugly cloud for them over what is meant to be one of the most joyful days of the year.

It seems that we human's are bent on self-destruction.

Name: F/O Stanley H. McFadden
Sent: 10.04 AM - 3/10 2003

Name: sheryl overlin
Sent: 5.08 PM - 3/9 2003

Want to hear from anyone who might of known my dad. His name was Walter Edmund Searles from Albany N.Y. His plane was shot down over the red sea. 2 men lived 2 bodies were found and 2 were never found. My dad was never found. He was a sergeant and was stationed in Sioux Falls South Dakota he married Elsie Preslicka His date of death was March 9 1945.

Name: martha crozier-bailey
Hometown: vernon b.c.
POW Camp: lamsdorf 344-V111B
Name of POW: w/o.a.g.winton
City, State, Zip: jacquet river n.b.cda.
Sent: 5.27 PM - 3/8 2003

Dear Barbara and Mary ; I hope to find a prayer that can express my thanks to you, for this wonderful site, hope to hear from more POW's  God bless.

Name: martha crozier-bailey
Hometown: vernon b.c.
POW Camp: lamsdorf 344-V111B
Name of POW: w/o.a.g.winton
City, State, Zip: jacquet river n.b.cda.
Sent: 5.16 PM - 3/8 2003

dear Barbara AND MARY thank-you for giving me this site to honour
our hero's they gave all for us to be free
the prayer is for the dedication and time you have devoted may you be blessed in all ways martha c-b

Name: w/o a.g.winton
POW Camp: lamsdorf 344 V111 B
Sent: 1.40 PM - 3/8 2003
to honour the above and all pow.s;



Name: Robert J. Vickers
Hometown: Clarence Mo. 63437
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Robert J. Vickers
Postal Street Address: same
Sent: 10.09 PM - 3/5 2003

Thank you so much for all the information you have put on the web. Many questions have been answered. My name has been omitted from all the information I was in compound north 2 . 1st Lt bombardier B-17 thanks again.

Name: Carol Warren
Hometown: Tring, Hertfordshire, UK
Name of POW: Ernest A Goold
Sent: 12.56 PM - 3/5 2003

Name: Brad M. Doll
City, State, Zip: Palmerton Pa.18071
Sent: 10.28 AM - 3/5 2003

My grandmother lost a brother in Belgium, Her pain got me interested in our heros of WWII. That whole generation of people must have been heaven sent. Nobody today could hold a candle to this time period of people. And to have been a POW just takes you one more step higher on the ladder of my gratitude and appreciation. May god bless all of you and give you a special place to dwell. God Bless America! Thank You All!

Name: Kevin F Garcia
POW Camp: Stalag 17 B
Name of POW: William(Bill) Rhodes
Postal Street Address: 767 E. Cornell
City, State, Zip: Fresno, Ca. 93704
Sent: 2.36 AM - 3/4 2003

I am a U.S.History Major at Fresno State doing a Video Documentary about the 8TH Air Force. Mr. Rhodes a veteran of the 306TH Bomb Group was shot down over Belgium May 5, 1943. I am interested about any information you might have about the prison camp that he was in. He is more then willing to help me with my documentary, however he has no pictures of when he was in the service, or of the camp that he was in. For my documentary, I am going to tell the story of his last mission, and would like some more specific information about Mr. Rhodes if possible. Thank you

Name: Jay LeFlore
Hometown: Corona, CA
POW Camp: Strodendorf?
Name of POW: Wallenburg, Gilbert
City, State, Zip: Lakewood, CA
Sent: 11.16 PM - 3/2 2003

My father-in-law, Gilbert Wallenburg (from Iowa) served in the Army, and was captured in North Africa and spent over two years in POW, work camps including one he says was in Strodendorf. I would appreciate any info on this camp, or where I could look for information. Thanks.

Name: Irvan G. O'Hara
Hometown: Bicknell, IN
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 North 1 Block 7 Rm 15
Name of POW: Irvan G. O'Hara
Postal Street Address: 118 Woodside Place
City, State, Zip: Ft. Thomas, KY 41075
Sent: 8.21 PM - 3/2 2003

Just recently came across this wonderful website. Thanks to those responsible. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers me.

Name: Al Bidwell
Hometown: Warsaw
POW Camp: Stalag III A
Name of POW: Ray G. Dorrel
Postal Street Address: RR 5, Box ll85
City, State, Zip: Warsaw, MO 65355
Sent: 5.33 PM - 3/2 2003

I am a friend of Ray's (now deceased) and I have his POW diaries. He has many names mentioned with their home addresses. He was captured at Kassencene, Tunisia, North Africa and spent time in Camp #66 in Capua, Italy, Munich, Germany, Stalag III B and force marched to Stalag III A. I have much information to share with those who need it. Please contact me. Thank you.
Al Bidwell

Name: Michael Flanagan
Hometown: Thomaston,Maine
POW Camp: Barth
Name of POW: Howard P. Sweeny (Moose)
Postal Street Address: 42 Green St
City, State, Zip: Thomaston, Maine 04861
Sent: 5.11 PM - 3/2 2003

My Uncle Howard Sweeny was shot down in a B 17 of the 352 BG on 6 March 1944. He spent the remainder of the war at Barth.
Before he died he told my his whole story of take off to liberation and Lucky Strike.
I am curious if anyone remembers a segment of his story. A British Army Catholic Priest by the name of Charlton made a great impression on him.
The story on the Russian "liberation" was chilling.
God Bless those guys.
Mike Flanagan

Name: martha bailey
Hometown: vernon b.c.
POW Camp: lamsdorf 344/v111 b.
Name of POW: a,g.winton
City, State, Zip: jacquet river,n.b.
Sent: 3.35 PM - 3/2 2003

still looking for information on the death march. where was it when 344 v111b were liberated?
any greatly appreciated;
thank you barbara and mary, my time on your site has been a wonderful gift;

Name: Donald (nmI) Koch
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
POW Camp: Stalag luft I
Name of POW: Donald Koch
Sent: 3.11 PM - 3/2 2003

Don was in North 2 compound, barracks 201,he's not sure of the room but thinks it was 4 or 5. He's looking for Walter "Shorty" Armisted from Atlanta, Ga. they walked out of camp together with two other fellows and went to Rostock where they met up with Canadian paratroopers.

Name: Peter V. Oliver
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I - N. 2 Barracks 1 - Rm. 3
Name of POW: George I. Oliver
Sent: 2.20 PM - 3/2 2003

My father was a bombardier on B-17s and was shot down over Germany and spent years there as a POW. He rarely spoke to me of his experiences in the camp but I imagine they weren't terribly pleasant. One of life's ironies is that one of his favorite t.v. shows was Hogan's Heroes. I imagine that it provided some much-needed relief from his actual memories. As a civilian, he practiced Optometry, had two children, and doted on dogs that would rarely leave his side. Sadly, he passed away in '95 to join his wife (f. Natalie Vannah) who died ten years ealier to the day. I wish them both well on their journeys.

Name: Robert A Foster,Jr
Hometown: Tampa, Fl
POW Camp: Stalag Luft III, Center compound
Name of POW: Capt. Robert A. Foster
Postal Street Address: 200 Blanca Av.
City, State, Zip: Tampa, Fl., 33606
Sent: 8.46 PM - 3/1 2003

My Father was a POW from April 17, 1943 until liberated by Patton in April 45 I believe. I was lucky because my father and I spent many hours talking about his experiences. I believe that a good part of what makes our country great is the American psyche, our ability to find humor in even the most trying of situations. Almost all of the stories he shared with me are humorous. From time to time I'll try to reduce them to writing to share his life and history. Sincerely, Robert Foster, Jr

Name: Shirley Bemiss Thompson
POW Camp: Stalag 9 B
Name of POW: Lee E. Bemiss
Postal Street Address: 12390 Kerr Road
City, State, Zip: North East, Pa. 16428
Sent: 8.31 PM - 3/1 2003

My dad, Lee E. Bemiss of Pa., was a soldier in the 106th Infantry Division, and was in the Battle of the Bulge. He was captured and sent to Bad Orb, to
Stalag 9 B. He suffered very much, had frozen legs, and starved. He was liberated on April 2, 1945, at the age of 36, and sent home to us, nearly dead. He never fully recovered and died in 1979. Dad never talked much about his terrible experience, and we, his family, would like to hear from anyone with knowledge of this camp, and the time the soldiers spent there. We would like to know what he suffered for his country. Thanks for any information at all.

Name: Lowell Watts
Hometown: Timnath, Colorado
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Lowell Watts
Postal Street Address: 13903 W. Whitewood Dr.
City, State, Zip: Sun City West, AZ 85375
Sent: 2.54 PM - 3/1 2003

NO requests. Information for you. POW from 3/6/44 till liberation. Initially in South Compound, later moved to North 2. Shot down 3/6/44 on first Berlin raid

Name: shannon butler wroe
Hometown: muscatine iowa
POW Camp: stalag 17
Name of POW: ralph powers butler
Postal Street Address: po box 117
City, State, Zip: letts ia 52754
Sent: 2.56 AM - 3/1 2003

trying to get info about father was a tailgunner in army captured on 5-2-1945 released on 3-9-1946 he was in stalag 17. his id no. is 11704775 i am the oldest one left in family at 52 I need info for my grandkids i know they would be proud of him but I need to be able to give info. it is also important to me our mother passed at 27.his mother passed now to so no one left to tell us anything he never talked about it. also my grandmother at 49 enlisted to try to get over seas to find him {she got in} of course she didn't get there but she had good intentions. she then ended up at 60 yrs old helping my dad raise us 4 kids at 18 mo. to 9. thank you so much for any help you can offer. shannon wroe[A VERY VERY PROUD DAUGHTER}

Name: Susan Muehlhans-Karides
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
POW Camp: Stalag 1
Name of POW: Erwin F. Muehlhans
Postal Street Address: S67 W18950 Steeplechase Dr
City, State, Zip: Muskego WI 53150
Sent: 10.32 PM - 2/27 2003

Oops! My father was captured on March 1945 not 1944 as I wrote in previous message. Sorry that the first one appeared 3 times (!; it wasn't apparent that the message was sent. Great website...

Name: Nancy E. Muehlhans-Putz
Hometown: Milwaukee
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Erwin F. Muehlhans
Postal Street Address: W305 N3021 Red Oak Court
City, State, Zip: Pewaukee, Wisconsin 53072
Sent: 10.12 PM - 2/27 2003

Dear Anyone,
My father (above) still living was a POW @ Stalag Luft 1. Was shot down I believe on 3/16/45. The name of his plane was "Peter Pain". He was the radio operator off the left wing gunner. I want to surprise him with any info and/or pics that anyone may have. ANYTHING would be greatly appreciated. (Dad refuses to join the "computer world".

Many Thanks,

Nancy E. Muehlhans-Putz

Name: Francis W. Catherine
POW Camp: Stalag Luft IV
Name of POW: John C. Catherine
Postal Street Address: 1839 E. 6th Street
City, State, Zip: Erie, PA 16511
Sent: 10.04 AM - 2/27 2003

My brother John was shot down on a mission to Memmingen Germany on July 18, 1944. He was a radio operator on a B-17 out of Foggia, Italy. He was in the 817 Bomb Squadron, flying with the 840th and the 815th. Fourteen planes were lost that day. His tail gunner was blown out of the plane, and fell without a parachute. John was wounded and suffered burns. He was on the Death March across Poland and Germany and was liberated by the British Forces. John passed away on Feb. 11, 2002, just 13 days shy of his 50th wedding anniversary. I believe all his air crew has passed on at this time. Crew members were: Wallace Boggs, Merle Black, George Owens, James Sanders, Brenton Veteto, Alvin Kidwell, Edward Gudelis, Patrick Dadson (Tail Gunner), Harold Cunningham. Also on board was an Air Observer, Woodrow Altizer. Sgt. Dadson was credited with four kills, and Captain Clark received the Silver Star. John went on to graduate from Penn State, and spent his career as an employees of the State of Pennsylvania. He was active in his church, his veterans associations, and his political party. He and his wife, Josephine Mencer Catherine, lived in Jersey Shore, PA. They raised a family of two boys and three girls. John is greatly missed by his family and his surviving sister, Lucille, and myself, Francis.
To us, John was a real hero, in the service and in civilian life.

Name: leah greenberg
Hometown: santa rosa, CA
POW Camp: Stalag 7A at Moosburg, Germany
Name of POW: Lionel Greenberg
Postal Street Address: 2314 Hooker Oak Ct
City, State, Zip: santa Rosa, CA, 95401
Sent: 1.21 AM - 2/27 2003

my grandpa, lionel greenberg, was in a POW camp. every time he comes to visit us, we always hear about his experiences getting captured, and the poor food he had to eat. i suppose i admire him for having gone through everything that he went through. his plane collided with another plane in the air, he was knocked unconscious, then regained consciousness while free falling. he was captured, then taken to a POW camp.

i just wanna thank u for having this site. the POWs are slowly becoming fewer in our nation today. they should be remembered.

Sent: 12.36 AM - 2/27 2003


Name: Walter E. Currier
Hometown: Louisville Ky.
POW Camp: Stalag Luft l, Barth,Germany
Name of POW: as above
Postal Street Address: 15862 McBeth Rd.
City, State, Zip: Surrey,B.C.,Canada, V4A 5X3
Sent: 11.34 PM - 2/26 2003

I flew with the R.C.A.F.--shot down over Denmark Dec. 8,1942--after a year was transferred with other Americans to Stalag 4B . Would like to hear from any other "kriggies" who were in either of those camps during that time period. Thanks.

Name: Cheryl Peters
Hometown: Tustin, CA
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Edward F. Peters
Postal Street Address: 1782 Nisson Road # 59
City, State, Zip: Tustin, CA 92780
Sent: 11.10 PM - 2/26 2003

I'm overcome with emotions as I visit this site. My dad never talked much about his POW days. It makes me want to learn more. If you knew my dad, please write me. He passed away in 1990 from cancer. He was a great man and I love him so much. I can't imagine what he and all of you went through. My thoughts and prayer are with you all. God bless you.

Name: Laurie Burruss
Hometown: Tucson, AZ
Name of POW: William Thomas Burruss
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Postal Street Address:
1267 Boston St.
City, State, Zip: Altadena CA 91001
Sent: 11.07 PM - 2/26 2003

My father was stationed in England as an Air Force navigator. On his last mission, he and crew members parachuted over Germany and were held in a POW camp for the last six months of the war. I am seeking anyone or any information about this time. My father died when I was 21 and I am now trying to reconstruct this period of his life. Thanks! He was married to Doris Ida Berger and stationed in Biloxi, Mississippi during the Korean War as an instructor for the Air Force. I guess he signed up for the reserve never thinking he would be enlisted so soon again. I was born on an Air Force base in Tucson, in 1952. Thanks.

Name: Donald W. Grensing
Hometown: Davenport Iowa
POW Camp: Oberursel
Postal Street Address: 920 Cimmaron Drive, Davenport Iowa, 52804
Sent: 12.55 PM - 2/26 2003

I was stationed in Oberursel, 1947-1948, with the 970th CIC....At that time we were processing and attempting to find the Nazi's for subsequent trials at Nurenberg...We lived where the guards lived, and where you prisoners were interrogated and kept is where even Axis Sally spent some time. Thank you for the comprehensive and interesting report, I have learned details I didn't know, (50 years or more later) In my barracks room I had an old Germany clothes closet, and on the two inner doors, a listing of over 500 or more names of flyers that were imprisoned at Oberursel before being sent to other detainments. The doors even had the drawings of some of the planes that were shot down and the crew names of those that lived or died. I wish this piece of furniture could have been kept.. What a great memorial it would have made for all of you brave men that endured and suffered, for the freedom we have in the world today.....

Name: Lt.Col Stephen Stepanian
Hometown: providence,r.i.
City, State, Zip: chas,s.c.
Sent: 11.09 AM - 2/26 2003

i am trying to locate a caterpillar pin which i never received after i bailed out over Kaufburen, Germany in sept. 1945. can you help?

Name: Ray Twardzik
POW Camp: stalags 4b, 3a, 3b
Name of POW: Raymond Twardzik
Sent: 10.50 AM - 2/26 2003

your web page clarifies the rumors of af camps. the only thing you left out was the swimming pool that you kriegies had. we have a great expow chapter here in bradenton fl, i was a NSO for a few years and helped a lots of the guys in my chapter get 100% assume you have it, if you don't suggest you go after it. your web site was given to me by nadine sloan who i think lives in your area.

Name: Joy Descoteaux
Sent: 2.45 AM - 2/26 2003

You have a wonderful web site! Lester Russell, whose cartoon is on your site, is a dear friend of mine. He just emailed me to tell me about it and sounded very pleased. I know him as Russ, not Lester, by the way. He had told me about creating the cartoons while a POW so I was delighted to finally get to see one. He also told me he has more of the cartoons in his possession. Perhaps he could be persuaded to have more of them on your site?

Russ is a wonderful artist who has worked in watercolor, oils and lately pastels.


Name: CDR Bill Combs
Hometown: Dayton, OH
Sent: 3.23 PM - 2/25 2003

Truly outstanding site! Very informative. Had an uncle who was a POW after being captured near St. Lo, France, but could never get him to discuss any aspect of this time in captivity. Again, thoroughly enjoyed visiting the site!

Name: Alison
Hometown: cooperstown, ny
POW Camp: Stalag Luft III - North compound
Name of POW: Lt Douglas D. Reid
Postal Street Address: po box 189
City, State, Zip: fly creek, Ny 13337
Sent: 9.05 AM - 2/25 2003

Very nice site. Lt. Reid was my father 389th bg, 566th squadron Fortunately , I have been able to research his story and have had the opportunity to speak to some of his former crewmates. I encourage anyone who is interested in WWII research to not delay as I did.

Name: Linda Ragan Rosenbaum
Hometown: Vinita, Oklahoma (POW's)
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I, South Barrack 3, Room 4
Name of POW: Everett Boyd Ragan
City, State, Zip: Tulsa, OK (POW's)
Sent: 1.25 AM - 2/24 2003

My sister Debra, left a previous message, I believe on 2-21 or 2-22-03, under Debra Ragan. We have waited almost too long to talk with our Dad about his experiences as his memory is not what it used to be. The family is very happy to have discovered this site as we were able to pick our Father out of the photo provided. We know the Grandchildren will really appreciate all this information, especially the photo.

Name: Joseph W. Spadoni
Hometown: Rochester, NY
POW Camp: Stalag Luft IV
Name of POW: Raymond H. Keller
Postal Street Address: 34 Old County Rd.
City, State, Zip: Scarborough, ME, 04074
Sent: 11.16 AM - 2/23 2003

My Grandfather, Raymond H. Keller, was a POW at Stalag Luft IV from September 1944 until May 1945. Shotdown on his 17th mission in a B-24. Any information about the camp or my Grandfather is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Name: Sam Jepsen III
Hometown: Air Force Brat
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Sam Jepsen Jr.
Postal Street Address: 12000n Sawmill Rd. Suite 503
City, State, Zip: The Woodlands, TX 77380
Sent: 12.18 AM - 2/23 2003

My father spent the last few months of the war in Stalag Luft 1. Shot down in March of '45 on his 24th mission over Holland. He was radio gunner in the 558th Bomb Squadron. I came across his Stalag Luft 1 "dog tag" and decided to plug "Stalag Luft 1" into a search engine and found your site. Best wishes, Sam

Name: Dave Pawlikowski
Hometown: Palmer, Mass, USA
Sent: 5.08 PM - 2/22 2003

The man who shot down your B-17, JG26's Adolf Glunz, passed away on August 1st, 2002. He was afflicted with Alzheimer's since 1986, and was also battleing Parkinson's.

"Addi" Glunz flew a total of 574 missions, including 238 with enemy contact, in achieving 71 victories. His total includes 19 four-engined bombers.

May all of the worlds fighting men rest in peace.

Name: Donald L. Thomas
POW Camp: Unknown
Name of POW: Murrell Edward Thomas
Postal Street Address: ArkCity Ks. 67005
City, State, Zip: Concordia Ks. 66901
Sent: 6.21 PM - 2/21 2003

Name: Vic Walzel
Sent: 3.58 PM - 2/21 2003

I found this site through another website and was very glad to know the story of Red Morgan. Twelve O'Clock High is a favorite of mine and I didn't know the story said to be the basis for it. It was interesting to me that my brother was shot down on his 25th mission on 6 March 1944 on that same Berlin raid that claimed Morgan's plane. Unfortunately, he was KIA along with seven crewmates. There were three who became POWs. I am eternally grateful for the men and women who gave so much to the cause of freedom. They deserve our highest praise for their willingness to do whatever was necessary, even to the point of making the supreme sacrifice.

Name: Debra Ragan
Hometown: Tulsa, Ok.
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 South Barrack 3 Room 4
Name of POW: Everett B. Ragan
Postal Street Address: P.O. Box 691780
City, State, Zip: Tulsa, Ok. 74169
Sent: 1.54 PM - 2/21 2003

My father is 87 years old. He was a co-pilot for B17 and was shot down over Lexingburg. He did tell the story to my nephew about the time he spent in prison camp. I will try to get some information. I did hear that there might be a reunion of vets in the spring in maybe Georgia. Do you know anything about it?

OH, my father has 4 daughters and about 8 grandchildren. He married in 1945. His wife died in October of 2001. I moved in with him to take care of him. He has multiple myloma (a blood cancer that eats away the bones). He is taking monthly treatments and is in remission. He also has macular degeneration and is nearly blind. I take him to the Adult Day Services during the day while I work.

How do I go about finding out what squad he was in or type of B17 he flew. I know there are about 4 different kinds.

I did find on the web how to order medals and his discharge papers, although I am having a hard time printing out the 3 page request for military records. I can only get the instruction page.

Name: John L. Pickard
Hometown: Fenton,Mo.
POW Camp: Battle of Bulge POW
Name of POW: John Pickard
Sent: 2.31 AM - 2/21 2003

This is my father. He was captured in the Battle of the Bulge and spent 6 months in German POW camp

Name: Ian Stockwell
POW Camp: stalag 7a
Name of POW: Herbert Victor Stockwell
City, State, Zip: london
Sent: 6.06 AM - 2/20 2003

my grandad was in the royal army enginear core
he spent rest of war in stalag 7a he was cought with some others fixing a tank like some help if anyone knows him?as he never spoke about the war
or can some help me to tell all about the camp
as i.ll like to fill in the gap
was it a bad or hell camp
thank u all
good bless

Name: luis sison
Hometown: scarborough
POW Camp: Bataan-Corrigedor
Name of POW: Bienvenido Sison
Sent: 2.52 PM - 2/19 2003

Website is great. Very beneficial for those who suffered for the sake of freedom

Name: Helen E. Haffner
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I -West Compound
Name of POW: F/O Conrad H. Torget RCAF J26005
Postal Street Address: Rte 1 Box 1460
City, State, Zip: Bandon, Oregon 97411
Sent: 10.39 PM - 2/18 2003

I am searching for a kriegie named Conrad H. Torget, RCAF J26005(CANADA) who was a good friend of my husband,1st Lt.James D. Haffner,kriegie 4198,401st BG 615 BS,Bombardier on "Omar the Dentmaker"B-17. Mr.Torget was in the West Compound of Stalag Luft I. I would very much appreciate hearing from anyone who knew or remembers him. Thank you!

Name: William F. Fleming
Hometown: 1-972-414-1349
POW Camp: Compound N @ Stalag Luft I BK 11 Rm 12
Name of POW: Robert B. Fleming
Postal Street Address: 2214 Villawood Lane
City, State, Zip: Garland, TX 75040
Sent: 9.06 PM - 2/18 2003

My Father R.B. Fleming, Lt USAF was shot down and taken here. He stayed for 13 months and was later flown out. When Liberated they wanted to march them across France, but the CO said NO, that they had had enough. They were to bomb a 109 Factory - can some support his story or add to it? I would like to talk to you.

Name: james
POW Camp: stalag luft iv
Name of POW: james r. kirk
Postal Street Address: 211 five oaks
City, State, Zip: san antonio, tx 78209
Sent: 2.42 PM - 2/18 2003


Name: Bobbie Harman
Hometown: Elgood, WV
POW Camp: Interrogated stalag2b-sent to farm
Name of POW: Ray B. Cheatwood, Jr
Postal Street Address: Rt1., Box 181 s
City, State, Zip: Bluefield, WV 24701
Sent: 6.09 PM - 2/17 2003

My dad was a POW. He belonged to the Army Infantry 141st regiment, Company G, 36th Division. He was captured on March 3, 1944 crossing the Rapido River in Italy. After being interrogated at Stalag 2B he was taken to work on a farm. The POWS were housed in a barn. He was a POW for 463 days. He was liberated by the 7th Armored Division. If you are aware of anyone who served with my father, please email me. Thank-you.

Name: Shirley Bemiss Thompson
POW Camp: Stalag 9 B
Name of POW: Lee E. Bemiss
Sent: 11.57 PM - 2/16 2003

My dad, Lee Bemiss was a soldier in the 106th Infantry Division, and was a prisoner of war during WWII in Stalag 9 B in Germany. I would like any information from anyone with knowledge of the events during that time. Dad is gone now, and his family would like to know what he went through for his country. Thanks for any info.

Name: Edwin W. Hays
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 6, 4 and 1
Postal Street Address: W.143 Ridgewood Ave
City, State, Zip: Paramus, N.J. 07652
Sent: 3.39 PM - 2/14 2003

In addition to my lst message. I was in North One, Barracks 13, Room 7. Am current Commander, Chapter One, American Ex-POW's, Lyons, New Jersey where at least 40 ex-pow's and about ten wives meet each Tuesday. Our main purpose in meeting together is to gain the benefits for other ex-pow's that we locate and bring into our chapter. We are mighty successful.

Name: Edwin W. Hays
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Postal Street Address: W.143 Ridgewood Avenue
City, State, Zip: Paramus, N.J. 07652
Sent: 3.19 PM - 2/14 2003

Here from Jan. 1945 to May 1945. Was also in Stalag Luft 6 from March 1944 to July 1944. Then Stalag Luft 4 - July 44 to Jan 1945

Name: Jeff Dunn
Hometown: Hanover NH
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Robert W. Dunn
Sent: 9.36 AM - 2/14 2003

Thanks for the effort of putting all this together. Its great to learn a bit more about what my father went through.

Name: Robert J. Vickers
Hometown: clarence
POW Camp: stalag luft 1
Name of POW: Robert J Vickers
Postal Street Address: 561shelby 400
City, State, Zip: clarence mo. 63437
Sent: 11.00 PM - 2/13 2003

Thanks for putting all of this information on the web. I enjoyed it very much. I was in north compound
I think barricks 2 room 2. The name on the door was
Les Meresables.

Name: James N. Brink
Hometown: Kansas City Kansas
Name of POW: Steve Turner and Russ Spicer
Postal Street Address: 509 Huske St.
City, State, Zip: Fayetteville, NC 28305
Sent: 4.08 PM - 2/13 2003

You have a great site, I found it looking for Russ Spicer with google.

Name: Robert Redtfeldt II
Hometown: Nampa
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 N3 Bar. 305 Rm. 3
Name of POW: Gordon Redtfeldt
Postal Street Address: 3825 Whistler Lane
City, State, Zip: Nampa Id 83687
Sent: 2.30 PM - 2/13 2003

Please Help Me Locate Gordon Redtfeldt(or next of kin) of Stalag Luft 1. I would like to speak to anyone with information about him. I beleive him to be my uncle. I am named after my grandfather Robert Redtfeldt his possible brother. Family originally from Neb area.

Name: danny tucker
Hometown: madison, illinois
POW Camp: stalag luft 1
Name of POW: Charles Robert Mcmahan
Postal Street Address: 3271 tiger st.
City, State, Zip: dade city, illinois
Sent: 9.05 AM - 2/13 2003

my great uncle charles r. mcmahan passed away september, 4, 2002. when i was a boy he use to tell me about flying. he talked about the men in the pow camp, growing seeds under the floor.He was never with drawn from family and friends love to tell jokes. when i volunteered to go to vietnam he sat down and talked to me about war and what to expect. I have a newspaper clip of him with his photo. on it and he talks about being shot down and float in the ocean for hours. while his buddies flew over him until he was rescued by a ship. after being checked out he talks about the steak dinner he had. then there is a copy of the letter he sent home telling everyone he was ok. he was shot down later and sent to Stalag luft 1. I wish everyone could have know him he had a great love of life and shared it with everyone he knew.

Name: David Shaver
Name of POW: Haskel Shaver
Postal Street Address: 1412 Orleans Ct.
City, State, Zip: Grayson, GA 30017
Sent: 10.48 PM - 2/12 2003

My Dad, Haskel Shaver, flew with Sam Webster on the Dixie Flyer and was with him when shot down over Ameland. He survived and swapped Christmas cards every year with Sam until the last year or two. He is still alive and healthy but has parkinson's disease and has been in a nursing facility since June 2001. My Mom is also still living. My Dad could tell many unbelievable stories about the war and about being a prisoner, nearly freezing and starving while held by the Germans. Although he had many stories, they had to be pried from him as he just didn't like to revisit those difficult times.

Name: Robert W. Lightwine
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa
POW Camp: Stalag Luft #1
Name of POW: Lt John W. Lightwine
Postal Street Address: 2419 E. Letterly St.
City, State, Zip: Philadelphia, Pa. 19125-3007
Sent: 5.15 PM - 2/12 2003

John, "Buddy", was born in Mart, Tx in 1920. He graduated from high school in Fort Worth, where he met and later married the lovely Barbara Jean, who was the greatest treasure any son ever brought to his family. From the first time he ever saw an areoplane, his eyes were always pointed upward to the sky, and he knew somehow that someday he would be a pilot. Whenever he could, he turned up at Randolph Field, "The West Point of the Air" near San Antonio. The last week of November, 1941, he joined us at the bedside of our sister, Bernadine, who had just delivered her second daughter. He was there to announce that he had signed up for the U.S. Army, in hopes of making it into the Army Air Corps. Pearl Harbor Day was less than two weeks away. John wound up in Charleston, on the Atlantic coast, where he served aboard reconnaissance planes searching for enemy U Boats. During one flight, the plane he on had to maneuver in such a drastic way that it caused his stomach to linger aloft long after the rest of him had joined the plane in its dive. He was sent to the base hospital, where the medics told him that his stomach had been turned upside down. For the next 15 days, he was forced to eat 15 dozen eggs, something he considered more abominable than abdominal, but it did serve him well during the long nine months that he served as a "Kriegie" in Stalag Luft #1 on the Baltic, far from this sight of an egg or any of the other taken for granted family faire that appeared on the daily table at home. The Air Corps needed pilots and needed them fast, so John was put through the rapid and rigorous flight courses at the South East Training Command at Dothan, Alabama. He received his wings with our parents and sister Bernadine in attendance. After getting his wings, John was sent to Ainsworth, Neb to train as a P47 Thunderbolt pursuit and bombing pilot. During one week he was sent down to El Paso to practice bombing in the desert. One morning as he was starting to take off, the plane caught fire, and he barely managed to escape, before the plane was destroyed. Since he didn't have a plane to practice with, he was given leave to go home to Fort Worth. That afternoon, I was sitting in the living room, enjoying my after school apple, when John came sailing through the front door with a special smile on his face. Before I could pose a question, he told me that was getting married that weekend. Of course, he was going to marry his one and only love, Barbara Jean. I was the first person that he had told and next he would have to rush over and tell Barbara and her mother. Our parents had not come home from shopping and would have to be told later, if I could it from them until he returned from Barbara's. Well, needless to say, Barbara and her mother approved, and our parents approved in turn. The next evening, I stood next to my brother as his Best Man in the Methodist Chapel, where the vows were said. Barbara followed her bride groom to Nebraska and later to New York. From there he was sent to an estate near Dover to prepare for the D-Day invasion. Shortly after D-Day, just nine months before the end of the war in Europe, enemy fire struck and crippled his plane, forcing him to attempt a bail-out. On his first attempt, he got caught up with the plane and had to climb back in and try to gain some altitude before going out again. The second try worked and he landed in a field near Eperany, north of Paris. He fell to earth and passed out not knowing which way to go for rescue. When he woke up, he found himself looking up the muzzle of a German Lugar that was pressing against his nose. He later said that at that moment, he was the most peace loving man in the world. After being turned over to the Luftwaffe, he was taken by train into Germany along with an RAF pilot and a Free French pilot. I one major German city train station the three Allied pilots de guerre were chained together to a girder, while their guards went off in search of coffee. The locals eased up to the enchained trio trying to figure out what they had to do with the war. The RAF and American airman wore colorless togs, but the Frenchman was tricked out fit to kill, and my brother and the English laddie were sure that that was what was in store for all three of them. The people of the German cities had no love for the Allied flyers who pounded them relentlessly day and night. But before anything bloody could happen, the guards returned and put the three on a train headed northeast toward Pomerania and Stalag Luft No.1. While this was happening, a telegram arrived from the War Department in Washington, announcing that John was missing in action. A few weeks later, we received a note from the War Department with a translation of a message sent from Germany by short wave. It had a transcript of a message my brother was able to broadcast on a German program run by a woman named "Sylvia"- a German version version of "Tokyo Rose". He said he was being held by the Luftwaffe and was safe and receiving good care or words to the same effect. Within a few days, we began receiving messages from ham operators all over the eastern part of the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean, relaying exact copies of my brother's broadcast. I do not know much of what went on at Stalag Luft No.1, since my brother did not want to talk about it. He agreed to speak once, and that was at a big party he allowed us to give for him at my sister's home in San Antonio, right after he came home and released at Fort Sam Houston. He told about one of the prisoners who went around daily counting the barbs in the barbed wire fence that surrounded the camp. He would mark off what he had covered that day and then return to his room and add the count to his tally. John also told of the guards leaving one by one as the Russians approached. In the end, the prisoners ran their own camp until their own forces came to take them home. It did not go so well for the American airmen, who could have been liberated by truck or Jeep. They were held prisoner by their own Air Corps general, Stuart Symington, who vowed to fly them out. He was playing for time until the press could arrive and cover him liberating the brave American airmen. When he was finally freed, John made it back to his outfit and for a month was able to bum flights around Europe. This was the last time he saw Paris, because he vowed never to return to Europe again, and he didn't. While he was with his old outfit, he was given prints of the films he had taken with his P47 gun cameras, showing him bombing and strafing trains and troop movements along roads in northern France. The were in dozens of strips running from 3 to fifteen feet in length. He brought them back with him, and it was decided that they should be shown at the big party at our sister's house. So the afternoon before the party found my brother and me on our knees splicing together the miles of 16mm film that was strung out all over Bernadine's living room floor. It was a hit for everyone but our father. He was a railroad man and a horse lover and trembled terribly every time he saw a train or a horse get hit.
What kept us going during my brother's long imprisonment was the "kriegsehavenpost" brief mail that was sent back and forth periodically. We had to be so careful of what we said and still be able to bring him as much news of the family as we could. The ones Barbara received from him were copied and passed around and read until they fell apart. The most important item was the 11 pound package that we were able to send once every six weeks. They were to go through the International Red Cross in Switzerland. Each item was chosen cautiously. Nothing in tin could be sent. It would have to be opened right away and the container surrendered to the guards to avoid having it being used by the prisoners as a weapon or instrument. A package of "Thunderbolt" pop corn was discarded, since my brother's plane was a Thunderbolt and the Germans might think that it was some sort of a message or a put down.
My brother died a few years ago in his 80s. He suffered long months from cancer of the lungs and the chemo therapy that went with it. His ashes were floated down the Rio Grande from high in the mountains of his beloved New Mexico. They have joined with those of his beloved Barbara Jean that were freed into the stream some years earlier, and my heart is forever enchanted by the memory of them both.
If any of you were with my brother at Barth or had a dear one who was there, I would be delighted to hear from you. I am very grateful for this wonderful site and know that it would have pleased my brother very much.


Name: Christie Shaver
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Name of POW: Haskel Shaver
Sent: 9.52 AM - 2/12 2003

Hi. I want to thank you for the information on your website. My grandfather is Haskel Shaver - he was the engineer and waist gunner I believe on this mission. I have the same photo of the group in my parents home. My grandfather has never been able to talk very openly about everything that happened to him. I have such great respect for these men and I want to thank you for helping me understand a little more about what happened to him then. I am 24 and I have several friends in the armed forces now. Their current situation has made me think even more about what it must have been like for my Grandfather.
God bless,
Christie Shaver

Name: Joyce Stull Higgins
Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Edward W. Stull, Lt.
Sent: 11.00 PM - 2/11 2003

According to the alphabetical listing of POW's my father was in North 1. I was given the book A WARTIME LOG by Art and Lee Beltrone which has alot of info about POW camps including Stalag Luft 1. While alive, my father would not talk much about his experience there. I found much more in this book.

Name: Fred Gonzales
POW Camp: Stalag Luft One
Name of POW: Modesto A. Gonzales
Postal Street Address: 410 Wanda Drive
City, State, Zip: Nashville, TN 37214
Sent: 7.58 PM - 2/11 2003

My Dad was a bombardier, shot down over the Bay of Biscay, all crew survived, were captured, split up in different camps for the remainder of the war.
He died in 1981.

Name: Lt Jesse F. Moses
Hometown: Burley, Idaho
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1, Compound N. 3
Name of POW: Lt. Jesse F. Moses
Postal Street Address: 1919 Bennett Ave.
City, State, Zip: Burley, ID 83318
Sent: 6.54 PM - 2/11 2003

Hello to fellow POWS. I would like to hear from you. Hope you are all well. Jesse

Name: martha bailey
Hometown: vernon
POW Camp: stalag 8b camp 344 lamsdorf
Name of POW: a.g.winton
City, State, Zip: jacquet river river n.b.
Sent: 3.10 PM - 2/11 2003

anyone have history or stories i would dearly love to hear from you (i shalL remmber you till the end of TIME VERY INTERESTED IN 344 CAMP

Name: William Dean Jones
Hometown: ManchesterIa 52057
Name of POW: Charles Wright/ Robert LeClere (2)
Sent: 12.50 PM - 2/11 2003

Who and where can I write to apply or receive information on benefits for POW Widows.

I have two widows in this area, one has written and advised she is not eligible, a deterrent to search further.
Wright was taken in N. Africa--Never applied for disability
LeClere was shot down--received disability

I will send the wives any advice you can pass to me

Name: Al Harman
Hometown: McKeesport, PA
POW Camp: Luft Stalag IV
Name of POW: David M. Harman
Postal Street Address: PO Box 250308
City, State, Zip: San Francisco, CA 94125
Sent: 10.16 AM - 2/11 2003

What a wonderful page. My Father was a member of the 8th Air Force 351st Bomb Group in Polebrook, England. He was shot down on June 21st, 1944. My Princess was his B-17...

Thanks for your page! I really enjoyed it!


Name: Ken FitzGerald
Hometown: Dublin Ireland
Name of POW: John O' Gorman
Postal Street Address: 90 seskin view road. Dublin 24. Ireland
Sent: 8.32 AM - 2/11 2003

My Grandfather (John'O Gorman) was captured at the Battle of Crete in 1941 and spent 4 years in various camps in Germany. If anyone ever met him or knew him can they please contact me at


Name: Michael R. Walsh
Hometown: Huntington Station,NY
Name of POW: Michael R. Walsh
Sent: 9.00 PM - 2/10 2003

Today,2-10-03 The headline of the NY Post tells how the French have short memories when it comes to our military saving them during WWII and not supporting the USA against Iraq. My Uncle Lt. Michael Walsh was shot down and KILLED defending France. I typed his name into the inter-net and was pleased to see this web site and his photograph. God Bless our military men and women and God Bless America.

Name: Denise Howland
Hometown: Kansas City, MO
POW Camp: unknown
Name of POW: Warren G. Strahm
Postal Street Address: 1005 E. Jean St
City, State, Zip: Tampa, FL 33604
Sent: 7.50 PM - 2/10 2003

My father spent 13 months in a German POW camp. He also was forced on the death march. He never spoke of these times. I am interested in learning about this time in his life. I know he flew on a bomber, which was shot down. He was a Master Sargent. Thank you for sharing any information with me.


Name: Dennis McGuinn
Hometown: Charleston, SC
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Thomas P. McGuinn
Postal Street Address: 9 Allgood Road
City, State, Zip: Charleston, SC 29407
Sent: 11.47 AM - 2/10 2003

My dad was Lt. Thomas P. McGuinn. He was a navigator on Cabin in the Sky. He was a POW in the North 1 Compound, Barrack 11, Room 12. If anyone has any stories or memories to share, particularly about my dad, I would appreciate it if you would pass them along.

Name: Robert J Vickers
Hometown: Clarence, MO 63437
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Robert J Vickers
Postal Street Address: 561 Shelby 400
City, State, Zip: Clarence, MO 63437
Sent: 4.51 PM - 2/9 2003

I was in North 2 Compound, Barrick 2, Room 6.
This is a very informative and accurate site. Thank you for putting this on the internet.

Name: Tim Windham
Hometown: Marietta, GA
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Wilbur Roland Jernigan
Postal Street Address: P.O.Box 220
City, State, Zip: New Brockton, AL 36351
Sent: 1.55 PM - 2/9 2003

Any information about acquaintances or crew members of my Father-in-Law, Roland Jernigan, would be appreciated. His unit was 15th Air Force, 99th Bombardment Group, 347th Squadron flying out of Foggia, Italy (Tortorella Field) in November 1944. Aircraft was shot down November 7, 1944 over Maribor, Yugoslavia. Thanks.

Name: Augustine Fernandez
Hometown: Miami
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Augustine Fernandez
Postal Street Address: 5820 S.W. 99 Terrace
City, State, Zip: Pinecrest, FL 33156
Sent: 11.48 AM - 2/9 2003

I would like to contact my co-pilot, Mike Keesee. I believe he lives in California. Anyone know how I might locate him? I would also like to contact Harold Mulford and Dudley Haddock, roommates in South barracks 1.

Name: Max
Hometown: Pana
Name of POW: Louis Carter
Postal Street Address: 1015 E Sixth
City, State, Zip: Pana, IL 62557
Sent: 8.20 PM - 2/8 2003

I am looking for information on my Uncle, Louis Carter. He was a P O W in World War2. He was living in Southern Alabama at the time. Around the Samson and Opp towns. I have no information other than this. He died in 1988. He had a brother Huey who was also a P O W. I would appreciate any one having any information to e-mail. Thank you so much.

Name: C. Melvin Dove, Jr
Hometown: Fort Worth, Tx
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Sgt. Charles M. Dove
Postal Street Address: 9724 Lancelot Circle
City, State, Zip: Fort Worth, Tx 76140
Sent: 2.58 PM - 2/8 2003

I don't have much information about my fathers life at this POW camp. I found a couple of note books he wrote in while he was there Sept 1944 till they were liberated in April or May of 1945. POW no. 3884 H.S.N. 35226700 Any info would help.
Listed in his notes are the names of his crew,
they are as follows.

Pilot P.M. Bruland P.O.W
Co-Pilot P. Belitse P.O.W.
Navigator N.J. Cuddy P.O.W
Bombadier Antilla wasn't flying
Engineer Gray P.O.W
Radio Operator Bowman P.O.W
Waist Gunner Sullivan K.I.A.
Waist Gunner Hauffman K.I.A.
Nose Gunner Flock P.O.W.
Tail Gunner C.M. Dove P.O.W.

This is how it is listed in his note book.
This book also states he was shot down Sept 1, 1944 and captured Sept 29, 1944.

Thank You,
Mel Dove

Name: rich
Hometown: highlandtown
POW Camp: 2 b
Name of POW: Donald R Talbott
Sent: 12.16 PM - 2/8 2003

i was trying to find more info on my grandfathers camp
i found one of the guys that was with him in camp.he is now 89 years old.and does pretty well with remembering but i need more grandfather kept a journial with him .but i cant find these places he was talking about on any maps of germany. he left alot of names of differnt guys in his journal.

Name: Kathleen Arnold
POW Camp: Stalag Luft III
Name of POW: Col. Walter "Pop" Arnold
Sent: 12.54 AM - 2/8 2003

My father was a POW at this camp from Dec. 3,1944 until evac orders came on Jan. 27, 1945 to Nurnberg. In April,he led 1,875 prisoners on a 100 mile march from Nurnberg to Moosburg, arriving Moosburg Apr. 15, 1945. Did anyone know my Dad at any of these camps?

Name: Vernon Christensen
Hometown: Plentywood
POW Camp: Stalag 4
Name of POW: Vernon
Postal Street Address: 610 William Ave
City, State, Zip: Plentywood, MT 59254
Sent: 12.10 PM - 2/7 2003

Name: maurice rockett
Postal Street Address: 3 eden road
City, State, Zip: wayland ma 01778
Sent: 10.31 AM - 2/7 2003

Sorry, I was not a POW, but I did enjoy your story. I flew as a bombardier with the 95th Group, 13th Wing, 3rd Division from 12/43 to 04/04. Question: Yesterday, I spoke to a member of the 94th Group. His job, so he says, was to fly over impending targets, pick up their antiaircraft radar settings, and when we flew in we had a device to jam their settings. Therefore, we could avoid their fire. This was all news to me, but he stuck to his story. I was only tracked once, so it could have been radar. For most of my other targets, there was a barrage in front of us we had to fly through. This did not call for any ground, radar settings. We could often see German spotter planes in the distance probably calling down to battery commanders our altitude. They knew our direction and where we were headed.

With the near absence of fighters when you flew, AA was the main peril. You lost plenty of aircraft due to AA fire. So, I do not understand what this person spoke to. Finally, are you aware of any internal device in you group, or squadron, to deter AA accuracy? By the way, throwing out chaff was definitely a waste of time.

Cheers and cheerio from a happy, surviving air-warrior.

Name: W. Odell Myers
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Dwight C. Hartle
Sent: 9.02 PM - 2/6 2003

I would appreciate information on the descendants of Dwight C. Hartle, a fellow POW at Stalag Luft 1, South Compound, Block 2, Room 7. Dwight died several years ago and was survived by his wife, Butch, and daughter, Sandra. At time of death, he was veterinary with a practice in or near Pleasanton, California.

Name: Twinkle Martin
Name of POW: Harold Fulghum
Sent: 7.24 PM - 2/6 2003

I used to fly with Harold and his wife and have learned a lot about being a prisoner and have a book called the last 50 with his picture in it. he flew a b-17 303rd and was captured from 11/23/42-8/14/44 his nickname was "dad" i love history since my dad was in WW I

Name: Patrick Holmes
Hometown: Leeds
POW Camp: Stalag xxb
Name of POW: Private William Holmes
Sent: 4.23 PM - 2/6 2003

my father was captured at ST Valery near dunkirk with the seaforth highlanders. i posess some photo's and documents and would be happy to share them with anyone interested for the same oppertunity in return. i have like many a few stories passed down about stalag xxb, how accurate they are will be subject to my memory as my father died in 1995.

Name: a.g.WINTON
Hometown: vernon b.c
POW Camp: 344 stlag v111 blamsdorf
City, State, Zip: b.c. canada
Sent: 1.05 AM - 2/6 2003

each day !!!
my prayers go out to you who are left;

Name: Jaime Kamarainen (Manalo) 26 yrs. old
Hometown: Monroe, WA
POW Camp: Stalag Luft IV - Hunger March
Name of POW: Edwin Kamarainen (My Grandpa)
Postal Street Address: 17685 Hamburg St SE
City, State, Zip: Monroe, WA 98272
Sent: 2.02 PM - 2/5 2003

Hi! Just wanted to comment on the great thing you have going here. My grandpa has said nothing but nice things about you. I try to support him with going to events, the V.F.W. and meeting others from his squadron. Sometimes, it makes me so sad to see what all these men were brought together by. I don't have an idea of what they went through. They could explain and everyone can tell stories, but we truly don't know what these people experienced. I wish these veterans were given more credit, but, I'm not even sure that we can give them enough credit, even if we tried to. They are all a blessing and have made it so me and my family can live our normal lives. I am honored as a family member to know my grandpa and his patriotic efforts. I hope you don't mind but I copied the pictures of my grandpa and grandma on this website and saved them to my pictures. If you do have a problem, let me know.

Thanks again!

Name: Martha G Dixon
Hometown: blairsville, ga 30512
POW Camp: unknown, - in germany
Name of POW: John Marcus Griner
Postal Street Address: Route 1
City, State, Zip: Blackshear, Ga 31516
Sent: 1.41 PM - 2/5 2003

John Marcus Griner enlisted from Charleston, SC. All five of the Griner Sons were in the military during the war, one was kia. I would like to apply for a pow medal, & to have documentation of his time as a pow.
thank you

Name: Sherwin G. Desens
Hometown: Union Hill,IL
POW Camp: Stalag luft I
Name of POW: Sherwin G. Desens
Postal Street Address: 7874 S. Acoma Court
City, State, Zip: Larkspur,CO 80ll8
Sent: 10.12 AM - 2/5 2003

I lived in North 2 Barracks 7 Room 2
Roommates Fred Nelander,John Fisher, Will Burke
Gerald W. Johnson,Dr. Derrick Taverner British Army
Brain Surgeon.Wm Hendrickson,Norris Hartwell,Bill Bowman, Magee, Gabreski for a short time, Fred Bronson,

chaplain name unknown

Name: Katie Polhamus
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
POW Camp: Moosburg
Name of POW: George Korb
Postal Street Address: 9779 Deltom Court
City, State, Zip: Baltimore, MD 21234
Sent: 10.03 PM - 2/4 2003

My grandfather was a POW for about 8 months in Germany. He has recently been able to talk more and more about his experiences in camp. Recently he showed me his personal journal. Being 21 I could never imagine the horrific experinces he had to live through. Reading some of the storying within the site gave me an even more realistic idea of what these young men went through.

Name: michele callahan wolfson
Hometown: south wellfleet, MA
POW Camp: Heydekrug, Keifheide, Barth
Name of POW: William A. Callahan
Postal Street Address: p.o. box 536 or 130 Lts. Island Rd.
City, State, Zip: south wellfleet, MA 02663
Sent: 10.00 PM - 2/4 2003

My father, William A. Callahan, was a tail gunner on a B-17 and shot down March 9, 1944 in Magdeburg, Germany. Also shot down were his navigator, Charles F. Mason from New Jersey and Clifford Fesher or Tesher, the bombardier, from Arizona. According to my father, they were on their 25 th mission, and the plane was hit, the order was given to bail out, and he, the navigator, and bombardier did and were taken prisoner. The plane made it back to England. Their pilot was James W. Lamb of Minnesota. He was first at Dulag Luft for 15 days in solitary before being sent to a transit camp in Frankfurt, and then to Heydekrug. From there he was moved on a coal boat to a port, Schweinmonde (?) and then to Keifheide until final movement to Barth and liberation. He entertained the Russians at Barth and shook the hands of General Aristoff, Maj. Gen. Sakovich, and Gen. Borisoff. In April 45, when I imagine he must have been in either Keifheide or Barth since he was liberated in May 1945, he recorded on his laundry list -- North 3, Block 4, Row 12. I don't know which group he was with. I wrote to the military records place in St. Louis, but they informed me his records were destroyed in the fire. I have his record of his capture and movement to different camps until liberation, some funny songs he wrote, and the names and addresses of many of his fellow POWS. He died at 55 yrs old, and like so many POWS, did not talk about his time there. He used to say "I'm living on borrowed time so I don't worry about anything." I am trying to piece together as much of his story as I can and would appreciate any information anyone has about him or the camps. Thank you.

Name: Cynthia Hill
Hometown: Millwood, VA
POW Camp: Stalag 1
Name of POW: Homer Wells
Postal Street Address: PO Box 23
City, State, Zip: Millwood, VA 22646
Sent: 10.38 PM - 2/3 2003

Dear Mary and Barbara,
What a wonderful website you have created. My sister and I also are keenly interested in preserving the stories of our father, but are just beginning our journey. Our father, then Lt. Homer Wells, now retired AF Col. HB Wells, was shot down in his B-17 "Jennie" on New Years Eve 1943 over the Bay of Biscay. He was rescued by French fishermen and landed at the French port of Concarneau, whereupon he and his crew were promply apprehended by the Germans and taken to Stalag 1. My father is still alive and lucid so we have a window of opportunity to preserve his memories. Thank you for this website and the encouragement it has given us to this end.
Best Regards,
Cynthia Hill & Karen Yates

Name: jack mulcahy
Postal Street Address: 14 lake drive,lk. in.
City, State, Zip: boonton,nj,07005
Sent: 7.26 PM - 2/3 2003

Seeking to search for information regarding my uncle Lt. John "Jack"Mulcahy,k.i.a. over germany. He was a bombardier from Brooklyn,N.Y.I don,t know if he was with the 8th A.F......Thanks JM

Name: John W. Galt
Hometown: Carlisle, PA (1928-44)
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Name of POW: John W. Galt
Postal Street Address: 30 Holly Ave. Apt 404H
City, State, Zip: Shalimar, FL 32579-1156
Sent: 5.09 PM - 2/3 2003

Lived in tent South Compound summer 1944. Moved to North II when built then North III when it was built-getting closer to Sweden all the time.Flew out when B-17s arrived. Got home sometime in July, one of the last to leave Lucky Strike and double bunked on transport home.

Name: gordon ritchie
Sent: 3.42 PM - 2/3 2003

I believe that my aunt [now in her 80's] was one of the nurses that worked with the released prisoners in 1945.
I have no details [she is a very private person who finds it hard to talk of her life in the QAINR..."oh that was a long time ago!"]. I'd like to know more tho.... any help appreciated.

Name: Gail Paton
POW Camp: Stalag VIII B
Name of POW: James Paton
Sent: 1.16 PM - 2/3 2003

I have a letter from the Caterpillar Club dated September 30, 1942 sent to my father while he was a P.O.W. in Stalag VIIIB. The letter is signed by Leslie L. Irvin. This letter is one of my most prized possessions.

Name: Danny Lee Tucker
Hometown: dade city, florida
POW Camp: stalag luft 1
Name of POW: Charles Robert McMahan
Postal Street Address: 3271 tiger st.
City, State, Zip: dade city, florida, 33523
Sent: 8.47 AM - 2/3 2003

I was working on my genealogy when i came across this page. Charles Robert McMahan was my great uncle he passed away on september , 4,2002 in walton, Ny. He was never with out a smile and talked about the men, the camp, growing seeds, and their faith. he will be missed very much.

Name: martha bailey
Hometown: vernon b.c.
POW Camp: 344 lamsdorf
Name of POW: a.g.winton
Postal Street Address: 8-900-43rd.ave
City, State, Zip: jacquet river,n.b.
Sent: 6.51 PM - 2/2 2003

anyone out there from camp 344 lamsdorf.
would like to get personal information of
the forced march. bless you ,i am remmbering you martha

Name: Rozena Robinson
Hometown: Ojai,California 93023
POW Camp: Unknown
Name of POW: Leon Robinson
Sent: 9.15 PM - 2/1 2003

White male: 5'10" blue eyes,brown hair.154lbs.
CPL Leon Robinson was in CO E 179th INF.was riflemman #745. battles & campaigns were: Sicilian-Naples-Soggia-Rome-Arno. He was slightly wounded in action Dec.5,1943
in Italy.He was reported missing in action February 18, 1944. He was a German prisoner of war for 18 months.I have no idea what camp he was sent to.Would he have been sent to a pow camp in Italy ?
He got an Honorable Discharge in 1945. Leon had nightmares after he came home from service.He was killed in a flour mill explosion in 1973.Would like to find out as much as I can for our children.
Thank You.

Name: harvey houston
Hometown: aurora,co.
POW Camp: Stalag XVIIB
Postal Street Address: 18820 E. Hawaii Dr.
City, State, Zip: Aurora,Co.80017
Sent: 12.54 PM - 2/1 2003

In Stalag XVII I was in Barracks 29B,across the fence
from the Russian compound. Liberated by Patton's troops
at Branauu,Austria. I am not seeking any help
Harvey Houston

Name: Vernon Brook
Sent: 9.30 PM - 1/31 2003

Just acquired an Irvin pin enscribed "2ND LT J.S.MCNAMARA. Canada office has no records for him.
Does anyone?

Name: Vikki James Stidger
Hometown: Amarillo,Texas
POW Camp: Stalag 3C
Name of POW: Charlie Clyde James
Postal Street Address: 3602 Doris Drive
City, State, Zip: Amarillo, Tx 79109
Sent: 11.59 AM - 1/31 2003

My Dad was a was captured at Belford France in September 1944 and was held in Stalag 3C until the Russians liberated them the end of January 1945. He is now deceased. My Mother had written an account of their wartime experience and still has the telegrams she received. I am putting it together so that our children and grandchildren have the history of our our Dad.

Name: Mary Ann Sawczyn
Hometown: Fountain Hills, Arizona
Sent: 3.20 PM - 1/30 2003

Hi Vern,
I am looking to obtain 2 copies of the documentary of All the fine young me. Can you please help pretaining to this request, or could you please point me in the right direction in trying to obtaining this. I would deeply appreciate it.
Thank you,
Mary Ann Sawczyn

Name: Kristi Millspaugh Kreis
Hometown: Montgomery NY
City, State, Zip: Montgomery , NY 12529
Sent: 12.47 AM - 1/30 2003

Great page, even found you in my family book! God Bless! My father was a veteran of The korean war and I am on my way to boot camp this November!

Name: Keith Halford
Hometown: Liverpool
POW Camp: Stalag VIIB
Name of POW: James Gardiner Halford
Sent: 4.09 PM - 1/29 2003

My dad, (known as Jimmy),was in the Royal Corp of Signals(British Army)att 50Div. He was captured at Cassel on the 28th May 1940,as a result of the Dunkirk actions and arrived at Stalag VIIB on 14th June 1940. He eventually arrived home and was discharged 1st March 1946. He died January 1995 and we have now got in our possession documents and photos from his time in the camp, it would be great to share these with people/family who were detained there(perhaps they could identify some of the people in the photos, most taken on illegal cameras). Jimmy stayed in contact with a great friend from the camp (Arthur (Scotty) Scott) who is still alive today and with whom we still exchange Christmas cards.

Name: Rozena
POW Camp: Unknown
Name of POW: Leon Robinson
Postal Street Address: 1975 Maricopa Hwy
City, State, Zip: Ojai.Ca 93023
Sent: 12.43 PM - 1/29 2003

White male 5'10 Leon Robinson was a Cpl his specialty was rifleman. The battles he was in were Sicilian-Naples-BoggIa-Rome-Arno.
Leon was missing in action 18th of February 1944. He was a German prisoner of war for 18 months. We do not know what camp he was in.
Would appreciate all the help you can give me. This was my father.

Name: Jennifer Davis
Hometown: Sheridan Wyoming
Sent: 11.03 PM - 1/27 2003

I'm just a Vietnam era vet (USAF) and never learned to fly until a few years after the war was over, but as a pilot and a vet, I gotta tell ya, I have more respect and awe for guys like this than words can describe.

Name: Dana Morgan
Hometown: Los Angeles
POW Camp: n/a
Name of POW: n/a
City, State, Zip: ca
Sent: 4.12 PM - 1/27 2003


Name: Meriellen Cole
Hometown: Desoto,Mo
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Truman C. Cole
Postal Street Address: 7716 US Open Loop
City, State, Zip: Bradenton, fl. 34202
Sent: 9.44 PM - 1/26 2003

320th 441
Shot down over Brenner Pass on Nov 4.
Picked up on Xmas Day.
POW for 6 months until war ended.
Any info,pictures or books???

Name: Alison
Hometown: Nottingham
POW Camp: Not known
Name of POW: Marion Podlecski
Sent: 2.37 PM - 1/26 2003

I am looking for my grandads brother, Marion Podlecki of Polish origon. Last seen in Ukraine? We desperately would like to gain conatct with him.
Any information would be of grate value. Thank you

Name: Phil Peel
Hometown: Southampton
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 (I think) near Barth
Name of POW: Michael Peel
Sent: 8.17 AM - 1/26 2003

My Dad was a POW Lancaster pilot shot down 6th December, captured 9th December, until May 1945. He has a copy of a newspaper printed when the camp was liberated called Barth hard Times


Name: Larry Cole
Hometown: Mount Desert, ME
POW Camp: ?
Postal Street Address: P.O. Box 631
City, State, Zip: Mt. Desert, ME 04660
Sent: 7.20 AM - 1/26 2003

My most sincere and heart felt thanks to all the veterans and their efforts to maintain the freedoms this country has been priviledged to enjoy. My generation can NOT thank you enough.

My uncle, Lawrence Malcolm Cole, ASAF, was killed in a plane crash, I believe on take off, July 26, 1944 and I believe it was in Burma. It is my understanding there were 4 survivors, but I know nothing else of the situation. I would welcome any information from anyone out there that might be able to furnish some. With sincere thanks, Larry

Name: Gary J. Cyr
Hometown: Fort Fairfield
Name of POW: Lucian Laferriere
Sent: 1.50 PM - 1/25 2003

I would like to receive any information from anyone who would have known Lucian as a P.O.W. and of his death during the "Death March". He is the brother of Lionel Laferriere a WWII vet He was from Northern Maine.

Name: w/o2 a.g.winton sgd.115
Hometown: vernon b.c. v1t 9c8
POW Camp: 344 stalag v111b
Name of POW: a.g.winton
Sent: 1.03 AM - 1/25 2003

would like information of the crew,sqd.115 flying wellington 111.shot down sept.4-5 1942 pow camp 344.stalag v111b,,,lambsdorf
died at.vernon b.c.sept 1991 god bless all those men ;we shall never see more courage, suffering, and sacrifice god bless them all; m.bailey



Name: V McKee
Hometown: Murfreesboro, Tn 37129
POW Camp: ?
Name of POW: Ellis Scifres
City, State, Zip: McAlester, Oklahoma
Sent: 11.13 PM - 1/24 2003

My father is deceased. We wish we had asked him more questions. He was captured Dec. 16, 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge and liberated abt April 13-17, 1945. He told us a prison guard told them "Your big man died" meaning President Franklin D Roosevelt.

Name: V McKee
Hometown: Murfreesboro Tn 37129
POW Camp: ?
Name of POW: Ellis Scifres
Sent: 11.03 PM - 1/24 2003

Is there any way to get a copy of this map? We do not know which camp my father was in.

Name: Dwight Davis
Hometown: Westerville, Ohio
POW Camp: Stalag Luft IV B
Name of POW: Dwight Davis
Postal Street Address: 537 Old Coach Road
City, State, Zip: Westerville, Ohio 43081
Sent: 3.49 PM - 1/24 2003

Dwight is looking for his crew from the B17G "Vies Guys," 8th Air Force, 94th Bomb Group, 332nd Bomb Squadron, Bury St. Edmonds, U.K.

Name: zemke , Mark
Hometown: Berkley
Sent: 5.42 PM - 1/22 2003

Name: Wilfrid E.Hebert
Hometown: Cumberland R.I
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 and 4
Name of POW: Wilfrid E. Hebert
Postal Street Address: I Flat St. # 108
City, State, Zip: Cumberland R.I. 02864-2350
Sent: 5.09 PM - 1/22 2003

I was captured 10/23/44 in the Austrian Alps. I was flight engineer of "SHADRACK" B-17G,15th AF,483RD BG
840TH SQDN.We were all held at Landeck Austria[one wk]
all except the co-pilot We all went to Frankfurt[for one wk. where we were interrogated[treated very badly]
I was eventually sent to Stalag Luft 4, and at the end of DEC44 we went by box-car to Stalag Luft 1

Name: rosalee shipman criswell
Hometown: winnipeg,Manitoba, canada
Name of POW: lee charles shipman
Sent: 4.58 PM - 1/22 2003

My Dad is deceased so I don't have too much history. All I know is my Dad was a POW in Germany, and he was in the Royal Canadian Airforce, as a bomber. Please e-mail me if you know of him.

Name: Paul M. Bramsen
Hometown: Boston
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Lt. Peter J. Bramsen
Postal Street Address: Waterboat Marina,66 Long Wharf
City, State, Zip: Boston, Ma. 02110
Sent: 4.58 PM - 1/22 2003

Thankyou for putting together such a wonderful site.
Feel free to contact me if there's any information I
might be able to share with you.My father talked about
camp life quite often especially when I wouldn't eat
all my dinner!

Name: Diane Farina
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Casey Paulinski
City, State, Zip: Chicago
Sent: 11.43 PM - 1/21 2003

Please say a prayer for Mary Smith whose loving dedication to her father is what inspired this website and all its detail and enormously important information. She has gone through a great deal of personal pain. We would love to see an update from her.

Name: Paul T. Haggerty
POW Camp: Jail in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia, Oberussel, Dulag Luft (Wetzler), Stalag Luft I, Barth.
Name of POW: Paul T Haggerty
Postal Street Address: 12 Fischer Dr. Apt #E
City, State, Zip: North Kingstown, RI 02852-2854
Sent: 8.10 PM - 1/21 2003

To Margaret Smith,
The NSO in Tennessee is Comm Fred Tucker. He can be reached at Tenn DVA
215 Eighth Ave N
Nashville, TN 37243-1010
(phone) (615) 741-2345
There are many other people who might be closer to you.
To find them type in Ex Prisoners of War on your address bar. You will find a list of options on the left side of the page. Go down until you see NSO by States. Click this in your computer and then find TN. You will find a lot of names and locations there. Good Luck.
Paul T. Haggerty
Cmdr RI Ex POW's

Name: Tim Hoyle
POW Camp: Stalagluft 1
Name of POW: Sgt R Hoyle RAFVR
City, State, Zip: Wales
Sent: 4.26 PM - 1/21 2003

This is my first visit to your excellent website; a lot of time has obviously been spent on this labour of love. I can't wait to return when I have more time myself.

Name: Phil Cullen
Hometown: llanelli south wales
POW Camp: Stalag Falkenau
Sent: 1.19 PM - 1/21 2003

Hello there,

I am researching the life of a WW1 war criminal Wilhelm Werner. He was the commander of the U55 and was charged with the murder of the crew of the SS Torrington in 1917. He fled to South America and never stood trial. After Hitler came to power he returned to Germany and became a Nazi member of the Reichstag.

By 1945 he was a brigadefuhrer in the SS and died at Falkenau 7 days after the end of the war! There was a stalag at Falkenau which is now called Sokolov in the Cezch Republic. Does anyone know anything about this camp? eg who were the pows there and given the location was it realy a stalag or a death camp?

Many thanks
Phil Cullen LLB

Name: Dale Williams
Hometown: Clawson MI
City, State, Zip: Warren MI, 48092
Sent: 10.36 AM - 1/21 2003

Just to let you know I never loose track of this site. I spend hours at a time reading this or that. Some stories bring cheer in my heart others bring tears to my eyes. You have been Thanked enough one would think, but someone like you and the men and women who serve and served can never be thanked enough for what you did in wartime and now for what you do in peacetime. NEVER FORGET!

Name: Jill Jefferies
Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand
POW Camp: Stalag XXB
Name of POW: Ted Wells-Kendrew
Sent: 3.10 PM - 1/20 2003

I am interested to have any information about the camp or my Grandfather. He was captured at Callais and marched across Europe to the camp. He made bricks and worked in one of the kitchens for the duration of the war.

Name: Mark Dee
Hometown: Capistrano Beach, Calif.
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Harold Stock
Sent: 2.40 PM - 1/20 2003

I am trying to find any information regarding my cousin (Harold Stock). I know that he was a pilot of a B-17 and was taken P.O.W. towards the end of WWII. As I understand it, he was held in Stalag Luft 1.
He is still alive and is living in southern Calif. but will not talk about his experiences.
I would like to know any information regarding his unit assignment, aircraft and crew member names.
Thank you in advance for any information you can provide.
Mark Dee
Seattle, WA.

Name: Jack Rae F/Lt.
Hometown: Kerikeri
POW Camp: Stag Luft 3 North Compound
Postal Street Address: 404B Kapiro Rd. Kerikeri
City, State, Zip: New zealand.
Sent: 5.09 AM - 1/20 2003

No message there from September 1943 until the forced march in January 1945. Had a lengthy spell in the cooler Winter 1943/44 next to me was an American who spoke fluent German and a constant escaper- would be good to contact him. We had great plans together - the great escape scuttled them.

Postal Street Address: 702 N. BRYS
City, State, Zip: GROSSE POINTE WOODS, MI 48236
Sent: 6.30 PM - 1/19 2003

I was thrilled to read Carol Jackson Miller's message on this site on Jan. 17. I was the navigator on the B-17, the Silver Slipper, with her father, Herb, the co-pilot.
We went though a lot together, including bailing out over enemy territory, our time in an underground jail (dungeon?) in Koblenz, 10 months at SLI and finally a trip to Paris before going home!
I'm happy to hear that he has reached the distinguished age of 82 (I'm only 80!)

Name: Brian Conn
Name of POW: Edward J. Wronkoski
Postal Street Address: 550 Harbor Cove Ln 1000W
City, State, Zip: Charleston, SC 29412
Sent: 5.09 PM - 1/19 2003

My Grandfather is Edward J. Wronkoski who was a POW with your loved one. I was just looking for some information or stories about their time as POW's. LtCol. Wronkoski passed away in 1995 for all who did not know but lived a great life and raised five great kids including my mother. Please let me know if anyone remembers him. Thank you.

Name: Margaret L Smith
Hometown: Memphis, TN
POW Camp: There were three camps
Name of POW: Robert L Smith
Postal Street Address: 108 N. Auburndale St. #1009
City, State, Zip: Memphis, TN 38104
Sent: 1.53 AM - 1/19 2003

I would like to contact a NSO in my area concerning benefits for the widow of an ex pow. He died in 1967 but I did not realize there were benefits available until very recently. Can you help me?

Margaret Smith

Name: Raymond R Weathers
Hometown: Laurens S.C. 29360
POW Camp: Stalag 13C prison Luxemborg,
Name of POW: Robert Lews Brown
Postal Street Address: 208 Cora st.
City, State, Zip: Laurens,S.C. 29360
Sent: 9.02 AM - 1/18 2003

He was the last surviving mem. 52nd armord INF.Bn. 9th army

Name: Carol Jackson Miller
Hometown: Palm City, FL
Name of POW: Herbert R. Jackson, my father
Sent: 2.04 PM - 1/17 2003

Thank you so much for the Last Flight of the Silver Slipper. All my life I have heard bits and pieces about what happened. My father didn't really speak about what he went through when I was growing up. He speaks more about now as he is getting older. ( He will be 82 this July)...Once again thank you. I appreciate the time you put into this site.

Carol Jackson Miller

Name: Paul T Haggerty
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Name of POW: Paul T haggerty
Postal Street Address: 12 Fischer Dr Apt 3E
City, State, Zip: North Kingstown , RI 02852-2854
Sent: 5.34 PM - 1/16 2003

To Gordon Brown,
I qualified for the Caterpillar Club by bailing out over Yugoslavia on 12-16-44. You can get what you need by writing to The Caterpillar Club
c/o Switlik Parachute CO. Inc
1325 East State St.
P.O. Box 1328
Trenton, NJ 08607
Att. Debra J. Spencer
Good Luck and have a Happy New Year and many more.

Name: Gordon P Brown
Postal Street Address: 957 cross st
City, State, Zip: New Braunfels TX 78130
Sent: 4.00 PM - 1/16 2003

My life was spared, 7 Oct 1944.I received my pin and certificate a short time later from the Switlik Parachute Co. My pin has been lost. please advise as to how I can get it replaced.

Name: John J McGonagle
Hometown: Sommerville Mass
POW Camp: Stalag Luft one
Name of POW: John J McGonagle
Postal Street Address: 3704 J Estes Rd.
City, State, Zip: Nashville Tn. 37215
Sent: 3.25 PM - 1/16 2003

I was a POW in the North 3 compound but i am not listed
on the north compounds room list

Name: Bob Green
Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
Sent: 12.13 PM - 1/16 2003

As a brother Gray Eagle, I thank you for sharing your wartime odyssey. It is very important that these stories be documented for historical purposes. Hopefully, your fellow Gray Eagles who have not done so, will have the foresight to do the same.

Name: Brian Conn
Hometown: Charleston
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Edward Wronkoski
Postal Street Address: 550 Harbor Cove Ln 1000W
City, State, Zip: Charleston, SC 29412
Sent: 4.11 AM - 1/16 2003

My Grandfather is Edward J. Wronkoski. LtCol. Wronkoski passed away in 1995 for all who didn't know. I'm just looking for anyone who knew him and might have some stories about him. My Grandfather and all of you are true American hereos and I just want to know more about his life as a POW. Thank you. Brian Conn.

Name: Bruce Holzhauer
Sent: 12.28 AM - 1/16 2003

Today [15JAN03] I met a POW from Stalag Luft IV at the Ashville VA [I am a Vietnam Vet] and did a google seach for his camp and found your site very informative. I extend to him and you others from Stalag Luft IV a HAND SALUTE!

Name: Wm. M. ( Robby) Robinson
Hometown: Bonhsm, Tx 75418
Sent: 10.46 PM - 1/15 2003

Like to hear from any Ex-pow from LUFT IV Lager A Barracks 2 Room 2 and Black March

Name: Judith Meehan
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: William R. Meehan
Sent: 9.41 PM - 1/14 2003

Great web site

Name: Vickie Stilley
Hometown: Calhoun Georgia
Name of POW: Ray Fain
Sent: 7.14 PM - 1/14 2003

My Uncle was POW. He is deceased and his sister, my Mother, has Alzheimer's. If you have info, please contact me. He was from Calhoun Georgia.

Name: David Duncan
Hometown: christchurch dorset
POW Camp: Stalag Luft XXB
Name of POW: Alexander Grant
City, State, Zip: bh23 4af
Sent: 6.20 PM - 1/13 2003

my uncle Alex was a prisoner in stalag luft xxb that is all I know as he would not talk about it

Name: Howard Mager
Hometown: Fulton MD
Name of POW: Roke Lieberman
Sent: 7.40 PM - 1/12 2003

I am deeply touched with your website. It fills some unanswered questions and information that my father-in-law, Roke Lieberman, has forgotten over time. I always wondered about his time with the French underground prior to be caught and sent to a POW camp after he was shot down in the "BLACK SWAN".

Roke, now 93 but in okay health and mind, still sits with me at the table to talk about the war and being a POW. I will cherish these discussions for the rest of my life.

Name: andy dodds
POW Camp: stalag xx1a & b
Name of POW: james sydney dodds
Postal Street Address: 23 willow road thurnscoe south yorkshire england s63 0aa
Sent: 9.40 AM - 1/12 2003

i am trying to find information on my grandad who was a pow in these camps from 1940-45 i would also be grateful if you could find any good work on the stalag luft 1

Name: Alyssa Kamarainen
Postal Street Address: 3525 Lilac St SE
City, State, Zip: Auburn, Washington, 98390
Sent: 6.28 PM - 1/11 2003

I read the book that my Grandpa wrote and I learned a lot about what happened during the war. I think this website is a great thing to show people what he did.

Name: William M. Veasey
Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia
Postal Street Address: PMB 102, 216 S. Broad St.
City, State, Zip: Brevard, NC 28712
Sent: 1.17 PM - 1/11 2003

I grew up listening to the war-time stories of my father and others who had fought in WWII. I most definitely agree with Tom Brokaw that their's was the "Greatest Generation". Your tribute to your father and his service is touching. Thank you for sharing it with the rest of us.

Name: john and carol street
Hometown: tacoma, wa
POW Camp: luft stalag 1
Sent: 12.57 AM - 1/11 2003

my wifes uncle was imprisoned in luft stalag 1. he returned to the states after the war. he found work in a factory in indiana. after all he survived in the war he was electrocuted at work. we found the book "not as briefed" in some things her mother had saved. it is quite remqrkable that it, and the interest in it still survive. thank you to all who served.

Name: Donald H. Ross, Maj. Gen. USAF Ret
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: same
Postal Street Address: 4350 Meadow Wood Road
City, State, Zip: Carson City, NV 89703
Sent: 11.42 PM - 1/10 2003

Pow 20 Feb. 1944 until 13 May, 1945 -- Capt USAAF -- formerly in RAF -- fighter pilot. Stalag Luft 1; North Compound 1, then North Compound 2. Cartoonist for POW-WOW (Block 9, North 1). Began POW-WOW with Lowell Bennet, Parker and others. Moved to North 2 with Col. Spicer when North 2 opened. In on a lot of mischief.

Name: Teresa Stoermer Wilson
Hometown: my fathers hometown was Waco, Texas
POW Camp: German
Name of POW: Carl August Stoermer
Sent: 4.36 PM - 1/9 2003

I do not have much history about my fathers time during the War, dad would not talk with me about this. He has passed away and I am just now able to go through some documents I have found. I do know he was in the Texas 39th infantry division and was captured in Italy.

Name: Greg Germano
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Name of POW: Ernest Germano
Postal Street Address: 3170 SW 175th Avenue
City, State, Zip: Aloha, OR 97006
Sent: 12.54 PM - 1/7 2003

Hi Geraldine, we look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Ernest Germano was my father, and as Geraldine indicated, did not discuss his life much with anyone to my knowledge. I've been struggling with pursuit of information on his history due to the knowledge that he would have preferred that I not. However, I would like my son and potentially his children to know something of his grandfather, and I do have a lot of pride in what my father did, before, during and after the war.

Thanks and take care,

Name: geraldine germano-yaw
Name of POW: ernie germano
Postal Street Address: 6131 big hill rd.
City, State, Zip: moravia, ny 13118
Sent: 9.29 AM - 1/7 2003

ernie germano was my father's brother. sadly, we didn't know him very well. he lived a reclusive life in misouri. he died on christmas day 2002. we found this website after he died. thank you for having this information for us. my father, who is fred germano, is 83 and a wwll veteran also. he is alive and well. ernie was 84. thank you , geraldine

Name: Patrick R. Moots
Hometown: Upton, Wyoming
Postal Street Address: 200 MMC CMR 429 Box 195
City, State, Zip: APO AE 09054
Sent: 3.38 AM - 1/7 2003

I am a U.S. soldier serving in Kaiserslautern, Germany. I am very much into the history of European war front of WWII. My grandfather and several great uncles served during the war. And I have always enjoyed the stories of their time during the war. I have nothing but the greatest respect for those who did their part during WWII. Luckily none of them ever had to spend time as as POW. But if there is anything that I can do to help with getting information from Germany on any subject I would be very happy and honored to do what I can to help.

Name: Paul T Haggerty
POW Camp: Oberussel, Dulag luft (Wetzler), Stalag Luft I
Name of POW: Paul T. Haggerty
Postal Street Address: 12 Fischer Dr. Apt 3E
City, State, Zip: North Kingstown RI 02852-2854
Sent: 10.29 PM - 1/6 2003

Hi, Trying once again. Anyone out there that was on the train going from Wetzler to Stalag Luft I and spent New Year's Eve in the marshalling yards in Berlin?
Sgt. Hellman, Remember bribing the guards and having them get beers for the guys to celebrate New Years Eve?
We left Wetzler on the 29th of December 1944 and arrived at Barth on January 3, 1945. My Kriegie number was 7050 so anyone with numbers around that had to be on that train.
If any of you guys are not getting 100% disability click on the POW benefits in this web site and find out all about benefits.
Once again, thank you ladies for this wonderful web site, I wish you and all of yours the best of everything that the future can bring. Good luck and God Bless. Paul T. Haggerty
North 2 Barracks 8 Room 13 Next to the night time latrine. Any roommates please contact me.

Name: richard joseph
Hometown: millersport
POW Camp: stalag 17
Name of POW: c.d. logan
City, State, Zip: millersport,oh 43046
Sent: 10.17 PM - 1/6 2003

i am proud and thankful for my grandfather coming home

Postal Street Address: 14840 STATE HWY. 198
City, State, Zip: MEADVILLE,PA. 16335
Sent: 12.12 PM - 1/6 2003


Name: David P Sharbutt
Hometown: Whittier, CA
POW Camp: Stalag Luft III
Name of POW: Lt G.T. Sharbutt
City, State, Zip: TX
Sent: 11.22 PM - 1/5 2003

I just surfed in. Anyone knowing my relative Lt G.T. Sharbutt who was a POW please contact me.

Name: Dale Moore
Hometown: Mosier
Postal Street Address: P.O. Box 241
City, State, Zip: Mosier,Oregon 97040
Sent: 9.02 PM - 1/5 2003

Dear Sir:

My father survived 5 years in the Army until he met a landmine during the Battle of the Bulge, he wears glasses to this day, he is 81.

I have enjoyed reading your histories and I give thanks for those that have suffered so much, for their sacrifices during the Second World War.


Dale Moore

Name: calvin j. hockley ser # 19148983 b.t.g.
Hometown: corpus christi, texas 78412
POW Camp: stalag luft #1 at barth ger.
Name of POW: calvin j. hockley
Postal Street Address: 303E 14th st
City, State, Zip: cozad, nebraska 69130
Sent: 3.28 PM - 1/5 2003

I flew in b-17's the 8th airforce 381st bg 535 bg sqd. vincent peters crew & was shot down at Metz france 1/1/45 on 4th mission our side of the front line & at bremen my 25th mission flying on lt. nelson's crew sub pens 3/30/45 captured taken to stalag # 1 at barth ger. un till the end of war & flew out to reems france w/8th air force.

Name: Andrew Hawkins
Hometown: Slough
POW Camp: unknown
Name of POW: Robert Garner Morrison
Postal Street Address: 12 Cromer Court SL1 3Nl
City, State, Zip: Berkshire England
Sent: 1.41 PM - 1/5 2003

My grandfather served with the rcaf bomber command path
finders and was shot down over France of which only himself and one other crew member survived, any suggestions on how to extend my surch would be greatly appreciated

Name: Giles J. Mc Carthy
Hometown: Ft Wright Kentucky
POW Camp: Stalag 1 Luft
Name of POW: Lt Giles J. Mc Carthy
Postal Street Address: 4950 SW 34 Terrace
City, State, Zip: Ft Lauderdale Fl 33312
Sent: 10.30 AM - 1/5 2003

My father, Giles J. Mc Carthy was a POW for the last year of the war when his plane was shot down. He was in North 3.

Name: Marsha McIlveen Ross
POW Camp: Luft I south barracks 2 rm 3
Name of POW: Clifford G. McIlveen
Postal Street Address: 1711 Monterey Sunrise Dr
City, State, Zip: Las Vegas, NV 89156
Sent: 7.11 AM - 1/5 2003

I am the sister of Clifford G. McIlveen, his brother was Captain Clarence S. McIlveen. Clarence was Shot down and killed Feb 24, 1944 on his birthday.
They both flew together in the same squadron until Clifford was shot down over Germany on 18 OCT 1943.
They were both in the in the 385th BG, 550th Sqn. also. He apparently was in South Barracks 2 room 3 at Luft 1. Barth .

I am doing research about my brothers. I can't believe the first POW internet site I come across is this one with his name right there in front of me... I would appreciate any thing you can tell me about him. I know he was there for 20 months although, I don't know if the whole time was spent in
the same place. I was born in 1943, and my father wouldn't talk much about his only sons. Clifford went on to marry have two children, and died while on a training mission in Waco Texas, for the Korean conflict , he died a hero. I have the articles if you would like me to send them to you just let me know. I would like to see my brothers story on your wonderful pages also. I cant tell you how much it has meant spending all these hours in your most spectacular web site. I know Clifford would be honored to be apart of this web.....
Please contact me at
again Thank you
I hope to hear from you...
very sincerely,

Name: Mrs. Mary Monsulick
Hometown: Pottsville, Pa. 17901
POW Camp: Luft 4
Name of POW: John Monsulick
Postal Street Address: 612 N. Centre St.
City, State, Zip: Pottsville, Pa. 17901
Sent: 9.50 PM - 1/4 2003

I'm the widow of John. I have been trying to get information on John but am having no luck. There is only one man living from his crew & this year I didn't hear from him so maybe he passed away. John didn't talk too much about that time in his life either. I was trying to get a picture of his crew but they told me that there was none. It's too bad as I would have liked to have one. I have 2 pictures of crews he was on but was told they weren't the one's he was shot down with. Thank you, Mrs. Mary Monsulick

Name: Esther Fernandez
Hometown: Tampa, FL.
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Augustine Fernandez
Postal Street Address: 5820 S.W. 99 Ter.
City, State, Zip: Pinecrest, FL 33156
Sent: 3.25 PM - 1/4 2003

Hi, I started writing my husband's memoirs about a year ago and I'm about 3/4 of the way through. He suffered acute appendicitis while in camp and surgery was performed by a British neurosurgeon, Dr. Nichols. I'd like to find more information about him. Any help greatly appreciated.
Ken Wilcox has been very helpful with camp pictures, but I need a source for pictures of the B-17.

Name: Pam Wynsen
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
POW Camp: Stalag Luft IV
Name of POW: Henry J. Wynsen, M.D.
Postal Street Address: 392 Fallis Road
City, State, Zip: Columbus OH 43214
Sent: 8.11 AM - 1/3 2003

My father was a physician at this camp for, I believe, 18 months. He died in 1996. If anybody has any memories of my father, I would love to hear them. I would also answer any questions.

Name: james mangos
POW Camp: none
City, State, Zip: australia
Sent: 8.32 PM - 1/2 2003

i love the volin story it realy touched my heart i will never look at a violin the same agan

well done Jm age 12 aus
and very respectfull of all those vets great job guys

Name: george vender
Hometown: whittier
POW Camp: Stalag 17
Name of POW: george vender
Postal Street Address: benfield drive
City, State, Zip: norwalk Ca,
Sent: 4.56 PM - 1/2 2003


Name: Norman O Carroll
Postal Street Address: 15 Ashfield Ave ,Ranelagh,Dublin, Ireland
Sent: 12.54 PM - 1/2 2003

My uncle was was in the 6th airborne division of the
British Army and parachuted into France on DDay 1944

Name: James P. Kittleson
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Name of POW: SAME
Postal Street Address: 4518 - 186th Ave SE
City, State, Zip: Issaquah, WA 98027
Sent: 11.33 PM - 1/1 2003

Would be interested in hearing from any survivors of this camp or members of my crew. 493rd Bomb Grp.

Name: Charlotte Craig
Hometown: Hamilton ML3 9NY, Scotland
POW Camp: Stalag XXID
Name of POW: John Benson
Postal Street Address: 21 Crona Drive, Hillhouse
City, State, Zip: Hamilton ML3 9NY, Scotland
Sent: 6.03 PM - 1/1 2003

My father was captured at St. Valery. I would like to know how he reached Stalag 21D and about his march to Fallinbostel at the end of the war. He was in the RASC and died several years ago.


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