World War II prisoner of war camp - Stalag Luft I


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Guestbook Entries - 1st Quarter - 2005
 1/01/05 thru 3/31/05

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Name: michael hancock
City: perth
POW Camp:: arnoldstien
Name of POW:: stanley hancock
Sent: 03/24 2005 02:10 AM

my father was captured in crete if anyone has photos of 2/11th , would love to see them you can send them to my email

Name: Alberta Cornelius
City: Tustin
POW Camp:: Stalag 7A
Name of POW:: Harold R. Carlson
Sent: 02/19 2005 01:00 AM

My father Harold R. Carlson was a POW from sometime in the fall of 1944 until 1945. I know he talked some about staying on a farm working for a farmer, but he would not say much more than that about his time as a POW. He was part of Co. B 60th Inf. I'm not sure where he was captured. Any information would be appreciated.

Name: Payton Ruddock
City: Marshalltown
Name of POW:: SSGT John D. Faubion
POW Camp:: Stalag 3b
Sent: 02/08 2005 01:25 PM

I am doing a research paper for a college course and I felt that a paper on my great grandfather would be an interesting topic, and an excellent way for me to learn more about his life. I know that he was in Stalag 3b, his serial number is 20808185, and that he was in the 36th Texas Infantry 143rd Regiment Company E. Any information possible would be appreciated. Thank you


Name: Colin Beattie
Hometown: Glasgow, Scotland
POW Camp: Stalag 111 D
Name of POW: William (Bill) Beattie
Postal Street Address: 61 Redlawood, Road, Newton, Cambuslang
City, State, Zip: Glasgow, G72 7UZ
Sent: 3.35 PM - 2/6 2005

Looking for any information on my father who originated from Kintore, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Hometown: Looe, Cornwall, England.
POW Camp: Stalag V11, Offensee, Bavaria.
Name of POW: Pte. Kenneth Mitchell
Sent: 4.44 PM - 2/5 2005

any history of POW's at Stalag V11 Offensee during 1943, up to liberation, inc. Pte. Kenneth Mitchell of Cornwall, England & Harold Bunney, another English POW, captured at 'The Cauldren.'

Name: Robert Markham
Hometown: Essex, UK
Sent: 2.12 PM - 2/5 2005

The potted history for John Bryner lists the crew members killed on 22nd March 1945 in 44-6440. These men are all located in Fort McPherson National Cemetery but not the officers. Can anyone tell me where their graves are ?
Pilot - Ernest Williams, co-pilot Milas Massey, navigator John Black and bombardier Maurice Tilby.

Name: Lt. Col. Wm F McGeehan
Hometown: Jefferson City, MO
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 3 and Stalag 7A
Name of POW: Lt. William F. McGeehan
Postal Street Address: 730 Boonville Rd
City, State, Zip: Jefferson City, MO 65109
Sent: 8.35 PM - 2/4 2005

Name: Dean McMillan Kirsch
Hometown: Franklin, KY
Sent: 1.48 PM - 2/4 2005

If anyone is a relative of Robert Lucas Seal, Jr. who was kia on March 18, 1944, aboard "Hunk o' Hell", please get in touch with me. I have information on that plane that you would be interested in. If you know anyone who is related, write me. He was from Morristown, TN

Name: Laurie Elks
Hometown: St Albans
POW Camp: Stalag 8b
Name of POW: Alexander cook
Postal Street Address: 32 Maplefield
Sent: 1.34 PM - 2/4 2005

Name: David Lesjak
POW Camp: Luft III
Sent: 9.17 AM - 2/4 2005


I'm interested in hearing from anyone that was at Stalag Luft III who drew the Donald Duck I Wanted Wings insignia in their diary or YMCA log. Looking for anyone who remembers Emmet Cook Sr.

Also interested in hearing from anyone who still has their camp diary or YMCA log. I'm writing a book and the war log's contain excellent reference material.  Feel free to contact me via email, or by regular mail at:

David Lesjak
Box 93016 Willowbrook P.O.
Langley British Columbia
Canada V3A 8H2

Thanks very much.

Name: perry lawrence
Hometown: Palm Springs CA
Name of POW: Donald A Jessup
Sent: 10.25 PM - 2/3 2005

Anyone with Co. B 406th Infantry 102nd Div. (CZ) who was captured near Eubach Germany November 1944 and taken to a prison camp. Need to know the name/location of the prison camp that was liberated on April 11, 1945. Thank you.

Name: Merle H Culp
Hometown: Ford city PA
POW Camp: Stalag 1
Name of POW: Merle Culp
Postal Street Address: 24047 Batt Corner Rd
City, State, Zip: Parma ID 83660
Sent: 7.27 PM - 2/3 2005

I was commander of barracks 14 south from it's construction completion till leaving in May 45. Two roommates were James B Fisher and Joseph Marsiglia. I participated in tunnel work many feet outside the fence.

Name: John B. Wetstone
Hometown: Now Munich Germany
Sent: 10.56 AM - 2/3 2005

Looking foreword to a personal meeting with Iris Woods in March here in Bavaria.
Visit if you like.

john Wetstone

Name: aly
Hometown: england
POW Camp: stalag 1vb
Name of POW: alfred holt
Sent: 1.44 PM - 2/2 2005

i hope you can help me locate my late grandfather, i have very little information regarding him, but have been told that he was in stalag 1vb, and was involved in the Arnem seige, He came from london, Deptford, and would have been about 31 years old, His wifes name was Annie.Any infomation would be gratefuuly recieved
many thanks , aly

Name: William Furey
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 Bath -Vogelsang, Prussier
Name of POW: Lt. Vitold Zanneratis
City, State, Zip: Massachusetts
Sent: 7.53 AM - 2/2 2005

My brother in law Vic, deceased, was bombardier on a/c 43-38154, 487 Bomb Group, 386th Bomb Squadron.& was in a mid air collision with a/c #43-38037.  Vic was the only survivor of his B17,"Heavenly Body."
He always wore his caterpillar lapel pin, with pride.

Name: Carole
Hometown: london
Name of POW: FOORD Stephen
Sent: 4.51 PM - 2/1 2005

Did anyone ever meet my father prisoner 5189

POW Camp: Stalag 1
Name of POW: Lt George Walter Shera Jr Pilot n�0-819189
Postal Street Address: 3 rue des cerisiers
City, State, Zip: 57290 FAMECK FRANCE
Sent: 1.08 PM - 2/1 2005

Je recherche des renseignements sur un �quipage US abattu dans ma r�gion.
Lt Leroy Albert Swetnam Co-pilot n�0702860 Stalag Luft 1
F/O Stephen G.Loverde n�T-125820 Navigator Stalag Luft 1
F/O Richard Maurice Mason n�T 3264 Bombardier Stalag Luft 1A
Sgt Robert William Hagans n�35225544 Waist Gunner Stalag Luft 4

Thank you

Name: j.raaijmakers
Hometown: eindhoevn the netherlands
Name of POW: fritz elwood e
Sent: 11.02 AM - 2/1 2005

im looking for people who can tell me something about fritz elwood e , i adopted his grave in Magraten the Netherlands hij was a member of the 322 bomb sq 91 bomb heavy

Hometown: Houston, TX
POW Camp: Stalag I or II
Name of POW: R. E. (Eddie) Hughes
Sent: 9.05 PM - 1/31 2005

My uncle was a Mustang pilot who spent time in a German prison camp. He had previously been in the RCAF and transferred to the USAir Force in England. I'm not sure which camp he was in but would appreciate any information.

Name: William Mulholland
Hometown: Becket
POW Camp: Barth South West
Name of POW: Mitchell J Mulholland
Postal Street Address: 134 McNerney Road
City, State, Zip: Becket Ma 01223
Sent: 4.03 PM - 1/31 2005

Wonderful web site; it truly is the greatest generation!

Name: Denise Tatum
Hometown: Omaha
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 3
Name of POW: Deane H. Tatum
Postal Street Address: 3428 Lafayette Ave.
City, State, Zip: Omaha, Ne. 68131
Sent: 2.41 PM - 1/31 2005

Like most, I am looking for some concrete connection to my father's internment and march from Luft 3. I believe, according to his stories, he and "Curly" laid in the ditch after being straffed on the March and then took off together. Deane was a T/Sgt. on a b24 that was shot down Oct 9, 1944, I think. Thanks!

Hometown: phila pa
POW Camp: ?
Sent: 12.25 PM - 1/31 2005


Name: carswell,james
Sent: 11.06 PM - 1/30 2005

Name: James Fisher
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Name of POW: James Buckner Fisher Jr.
Postal Street Address: 5260 Beech St
City, State, Zip: Arvada, Colorado 80002
Sent: 5.43 PM - 1/30 2005

Dad was shot down on Oct 8, 1943 over the gulf of Corinth in Greece. They had just bombed the Athens Eleusis airdrome. Dad flew with the 321st Bomb Group out of North Africa. They flew the famous B-25 bomber. Dad's stay at Luft I began in November of'43 and ended in '45 with repatriation due to wounds from the downing of his aircraft. Dad was an artist before the war and so was able to bring back a lot of drawings of fellow prisoners back with him. I have these in my possession. Dad's CO was General Robert Knapp. Dad's wingman Joel Hartmeister was also shot down right before Dad got it. They were flying against the "elite" pilots of Jagdgeschwader 27, some of whom were approaching the 3 figure amount of planes shot down. Dad passed away in 1994 at the age of 79. His fondest memories were of flying his beloved B-25 while not in combat. Just a little info. Keep up the good work and let's keep the history going. James

Name: J.D. Peppmeier
Hometown: Truro, Iowa
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Name of POW: 2LT Dean M. Peppmeier
Postal Street Address: PO Box 343
City, State, Zip: Deadwood, SD 57043
Sent: 3.28 PM - 1/30 2005

Son of x-POW 2LT Dean M. Peppmeier of Truro, Iowa

Name: Paula Dabel
Hometown: Fort Atkinson, WI 53538
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: John H Bryner
Sent: 10.03 AM - 1/30 2005

I am the niece of Conrad Schryer who was the tail gunner on John H Bryners crew in 1942. John was the only one to survive the crash of his bomber on March 22,1945. He was captured and was a prisoner of war. It has been so rewarding to my father to have closure regarding his brother. We thank John for that.

Name: Nancy Sassaman
Hometown: Diamond Bar
Name of POW: Winton Scott
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Postal Street Address: 1072 Overlook Ridge Road
City, State, Zip: Diamond Bar CA 91765-1131
Sent: 1.36 AM - 1/30 2005

Great that this part of history is being preserved, from a daughter of a POW, Winton Scott.


Name: Una Bjork
Name of POW: McLaren, Ralph Lloyd
Sent: 8.24 PM - 1/29 2005

My late husband was in the US Army in Germany he spent some time in a POW camp that was run by a woman. He was on the belt to go into the fires but they were shut down because they were out of fuel when liberated and he was saved. I don't remember the name of the camp or the year. It would be my guess his stay ended with the fall of Germany. Can you possibly give me the name of this camp? This woman also made lamp shades from tatoos.

Name: Cynthia (Schryer) Morse
Hometown: Antigo
Name of POW: Conrad Schryer
City, State, Zip: Antigo Wis 54409
Sent: 12.51 PM - 1/29 2005

I Am Related to Conrad Schryer he was my Grandpa Brother. Paul Schyrer is my Grandpa. If anyone knows more about Conrad (Teddy) Schryer I would appreciate more info on him. Thanks so much you can reach me by the above email address.

Name: fabre
POW Camp: camps de linburg allemagne
Sent: 7.22 AM - 1/28 2005

cherche temoignage sur la periode 1940 -1943 p�riode ou � s�journ� mon grand pere en camps

Name: Bev Stoughton
Hometown: nova scotia, canada
POW Camp: stalag luft 1 west
Name of POW: Rodney S Goreham
Postal Street Address: 24 walnut ave
City, State, Zip: Hampton Nh 03842
Sent: 6.23 PM - 1/27 2005

My Dad, Rod Goreham was a captain of a lancaster bomber shot down and imprisoned. He is listed by name but I would like to know if anyone remembers him. He lives in Canada but is not very computer savvy so i try to find things for him. Most of his crew were killed when the plane exploded but he woke up in mid air and landed in enemy lines. Anything at all is greastly appreciated. I love your site, wish we could go on the trip. Prayers with you all...bev

Name: Donna Rook
Hometown: Chicago
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Donald H. Lienemann
Postal Street Address: 1432 W Altgeld
City, State, Zip: Chicago, IL 60614
Sent: 3.36 PM - 1/27 2005

My dad, Donald H. Lienemann, was a navigator on a B-17; shot down in the September 11, 1944 battle over the Ore Mountains. He was a member of Col. Zemke's escape committee; and brought back a beautiful hand lettered "German passport." He was in the North II compound Block 3 Room 6. He has just published his camp memories, titled 'Miracles Do Happen.'

Name: j goodwin
Hometown: lincoln
Sent: 3.15 PM - 1/27 2005

I enjoyed this site very much and if possible would anyone know a web site that lists all the names of german p.o.w's that were at the skellingthorpe road pow camp from 1946 - 1947. My grandfathers were English (fathers side) and German (Mothers side) and I'm trying to find information on my German grandfather. Any help in finding a list would be grateful.

Name: Charles H Oehlman
Hometown: Placentia, CA
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Gene W Oehlman
Postal Street Address: 513 Lyons Way
City, State, Zip: Placentia, CA 92870
Sent: 2.59 PM - 1/27 2005

My brother, Gene was a POW from about Dec 18 or so until liberation in May 1945; he was a p38 pilot with the 474th FG, 430th FS, and was shot down near Aachen Germany during the Battle of the Bulge; I'm not certain which compound he was in. Anyone know him?

Name: Pam Halsey
Hometown: Covington
POW Camp: Stalag IIA
Name of POW: PFC Lyle Dudley
Postal Street Address: 3913W US 6
City, State, Zip: Wawaka, Indiana, 46794
Sent: 1.01 AM - 1/27 2005

My father was a POW at Neubrandenburg from November 44, til they were returned to military control. He first went to Stalag IIA and then was sent on to one of the work Kommandos surrounding that POW camp. Does anyone know anything about him during this time period? We are trying to piece together some information on what happened to him while there, to put in a book about him for his descendants. I would appreciate any help that you could give us...Thank you very much..Pam (Dudley) Halsey


Name: Sharon Shreeve
City: Perth Western Australia
POW Camp:: Stalag X111C
Name of POW:: Pte Richard Shreeve
Sent: 01/27 2005 12:25 AM

I am seeking any infomation on my Grandfather Richard Shreeve from Western Australia.He was caught on Crete and taken to Germany as a POW were he was at Stalag X111C for some time.What I do know about him is that he was shot in his arm.And he escaped this is the infomation I have marched from Stettonlenan 01-04-1945 escaped from Hofheim 03-04-1945 reached Bad Neustradelals 08-04-1945 Bad Kissingen 09-04-1945 Mannehaim 10-04-1945 Paris 11/12-04-1945 Le Harve 13/14-04-1945 St Andrews School Sussex England 14-04-1945 He used to play the harmonica. Any information would be grateful. 

Name: John R Foster
Hometown: Congleton
POW Camp: Stalag VIIIb
Name of POW: Leonard Horace John
Postal Street Address: Velindre
City, State, Zip: Port Talbot, South Wales, UK
Sent: 3.00 PM - 1/26 2005

My uncle, Leonard Horace John, was kept in Stalag VIIIb from 1940, being captured shortly after Dunkirk, until 1945. He was not american but Welsh and I believe he was in the Welsh Guards but I might be wrong. He died in 1984 and I would very much like to hear from anyone who might have known him while there. The experience affected him greatly and he spent time in a psychiatric hospital when he returned home. He was a favourite uncle of mine, always gentle but the experinece really determined the rest of his life.

Name: Robert G. Harris, Jr.
Hometown: Carrollton, Georgia
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1
Name of POW: Bobby G. Harris
Postal Street Address: P.O. Box 1051
City, State, Zip: Carrollton, GA 30112
Sent: 11.44 AM - 1/25 2005

My Father, Lt. Bobby G. Harris was shot down 3/29/44 while serving as a navigator on a 305th bg 366th bs b-17. His MACR# is 3478. Air Craft# 42-97466. He was at Stalag Luft 1 until the end of the war. He is still living and has only recently begun to talk about his experiences. I would like to hear from anyone associated with him during this time.


Name: kevin jolley
Hometown: lewes
POW Camp: stalag 344
Name of POW: horace jolley
Postal Street Address: 11 hoopers close lewes east sussex bn72eh
Sent: 4.00 AM - 1/25 2005

my father watched football at the camp .private horace jolley. escaped near the end of the war with two mates.

Name: Patrick Dumas Sr.
Hometown: Loveland , CO.
Name of POW: Thomas H. Dumas
Postal Street Address: 332 east second st.
City, State, Zip: Loveland, CO. 80537
Sent: 11.10 PM - 1/24 2005

My father was shot down on 24, Feb.1944.He was a pow he came home a paraplegic. His plane is B-24H-1FO42-7579.8th AF BG 702nd BS. His name is Thomas H. Dumas, I am trying to locate any information I can. He did not speak much of this when alive. He passed in 1973.

Name: Cherrie Warren
Hometown: El Paso
POW Camp: Stalag Luft I
Name of POW: Glenn E. Camp Jr.
Postal Street Address: 1030 Esplanada Cr
City, State, Zip: El Paso, TX 79932
Sent: 6.13 PM - 1/24 2005

I believe my dad was a POW at Stalag Luft I. He was a B-17 pilot whose plane went down Dec. 30 1943. The French underground took care of him for some months, but while he was on his way out the Germans stopped him and found he had false papers. He spent the duration of the war as a POW and I think was in Stalag Luft until May 1945. He passed away in 1982 and I am trying to find out about his years as a POW, or find people who might have known him during the war. Would appreciate hearing form anyone who knew him.

Name: Joseph J. Laurie
Hometown: Chicago
POW Camp: Stalag Luft IV at Gross Tychrow
Name of POW: Lawrence J. Laurie
Sent: 8.19 PM - 1/23 2005

Father Lawrence J. Laurie was POW at Stalag Luft IV. Made March out of Camp at Gross Tychow on 06FEB44.
Marched to Fallingbostel. Escaped on later march out of Fallengbostel. GOD BLESS AMERICA

Name: Todd Ambroz
Hometown: Rochester, New York
POW Camp: Stalag Luft #1, North 2 Barth Germany
Name of POW: Aurelian L. Jekot
Postal Street Address: 1557 Danville Hill Rd
City, State, Zip: Cabot, Vermont 05647
Sent: 1.31 PM - 1/23 2005

Would love to speak with anyone who has any information regarding my Uncle, Lt. Aurelian L. Jekot. Have no idea what happened to him following his release from internment at Stalag Luft #1.

Name: Shirley M Liebman
Hometown: Maryland
POW Camp: Stalag l N2
Name of POW: Irwin J Cohen
Postal Street Address: ??
City, State, Zip: ??
Sent: 10.39 PM - 1/22 2005

Present \whereabouts of Irwin J Cohen

Name: Karie Gunderson
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
POW Camp: Stalag IIIC
Name of POW: Rodney H. Smith & NorthEast Minneapolis Vets
Postal Street Address: 21452 Volga Street NE
City, State, Zip: Wyoming, MN 55092
Sent: 10.38 PM - 1/22 2005

Looking for info regarding my grandfather, Rodney H. Smith, held in Stalag IIIC, Company 7, Room 20, until liberation on January 31, 1945. Please e-mail or write to Karie Gunderson, 21452 Volga Street NE, Wyoming, MN 55092.

I also have scrapbooks made by Thor Goldner (a Minneapolis drug store owner). These scrapbooks have photos of Northeast Minneapolis fellas before they went off to war. I would like to return these photos to the servicemen or their family members.

Thank you for the wonderful website.

Name: sean mcdonald
Hometown: Savannah
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1, Barth (South Camp)
Name of POW: John J. Daly Jr.
Postal Street Address: 226 Bordeaux Lane
City, State, Zip: Savannah,GA 31419
Sent: 4.42 PM - 1/21 2005

Just obtained info concerning my great-uncle's internment. Family never knew details. Notified my great-uncle,and he is flattered We found the info. Have asked him for amplifying info as I am putting together a small scrapbook of his service. I know time and memories dim and I would like this to be as accurate as possible for future members of the family. Would like to know his Barracks/room and any other info such as roommates if possible. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME. BMC Sean P. McDonald, USCG

Name: Marga de Haan-Verouden
POW Camp: Stalag VA ,Ludwigsburg and X1A, Altengrabow.
Name of POW: Arie Verouden
City, State, Zip: Netherlands
Sent: 2.42 PM - 1/21 2005

Dear veterans,

My father a Dutch Marine was in both camps as a P.O.W.1943-1945.
I made a website about him ( in Dutch ) and tried to look for information as much as possible about those stalags. On my website I put documents confirming his stay there. You can see them on the "Krijgsgevangenen" Page.( meaning:POW)
If anyone have further information about those camps I'd like to know. maybe a link.
There are more children of Dutch POW's who wanted to know more about it.
We can not find it on Dutch Pages.
My website adress is:

His story is in English on the site Prisoner Of War at:

Thanks and regards,

Name: Merl Quincy Vanderhoof
Hometown: Newton .. illinois
POW Camp: Luft 6 - 4 - 13B - 7A
Name of POW: M. Q. Vanderhoof
Postal Street Address: 506 West End Ave.
City, State, Zip: Newton, Il. 62448-1828
Sent: 2.39 PM - 1/21 2005

I was shot down Feb. 22 - 1944 over Regensburg . Landed in Czech Republic. 2 nites in solitare in Buddiewies . Then on to Dulag Luft.. Then 8 days and nites in 40 & 8 tl Luft 6. Then 3 days and nites in coal ship from Memel to Ststin . Then train to Luft 4 Train to Nurnburg . Then 12 days walking to Moosburg. Liberated Apr. 29 by Pattons 3rd and 7 armies. Home June 1st.- 1945. Married Mar. 4 - 1946. Have 2 sons 1 daughter . 5 grand kids 10great grandkids . Lost wife Feb 24 1998 after 52 years. Remarried Sept of 1999. Happy ever after ..

Name: elaine ryan
Hometown: pittsburgh, pa
Name of POW: ralph gettings
Sent: 11.09 AM - 1/21 2005

my father was a POW in WWII and I have been having trouble finding form 2510 to apply for the POW medal. Thank you for including it on your site. It was of great help.


Name: Dana Dedrickson Tandy
Hometown: Butte, Montana
POW Camp: stalag luft IV
Name of POW: John D. Dedrickson
Postal Street Address: 505 N 22nd.
City, State, Zip: Bozeman, Mt 59718
Sent: 3.14 AM - 1/1 2005

I am looking for anyone who served with or was a POW with my dad, John Dedrickson. He was shot down in May or July, 1944 and sent to Stalag Luft IV.


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