World War II prisoner of war camp - Stalag Luft I


World War II - Prisoners of War - Stalag Luft I 

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Guestbook Entries - 2nd Quarter - 2003
 4/01/03 thru 6/30/03

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Name: Thomas Wildenberg
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Sent: 10.51 AM - 6/30 2003

We have a number of files on P.O.W.s

Name: Stephen Roy Mann
Hometown: Houston, Texas
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Horace Smith Mann
Postal Street Address: RFD
City, State, Zip: Dewey Rose, GA
Sent: 12.10 AM - 6/30 2003

I would like to find anyone who knew my dad during the war. Because of the circumstances of his capture, his crewmates may have never known that he lived a full and happy life after the war.

Name: Louis Squires
Hometown: Charleston, SC
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Lt. Ernie Jenkins
Sent: 1.26 AM - 6/29 2003

I would like to hear from anyone who knows Ernie. He was a bombardier on a B-17 that was shot down over Salon De Province. I am getting his story and would like to hear from others who knew him. Thanks

Name: John Tank
Hometown: Menomonee Falls Wisconsin
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Name of POW: Robert H Tank
Postal Street Address: 2617 Ozark Cove
City, State, Zip: Mckinney, Texas 75070
Sent: 10.46 PM - 6/27 2003

I am the very proud son of Mr Robert H Tank, who was a POW at Stalag Luft I, from his shoot down of 11/26/43 to his liberation by Russian forces on 05/01/45.
Dad is currently living in Menomonee Falls Wisconsin, and I wanted to drop you a line to give you a heads-up on the compound, barracks, and room number where he spent most of his time while there. He did mention that they moved around, but he lived in the following room most of his stay:

Robert H Tank
South Compound
Barracks #2
Room #2

I hope that this makes it to the appropriate personnel so my Dad's name, compound, barracks, and room number can be updated in your wonderful Stalag Luft I data base!!!!

Thank you so much for maintaining this wealth of knowledge and information!!!!

And many thanks to all the veterans who sacrificed their youth for our future, and all the priviledges we enjoy today!


John Tank

Name: Caral Starratt Morgan
Sent: 2.41 PM - 6/27 2003

I am Art Starratt's daughter. He has been corresponding with you today regarding your shared experiences in Stalag Luft I. One of my sisters, my brother and I went to Germany last summer to see the camp. It was quite an experience. I've printed out your webpage and will read it at home later this weekend.
Thanks for your service to our country.

Name: Kevin Healey, Tsgt. USAF Ret.
Hometown: Little Compton RI
Name of POW: Gerard "Jerry" Huard
City, State, Zip: Providence RI
Sent: 1.41 PM - 6/27 2003

I worked for Jerry at AFTVRS Ramstein Germany in the mif 50's> Jerry was a Stalag POW and wrote a book about his experiences. Shot down in a B-17.

Name: David lesjak
City, State, Zip: Canada
Sent: 12.30 PM - 6/27 2003

I am looking to interview WW II vets in order to preserve their memories in a book I am writing. No story is too short and no story is too long.

I am also looking to correspond with anyone who knows of the Donald Duck "I Wanted Wings" insignia used at Stalag Luft III.

If you are interested in telling your story, email me or send me a letter through regular post.


David Lesjak
Box 42023 Champlain P.O.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V5S 4R5

Name: Claudia Driver
Hometown: Fayetteville, AR
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Name of POW: Billy Jay Driver
Postal Street Address: 1215 Kings Drive
City, State, Zip: Fayetteville, AR 72701
Sent: 7.02 PM - 6/25 2003

My father was a pilot in the Mighty 8th, shot down over France during a pre-Normandy bombing raid. His plane was Wabbit Twacks I think, though I may have the spelling wrong. He passed away in 1994, but told us a good bit about his experiences. I would love to hear from anyone who knew him or of him. He had a particular fondness for turnips and greens, which he acquired from a Red Cross shipment as I recall. Thanks for a great webpage! God Bless our WWII veterans and all those who died fighting fascism, both east and west.

Name: Arthur W. Starratt
Hometown: West Columbia,Tx.
POW Camp: Stalag Luft One
Name of POW: same
Sent: 12.35 PM - 6/25 2003

I have a web site of my experiences as a POW.

Name: Mervyn Chambers
Hometown: Christchurch 2 New Zealand
POW Camp: Stalag luft 1
Name of POW: Charlie Chambers [D.O.D 08.04.03]
Postal Street Address: 105 Suva Street
City, State, Zip: Christchurch New Zealand
Sent: 4.33 AM - 6/25 2003

Name: Mervyn Hugh Chambers
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Charlie Chambers[D.O.D 08.04.03]
Sent: 4.27 AM - 6/25 2003

My father was a prisoner of war from July 1943
He was the pilot of a Halifax bomber 51 Sqadron RAF
He was shot down near the Dutch border and parachuted to safety - the sole surviver of his crew
At the war's end he married my mother Margorie Mcquade ,an English WAAF , and together they returned to New Zealand to live

Name: Jim Meneley
Hometown: Franklin, KY
POW Camp: Stalag IIIB
Name of POW: Delbert Meneley (Father)
Postal Street Address: 430 Wilson Blvd. S;
City, State, Zip: Na[les, FL 34117
Sent: 5.37 PM - 6/24 2003

My Father passed away on June 13, 2001. He spent 30 months as a POW. While he was in the Air Force stationed in Torrejon I was in high school and Hubert Zemke III was in my class.

Name: Rose Claridge
Hometown: Los Angeles
POW Camp: Stalag 3C
Name of POW: William A. Tosti
Postal Street Address: 32030 Calle Marquis
City, State, Zip: Temecula, CA 92592
Sent: 4.20 PM - 6/24 2003

My father was a prisoner of World War II. He belonged to the 3rd Inf. Division. He escaped from Stalag 3c and out of all the research I have done have not come up with any written information about his escape. He has a diary with the men he was in prison with but lots of the pages were torn out of his book before coming home.
Looking for any other POW's who might remember my father.

Thank you.


Name: Wm. Ingersoll
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Name of POW: Carl E. Ingersoll
Postal Street Address: 5831 Bamford Drive
City, State, Zip: Sacramento, CA 95823
Sent: 2.42 AM - 6/24 2003

If you knew my father or have any information about him, I would be most grateful to hear from you.

in His love - Wm. Ingersoll

Name: Karl W. Plitt
Hometown: Point of Rocks, Maryland
POW Camp: Stalag 4B
Name of POW: Paul Hume Sterling
Postal Street Address: 12101 Fountain Drive
City, State, Zip: Clarksburg, MD 20871
Sent: 10.06 AM - 6/23 2003

Looking for info on Paul Hume Sterling, Sr. He just died on Wed., June 18th. Lived in Wheaton, MD for last 53 years. Member of Am. Legion Post 268. His family knows little of his service & capture. They only know he was in Stalag 4B for about 9 months and had been an infantryman. His oldest son is my best friend. Would like to know about camp location, conditions, unit that Mr. Sterling served with. Karl Plitt, Montgomery County, MD Police (Retired)

Name: pete kaye
City, State, Zip: Sydney, Australia
Sent: 2.32 AM - 6/23 2003

Salute to you guys for a top web site - brings to life a time sometimes forgotten -

Name: Harold
POW Camp: Stalag7stalagluft1
Sent: 10.20 PM - 6/22 2003

Iam seeking information about a Lt. Shultz who I walked out of Barth at the end of WWII. He was an infantry Lt ofthe 45th Div.

Name: Douglas Tees (son)
Hometown: Houston
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 17b
Name of POW: T/Sgt David V. Tees
Postal Street Address: 6014 Delange Lane
City, State, Zip: Houston, TX 77092
Sent: 10.00 PM - 6/22 2003

I am the son of T/Sgt David V. Tees. My Dad crashed in Stutgart Germany Sept. 6, 1943 after serving only 2 months of combat duty. My dad was the radio operator. He was one of the 10 man crew of a B-17F bomber. One of the crew members was killed in the arial attack by German fighters. The others were captured and incarcerated in Stalag Luft 17b. I am seeking any information I can find about my Dads military service or incarceration as a POW. He was in the 388 bomber group and the 563d squadron. His serial number was 38206331. The 563d was based in Knettishall airfield England. The plane he was flying that day was Sky Shy/Silver Dollar #23378 but I also think he may have flown in the B-17 called Red Darling. Silver Dollar was piloted by 2nd Lt James A. Roe Jr. Thank you to all the brave men in the 8th airforce who protected our freedom.

Name: Rick Mejia
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Name of POW: Robert W. Bell
Postal Street Address: 6805 San Joaquin Street
City, State, Zip: Sacramento, CA 95820
Sent: 8.09 PM - 6/21 2003

Robert W. Bell (B-17) is an ex-POW in poor health. He was in Stalag Luft I North 3, Barth, Germany. Any kind of contact from those who know of him can lift his spirits right now.

Who am I? I am a 36-year-old Gulf War Veteran who has had the privilege of knowing Robert & Margie Bell as neighbors for three years. My name is Rick Mejia and I can be contacted at the following: (916) 736-3592 or 6805 San Joaquin Street, Sacramento, California 95820 or e-mail

Thank you very much.

Name: Derek Simmons
Hometown: Rochford Essex England
Sent: 2.18 PM - 6/21 2003

Well written story Cousin

Name: Ben Green Evans
Hometown: Sapulpa
POW Camp: Unknown
Name of POW: Roy Austin Green
Postal Street Address: 1404 E. James Ave. #204
City, State, Zip: Sapulpa, OK, 74066
Sent: 10.36 PM - 6/20 2003

I'm looking for information on my late grandfather, Corporal Roy Austin Green (38 697 317) from Oklahoma. He served with the 28th Infantry "Bloody Bucket" Division during WWII, although I don't know his specific unit.

Grandpa arrived in the ETO in early Oct. 1944. Fought in the Battle of Hurtgen Forest, the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes, and was later captured in France on January 27, 1945. His rank at time of capture was Private First Class; I suspect the promotion to Corporal came sometime after his release on April 26, 1945.

I have no clue what camps he was held in, but I am told he was moved around quite a bit; and also that at his last camp, the Germans left during the middle of the night, sometime in April 1945. The next morning, upon realizing the guards had left, my grandpa and some of the other POWs took off walking in the direction they thought the allies would be. I'm told they walked through farmlands and sucked raw eggs for food, until they were found by friendlys and taken back for medical treatment.

I've read the guards also left Stalag Luft I during the night, but as my grandpa was a rifleman in the Infantry he probably wouldn't have been in a Luft camp. If anyone knows of any other camps that this had occurred, your help would be extremily appreciated. Thank you all for your time.

Ben Green Evans

Name: Peggy Bryan Butera
POW Camp: Stalag luft 1
Name of POW: bruce r. bryan
Postal Street Address: 6310 winona st.
City, State, Zip: Allen Park, MI 48101
Sent: 10.00 PM - 6/20 2003

My dad, Bruce Bryan, is alive and well in Allen park, MI. I would like to hear from anyone who might remember him so I could pass on any messages from people who remember him.

Name: Frances Armendariz Beceera
Hometown: Deming. New Mexico
Name of POW: Pvt. Gamaliel Gallegos S.A.A.B.Med Dept.Det.
Postal Street Address: 1201 East Elm St.
City, State, Zip: Deming, New Mexico 88030
Sent: 10.04 AM - 6/20 2003

I would like to know if Gamaliel Gallegos is alive or if he died at war. Because he has a son my mom died but we would like to know if my brother has a dad alive or has relatives and where. My mother name was Leonor Garcia and saw him in El Paso, Texas and had a son in Deming, n.m. December 27,1944 or 43 . I would like to know something of him thank you very much Frances A. Becerra

Name: Heidi Outzen
Hometown: Surprise, Az
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Name of POW: Paul E. Calland
Postal Street Address: 18141 N. Timber Ridge Dr
City, State, Zip: Surprise, AZ 85374
Sent: 10.27 PM - 6/18 2003

I am looking for any information concerning Paul E. Calland, shot down Feb. 25, 1944 near city of Strasbourg, Province of Larraine, France. file #2952

Name: Stewart & Marjorie Hunter
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: James Scott Sutton
Sent: 3.03 PM - 6/18 2003

Marjorie is the niece of the late J S Sutton and has inherited his POW log which led to us looking at this site. We have found it fascinating.

Name: VJ Lehman
Hometown: Walkerton Ontario Canada
Name of POW: Jim Lehman
Postal Street Address: 306 Thomas
City, State, Zip: Walkerton Ont Canada N0G 2V0
Sent: 9.34 PM - 6/17 2003

My father, Jim Lehman was a rear gunner in a RCAF Halifax bomber shot down over Germany Jan 21st 1944. The bomber blew up as my father was bailing out. He was the only survivor. A prisoner of war at Stalag Luft I, Barth Germany.

Name: Carol Mertz
Postal Street Address: 1941 Edgewood Dr
City, State, Zip: Lodi, CA 95242
Sent: 9.26 PM - 6/17 2003

Looking for anyone who might have info on my Uncle Norman W. Reck, belly gunner, killed over English Channel 2/20/45 when plane caught and fire and runway was missed. Would appreciate if anyone has any info or pics. Thanks!

Name: Mark Waldo
Hometown: Pennsboro, WV
POW Camp: Stalag 17-B
Name of POW: Max L Waldo
Postal Street Address: 10 Gum Street
City, State, Zip: Buckhannon, WV 26201
Sent: 3.16 PM - 6/17 2003

Name: Mark Waldo
Hometown: Pennsboro, WV
POW Camp: Sta 17-
Sent: 3.14 PM - 6/17 2003

Name: Kaci Lynn Eustrom
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Harvey Eustrom
Postal Street Address: 23061 Oxnard St.
City, State, Zip: Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Sent: 2.34 PM - 6/17 2003

Hello, I came across this page while researching my family's name, Eustrom.. My grandfather's uncle's name was Harvey Eustrom, as well as his cousin's name too.. We just wanted to leave a note here in case any other Eustrom's come across it. We would love to hear from you and see just exactly how we are related.. Thank you and hope to hear from you...

Name: Richard A. Houghten, Jr.
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Richard A. Houghten
Postal Street Address: 239 Hill Street
City, State, Zip: Solana Beach, California, 92075
Sent: 11.16 PM - 6/16 2003

My father was shot down on Septemeber 28 ,1944 over Magdeberg Germany. He was the planes navagator and the only one to survive the crash. He spent the remainder of the war as a POW at Stalag luft 1, in North 2, Barrack 7, Room 2.

Does anyone remember my father? He died 20 years ago of natural causes and I was too young at the time to appreciate the magnitude of what you all went through and the sacrfices you made. Are there any diaries of his specific Barrack or room?

Thank you.

Richard A. Houghten, Jr.

Name: Neal Lambson
Name of POW: Delbert D. Lambson
Postal Street Address: P.O. Box 1199
City, State, Zip: St.Johns.AZ
Sent: 11.59 AM - 6/16 2003

Sgt.Lambson was shot down over Germany on the 25th of February, 1944. He was a Ball Turrer Gunner aboard a B-17 "Betty Boop-the Pistol Packin Mama".. Spent 8 months at Stalag Luft IV. Would like to hear from anyone who may had known him, or spent time at #4 during that time. He is the author of a very,very good book "When I return in spring"

Name: Lowell Ford
Sent: 10.21 AM - 6/15 2003

I have a POW wing from Stalag Luft I bearing the name "D FORD". Would like any information anyone is willing to share about this person.

Name: Karin Herring Vaughn
Hometown: Clifton Forge
POW Camp: Unknown
Name of POW: Louis Ray Herring
Postal Street Address: PO Box 271
City, State, Zip: Iron Gate, VA 24448
Sent: 7.21 PM - 6/13 2003

Above address is my own. I am the daughter of POW Louis Ray Herring who is deceased.

Name: Peter Lubin
Hometown: Lexington MA
Sent: 10.41 AM - 6/13 2003

I wanted to find out more about John Morgan, my wife's uncle, and -- we have been told -- the original of the man Gregory Peck plays in Twelve O'Clock High. A very good and informative website.

Name: John Ellis
POW Camp: Stalag 1V B Muhlberg, Stalag 1VF Hartmannsdorf
Name of POW: James Ellis #259726
Postal Street Address: 3480-18 Upper Middle Road
City, State, Zip: Burlington, Ontario,L7M 4R8
Sent: 7.30 PM - 6/12 2003

My Father was captured at Tobruk, was held prisoner by the Italians At Campo#65 and then to Campo #70.There were various other camps of course, names unknown to me. he was of course in the other two camps mentioned above transferring to StalagIV F in Hartmannsdorf on the 30th October1943. If anyone has any other information it would be most appreciated

Name: Vicki Timmins Morgan
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 N 2 B 1 Room 11
Name of POW: Lt. Jack L. Timmins
Postal Street Address: 3518 So. 95th St.
City, State, Zip: Omaha, NE 68124
Sent: 8.58 AM - 6/12 2003

My father was in Stalag 1 North 2 Compund Barracks 1 Room 11 Lt. Jack L. Timmins. He passed away Jan. 4, 2001 and is buried in Arlington Cemetery. I am one of four daughters that have no information about his B-17 being shot down, the date, where his bomber was stationed or any crewmen. He seldom mentioned anything about this time of his life. Pictures would be appreciated also. Thank you, Vicki Timmins Morgan

Name: Eric D. Gould
Hometown: Shaker Hts. OH
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Name of POW: Cornelius P. Gould, Jr.
Postal Street Address: 14206 Becket Rd.
City, State, Zip: Shaker Hts. OH 44120
Sent: 8.30 AM - 6/10 2003

My father was Cornelius P. Gould, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA), and was a member of the group known as the Tuskegee Airmen (332nd Fighter Group). After his P-51 Mustang went down over Slovakia, he was captured and imprisoned in Stalag Luft I until the Russians overran that territory near the end of the war. After the war, he returned to Pittsburgh, where he met and married his wife, Phyllis, and had four children. I am the youngest of those children, and am a jazz pianist living in Cleveland, Ohio where the family moved in the mid-1950's.

I would be very interested in sharing information about my father. My contact information is:

Eric Gould

Name: Noel Friedman
Hometown: Chelmsford
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 3
Name of POW: Gene A. Friedman
Postal Street Address: 3 Footpath Road
City, State, Zip: Chelmsford, MA 01824-1007
Sent: 1.55 PM - 6/9 2003

My brother Gene is 80 and lives with his wife Jean in Portsmouth, NH.

He meets weekly with a group of 4 other veterans four of whom were POWs. That group was recently interviewed by the Portsmouth newspaper. The article is available at:

Name: Lars Bogren
Hometown: Stockholm Sweden
Sent: 10.13 AM - 6/9 2003

Passing Barth in May 2003 on our meandering path through the pre 1815 areas of Swedish territory, we passed the grim town of Barth and the memorial of Stalag Luft I. Old enough to remember these awful years, the memorial brought a number of memories, reminders and thoughts to mind.

Thank heaven there is now a reunited Europe with no "Iron curtain" and no dictators left.

And foremost a thank to those young men, living and lost, who went to liberate this part of the world.

Name: Karen Maerz
Hometown: St. George, UT
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: John L. Allen
Sent: 9.54 AM - 6/9 2003

John was my uncle who passed away in 2001. He was a pilot of a B-24 and shot down on his 33rd mission. I've transcribed all the family WW II letters for future family members. I've been able to obtain a phot of his plane and microfilm of the unit histories from the National Archives. Thank you so much for this historic website.

Hometown: MT.MORRIS, NY
Sent: 10.59 PM - 6/6 2003


Name: Stephen Mann
Hometown: Houston, TX
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Horace Smith Mann
City, State, Zip: Dewey Rose, GA
Sent: 5.13 PM - 6/6 2003

My dad rarely talked about the war, but I was glad to find an account of his time leading up to his capture by the Germans. I would like to hear from anyone who remembers him.

Name: Nell Foster Sasser
Hometown: Pensacola, Fl.
POW Camp: ?
Name of POW: P.F.C. Edward J. Foster
Postal Street Address: 321 First Ave.
City, State, Zip: Jay, Fl.
Sent: 1.27 AM - 6/6 2003

I'm trying to find anyone who knew my brother that was wounded in Germany, in WW11. He was in Gen. Patton's third army. After he was shot several times in the leg he could no longer stay with his outfit.His buddies dug a trench around him so he would be safe from fire. He was later picked up by germans and taken to a p.o.w. camp. He recieved no medical attention so he took gangrene. He was rescued after V.E. day and sent home. He died after 30 days. "Ed" knew a buddy whose name was Harold Shoemaker that lived in Allentown, Pa. I would very much like to talk to him if he is still with us. Thank you for listening to my story.

POW Camp: IV (A OR B) AND 11B
Sent: 4.33 AM - 6/3 2003


Name: Ian Page
Hometown: Sydney Australia
POW Camp: somewhere in Poland
Name of POW: Norman Frederick PAGE (RAF)
Sent: 7.56 PM - 6/2 2003

Searching for info on how to replace my deceased father's lost Caterpillar Club pin, issued by Irvin UK. (And found it! through Irvin UK.)

My dad, though Australian and enlisted in the RAAF, was serving as navigator/bomb-aimer on a RAF (44 Sqdn) Lancaster (under the command of P/O Cuthbert) involved in the follow-through of the D-Day landings.

On July 18 1944, while on ops over Caen (France), an RCAF Halifax flew through the port wing of my dad's Lancaster - he was one of only two survivors, and later always wore his Caterpillar Club badge with pride.

Of course he was captured almost before he hit the ground, and spent the remainder of the war in a POW camp in Poland. His camp was liberated by the Russians as they marched on Berlin - they set the prisoners free, but took no care of them, so my dad and the others had no choice but to follows the Red Army to Berlin, leaving off the land (frozen AND scorched - many died on the way) until they could link up with Americans.

My dad returned to London at the age of 21 weighing about 6 stone (<40kg). He returned to Australia, married, had 4 kids, ran a small business in Murray Bridge, SA, and died in 1970, aged just 48.

Sent: 10.16 PM - 6/1 2003

Wonderful site. I came across it while looking for pictures of World War II for inspiration for a painting our daughter needed to add to a school assignment. Started reading it and found I had to keep going. I'm sure your all of the former POWs would be very pleased with the time and effort that you have all put into keeping the memory of their experience in the camp alive for future generations.

Postal Street Address: PO BOX 42
City, State, Zip: LEONIA, N.J. 07605-0042
Sent: 10.07 PM - 6/1 2003


Name: Denise
Hometown: San Antonio
Name of POW: Troy Leonard Dean
City, State, Zip: San Antonio TX 78233
Sent: 9.40 PM - 6/1 2003

My father, Troy Leonard Dean, was a prisoner of war in the 40's. He was with the Army Air Corp. He is still alive but it is hard to get any information from him. Being from Texas he is a stubborn mule when he wants to be. If anyone knew him or could tell me more I would appreciate it. Thanks!! Have a great day.

Name: Natsia
Hometown: Camarillo
Sent: 7.17 PM - 6/1 2003

I don't have any name of a POW, but I had found this website because I am doing a report and need to research on WWII. It was a very interesting site. Even the information I did not need for my report I found very interesting to read. There was so many facts that helped me understand more and more about this time era. I'm only 16 and in school we have been watching so many films and even outside of school I have watched films and read books that are helping me put pieces together about everything that went on during this war. I just really liked this site because it has been really hard to find stuff on the internet about certain things on the war that I have had questions about or just blanks here and there. Sorry I wrote so much, but this was a really good site! Thanks

Name: Mary Boorman`
Hometown: Unknown
POW Camp: Stalag 1 XC
Name of POW: (James?) Boyer
Postal Street Address: 167 West Humboldt Parkway
City, State, Zip: Buffalo, New York 14214
Sent: 5.56 AM - 6/1 2003

I wonder if you know the correct vesion of these numbers? I took the number L-13569 off a

photograph back on a website I found under James Boyer. I am looking for my father and mother

who I lost in World War II. I figured my father could have been in a Nazi Camp like Stalag

because of the people who followed me in this country and Europe. Some of them are gone now.

Do you know who I can contact regarding more information on the POW NO 42901? Does this number

look correct to you?

James Boyer is the website name - and I found this identification number and a photograph that

could be my sister and I around 1943. I would like to check this number out. My sisters and I

never knew what happened to my family or how we came to the United States around 1944. The

people who brought us here did not keep us. They were bad. Some were deported in the last 10


POW NO 42901

LI2469 or L-13569

Stalag 1 XC South Sask Regt Stobnitz, Germany

I am unable to find a Stobnitz, Germany?

I enjoy your website. It is very well written and produced. I have learned quite a bit from

the information on your site.

Thank you for your help.
Mary Boorman
167 West Humboldt Parkway
Buffalo, New York 14214

Name: Robert J Wingrove
Hometown: Worthing UK
POW Camp: Barth
Name of POW: Flg/Off Bernard Baker RNZAF
Postal Street Address: 20 Harrison Road
City, State, Zip: Worthing UK BN14 8LN
Sent: 1.57 PM - 5/31 2003

Bernie was Bomb Aimer in Lancaster HK567 of 75 (NZ) Squadron RAF shot down over France 7th/8th August 1944. Initially hidden by an elderly French woman, they were betrayed to the Germans who promptly shot her and marched off Bernie to eventual incarceration in Barth for the rest of the war.
The Rear Gunner Sgt Jack Hayler was a relative of my wife's family, he died in the attack and his buried at St Valery en Caux, Normandy, France. My wife and I visited the grave last week.
He is now aged 83, not in the best of health, living with his wife Margorie in Blenheim, New Zealand.

Name: bryce
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: George Wilson
Sent: 10.26 PM - 5/30 2003

If anyone knows anything about my grandfather, George Wilson, or the book about his B-17 that went down in backyard in Holland or Germany please email me. I was told by grandmother that the author was Mer Rypaarag.

Name: chalky White
Hometown: Worthing, England
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Captain David van Epps
Sent: 4.21 PM - 5/30 2003

I have tried to find this officer on your site under South Compound (as listed) without success. I am researching the Americans who joined the Royal Navy before the United States entered the war and David Van Epps served in the Fleet Air Arm before transferring to the 8th American Air Force.
Any help you could give into this officer would be much appreciated particularly a Group photo whilst in Stalag Luft 1,one of the veterans who remembered him, anything would be of enormous help to me.
Thankyou and congratulations on a wonderful web site. Your father would have been very proud of you and it is a fitting memorial to a brave man and his friends.

Chalky White.



Name: David Lesjak
Sent: 8.53 AM - 5/30 2003


I'm a freelance writer. I specialize in recording the life histories of WW II veterans.

I am currently writing a book on the United States PT service and have also just completed an interview with Lt. Colonel Dan Sjodin, who was the Commanding Officer of the 485th Bomb Groups 831st Bomb Squadron.

If you would like to talk about your WW II service, feel free to contact me by either email or regular post:

David Lesjak
Box 42023 Champlain P.O.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V5S 4R5

I conduct my interviews via email or the phone, whichever is most convenient.

No story is too short and no story is too long.

Thanks very much.

Name: Elaine Brown
Name of POW: Russel and Glen Miller
Sent: 6.17 PM - 5/29 2003

These uncles are both dead now, and I only know they were POWs in Germany. There are few family members left who know anything about them and I have become interested in finding which camp they were held in, etc.

Hometown: Sacramento, CA
POW Camp: Stalag 11-A
Postal Street Address: 6533 Nordic Court
City, State, Zip: Citrus Heights, CA 95610
Sent: 3.51 PM - 5/29 2003

My father was assigned to the 22nd Inf Reg. He was captured at the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944 and released in april 1945. Anyone with information regarding my father or the Stalag 11-A. Please email me at the above address.

Name: Rita Bergeron Grace
Hometown: Marlborough, N.H.
POW Camp: Stalag 4B Muhlberg
Name of POW: Leo J. Bergeron
Postal Street Address: 23 Troy Road
City, State, Zip: Marlborough, N.H. 03455
Sent: 8.18 AM - 5/29 2003

Dad is deceased but would like to contact anybody who knew him. he was in 630th TD captured 12.20.44 Would appreciate hearing from anybody from the same camp even if you didn't know my dad.

Name: Paul Shaffer
Hometown: Wexford, PA 15090
POW Camp: Stalag 1, North Compound
Name of POW: Paul Shaffer
Postal Street Address: 131 MacBeth Place
City, State, Zip: Wexford, PA 15090
Sent: 7.59 AM - 5/29 2003

My pilot, Bill Waggoner and Navigator were both in Stalag I but both are now gone.
The only name I remember from my compound was William E. Trees (WET). If anyome recognizes the name please contact me.

Name: Ms Perry Lawrence
Name of POW: Donald Arthur Jessup dec'd
Sent: 1.11 AM - 5/29 2003

Am trying to locate the name/place of a German POW camp where my soldier was marched after being wounded/captured at Eubach(Ubach)near Aachen Germany in late November 1944. Was told it was near Dusseldorf but there were several in that area. He died in the camp which was liberated on April 11, 1945. Thank you.

Name: Douglas Tees
Hometown: Houston
POW Camp: Stalag 17? or Stalag 13?
Name of POW: T/Sgt. David Verner Tees
Postal Street Address: 6014 Delange Lane
City, State, Zip: Houston, TX 77092
Sent: 8.52 PM - 5/28 2003

Thank's to the incredibly brave WWII men and weman who made our freedom possible. I am trying to find out my Dad's bomber group number. He was a radio operator aboard a B17 based in England. He was shot down and captured over Germany. My mom sent him V mail to the following address:

T/Sgt. David V. Tees
Blase Provisional Group
A.S.N. 38206331
A.P.O. 12158,12158
Postmaster, New York, New York

Name: Therese Arieux Sheffer
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Name of POW: Warren Eugene Arieux
Postal Street Address: 62557 HWY # 11
City, State, Zip: SLIDELL, LA 70452
Sent: 3.03 PM - 5/27 2003

My father, a prison of war in Stalag Luft I for 18 months during WWII, (married 60 years and with 11 children) only started talking about his experience at Stalag Luft I about 5 years ago. My son wanted more information about the prison camp, in hopes of making a visit to Barth, Germany this summer during his course of study (German Language)in Dresdan Germany. I am so appreciative of the Web site. Thank you for sharing and helping others share and "tell their story." So much healing takes place through talking. Thank you, again. Therese Arieux Sheffer

Name: Toby Tedrowe
Name of POW: Thaddeus William Tedrowe
Postal Street Address: 4018 Obispo Street
City, State, Zip: Tampa, Fl 33629
Sent: 12.37 PM - 5/27 2003

I have recently come accross a video tape of my father from 1996 or there about, giving a lecture to a college class about his time in Stalag Luft 1. I would like to post it here if possible. I have had it put into mpeg form. Can some one assist me?

Name: Bryce Wilson
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 12
Name of POW: George Wilson
Sent: 12.16 AM - 5/27 2003

If anyone knew my grandfather or if you know anything about him please respond.

Name: tom carlin
POW Camp: Torun Poland /stalingbostal Germany
Name of POW: carlin & thornbury[both pows torun>>>
Sent: 11.53 PM - 5/26 2003

Am looking for info on brother & bro in law mick carlin pow 1940 -45 ,jim thornbury1944-45,mick Tank Corps.jim Irish Guards.both together on march
Any help appreciated
Tom Carlin

Name: Beth Golder Pilz
Hometown: Asheville NC
POW Camp: in Germany somewhere
Name of POW: George I. Golder
City, State, Zip: Lewisburg, PA
Sent: 7.53 PM - 5/26 2003

My father was in a prisoner of war camp in Germany during WW2. He and a friend, Bob Hopkins ("Hoppie"), escaped when the prisoners were being marched off, perhaps to be killed. Polish people helped them hide. They returned to the 4th Armored Division on Friday, April 13, 1945. I was born in November of 1946, so I'm grateful that he survived. He died in 1991 in a car accident. In his notes for a talk he gave, he said he felt his life was saved ten times, from bombs, artillery fire (20mm-88mm), mortars, land mines, machine gun fire, snipers' bullets, typhus, mastoids, starvation, cruel and violent German guards, and Alsatian police dogs. He felt guilty all his life for surviving when men that he led into battle did not. He had dropped out of high school in order to enlist in the Army.

Name: Ovila S Corbiere
POW Camp: liberated at 7A
Name of POW: Ovila S Corbiere
Postal Street Address: 3463 Highland Fairways Blvd
City, State, Zip: Lakeland Fl. 33810
Sent: 6.08 PM - 5/26 2003

I was shot down November 26, 1944. I was flying with the 398th on that day. I had just transferred from the 482nd

Name: Genevieve Leavitt
POW Camp: Stalag Luft One
Name of POW: Olin Barker Houghton
City, State, Zip: Tucson, AZ
Sent: 6.04 PM - 5/26 2003

Olin Barker Houghton spent 5 months at Stalag Luft 1. He was from Massachusetts and with the 304 Wing, 457th Group, 747th Squad. He can't remember which part of the Camp he was housed in and his name is not included in any of the published lists. Please contact me if you have any information. His nickname was "woof"

Name: Art Flores
Hometown: Alameda, CA.
POW Camp: Stalag Luft One
Name of POW: Horace "Dode" Simms
City, State, Zip: Boulder, CO.
Sent: 3.45 PM - 5/26 2003

A quick message to let you know that thanks to your postings, my friend Dode Simms, is now receiving much needed assistance from the US Government. As a former POW, and still suffering the after-effects of his initial shoot-down in 1944 he and his commrades need all of our support.

Sent: 3.22 PM - 5/26 2003


Name: jon pollard
Hometown: washington c h ohio
Name of POW: william (Bill) pollard
City, State, Zip: washington c h ohio
Sent: 2.33 PM - 5/26 2003

If any one has any info on my dad captured during battle of bulge 1944, i would greatly appreciate it.

Name: Phil Anderson
Hometown: Klamath Falls, Oregon
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Name of POW: Elmer R. Anderson
Postal Street Address: PO Box 398
City, State, Zip: Keno, Or. 978627
Sent: 11.01 AM - 5/26 2003

My Dad, a B-24 pilot, was in Stalag Luft 1 and was there when the camp was liberated at the wars end.I would like to hear from any one who was there or had a relative there. His name was WO2 Elmer R. Anderson.

Name: Jim Mankie
Hometown: Nutley, N.J.
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Jim Mankie
Postal Street Address: 304 Lake Forest Lane
City, State, Zip: Charlottesville, Va.
Sent: 8.58 PM - 5/25 2003

I was a guest of Luft 1 from Jan. 1945 until----
I din't find my name in among the residents. I was in North 3 Barracks 9 Room 5. My KGF# 7207. I was a P-51 pilot who lived those days with all Bomber guys in my room. However, the top guy in our compound was thay famous fighter "Jock", Gabby Gabreski!
I didn't see any messages after 2001 on your site after 2001. Are there any or, did it just die of old age?
Jim Mankie

Name: Bernard Greening
POW Camp: Stalag 8b,3,6,357
Name of POW: Albert Greening
Postal Street Address: 16 Anstey St, Mundijong
City, State, Zip: West Australia. 6123
Sent: 7.52 AM - 5/25 2003

My father was a pow in WW11. He was in the RAF between 1939 and 1960. He was originally from wales UK near pontypridd. His name is Albert Greening, commonly known as Len or taffy. He had such contacts as Lauri Ryan from WA and Tommy Thomas from UK (white rabbit).
I would be pleased to hear from any one who has known or known of my father. Best regards for you site.

Name: Roy Kilminster
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Roy Kilminster
City, State, Zip: Redditch, B97 5UN, England
Sent: 5.18 AM - 5/25 2003

Best wishes to all my fellow ex-Kriegies at Stalag Luft 1

Name: karlee slawson
Hometown: marysville
Name of POW: harold slawson
Sent: 1.01 PM - 5/23 2003

my grandpa was in world war II and i respect him with the most dignity.

Name: David Schmerler
Hometown: Algonquin Illinois
Name of POW: Tom Schmerler
Sent: 5.23 PM - 5/22 2003

Tom Schmerler was my Uncle and I am looking for any informaton about his time as a POW that I can find.

Name: Carolyn Evans
Hometown: Illinois
Postal Street Address: P O Box 5387
City, State, Zip: Springfield, Illinois 62705
Sent: 2.25 PM - 5/22 2003

I'm a Persian Gulf Mom (1991) just surfing the net and have enjoyed reading the poems. These are heartfelt and said in such a way that most of us can't find the words. My dad is a WWII Vet. Thank you.

Name: R. Zimmerman
Sent: 1.07 PM - 5/22 2003

Thanks for having the page on the gave me a possible source for answers from a gentleman that was in my father's unit.

I, also, copied Mr. Fishel's story to share with the students in my room. They need history on a personal level; the broad view of WWII escapes a lot of the "me" generation.

Name: Igor' Bugaev
City, State, Zip: Moscow. RU. 123458
Sent: 12.46 AM - 5/22 2003

Hello! I from Russia. Good at you a site of thanks for the information. Can eat a site in a network about camp Stalag IIA was in Germany near to city Neubrandenburg. Who can eat that alive from this camp?

Name: Isaac Kevin Brooks
Hometown: Dallas, TX.
Sent: 3.32 PM - 5/21 2003

Love your site! You are truly providing a service to those who seek some sort of closure. I will return often. Isaac K. Brooks

Name: Gary Richards
Hometown: Syosset, NY
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Name of POW: Melvin Rubin
Postal Street Address: 12505 Belrose Avenue
City, State, Zip: Orlando, FL 32837
Sent: 10.04 AM - 5/21 2003

I was seeking further information on my dad, Melvin Rubin, and his experiences while a Kriegie. This website is filled with a lot of important information that fills in some of the blanks. Thank you.

Name: Ken Anderson
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Elmer R. Anderson
City, State, Zip: Oregon
Sent: 10.20 PM - 5/20 2003

This is a long shot but, I am looking for any one who new or flew with my grandfather Elmer R. Anderson he was a flight officer of a B-24 called the Blue Hornet. He went by the nick name of "Andy" as do all of us Anderson's. And many thanks to the folks who put together this sight!

Name: Pauline Castle
POW Camp: Stalag 383;13 and possibly luft III
Name of POW: Corporal James E. Geen (Jimmy)
Sent: 10.28 AM - 5/20 2003

I am looking for information on my Great Uncle from Devon, England. He was at Stalag 383 in 1944, but he was possibly also in Stalag 13 and Stalag Luft 3. Any info would help please, anyone who knew of him, or if have any thing which may help? please email me

Name: Blake Lee Spahr
Hometown: Carlisle, PA
Postal Street Address: 88 Evergreen Drive
City, State, Zip: Orinda, CA 94563
Sent: 7.05 PM - 5/19 2003

Was also a Navigator in WWII, but in a B-17. Went to the same schools as Paul (San Antonio, Houston ), but then San Marcos. Had 35 missions over Germany, but we were lucky and not shot down. My co-pilot was twice wounded, but we all came back. Also wrote a diary, which I can send, if wanted.

Name: Esther Fernandez
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Augustine Fernandez
Postal Street Address: 5820 S. W. 99 Terrace
City, State, Zip: Miami, FL 33156
Sent: 9.43 AM - 5/19 2003

I have finally finished recording my husband's memoirs of his fifteen months in Stalag Luft 1. It's been a fascinating journey for me. I have learned so much. I appreciate the assistance I have received from other exPOWs. I still need pictures of the B-17 in action. Apparently these are available only if we visit the Air Force museum in Ohio. Anyone know of any other source? Thanks, Esther

Name: Eloise Weymouth
Hometown: Sopchoppy
POW Camp: ?
Name of POW: William T. Tedrowe
Postal Street Address: 2042 Smith Creek Road
City, State, Zip: Sopchoppy, FL 32358
Sent: 7.07 AM - 5/19 2003

Great effort at such a sad time. War is hell. Thank you for the opportunity to reflect.

Name: Irene Kimberley
Hometown: St Keverne,Helston,Cornwall TR12 6NH
POW Camp: Stalag Luft III
Name of POW: Anthony Lunt
Sent: 8.58 AM - 5/17 2003

My father survived the war but died about 10 years later at the age of 37 years. I never knew him as I was adopted in 1942 while he was away in America training as pilot navigator. His sister, my aunt, who is still alive has told me about their childhood, but I want to know more about his time as a POW, that part is missing. I hope you can help. I know my information is limited and time is running out, but please do your best. Thank you.

Name: Gerald Duval
POW Camp: 2 labor camps and Stalag Luft 1
City, State, Zip: Panama City Beach Florida
Sent: 10.24 PM - 5/16 2003

On April 2 1944 I was flying as a radio operater and gunner in a B-24 bomber out
of Italy (459th Bomb Group 759th Bomb Squadron). We were shot down over
Steyre Austria. In a madly spinning dead airplane I rode the Bomber all the way
to its final resting place on the side of the snow clad Alps! Killed in the Air and
crash were the following.
Pilot (Head Shot Off) Co Pilot (Bailed out) Top Turret and Flight Engr (Blown
from his turret twice before bailing out) Nose gunner (Killed in his turret) Ball
gunner (Shot in his turret(Died of injuries) Right waist gunner (Shot and died
from injuries in the crash) Tail Gunner badly wounded lived through the crash.
Navigator Wounded and died as a result of the crash. Radio Operator The
Writer) shot and badly wounded lived through the crash Five lived and five
died..The aircrafts name was Deadmans Hand...a white boney hand holding five
aces. After many months without proper medical treatment (In two Labor Camps)
the tail gunner and myself ended up as cripples on sticks for canes. In February
of 1945 we arrived in Berlin under a devastaing Air Raid..Placed in complete
Solitary no food or water, before being sent to Barth Germany and Stalog Luft
1. I remember it was a large Camp and we were so sick and hungry. The tail
gunner and myself still together were placed in Compond North 1, Food being in
short supply we existed on what was given us! I remember our living newspaper
that was a real moral booster. I remember the wonderful pep talks by Col Zemke
and our liberation by the Russians! Why we were detained by the Russians after
our liberation is still a mystery
. I remember eventualy flying out in B-17's and getting lost over France..Landing
at a semi deserted fighter field and sleeping in a haystack. Were you on that
airplane of Rag Tag POW's?
I have writtten a book . It can be ordered at 1st books Library 888-280-7715 or
on line at The Books name is Wings And Barbed Wire.Yhe
Printed version can be purchased at B Dalton Booksellers. Many Sites carry my
Book to inculde Walmart

Name: Ken Gilpin
POW Camp: Stalag Luft #3
Name of POW: 2nd Lt David W Henley
Postal Street Address: Box 427 Flint Hill VA 22627
City, State, Zip: POBox 3106, Kenai, Alaska 99611
Sent: 12.17 PM - 5/16 2003

I cannot find the roster now but I don't think Dave's name was on it and he wanted me to do so but don't know how. He was there 2 1/2 years. Ken

Name: Charity Blanchard
Hometown: Las Cruces, NM
POW Camp: Stalag-Luft
Name of POW: William S. Couch
Postal Street Address: Regents Row Apt. F-33
City, State, Zip: Silver City, NM 88061
Sent: 12.01 AM - 5/16 2003

I am looking for any information anyone might have on my grandfather William S. (Schlieter) Couch or anyone who might have known him. The only information I have is the telegram from the war department saying he had been shot down over Belguim and a returned letter my great grandmother tried to send him. He was shot down in May of 1944 and released May of 1945. Please help me.

Name: Michael Gene Stoddard
Hometown: Ypsilanti
POW Camp: N/A
Name of POW: N/A
Postal Street Address: 563 Allen Rd Lot 62
City, State, Zip: Milan, Mi, 48160
Sent: 9.30 PM - 5/15 2003

My grandfather was in the war. And I just wanted to know more about the war and about the Holocaust. I also love learning more and more about how the army worked and I would love to fly a old WW2 vintage plane. Thanks for making this wonderful sight.


Name: Marcus highland
Hometown: Richmond, Kentucky
Name of POW: Sgt. Emette Highland
Postal Street Address: 1028 Echo Valley Drive
City, State, Zip: Richmond, Ky 40475
Sent: 12.29 PM - 5/14 2003

I am searching for military information on my cousin, the events leading up to and involving the POWs of the 508th. I have virtually no information and little direction. I do not know when Emmett and other that he was with in camp returned home. His unconfirmed date of capture was MArch 22, 1944. Family stories say that the was a gunner and his plane was shot down and that once he returned to the US he moved out West and retired as Post Master General in Tucson Arizona. He died 11 Jan 2002.

Name: Meredith Schimmelman
Hometown: Anaheim Hills, Ca.
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1, Barth, Germany
Name of POW: First Lt. Lee G. Johnson
City, State, Zip: Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653
Sent: 10.54 PM - 5/13 2003

I Just wanted to give an update. It has been a year and a half since I found this wonderful website. Since then I have been contacted by a man from the Dutch Royal Air Force who is writing his third book about WWII. His latest book is about the 487th, which my father served in. It should be out in 2004. My father and I have given him a complete account of my father's last mission and what happened to him after he was shot down over France on May 11, 1944. He was a POW at Stalag Luft 1, in Barth, Germany until the liberation in May, 1945. He never received some of the medals that he so well deserved. After gathering all the proper documentation of his war record, I applied for his medals. That was seven months ago. So 58 years later he finally received his European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign with one bronze star and the WWII Lapel Button, Prisoner of War Medal (POW) and the WWII Victory Medal. This was a very proud day. They are being properly framed so they may be displayed with all his other WWII memorabilia. This was a long process, but well worth the wait. This would have never happened if it hadn't been for this wonderful website. So thank you Mary for all the helpful information.

Name: Gary
Hometown: Winona, Minnesota
Name of POW: L.R. Goetzman
Postal Street Address: 202 College Park Dr., #145
City, State, Zip: Weatherford, Texas 76086
Sent: 11.41 AM - 5/13 2003

I am researching the Goetzman family history and would like anyone who is interested in - or has information on - our lineage to contact me.
Gary Goetzman

Name: sherry harvey
Postal Street Address: suffolk england
Sent: 5.41 AM - 5/13 2003

I am a memeber of the 56th fighter group museum based at Holten and I am currently at college, my project being entitled Way of the Wolfpack. Although only small it is a wonderful tribute to all those who were based there. My husband made a model of Jerry Johnson's plane "In the mood" for the museum and was lucky enough to meet him on a few occasions. Although Jerry Johnson has since passed away we do have video footage of him returning to where he was based. My only regret is that I myself did not get to meet him, it would have been an honour to have got the chance to interview him. This is an excellent site, thank-you for producing it.

Name: Paul Willson
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Robert A. Bennett
Postal Street Address: P.O. Box 570
City, State, Zip: Athens, TN 37303
Sent: 12.55 PM - 5/12 2003

LTC Bennett was my commander for several years. He was a very great and positive influence on my military career and life. Bob died in May 1995. Our friend and comrade, Mike Thomson, is writing a book about POW's, including Bob. Thanks for your wonderful website which brings back many memories of Bob as he shared with me, ironically, as we were stationed in Germany.

Name: John H. Bryner, Jr., PhD
Hometown: Washington County, PA, USA
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Name of POW: John H. Bryner, Jr.; S/Sgt
Postal Street Address: P.O. Box 2207
City, State, Zip: Ames, IA., 50010. USA
Sent: 9.49 PM - 5/11 2003

Hi Mary. We met in Barth September 2001.

Flying from Foggia, Italy with 2nd BG, 20th BS, 15th AF as tail gunner on B-17 6440 with Williams crew, shot down 22 March 1945 over Ruhland, Germany by Me262. Parachuted into Buckgen, captured and POW at Stalag Luft I. Our plane crashed onto house, 22 Schmogrower Str., Grossrashhen, burned, exploded killing 13+ German nationals and wounding several others. Williams (P) and 8 crew were KIA in the plane. At invitation of Peter Gajda of Guteborn,
Germany, returned to Grossraschen September 2001 and again September 2002 to meet people who observed our plane crash as children in 1945.

Name: Tom McClelland
Hometown: Rocklin, Calif.
Sent: 7.39 PM - 5/10 2003

I am son of a POW who was in Moosburg, Germany (Stalag VIIA), last 7 months of war. Currently researching and rewriting his unpublished manuscipt to make a few hardbound copies for family. Looking at any websites dealing with POWs. Father was James P. McClelland of Temple City, California.

Name: Team Delta
Sent: 5.55 PM - 5/10 2003

Your site is an excellent resource. Being in the interrogation field ourselves (we run SERE programs for the public), we applaud your efforts.

Name: Allan Hale
Hometown: Ellesmere Port
Name of POW: Ronald Hale
Postal Street Address: 37 Capenhurst Lane Ellesmere Port
City, State, Zip: Cheshire CH65 7AQ
Sent: 4.55 PM - 5/10 2003

My family has just recently started a search of our Fathers war records and we would be grateful to anyone who thinks they may have known him, either in the prisons or from his Regiment. Thank you in advance.
Allan Hale

Name: Art
Sent: 12.29 PM - 5/10 2003

Was an Army interrogator in germany and Vietnam and remember Oberrursel as "Camp King" where our headquarters was in the late 1970's before it moved to Munich. Great reading on this site.
Art farash, CWO-3 Retired, North Bend WA

Name: Bill Williams
Hometown: Dover, DE
POW Camp: Luft III
Name of POW: Lt. David L. Williams
Postal Street Address: 464 Chambers Lane
City, State, Zip: West Chester, PA 19382
Sent: 9.33 PM - 5/9 2003

My father,Lt. David L. Williams, was a B-17 pilot shot down over Belgium. Sole survivor; spent 2 years in Luft 3. Lived in Barrack # 56. He rarely spoke of his experience so details are somewhat scarce. Please contact me if you knew him.
This is a great website.

Name: Wally P. Fydenchuk
Hometown: .
POW Camp: .
Name of POW: .
Postal Street Address: .
City, State, Zip: .
Sent: 2.06 PM - 5/9 2003

I am researching US citizens who enlisted in the RCAF prior to Pearl Harbor. Many would end up as POW's while serving in the RCAF/RAF and later USAAF.

Any names/information would be appreciated.


Name: Mark enger
Name of POW: Don Hyerdall
Sent: 9.27 AM - 5/9 2003

I have just viewed the site/page regarding LT. Donald J. Hyerdall. He is my Uncle. I never fully understood what my Uncle went through during the war. Thanks to the help of this page many family members can understand and appreciate the sacrific's made.

Name: DR Cowan
POW Camp: new brandenburg stalag 12a
Name of POW: Harley Merideth Cowan
Postal Street Address: 503 Sunset
City, State, Zip: ElReno,Oklahoma 73036
Sent: 11.50 PM - 5/8 2003

Iam looking for a web link to stalag 12a new brandenburg pow camp. It was the last camp my dad was in to my knowledge

POW Camp: SL I
Sent: 9.38 PM - 5/8 2003

Re. MArk Quinby's message of May 7. You can go directly to Chuck Quinby's account of the last flight of the Silver Slipper with the following:
Also you can go from the home page by first going to "POW STORIES'. Then find my name, Bruce Bockstanz. I submitted Chuck's account along with other material.

I was the Navigator on Chuck's Silver Slipper. He saved the crews' lives that July Day. I will always be grateful to him.

Name: Abby
POW Camp: Stalag luft IV
Name of POW: Sam Scott
Sent: 10.25 AM - 5/8 2003

My Grandfather was in Stalag Luft IV. He has some amazing stories, one of the people who was in the same barrack as him actually went to school with his fiancee! I loved when he talked about Chirstmas of 1944. With the snow and the POWs singing christmas carols. Does anyone else who was in IV remember this story?
My grandfather was Captured on October 19th and was liberated May 2nd by the British.

Name: mark quinby
Hometown: Doylestown, PA
Sent: 10.41 PM - 5/7 2003

Wonderful Site!!! have it in my favorites. I haven't found how to go to Chuck Quinby's page from the homepage but i can go from his to the homepage. where is the link. i haven't made it all the way through the site yet.Here is a link to my friend Jeannie's site also
See you again soon,

Name: Toby Tedrowe
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Name of POW: Thaddeus William Tedrowe
Postal Street Address: 4018 Obispo Street
City, State, Zip: Tampa, Fl 33629
Sent: 12.49 PM - 5/7 2003

Good day. My father was in the South Camp 13,13. He passed away in 1998 but had many stories. I would love to share them and have stories of him related back if any one knew him.

Postal Street Address: 245 S. Paddock apt
City, State, Zip: Pontiac Mich 48342
Sent: 10.11 AM - 5/7 2003

Lost my brother in WW2and am member of Oakland Co .MICH Veterans Auxilery Can I help You in the wonderful work you do ? PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS V BLOCK

Name: Sharon Wick
Hometown: Apple Valley MN., USA
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Name of POW: Max Brunson
Postal Street Address: 444 Walnut Lane
City, State, Zip: Apple Valley, MN.,55124
Sent: 10.16 AM - 5/6 2003

I am looking for information on Max Brunson who was a POW in Stalag Luft I. He was my brother-in-law. He rarely spoke of his experiences of his life as a POW. I am writing the history of our famly for the grandchildren and would love to write about Max. I really know so little about him. If you have any information, please contact me. This is a great site!

Name: Roy Peary
Hometown: hindly wigan england
Sent: 2.36 PM - 5/5 2003

i have just been reading some very good letters.a book(the last escape) gives locations of pow camps in the fly leaves, hope this will be useful.if anyone can help i would like to know the exact locations of pow camps Xib and 357 located near belson ta

Name: John D Chumley
Hometown: Hillsboro IL.
Postal Street Address: 1904 MILLER AVE.
City, State, Zip: HILLSBORO IL 62049
Sent: 1.59 PM - 5/5 2003

Name: Rose M. Dubee
Hometown: New York, NY
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Stanley Dubee
Postal Street Address: 3478 Middlefield Ln
City, State, Zip: Eureka, CA 95501
Sent: 3.03 AM - 5/5 2003

My husband often spoke of his POW experiences. I think he would have been pleased to read these messages. He never forgot his flight crew...they were an important part of his life.

POW Camp: Luft STALAG 17B
Name of POW: Same
Postal Street Address: 880 ONONDAGA ST.
City, State, Zip: LEWISTON N.Y. 14209
Sent: 8.48 PM - 5/4 2003


Name: M.Heebner
Hometown: Mt Laurel,NJ
POW Camp: stalag luft IV
Name of POW: Benjamin H. Wells
Postal Street Address: Southhampton
City, State, Zip: NJ
Sent: 5.11 PM - 5/3 2003

This is my brother and I was 6 years old at the time. It has only been in recent years that he would talk at all about the prison camp or the war at all. It is good to see that now he is searching for others that he shared this experience with. Hoping he fines one.

Name: robert r. langner
Hometown: tucson
POW Camp: stalag luft 1
Name of POW: robert r. langner
Postal Street Address: 8701 s kolb rd. 4-170
City, State, Zip: tucson Az 85706
Sent: 3.49 PM - 5/3 2003

to all those who have relations who will not speak of their pow experience.the Va hospitals have excellent programs to help ex-pows deal with their
in Tucson we have weekly monday night meetings which are a big help. nobody is pressed and combat experiences are not often discussed.give the Va a try.

Hometown: Tucson,Az
Name of POW: Gerald "Jerry" Quater
POW Camp: stalag luft 1
11.18 AM - 5/3 2003

Glad to be aboard. Just found you.

Name: Bob Bousquet
POW Camp: stalag 17 b
Name of POW: Francis J. Bousquet
Postal Street Address: po box 1116
City, State, Zip: Georgetown, TX 78627-1116
Sent: 6.31 AM - 5/3 2003

My Dad was a member of the crew of "Murder Inc.". He was the belly gunner that is pictured in the back left row of this article. I have this article from another source and was pleased to see that it is on the net. Would love to hear from anyone from the crew or related. God Bless America!

Name: Arlen Reinstein
POW Camp: Concentration Camp Barth
Name of POW: Mayer (Max) Reinstein
Postal Street Address: 152 Overbrook Place
City, State, Zip: Toronto, Ontario Canada L4J 4W1
Sent: 11.33 PM - 5/2 2003

My father Max (Mayer) Reinstein was a Jewish slave laborer at Barth ZAL in April 1945. He was evacuated by the SS on the death march of April 30,1945 and was liberated by Russian troops on the road near Rostock on May 1,1945.
This year I commemorate this 58th anniversary of his liberation as he did every year. My father passed away on February 4,2003 at the age of 89. May his memory and the memory of all the victims and survivors be a blessing to all of us.

Name: george held
Hometown: harrison ny
POW Camp: stalag luft 1
Name of POW: robert r. langner
Postal Street Address: 8701 s. kolb rd.
City, State, Zip: tucson az.85706
Sent: 5.53 PM - 5/1 2003

On the night of may1 at 11:30 pm we saw the guards take
their arms and searchlights out of the guardtowers and
leave the camp.Our ranking officers decided it was best
to remain in the camp.The soviets came in a few days
later but refused to allow us to contact the allies.
Some days later they told us to take whatever we had and line up at the gates.Fortunately Col.Hubert Zemke
refused to go along with their order which was to walk
us to Oddessa. On a few days in May ,The 13 for me b-17s flew in to take us out.Years later an article in the Wall Street Journal reported that possibly 20,000
pow,s were taken into the Soviet Union and abandoned.

Name: robert r. langner
Hometown: tucson
POW Camp: stalag luft 1
Name of POW: robert r. langner
Postal Street Address: 8701 s. Kolb Rd. 4-170
City, State, Zip: Tucson Az.. 85706
Sent: 5.05 PM - 5/1 2003

I would be happy to hear from anyone from stalag 1 at
beautiful Barth on the Baltic.

Name of POW: ALFRED FAIR P.O.W NO 19580
City, State, Zip: ENGLAND
Sent: 3.53 PM - 5/1 2003


Name: LaDona Stout
Name of POW: Phern Albert Stout
Postal Street Address: 615 N. Booth
City, State, Zip: Elk City, Oklahoma 73644
Sent: 2.20 AM - 5/1 2003

I was doing some geneology and this was on the paper to look up this web site. You have a wonderful site.



Name: Ronald Dean Winn
Hometown: Bryan, Texas
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I - Barth
Name of POW: Lt. Jack Milton Winn, USA Air Corps
City, State, Zip: Dallas, Texas
Sent: 12.37 PM - 4/30 2003

My father, Jack Milton Winn, was a B-24 pilot shot down on or about April 18, 1944 and spent the rest of the war in Stalag Luft I. I have many mementos of this period and some books as well. I would be interested in hearing from anyone who served with my Dad, or descendants of same.

Name: Baz Howes
Hometown: South Elmsall
POW Camp: Stalag XXB
Name of POW: Tpr Levi Howes
City, State, Zip: Pontefract,ENGLAND
Sent: 11.22 AM - 4/30 2003


Name: Maureen
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 Barth
Name of POW: Eric Sullivan
City, State, Zip: Southend-on-Sea
Sent: 10.32 AM - 4/30 2003

I have recorded a message via email.

Name: Tom Mazzoli
Hometown: Ocoee, Fl 34761
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: John Lanehart
Postal Street Address: Winter Haven
City, State, Zip: Florida
Sent: 10.29 PM - 4/28 2003

I am a volunteer interviewer for the AMERICAN AIRPOWER HERITAGE MUSEUM & have had the pleasure to meet John Lanehart a former POW at Stalag Luft 1 (WW II). He was a camp mate of Ross Greening. Any additional information that you have for me will be greatly appreciated. I do my work out of respect for these true American Hero Veterans. It is a labor of love for me.

Name: Bill Ichter
Hometown: Minden,LA
Postal Street Address: 305 Lakeshore Drive
City, State, Zip: Minden,LA 71055
Sent: 11.41 AM - 4/28 2003

Just saw the name Bill Ichter as having been a POW at Stalag Luft. I have the same name and also fought in Europe. My dad was Major Lester Ichter ,28th Division. ,and all of my Ichter relatives came from the Ashley,PA area. Just thought that I would sign this guest book and possibly find out more about the Bill Ichter who was a POW.

Name: Le Marquis de Bellapais (William)
Hometown: was London UK
Postal Street Address: 18,Baronet ,
City, State, Zip: Bracken Ridge 4017.AUSTRALIA
Sent: 9.11 PM - 4/27 2003

As a 'time expired' aviator the story really touched my heart. I have experienced aircraft fires, once in a Lancaster bomber over Britain, I was a 15year old Air Cadet and the memory of that event has certainly stayed with me .Has it happened I was burned in an accident as a child and at the grand old age of 74 I still bear the scars.  flew in the RAF for 15 years and I am glad to say that I never received even a scratch. Thank you for sharing the story.  Regards, William

Name: Philip Dunseath
Hometown: Springfield
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Name of POW: Kenneth E. Webster
City, State, Zip: Springfield, Ohio
Sent: 7.46 PM - 4/27 2003

Both to my Grandfather Kenneth "Sam" Webster and all POW's thank you for being there for our country and defending our freedom.

Name: Jacqueline Matthews
Hometown: Washington, DC
POW Camp: Stalag 17B
Name of POW: LeRoy F. Sykes
Postal Street Address: 9014 Abline Place
City, State, Zip: Clinton, MD 20035-3606
Sent: 2.30 PM - 4/27 2003

My Dad was a tail gunner and his plane was shot down on it's first mission at the beginning of WWII. He spent the war in a German prison camp. My Mother told me his caterpillar pin with the ruby eyes was lost but I have his caterpillar without ruby eyes. I always thought this was a replacement. I have often wondered about the Calterpillar Club and decided to check the internet. I was surprised to find so much information.
It's nice to find some history on this. I've always wondered why it was called the Caterpillar club. My Dad didn't talk much about this time. What I was able to find out came from my Mother.
I have a picture of him with his gun and I also have his prisoner of war pictures. He was able to get these when the Germans surrendered to the American prisoners rather than become prisoners of the Russians.

Name: Paul T,. Haggerty
Name of POW: Paul T. Haggerty
Postal Street Address: 12 Fischer Dr Apt 3E
City, State, Zip: North Kingstown, RI 02852
Sent: 7.48 PM - 4/25 2003

To Robert P Harcus
Scroll down these messages to April 16 and see my message to James Bowler. All the Caterpillar Club Information you need is right there. Good Luck
Paul T. Haggerty

Name: robert p harcus
Postal Street Address: 516 w. cole rd
City, State, Zip: fremont, oh. 43420
Sent: 4.20 PM - 4/25 2003

We were shot down over Budapest on 6-14-44. Never in a POW camp but were helped back to Italy by Tito's partisans. Was a member of the caterpillar club shorlty after that but want to know if I still am. I liked that black and gold pin but lost it. Am I still in?

Name: George Held
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: George Held
Postal Street Address: 83 Pleasant Ridge Rd
City, State, Zip: Harrison, NY 10528
Sent: 1.58 PM - 4/25 2003

Was interned 10 months until freed by Russians
May 1 1945. Served as Navigator on B24 out of Italy
451 Bomb Group 725 Bomb Squadron.

Name: tommy wright
Hometown: norma tenn scott county
Name of POW: volna wright
City, State, Zip: la follette tenn 37766
Sent: 7.29 AM - 4/25 2003

volna wright my dad served in germany and was a pow i dont know pow camp or any more about it i would like to find out more can any one help. thank you

Name: louise Tilden
Hometown: Lake Maquarie NSW AUSTRALIA
POW Camp: STALAG V111b
Name of POW: Ernest Robert Sims (Bob)
Postal Street Address: 17 York Crescent Belmont
City, State, Zip: NSW AUST 2280
Sent: 12.57 AM - 4/25 2003

My father was a prisoner of war in StalagV111B during 1941 - 1945 and I would like to know if there are any of his mates still alive I have photos and memorabillia
from dads internment. It is Anzac Day here in Australia and I am remembering all our dead heros and current serving men and women Lest we Forget

Name: Ian McLachlan
Sent: 12.02 AM - 4/24 2003

I'm an aviation author & historian in the UK. Books I've written so far include "Eighth Air force Bomber Stories"; "USAAF Fighter Stories"; "Final Flights" & "Night Of The Intruders" I'm currently working on follow up volumes to "Bombers" & "Fighters" so visited the site for research. My books are my own small way of saying thanks to that generation. Will re-visit soon. Thanks

Name: Robert J. Vickers
POW Camp: stalag Luft 1 Barth
Name of POW: Robert J. Vickers
Postal Street Address: 561 Shelby 400
City, State, Zip: Clarence Missouri 63437
Sent: 8.22 PM - 4/23 2003

Thanks for the pictures they have answered many questions that I have wondered about. I was in north 2 compound.
Robert (Vic) Vickers

Postal Street Address: rOBERT GARDENS NO. 210-4
City, State, Zip: qUEENSBURY, NY 12804
Sent: 1.14 PM - 4/23 2003


Name: Bill Dennebaum
Hometown: POB 728, Lake Placid, ny 12946
POW Camp: Stalag VII A - POW Nr. 144404
Name of POW: Myself - see above
Sent: 11.05 AM - 4/23 2003

Found this site while surfing for RAMP Camp Luck Strike and old memories. Like to hear from other POWs

Name: Donald Davis
Hometown: Plano, Texas 75075
POW Camp: Dulag Luft 12
Name of POW: Valentino Rivoli
Sent: 8.15 AM - 4/23 2003

My wife's uncle Val was a B26 tail gunner and got shot down over Germany on Feb 24, 1945. It was written he went to Oberurel, Germany, also listed HOHE MARK HOSPITAL. We are interested in where his unit flew out of and what was their target that day. He wasliberated and returned to Rochester, NY.

Name: Kevin F Garcia
Hometown: Fresno
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Frank Hokr
Postal Street Address: 767 E. Cornell
City, State, Zip: Fresno, Ca. 93704
Sent: 1.56 AM - 4/23 2003

To whom it may concern, my name is Kevin F. Garcia, I am a student at California State University Fresno. I am working on a documentary about a former POW of Stalag Luft 1. His name is Frank Hokr. He was a navigator on a B-24 based at Terreto Italy, shot down on a mission to Odertal, Poland. I could use some photos of Stalag Luft 1 for my documentary. If you could assist me I would greatly appreciate the help. My address is 767 E. Cornell Fresno, Ca. 93704
Thanks very much

Name: Peter Borys
Hometown: Niagara Falls
POW Camp: At Lintz, Austria
Name of POW: John (Ivan) Borys
Postal Street Address: 10662 Willoughby Dr.
City, State, Zip: Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2E 6S6
Sent: 8.47 PM - 4/22 2003

I am looking for any information on the Russian POWs who were at Lintz around 1942-1945. My dad was a pow there for about a month when the Americans liberated the camp.

Name: Carol Mitchell King
Name of POW: Lt. M. K. Woods
Sent: 7.00 PM - 4/22 2003

I just learned that my cousin, Mitchell Kenneth (Bud)Woods, born 29 Jul 1917 in Chicago, was a POW at Stalag Luft I, South Compound. He died this past January. I was very touched as I scrolled the listing of POW's.

Name: jerry schuh
Hometown: chilton
City, State, Zip: Wi
Sent: 4.18 PM - 4/22 2003

My Dad, Robert Schuh, was in the 600th squadron with Don Kenyon, Max Adkins, Maurice Hill, John Karowles. I've been trying to find something on the internet on this crew, with some stories. If you find anything I'd appreciate it. Thank you.

Name: Francis Rzhtkowski
Hometown: Westland, Mi.
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Francis Rzhtkowski
Postal Street Address: 7425 Carrousel
City, State, Zip: Westland, MI. 48185
Sent: 9.54 AM - 4/22 2003

Looking for my roommates: Tom Gannon, Paul Mattox and
Frank Pringle of California, What barrack # were we in
in North Compound Stalag Luft 1? Trying to locate
these men.
I escaped with a fellow prisoner from England. I don't
know his name to this date. Anyone that has info., I
sure would like to contact him.

Name: Gary Myers
Hometown: Middle Point OH. 45863
POW Camp: Stalag 13
Name of POW: Harold S. Myers 35836860
Postal Street Address: Middle Point OH Box 111 45863
City, State, Zip: Middle Point OH 45863
Sent: 3.55 PM - 4/21 2003

Trying to find info on my dad POW WWII Between 1944 1945 in Germany dog tag no 35836860
SS NO 299 07 2236

Name: Cameo Rasko Kolonight
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I, South Barrack 3, Rm. 4
Name of POW: John Rasko
Sent: 8.10 AM - 4/21 2003

This is the first time we've found a website that provides solid information regarding the POW camp in Barth. My grandad was held there and rarely spoke of the experience. He passed away more than a decade ago but we appreciate the chance to (now) learn more about his life. Please write if you are someone who knew him or are the child/grandchild of someone who knew him. Thanks!

Name: Cristina Johnson
Postal Street Address: 22 Elmdale Lane
City, State, Zip: St Peters MO 63376
Sent: 6.24 PM - 4/20 2003

I am a United States Marine who served during the Desert Shield/Desert Storm war in Iraq. I am a full-time student going back to school to finish my Bachelor's degree and Master's. I came to your site while doing research on the experiences of POW's during WW II. Your site was very informative and I appreciate all the efforts you have gone to putting this together. As a former service member I am always in awe when I read stories of fellow service members experiences. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your memories.

Cristina Johnson

Name: J. de Swart
Hometown: Zeist, Holland
POW Camp: Stalagluft I
Name of POW: William J. Doherty
Postal Street Address: 60 West Newton Street
City, State, Zip: Boston Mass.
Sent: 11.08 AM - 4/19 2003

Looking for relatives of this Mr. Doherty ex POW
A Memorial day will be held in De Bilt Holland on 20.10.2003 for other 5 crewmembers of the B-17 42-3439 who died in the crash.

Name: Lee Castle
Hometown: Louisville, MS
Postal Street Address: 10216 Lazy Creek Dr.
City, State, Zip: Olive Branch, MS 38654
Sent: 2.19 PM - 4/18 2003

Orville Lee Castle was my uncle. I was born in Sept. 1944 and named after him. If you have any information about him, I would like to hear it.

Thank You, and God Bless you,

Lee Castle

Name: Kathee Johnson
Hometown: Warren, OH
POW Camp: unknown
Name of POW: Harry Edwin Jones
Postal Street Address: 10815 Beckum Rd
City, State, Zip: Dade City, FL 33525
Sent: 2.01 PM - 4/18 2003

My grandfather was a POW in Germany. He was married to Dora Scott and has 2 daughters Margaret and Ruth Ann. I have no info on him. Maybe someone out there knows something about him.

Name: Reinhard Krueger
Hometown: Graal Mueritz
POW Camp: ???
Name of POW: Hptm. F.J. Krueger
Postal Street Address: 26 Everett Str.
Sent: 5.28 AM - 4/18 2003

My father was taken away from home by the russians in 1945 and we have not heard from him since.

Name: Lori File
Hometown: greenville, Illinois
POW Camp: Mooseberg Stalag 7a
Name of POW: Eldon Smith
Postal Street Address: Ayers Road
City, State, Zip: Greenville, Illinois 62246
Sent: 8.33 PM - 4/17 2003

Eldon is my uncle. He is 79. He was in the Army. He does not remember a lot of names. Does anyone remember him? He said he found a chicken that layed an egg everyday and ate it to stay alive.

Name: Paul T, Haggerty
POW Camp: Jail in Yugoslavia
Name of POW: Paul T. Haggerty
Postal Street Address: 12 Fischer Dr Apt 3E
City, State, Zip: North Kingstown RI o2853-2854
Sent: 8.52 PM - 4/16 2003

To James Bowler. I joined the Caterpillar Club on Dec 16, 1944 bailing out at 18,000 ft over Yugoslavia. You can get your pin, card for your wallet and 8X10 diploma size for framing from the Switlik Parachute Company. Mail your information to The Caterpillar Club
c/o Switlik Parachute CO. Inc PO Box 1328 Trenton NJ 08607 per Debra J Spencer. Good Luck.

Name: James T.Bowler
Hometown: Springfield, Mass.
POW Camp: Various-- Germany 1945
Name of POW: James T. Bowler
Postal Street Address: 604 Mainsail Circle
City, State, Zip: Jupiter, FL 33477
Sent: 6.06 PM - 4/16 2003

I was enrolled in the Caterpillar Club following WWII and over the many years have misplaced my pin and other membership credentials from the club.Would like to re-enroll or whatever it takes to REJOIN???

Name: Robert W.Fillman
Hometown: Des Moines Iowa when POW
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Name of POW: Robert W. Fillman
Postal Street Address: 18807 Eagleview Dr.
City, State, Zip: Park Rapids MN 56470
Sent: 5.11 PM - 4/16 2003

Was POW from Maar 16, '44. Russians came on my 21'st birtheday. Left Barth via B-17 on May 13, '45.
I was navigator. Bernard Wasserman was bombardier. We bailed out near Augsbert but rest of crew managed to get plain to Switzerland where they were interned.
It was a most exciting mission for all of us.

Name: Ann Nicholson
Hometown: Perris, Ca
POW Camp: Stuntguard, Germany
Name of POW: Junze Zyrolerin
Postal Street Address: 329 Carter Drive
City, State, Zip: Perris, Ca. 92570
Sent: 12.33 PM - 4/16 2003

I am doing research on a former POW that worked as a dental Tech at an American Base around 1945. If anyone knows of the correct place to look PLEASE help. I don't even know the name of the base just that it was located in Stutguard, Germany

Name: Leonard H Tunnell
Hometown: Miami
POW Camp: Moosburg,Germany
Name of POW: Leonard H Tunnell
Postal Street Address: 512 York St.
City, State, Zip: Miami,OK 74354
Sent: 9.55 PM - 4/14 2003

I was at Moosburg , Germany POW in 1944=45 Any advise and help appreciated .Trying to get the benefit.

Name: Richard Cooke
Hometown: Norfolk, VA
POW Camp: Stalag Luft One /West Compound
Name of POW: Lt. Richard D. Cooke Jr.
Postal Street Address: 4 Sentinel Hil
City, State, Zip: Austin, TX 78737
Sent: 11.28 AM - 4/14 2003

My Dad was shot down 11 April 44 over Pablitz, Arrived Stalag Luft one on 20 April. Dad was 8th Air Forse, 305th Bomb Group, 364 Bomb Sqdn.. He was pilot of the Agnew-"O"- Oboe. I could not find and names for the west compound. This was my first time to this site and just wanted to talk to some one about my Dad. He pased away in 1989. Thanks Richard Cooke

Name: Joseph Erickson
Sent: 10.12 PM - 4/12 2003

I am a collector of millitary radio equipment,and enjoy reading about their use and the people that operated them,i enjoyed yours and am glad yours had a good ending.
Joe Erickson

Name: Valerie Blaske
Hometown: Chicago
Name of POW: John Frank Blaske Jr.
Postal Street Address: 101 Mangum-Close Road
City, State, Zip: Perry,Florida 32347
Sent: 8.33 PM - 4/12 2003

My husbands name is Gerald Robert Blaske Sr. His father John Frank Blaske Jr. fought in WW11 and never came home. Gerald was raised by his grandparents. If anyone has any information on his father John Frank Blaske Jr. please e-mail me.

Name: Donald Vitelli
Hometown: Ocean
City, State, Zip: NJ 07712
Sent: 1.16 PM - 4/11 2003

Just reading the stories on your page of POW. My uncle was MIA 5/14/1944 fighting in Italy on the Gustave line. Wounded he was left on retreat, when the hill (69) was retaken he was not found dead or alive. Just searching sites incase he was taken a POW. If you use google you can just type in Cleaston A Patterson and his story is there on several site. Trying to find out if there were any men that were taken prisoner while fighting the battle of the Gustave line in May of 44. Last May I visited the battle area in Italy. Thank you for this site. DV

Hometown: NEW YORK
POW Camp: STALAG LUFT 1 #6640
Postal Street Address: CAROLINA 1
City, State, Zip: MEXICO CITY MEXICO 03810
Sent: 10.17 AM - 4/11 2003


Name: ruben seymour
Hometown: mexico ciry
POW Camp: stalag luft 1
Name of POW: richtfertig seymour
Postal Street Address: varolina 1
City, State, Zip: mexico city mexico
Sent: 10.10 AM - 4/11 2003


Name: Kevin Outman
Hometown: San Jose
City, State, Zip: San Jose, Ca 95134
Sent: 3.46 PM - 4/10 2003

This E-mail is to inform you that there is a Outman fighting over Iraq right now, he is not a POW though but I wanted you to know because we may be long lost family. Here is his info: PFC Brian Outman with 3rd Battalion 4th Marine Regiment Kilo Company. They are in Baghdad right now.

Name: Darrell E. Hansen
Hometown: Muskegon Michigan
POW Camp: Stalag 12A to 9B Limburg
Name of POW: Erenst V. Hansen
Postal Street Address: 93 Evergreen Court
City, State, Zip: Dahlonega GA. 30533
Sent: 11.52 AM - 4/10 2003

My name is Darrell E. Hansen, a Proud Son of a WWII POW. My father was with Company I, 109th Reg, 28th Infantry Division. He was with the unit, when he became a POW in the Battle of the Bulge in December of 1944. He was in 4 different camps while a POW. My father who is still living very well has red hair, stands 6' tall and was a farmer from Shelby Michigan when he was called in to serve, His main job while in was a motar crewman. He was at Camp Macon and Camp Stewart Georgia and was at Camp Kilmer NJ. when he got out.

Looking for anyone who knows anything about this time period.


Darrell E. Hansen

Name: Tom Barker
POW Camp: Stalag 4B Muhleberg.
Name of POW: Tom Barker
Sent: 6.59 AM - 4/10 2003

I began my PoW days on Crete in May 1941. I was registered as a PoW in the French run camp of Luckinwald then sent to a labour camp which we found out later was called Stalag 3D near the village of Teltow. There is more if any one is interested. Cheers

Name: Frank T. Lossy
Hometown: Berkeley, CA
Sent: 7.26 PM - 4/9 2003

A very interesting and well-designed website! Thanks, Paul, for alerting me to it.


Name: Douglas W. Wells
City, State, Zip: Paris, France
Sent: 3.32 PM - 4/9 2003

Greetings from Paris,

I work at the U.S. Embassy and came across a letter of support by one Mr. Yves Carnot.

He enclosed a beautiful color postcard of the Black Swan with the words "Remember Dec. 31st and never forget. The Black Swan will be flying forever in our memory."

Intrigued at what the connection could be between this man and the Black Swan, I did a search on the "Black Swan" and was surprised to find his name on your site as none other than the grandson of the man whose barn the plane crashed into. The Deputy Chief of Mission's office made sure to call and thank him for his sentiments.

Thank you for being the heroes that you were. I am a fan of WWII history, especially the B-17. I was impressed by your courage before, but the first time I got really close to a B-17 at the air museum in Pima, AZ I was in awe at what you undertook in those planes!


Douglas Wells

Name: Bobette Coulter
Sent: 7.30 AM - 4/9 2003

I am doing research for a novel. One of the characters in my book gets notification of her husband being taken as a POW during WWII. what I don't know is how that would take place----a telegram I presume?---is there a web site that shows these telegrams or am I in error? any assistance would so be appreciated

Name: phyllis lacquement
Hometown: sallisaw, OK
Name of POW: John Ralph Stafford
Postal Street Address: rt. 4, box 1080
City, State, Zip: sallisaw, OK 74955
Sent: 3.43 PM - 4/8 2003

I found out at my uncle's funeral that he had been a prisoner of war in wwII in germany. He was my mother's brother and she was a child when he returned, she doesn't know any details. don't know if he ever shared his experiences with any family members. i would like to find any information there is on his service and imprisonment. would appreciate any help. thanks

Name: Connie Hall
Hometown: Findlay, OH
POW Camp: Stalag Luft VII
Name of POW: Paul Russell Pace
Sent: 3.32 PM - 4/8 2003

My father was a prisoner of war and I am interested in researching it. He passed away in 1979 and never was comfortable talking about it. He was a Staff Sergeant in the Army Air Corp and was shot down over France. I only have one picture of him - his POW #was 15339777

Name: sarah
Hometown: groton
City, State, Zip: groton, ct 06340
Sent: 12.35 AM - 4/8 2003

I am looking for information on Alfred A. Scelza who was in WW2. He flew on a plane called The Spirit Of Billy Mitchell that was shot down in Germany. He was a POW and I want to know what stalag he was in or anything anyone knows about him or who may have served with him.

Name: Allen Bessanson
Hometown: Detroit, MI
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 4
Name of POW: Sgt. Clarence Bessanson
Postal Street Address: 6909 E. Lomita Ave.
City, State, Zip: Mesa, AZ 85208
Sent: 4.47 PM - 4/7 2003

My Father was shot down on Aug 6, 1944 and interned at Luft 4 along with four other survivors of the B-17G Aircrew he was part of (TG). He remained there for the rest of the war. I am trying to locate anyone who remembers him. Thanks, Allen Bessanson

Name: Mary McFadden
Hometown: Montreal, Quebec. Canada.
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Stanley H. McFadden
Postal Street Address: 3131 Cascade Court ,
City, State, Zip: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada L5L 5L9
Sent: 12.34 PM - 4/7 2003

On January 5, 1945, F/O Stanley H McFadden was shot down over Hanover, Germany. He was taken to Stalag Luft 1. He was stationed in Eastmoor, Yorkshire with Sqdn 415. He returned to his home town of Montreal, Quebec, Canada in June 1945 where he returned to University. He ended up with the (permanent) RCAF until retirement in 1973. This June he will be 81.

Name: Wally P. Fydenchuk
Hometown: .
POW Camp: .
Name of POW: .
Postal Street Address: .
City, State, Zip: .
Sent: 8.40 AM - 4/7 2003

I am researching US citizens who enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII.

Any nmaes/information would be appreciated.


Name: John Kelley
Hometown: Nashville TN
Sent: 1.49 AM - 4/7 2003

I would like to thank every service man and woman who fought to give us this great freedom we have today. My birthday being on June 6th, I always take time to remember everyone who fought during D-Day especially. Your services will never be forgotten. I am also very interested in in hearing more stories from WWI or WWII. Because all of my grandparents passed away before i was old enough to talk about what happened, i havent had the chance to hear true war stories which i am very interested in. Please feel free to e-mail me with anytime. God Bless Our Troops!!

Name: italian girl
Sent: 4.14 PM - 4/6 2003

hey, im looking for info about my greatgrandfather Rocco Russo he fought for italy in ww2 and my only sorce of info about him and the rest of my family past away about 3 years ago so if you have any info about Rocco Russo please e-mail me at PaZa CheerinChic at thanks in asvance
italian girl

Name: John H. Anderson
Kansas City, MO
POW Camp: Luft VI at St. Wendel, Luft IV, Stalag XI B
Name of POW: John H. Anderson
Postal Street Address: P.O.Box 13753
City, State, Zip: Mexico Beach, FL 32410
Sent: 9.49 PM - 4/5 2003

Shotdown over Berlin on Aug.6, 1944 on 24th mission. Sent to Oberursal for interogation, on to Dulag Luft at Wetzlar. In first contingent sent to Stalag Luft VI at St. Wendel for 20 days, 5-day box car ride to Luft IV, evacuated on Feb. 6, 1945, on march across Germany for 53 days, arrived at Stalag XI B, liberated by British 2nd Army on April 16, 1945. The march was difficult but camp life was busy and full. I taught music and had the church choir and glee club.

Name: Don Downing
Hometown: Port Angeles, WA
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 4
Name of POW: Robert Allen Downing
Sent: 9.23 PM - 4/5 2003

Robert was my father's older brother. He "taught" me his soldier's German and talked of losing 60-80 pounds while a POW. He stayed in the service after being liberated and passed away a few years ago in Oregon.

Name: Cristine Cresto Varney
Hometown: Chatsworth, CA
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: John Anthony Cresto (deceased 1998)
Sent: 5.53 PM - 4/5 2003

I would welcome any information regarding my Father's wartime experiences. My Mother never let him speak very much about them. I regret all the stories I wlll never hear now that he is gone. My Dad had a long, happy life after the war. He joined the Los Angeles Fire Department in 1946 and retired at the rank of Captain in 1976. He told me he loved that job, and never felt like he was going to work. He remained athletic throughout his life, especially loving the sun and the beach. Later he was an avid, if not very good(his words) golfer. He left this earth in 1998 at the age of 82. I still miss him very much.

Name: Roy Kilminster
Hometown: Redditch
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Postal Street Address: 5 coles5 Coleshill Close. Redditch, UK..B97 5UN
Sent: 3.09 PM - 4/5 2003

Name: Doris H. Klinginsmith
Hometown: Lucerne, Missouri
POW Camp: Luft IV and Luft I
Name of POW: Irl J. Klinginsmith
Postal Street Address: 5701 South 10th
City, State, Zip: St. Joseph, MO 64504-1809
Sent: 2.13 PM - 4/5 2003

Name: Charles R. Busbee
Hometown: Dallas, TX
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Charles R. Busbee
Postal Street Address: 1146 N. Clinton Ave.
City, State, Zip: Dallas TX 75208
Sent: 1.46 PM - 4/5 2003

I may be among the very few who still have their war time address. I've notified Mary (adminstrator of this site) that I can furnish the complete list (with serial nos. wartime addresses and rank) of the rasidents of North compound 2, block 6, room 3. If this information is desired and it is possible to add, I will send it in. Charles R. Busbee

Name: Carolyn Daley
Name of POW: Marion Arthur Pitts
Sent: 1.42 PM - 4/5 2003

My father was a bomber pilot flying out of Italy during World War ll. He was shot down over Austria and was a prisoner of War in Germany for, I think, 7 mos? I dont' know if this was where he was held or not. How can I find out?
Thanks for any help you can provide :)
Carolyn Daley

Name: Charles R. Busbee
Hometown: Dallas, TX
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Charles R. Busbee
Postal Street Address: 1146 N. Clinton Ave.
City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75208
Sent: 12.55 PM - 4/5 2003

Was interned in compound North 2 from July 19, 1944 to liberation by the Russans.

Name: David Hereford
Hometown: Fayetteville, Tn
Name of POW: Thomas E. Hereford
Postal Street Address: 3606 Hwy 11
City, State, Zip: Pelham, Al 35124
Sent: 10.45 AM - 4/5 2003

My dad was a POW in WWII for 15 months. He never talked about the war until i wanted to join Marines in 1969....Dad convinced me to join Navy. He was in "Stalag B " until rescued by Allied forces. Dad died in 1991.. a simple man...a great father. This war we're in now with the news coverage so immediate just makes me wish i could hug Dad again.

Name: kellie hildenbrand
Hometown: desmoines
Name of POW: Robert (Bud) Henry Hudson
Postal Street Address: 4145 oxford
City, State, Zip: desmoines,ia 50313
Sent: 10.30 AM - 4/5 2003

I'm hoping to find someone who knew my grandfather then. He passed away in 1986.This was something that he never spoke of.I was only told that Bampas was a prisioner in ww2 in Germany for 2-21/2yrs.I'd really like to speak with someone who knew him back then.He was my whole world. thank you

Name: Thais
Hometown: IL
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Name of POW: Lt. Thomas V. Mahalovich
Sent: 12.25 AM - 4/5 2003

I am looking for any information on my grandpa. He was a B-17 pilot and was held in the Stalag Luft I POW camp in the North 1 compoud. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks

Name: Paul Haugen
Hometown: eau claire, wisconsin
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Owen M. Haugen
Postal Street Address: 516 e grand ave
City, State, Zip: eau claire wisconsin,54701
Sent: 3.45 PM - 4/4 2003

My father,Owen, died in 1999. He was a POW in Stalag 1 for 10-11 months in 1944. He was shot down and captured in the Netherlands. Would like more (any) info please!

Name: Cheryl Shalbot
POW Camp: Stalag 7a
Name of POW: Gerald Leslie Walker
Postal Street Address: 111 Siesta Lane
City, State, Zip: Amarillo, TX 79118
Sent: 10.38 AM - 4/4 2003

Gerald is my father, now deceased, I am wanting any information anyone has. He did not talk about his time in pow camp. He was a POW of Stalag 7a for 9 months and was released when the war ended. He was in the Army and was also injured during the War and was told the records of that injury were lost. Thank you and hope someone knew him.

Name: craig reeder
Hometown: tallahassee
POW Camp: North Compound I
Name of POW: caleb reeder
Sent: 7.45 PM - 4/3 2003

My father, caleb reeder (now deceased), flew with the 56th fighter group and spent some time in North Compound I. Just want to say hi to any surviving members of his group who remember him.

Name: Bill Reulbach
Hometown: Cleveland,Ohio
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Name of POW: Bill Reulbach
Postal Street Address: 5091 Douglas Drive
City, State, Zip: North Olmsted, OH 44070
Sent: 3.25 PM - 4/3 2003

Hello to all the kriegies where ever they may be.

Name: Linda Sebern
POW Camp: Stalag 3-B/255
Name of POW: Frederick Beschorner
Postal Street Address: 47162 310th St.
City, State, Zip: Beresford, S.D. 57004
Sent: 11.58 AM - 4/3 2003

My Uncle Fred was a prisoner of war, but would never speak about it, unfortunately after his death a little over a year ago we discovered a lot of his letters and many other papers in his attic. It all was stored up there and was a complete surprise to us. He was a bachelor, and the home he returned to was his mother and his and he lived there until his death. It is like the day he returned all of this was put in the attic and never touched or looked at again.
His Niece,Linda

Name: Karen Carroll
Hometown: Clarkesville
Postal Street Address: 991 Frank Lovell Rd.
City, State, Zip: Clarkesville, GA 30523
Sent: 11.05 PM - 4/2 2003

This is such a special, loving tribute to your Dad. I will share your sight with many, especially my sister who teaches 8th grade English here in Clarkesville. She teaches a complete 9 week unit on World War II. We are friends with Col. Ben Purcell who was a POW for over 5 years in the 70's. I hope you have had the pleasure of meeting and talking to he and his precious wife Ann. They have just recently published a book that you might find interesting. I'm very impressed. I will tell Megan tomorrow how proud she should be, not only of her Grandfather but her Mom, too! God Bless!

Name: Terrence Walsh
Hometown: East Northport , New York
Postal Street Address: 16 Adrian St
City, State, Zip: 11731
Sent: 8.03 PM - 4/2 2003

Lt. Michael R. Walsh Navigator on the Omar the Dent Maker was my uncle. Thank you for providing this valuable information.

Name: Joseph Boden
Name of POW: Joseph Boden
Postal Street Address: 787 Citrus Street
City, State, Zip: Bullhead City
Sent: 4.24 PM - 4/2 2003

I came across this site while surfing and read your accounts. I want to thank you for your efforts in defense of our country and the sacrifices you made on our behalf. You, to me, are a true hero and I will never be able to repay you or the others who lost their lives in our defense. Because of you, and those like you, my sons grew up in a free world.

Name: Eldon P Slick
Hometown: Escondido
POW Camp: Stalag Luft One
Name of POW: S/Sgt Leon Freedman
Postal Street Address: 2750 Las Palmas Avenue
City, State, Zip: Escondido, California 92025
Sent: 4.18 PM - 4/2 2003

S/Sgt Leon Freedman was a tailgunner on a 398th B17 that was shot down on April 11, 1944. He was imprisoned at Stalag Luft One and some weeks later executed by means of a bullet in the head. He was murdered because he was a Jew. I am writing and illustrating his story and ask for any information that may be floating around out there. S/Sgt Freedman was from Baytown, New York and was had number 12145815. Again, any information would be sincerely appreciated.

Name: Bruce Waite
Hometown: Gainesville
POW Camp: unknown
Name of POW: Second Lt. John K Waite
Postal Street Address: P.O. Box 385
City, State, Zip: Melrose Fl 32666
Sent: 3.24 PM - 4/2 2003

My father was with 8th 44 BG(H) shot down over fogia August 1,43 after Romanian oil field raid... POW Italy, marched to Germany, camp unknown.... escaped by tunnel and made his way to spain. I am looking for persons who knew him either crew or fellow prisoners.. thank you

Name: Sheryl Hornung
Hometown: Midlothian
POW Camp: Stalag Luft IV (C)
Name of POW: J.D. Bennett 463rd bomb group
Postal Street Address: 3280 shady grove rd
City, State, Zip: Midlothian Tx 76065
Sent: 4.17 PM - 4/1 2003

Hello My grand father was at luft IV and walked on the march I am interested in any information I can get for my family records.
thank you Sheryl Hornung

Name: Susan Brown
Hometown: Wethersfield, CT
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Name of POW: George Oliver
Sent: 2.05 PM - 4/1 2003

Peter Oliver, George's son wanted to tell me about having spoken with his father's friends from the stalag. He looks forward to meeting you. It will mean a great deal to him. I admire you both for your strength and service to our country. Sue Brown

Name: martha
Hometown: jacquet .n.b.
POW Camp: 344 lamsdorf
Name of POW: w/o a.g.winton
Postal Street Address: vernon,b.c.
City, State, Zip: same
Sent: 12.39 PM - 4/1 2003

thank-you again for this site i visit daily

Name: Carlos Alberto Luckt
Name of POW: Hauptmann Luckt
City, State, Zip: Brasil - Pomerode
Sent: 9.19 AM - 4/1 2003

I want to have further informations about Hauptmann Luckt, a German officer that served as Lager Officer - West.
Thank you.



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