Hometown: England UK
Sent: 11.48 AM - 6/30 2001
My grand uncle Sgt Albert LEES RAFVR
captured 1 April 1942, processed
thro' Dulag Luft, Stalag VIIIB & finally to Stalag Luft III. Remained
POW for the duration. I wish to know the date UK RAF personnel changed
from POW to capturer at SL3.
Sent: 10.01 AM - 6/30 2001
thanks for the photos these will help me get a excellent mark in my
Name: Michael Heffner
Hometown: Sunnyvale CA
Sent: 3.02 PM - 6/29 2001
I came to work today with the idea that I might actually work....until I
ran across your website! I cannot read enough. I had two uncles
mothers side who were POW's (RAF). My mom passed away a few years ago
and took all the info with her. She was also a war bride from Kingston
on Thames. Suposedly the last one to leave her town for the US. Her
husband was with the Eight AFF. I need to know about these folks. If
anyone has any ideas where I start, please let me know. Again, my hat's
off and I am forever greatful to all those who fought and served for the
freedom we have today
Name: Loretta Berrios
Hometown: Camano Island, Wa
Sent: 1.33 AM - 6/29 2001
My uncle spent 13 months in Stalag Luft III, combine E and was also
liberated at Moosburg. He flew a B-17 and was shot down over Hungary in
1944. His name is Elmer Gray. Any information would be helpful. I know
that the POW's were issued log books. My uncle makes reference to people
he served with, but I do not know his squadron/unit or where his mission
was destined. Thank you for your time
Loretta L. Berrios
Name: Billy R.
Hometown: Mt Carmel Ohio
Sent: 11.09 PM - 6/28 2001
I still have a lot of feelings for the soldiers andfliers whom I saw released.I arrived in Germany at the
very end of the war.
Name: Jo Tyabji
Sent: 5.00 AM - 6/28 2001
My grandfather was an RAF pow in stalag luft III. He helped dig the
great escape tunnel but didn't draw a lot to escape- as things turned
out I'm pretty glad! He had friends who were caught and shot, and
friends he has kept in touch with for all thee years. Now he is so old,
almost all he can think abput is hi time there and the war... he has a b
ook called world of wire, with loadsa photos of him in the theatre they
built there! THey used whatever they culd to entertain the POWs, there's
pictures of him as Lady Bracknell in Importance of Being Ernest! Just
thgought u peeps would like 2 hear of other peeps experiences... I'll
definitely comehere again
Name: Eugene A. Burlingame
Hometown: Martinez, Ca.
Sent: 12.11 PM - 6/27 2001
Barbara and or Mary, I was a P.O.W. at Barth,one of the men in my room
was A.G. Harris, I saw his name in a guest book but I cannot find it
again, could you help me find him so I can contact him, Thank You
Name: Gwilym McGrew
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Sent: 2.33 AM - 6/27 2001
My father was at Stalag Luft 1. I never knew there was this much
information on the camp. WOW!
My father played the lead in the plays in the camp including the play,
The Man Who Came To Dinner, mentioned by Robert Swartz on your site. My
Dad was in radio and an actor/writer before the war. He was in all the
productions. I think he is in the front row of picture
http://home.att.net/~slimages/4july2.jpg with his head turned sideways
but I am not sure.
Have your heard of or seen a book called, Not As Briefed. It is a book
about the camp made from sketches by one of the prisoners. A sketch of
my father is in it and images of many parts and people in the camp. The
book was written by Col Charles R Greening printed by Brown and Bigelow
in Minn, USA. The book states of my father,
"In this pastel portrait C.R. Greening has portrayed the first actor of
Stalag Luft One in his most famous and successful role. Jim McGrew would
rather act than eat --- a surprising statement for ANY Kriegie but
especially from Mac who had charge of the stockroom in the Mess Hall. A
Navigator from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, McGrew knows his way around.
Volatile, emotional, confident and gifted, Jim has the qualities of a
successful actor and showman. He has the experience, too. Professional
radio work in his home town plus several seasons with the Pittsburgh
Playhouse has given him all the polish he needs. A break will bring him
Needless to say he did not become a star. He acted briefly on Broadway
on his return but drifted toward writing. He spent his life as a writer
in Los Angeles after the war.
Our father was shot down fairly early in the air war and was taken in by
a French family for 3 months. Then they delivered him to the French
underground. He was with them for several months (went on one raid) and
was then captured by the SS and put on trial. After 6 months in solitary
in a French prison he as sent to Barth. His group was running the mess
hall and doing food preparation.
Two years ago we went back to France and met with the family that took
him in and the very small town had a ceremony where we presented a
plaque to the town. Lots of tears flowed.
Thank you for pulling this all together. Just amazing what you have
Thank you, thank you.
Son of James M McGrew
Name: Doug Scott
Hometown: Kansas City
Sent: 10.20 PM - 6/26 2001
My hat is off to these brave men! I have read many books about the USAAF
in WW2 and the POWs too. To this day I believe that the movie "The Great
Escape" was one of the best movies ever made..and...a true story!
My father in law was a POW at Stalag 17b
Krems,Austria. His Name is
Langseth and he was with the 351st bomb group out of Polebrook. To you
vets...THANKS FOR THE FREEDOM!
Name: Joseph V.
Windward Point Road
Hometown: Columbia, SC
Sent: 9.25 PM - 6/26 2001
I was in 322nd SQ You have a great site
Name: Frank Quast
Sent: 5.02 PM - 6/26 2001
I just wanted to check my e-mails, but a friend sent me a link to your
web-page and so I spent the next hours studying your fantastic
I live near Hamburg, so Barth is quite near to me and I am interested in
the military and airwar history of north Germany, but I never thought
about the story about the POWs in Stalag Luft before. Amazing !
Maybe there is a clue to you. In the last days of the war (April 45),
when the Oberursel interrogation center closed in several other places
Pows were held and interrogated. A former german Luftwaffe men told me,
that one of these small places was the "Fliegerhorst Uetersen" (30km
west of Hamburg).
Is there anything known about this period ?
Sure I will come again to your site !Frank
Name: Thomas Townsend
Homepage: 2429 E.Earll Dr
Sent: 10.05 PM - 6/25 2001
Name: Mikhael Elfenbein
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Sent: 12.08 AM - 6/24 2001
My grandfather served in the 8th. I have some
pictures of his that
depicts American soldiers in a German POW camp. Would anyone be
interested in helping me identify the people in the pictures. Also have
pictures of Nazi brass, Would like to know who they are.
Name: Amy Aldridge
Hometown: Round Rock, TX
Sent: 12.19 AM - 6/23 2001
My Grandfather was a POW in WW2. I don't know where, but he flew a B-17,
i believe. He didn't die in war, but i'm very interested to know what
all he was involved in, and was wondering if anyone knew him. His name
was Barney Fisher. I never was given the
privilege to met him, and to my
understanding, he never talked about the war. If anyone who happens to
read this knew him, or knows how i might find files quicker then writing
a letter, please help. Thanks.
Name: Larry deZeng
Hometown: Winter Springs, Florida
Sent: 3.54 PM - 6/22 2001
What a tribute! You have put together a truly outstanding site. I am a
good friend of Heinz Guelzow of Neuss/Ruhr who is working closely with
the Barth archivist to assemble all that is known about the Luftwaffe
air base (Fliegerhorst) at Barth during the war. I know that he has been
in contact with some of your "Kriegies", and he has mentioned to me a
number of times how helpful they have been in sharing their memories and
photos. Thanks for creating and maintaining this important chapter of
World War II history.
Name: Mary Lou Boland
4353 Carambola Circle North
Hometown: Coconut Creek
Sent: 4.31 AM - 6/22 2001
My father, Harold J. Boland
was shot down over Germany and captured on a
German farm. He was a POW in Stalag IIII and was part of the walking
POW's. Will get more info from my mother.
Hometown: MARYLAND NSW
Sent: 11.21 PM - 6/21 2001
MY GRANDFATHER WAS TAKEN A POW ON 29th APRIL 1941 IN GREECE AND WAS IN
STALAG 8-B. I NEVER MEET HIM. ALTHOUGH I NEVER MEET HIM I'M GREATFUL FOR
WHAT HE DID FOR OUR COUNTRY.
Sent: 11.08 PM - 6/21 2001
My father's brother Kenneth Sigler was shot down 10/8/43.His B17 ...
''Flak Happy''.He was KIA along with 6 other crewmembers.My father was
KIA IN '68 IN VIETNAM.My page is a tribute to him.I never knew him and
am trying to find out my family's history.
Name: Jack Drew
Hometown: Pensacola,Florida 32504
Sent: 7.31 PM - 6/21 2001
My brother Lt. George D. Drew was shot down August 13,1944 and was a POW
was first in Stalag Luft 3 in Sagon,Stalag Luft 13D in Nurnberg and
lioberated from Mooseberg 7A by the 3rd Army. He lives in Tampa Florida
and very active in the POW group there,
Name: Paul J.
Hometown: Banff, Alberta, Canada
Sent: 9.58 AM - 6/20 2001
My father, F/L Pawel Tobolski RAF(P) Reg. # Po375,
was one of the fifty
RAF officers shot as a result of his escape from Stalag Luft 111 on 24/25
March 1944. Commonly called the as the "Great Escape"
I am researching web pages and trying to locate Ex PoW sites. A movement
is a foot to erect a memorial at the entrance to the escape tunnel as
well as where the tunnel exited into the woods. This project is being
chaired by one of the last survivors who escaped from the tunnel,
namely, Sydney Dowse. The time frame is rather limited. Once the
memorial plaques have been erected, any extra funding will go to the
near by museum of Martyers in Zagan which has a very small display of
the Luft 111 Camp.
Could I be favored with any responses to web page sites which are
specific to Air Force PoW's.
Paul J. Tobolski
Banff, Alberta, Canada
Name: Jerry Powell
Sent: 9.50 PM - 6/19 2001
My dad was Grady B. Powell. He was shot down on Nov.18, 1944. Initially,
he was sent to Stalag Luft IV but was transfered to Stalag Luft I before
the end of the war. Like many other POW's, my dad did not talk much
about his experiences while captured. I would like to know if anyone
remembers him so that I might talk to them about a part of my dad's life
that I will never to be able to know since he passed away this past
January, 2001. Please respond with any information that you might have.
Thank you for your hard work dedication to this effort.
Jerry V. Powell
Name: Glenn M.
Hometown: Vista, Ca. 92084
Sent: 6.58 PM - 6/19 2001
This is for my brother s-sgt Coleman D. Moberly who was a waist gunner
on a B17 that was shot down March 19, 1944 over Yogoslavia, and captured
by the German Army. He was in Stalag Luft 1. He was liberated by the
Russian Army May 1, 1945. His German ID number was 3743. I have some
details of his capture and his ordeal when shot down. Coleman died 15
July, 1998 at the Baptist Regional Medical Center, in Corbin, Kentucky,
at age 77. He was buried in Mill Springs National Cemetery, Nancy,
Kentucky, the grave is in Row-K, #186.
From Mill Springs National Cemetery Site:
Moberly, Coleman D, b. 07/30/1920, d. 07/15/1998, US Army Air Corps,
SSGT, Res: London, KY, Plot: K 0 186, bur. 07/17/1998
Name: Charles W.
Hometown: hoopston, Illinois
Sent: 6.12 PM - 6/19 2001
My brother was with the 343rd, 98th bomber group
Name of Lawrence Reitz
Hoping someone can contact me with any information. He
was on a B-24 named
"DAMFINO" They were lost over the Ploesti Oil Field,
in Sept. 1943, our information said he was in
Stalag 3 B, but I can't
confirm if there was a 3B. Please contact me with any information.
(minimalist abstract painter)
Sent: 3.00 PM - 6/19 2001
"Stalag Zehn B"
le feldwebel est devenu général
le docteur du camp , professeur
et nous les juifs - c'est banal -
on est resté juif - pas d'erreur
I wrote this poem a few time ago , my father was a "costumer" of
Hometown: Boise, Idaho
Sent: 2.02 PM - 6/19 2001
What a great thing to find this web site. My
father was the pilot of the
B-24 in Chuck Blaney's story. He told me about this site last week but
he hasn't seen it since he doesn't have a computer.
It brings out many emotions in me to see on your web page the picture of
dad's crew- the same picture that hung in our family room the whole time
I was growing up. As a kid, this picture became part of the furniture-
always there but never really discussed. Now that I'm 50 myself, I
realize now how significant the picture is and was, and how recent dad's
memories of the war were then and how fresh they still must be even now.
As my brother Mike noted in a separate email, Dad didn't talk about the
war or his experiences much. When I read Brokaw's book (The Greatest
Generation) it struck me how much Dad was like the other people
chronicled in the book- never talking about the war, but leading quiet
lives of civic leadership and devotion to family.
When I was a kid I found Dad's prison camp diary and flight log, along
with a nazi armband, one day in our attic. When I read his account of
their crash I was astounded because I knew nothing of it at the time. I
still didn't learn much thereafter except bits and pieces over many
years. Thanks to Gerhard Bracke and the subsequent reunion of Dad's crew
I now know much more than I otherwise would have.
When you read the missing air crew reports on the four liberators that
went down the day of Dad's crash you immediately realize how fortunate
he and his crew were to survive. In reading these and other materials
you are also struck by the incredible and horrific experiences of so
many people in the war, and their common exhibition of tremendous
personal valor. I still find it amazing that a farmboy from Kentucky,
who I don't think had ever been on a plane, wound up flying a four
engine bomber over Germany. His flight log starts with a piper cub in
the States, and abruptly ends with the names Berlin and Buchen.
I moved to Idaho two years ago. I have a picture of mom(now deceased)
and dad at a hotel in Boise in 1944(mom had taken the train three days
to get here). Last year we had dinner in the same hotel 56 years after
the night of the picture, the last time he was there. Quite a feeling.
We also visited Mountain Home Air Base where he was stationed just
before going overseas.
I agree with my brother Mike that Dad's a hero. Now that I'm older, I
also think that Dad is a hero for the grace and dignity with which he
has lived his life since the war. There were and are many heroes as is
clear from the many stories we see and hear, and as is seen on your
website. I say we owe these good people our unending respect and
gratitude for what they did which allows us to enjoy the lives and
families we have. And I thank you for putting in the effort to set up
this site so that younger people can know and appreciate the sacrifices
these people and their families made, which they have so humbly kept to
themselves all these years.
Name: Elbert Jones,Jr;
Ogontz Ave. APT#2
Sent: 12.01 AM - 6/19 2001
Being a Viet Nam Vet,and looking at all of the pictures of Stalag Luft
had really hurt my heart. I was especially moved when i seen the picture
and read where and Officer was killed because he stepped out of the shack
during and air raid, i thought this was very inhumain of the tower
guard, or whomever killed the unarmed prisoner. I take my hat off to you
Sir, and all the brave men of that encapement during those trying
times, and thank God you and those that was saved made it home to
enlighten us of what we are now seeing on the net the pictures and
hardship you men endured. God bless you and your family Sir.
Name: Zdzislaw B. Dewicki
Hometown: Dearborn hts., MI
Sent: 3.23 PM - 6/18 2001
I was at Stalag Luft 1 and stayed in compound North 2, and later in
North 3 from end of August 1944 until the Ruskies came.
Frank W. Carr
Homepage: 39 Vista Dr.
Hometown: Manorville, NY 11949
Sent: 1.25 PM - 6/18 2001
I am writing this on behalf of my Dad, whom was a POW in Stalag Luft I
in Dec. 1944. He was in the 824 Bomb Squad and the 484 Bomb Group. Dad
has blanked out much of his horrible experience in the camp. Guess, it
was something that many men did, in order to keep their sanity! We are
all very proud of Dad and of all the other servicemen who fought for our
freedom!! Our family is thankful that we are FINALLY honoring our WWII
veterans, with the WWII Memorial. Thank you to everyone that has taken a
part in making this happen!!
Debby Henderson (daughter of Frank W. Carr)
Name: T. Michael Jones
Hometown: Greer, SC 29651
Sent: 10.25 PM - 6/17 2001
My Father, Lt. Paul J. Jones, was the pilot of the "Do Bunny", whose
crash landing is chronicled in Mr. Blaney's posting on this site. I
always knew that my Dad and his crew were heroes, but I never knew the
details, or anything near the details of what transpired, after their
crash. Thank you for providing a media that provides the opportunity to
learn more of what happened.
Like the majority of WWII veterans, my Father has been very reticent
about the details, until the last two to three years. Through your
website, I have learned much that fills in the blanks. Thank you.
An interesting note, I think. Through this website, my daughter is now
in the process of corresponding with the granddauther of the German
pilot who shot down her grandfather. And so, the circle comes complete.
thanks, Mike Jones
Name: Barbara Fillmore
Sent: 5.13 PM - 6/16 2001
niece of Robert Matthew Clyne
Name: Russell Zaborek
Sent: 12.03 PM - 6/16 2001
My father,John Zaborek,Company L-18th Regiment-3rd Battalion-3rd
Platoon-Big Red One-captured 4apr43 in a dawn attack on Bedja,Tunisia-taken
to prison camp in Tunis and 2 days before Tunis fell to the allies was
put on an Italian ship for prison camp in Europe. The ship could not run
the allied blockade being strafed and bombed. Ship run aground and
Italian guard surrendered to the prisoners. Rescued by a French boat and
eventually made his way back to his unit to partake in the invasion of
Sicily in july. Wounds had him on a hospital ship in october and he was
discharged in March of 1944.
Name: Ned Monroe
Hometown: Mt. Holly N.J.
Sent: 8.21 PM - 6/15 2001
I am writing this on behalf of my father,
John E. Monroe, he was the FO
of a B-24J that he and the crew used their fateful day because the
"Jackass Mule" was down for repair.
Some of you who would remember my da might know him as Mandy, some from
Kelly Feild, might remember Lady Killer, I remember him as Pop, and
someone who went on to serve in the Air Force untill his retirement
Nov.4th 1964, he was a Major and a man of honor, I miss him dearly since
his death on my birthday March 2nd, 1978 at the young age of 54.
To all of the men and women, from all war and both sides, I salute you,
your sacrifice, your pain, your suffering, was not in vain.
Name: ERMA BAUER
Hometown: Ashland, Kentucky
Sent: 12.31 PM - 6/15 2001
I am writting on behalf of my mother. My father,
Joseph E. Bauer was a
POW for 16 months in Germany. I think he was in
stalag III. He was a
tail gunner and was shot down over Italy. Anyone with any info i would
appreciate a reply. Thank You!
Name: Pete Starratt
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Sent: 10.47 AM - 6/15 2001
I am thoroughly enjoying your webpage!
Thank you for adding a link to Dad's page.
We appreciate it very much.
Name: Kristin Terrill
Hometown: Mitchell, South Dakota
Sent: 3.12 AM - 6/15 2001
I must say that your site is very well done and quite helpful. I am a
college student with a relative who was a P.O.W. in Stalag Luft 13. I am
currently trying to compile as much information about stalag 13 for a
project, as I am a History major. If anyone has any information about
Stalag 13 or knew
Raymond Martin at that time, please contact me. Any
information is greatly appreciated. Thanks again for taking the time to
create this wonderful site to honor the men and women so often
Name: Anthony Duke
Hometown: San Jose
Sent: 2.56 PM - 6/14 2001
I looked at this website for a project for my class for the prisoners of
World War II. I did a report on Dick Williams when he was a prisoner of
war. The most interesting thing that I found on this website was about
the secret newspaper and how it got around to the prisoners of Stalag
Luft I. I am grateful for him for fighting for us in World War II. I
would recommend this site to other people because it tells about people
who were captured in World War II and how they risked their lives.
Hometown: England UK
Sent: 10.08 AM - 6/14 2001
My grand uncle Sgt Albert LEES RAFVR was a POW from 2nd April 1942
routed through Dulag Luft to Stalag VIIIB then ending up at
3 according to his "Personalkarte" and was there during the
Gestapo murder of 50 Allied Officers in March 1944 after the Great
Escape. I have a copy of a scroll on my site which lists 46 of the 50.
Name: Lisa Hooper
Balinda Ballew Hickman
Hometown: Raynham ,MA
Sent: 9.52 PM - 6/13 2001
This is a great web site. I'm looking for anyone that may have known my
uncle Raymond Tremblay he was in the 367th FG and shot down over Koln
Germany 10/4/44. We know he made it out of the plane alive but that is
it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Sent: 6.34 PM - 6/12 2001
Thank you for a wonderful resource and for honoring these true American
heroes. I am still seeking information about
Lt. Hubert Noel Ballew
335th shot down in Feb.'44 over France and was a POW at Stalag Luft1 North
Compound. He flew the 'Pistol Packin Momma'(Not the bomber)and was from
Texas. Sometimes known as Chief or Frosty. He was friends with Ray
Clotfelter and Bill Grossman,Lt.Wm.C. Otwell,Lt.V.Paterno and Capt.Neil Van
Wyk. I'm sure others as well. Any information would be helpful and
appreciated. Thanks B.H.
Name: Hargrove,Robert L Jr
Homepage: 201 n.e. 18th court
Hometown: Moore, Okla
Sent: 6.31 PM - 6/12 2001
I got captured Jan.30th at Anzio,in Italy. My outfit 3rd Inf. Div, 7th Reg.
We fought along with the Rangers. Rode a cattle car through the Brenner Pass
into Germany. Was sent to stalag 2b around Hammerstine next to Poland, not
to for from Baltic Sea. Liberated by Russions 1st day of may 1945. 16th
months I stayed with the Germans out on a commando(farming) planting and
digging potatoes, sure were good at that time. I have never seen any one
from my outfit to this day. Guess they were all killed. I am lucky to get
Name: Diane Zahn
Name: DIANE ZAHN
Hometown: ABERDEEN, SOUTH DAKOTA
Sent: 5.10 PM - 6/12 2001
My father was a pow in ww2 and I would like to know if anyone might of known
him. His name is Lawrence E. Arthurs. I hope somebody will have some info on
him. THANKS SO MUCH
Name: Cecelia Hellmann
Hometown: Martinsville Indiana
Sent: 3.48 PM - 6/12 2001
My father, Jerome Hellmann was a waist gunner in a B-17 that was shot down
on a bombing raid over Germany. He was a POW in
Stalag Luft #4 ,I think. He
is disabled. We are trying to get some benefits for him and mother to help
them in their later years and need some information that I can print
regarding what his experiences were like while incarcerated and during the
death march. If you can help please email me. Thank you.
Name: lavonda becker
Hometown: ft worth texas
Sent: 2.22 PM - 6/12 2001
My husbands uncle was a belly gunner and his plane went down in march of
1944. he also trained in florida.His name was Jimmie Becker he was MIA for
over 30 years when his body was found preserved in a peat moss bed and his
watch class ring and name bracelet were all found I would like to know how to
find out more info on his fellow crew members and anything else to pass on
to our family can you help me??
Name: Kirsten Day
Hometown: Chicago IL
Sent: 4.23 PM - 6/11 2001
This probably seems weird but my grandfather was not an american P.O.W. but
a pilot for the Germany Army. My grandfather was a P.O.W. , he was shot down
by the Russians and sent to a prison camp there, but eventually escaped. I
came upon Chuck Blaneys personal account and to my astonishment there was a
picture of my grandfather Lt. Rudolf Rademacher. He was on the wrong side
but nonetheless he was my fathers dad and the loss effects our entire family
to this day. I feel for everyone who has lost a loved one regardless of what
country they represent!
Name: Mae Harbeson Dean
Hometown: Pensacola, Fl.
Sent: 10.26 AM - 6/11 2001
I am the daughter of Lt. Col. Richard B. Harbeson, deceased. I am doing
research for a family history and I believe from my fathers POW tag that he
was at Luft 1. If you can direct me to any information about his
imprisonment please contact me by email or at
850-492-0706. He was Group Deputy CO of the 362nd, shot down Dec. 17,1944.
He has been dead since 1968 and there is very little family history of his
service. So anything you could provide would be of interest. Thank you so
much for your maintenance of such a good website. Sincerely, Mae
Name: Greg Moore
Hometown: Knoxville TN
Sent: 7.30 PM - 6/9 2001
My great uncle served on a B-17 and was shot down over Germany. He was a POW
for a while. His name was George Kelly. This is all I know. Where can I go
to find out more about him? I have others, but cant find a website to find
info. Please help. Thanks to all who served.
Name: walter hull
Hometown: bastrop, la.
Sent: 7.12 PM - 6/9 2001
Enjoyed the photos.
Name: JOHN MC teague
Hometown: NEWPORT NEWS ,VA
Sent: 4.26 PM - 6/9 2001
eX POW STALAG 1 15TH AIR CORPS DOWNED ON
AUSTRIA FEB 24 1944
Name: Eleanor Fischer Quigley
Hometown: Alexandria, VA 22308
Sent: 8.22 PM - 6/8 2001
My father, John J. Fischer, was a POW in Stalag Luft I, North Compound, from
February 1944 until liberation. He, my mother, and I will probably be going
to Barth for the 2001 reunion in September.
Dad lives in Rockville Centre, NY, which is on Long Island. He is well
except for some arthritis pains in his leg and back. He stayed in the Air
Force for 22 years, retiring as a Colonel in 1961. At that time, he had 7
children aged 16 and younger, so he resumed his legal career in NYC. This
was challenging since his last case had been defending a POW who attempted
to escape from Barth back in 1945!
In 1995, Dad and numerous family members attended the dedication of the POW
exhibit on board the SS Intrepid in NY harbor. That day, Clair Cline's
violin was again a special part of Dad's life. He had played it while a
prisoner and during the POW tour immediately after WWII. He even played it
on Arthur Godfrey's radio show!! (We have some great pictures of this.) In
1995, he played it again on board the Intrepid! Dad and the concertmaster of
the NY Philarmonic agreed that it was a great instrument.
It would be very satisfying to meet some of Dad's companions from prison
camp while we are on the trip to Barth!
Name: Carol Cataldo
Hometown: Knox, PA
Sent: 8.15 PM - 6/8 2001
Pvt. Donald O. Miller Serial #33845531
Co. K 318th Infantry (Army)
MIA 16 Nov 44
POW# 079168 Stalag 2-A Germany
Returned to military control - 28 Apr 45
"Pop" pasted away in 1971 from the health conditions he received in the POW
returned with TB, loosing a lung, and diabetes.
Pop wasn’t sure where he was when he was captured. He thought, maybe, the
He never talked much about his experience expect for the few light-hearted
happened. Their barracks had a pair of scissors. A Germany guard would give
extra potato or two for a hair cut.
Stg. Wayne A. Fye
405th Armored Field Artillery Battalion
Dad was a tank commander. He was part of the push across the Rhine River.
with him as he returned safely at the end of the war. However, he pasted
away in 1961.
Two of my Dad’s brothers also served. I have been compiling their stories to
the family history to be passed on to future generations. “Least they
Name: Helga Radau
Hometown: 18 356 Barth - Germany
Sent: 4.23 PM - 6/8 2001
Dear Mary and Barbara,
you have done a wonderful job in creating this website.
I am very glad to be in close contact with you.
Many thanks for all you have done to commemorate those imprisoned at Stalag
Luft I. They are not forgotten.
Name: PAUL J. KEENAN
Hometown: Rochester, NY/Waukesha, WI/Kerrville, TX
Sent: 3.34 PM - 6/7 2001
I was a B-17 pilot in the 398th BG, 603 SQ and took part in the
liberated pow's from Stalag Luft 1 in May 1945. It was a happy experience.
The liberated prisoners I saw were in very good spirits, and very happy to
get back to friendly surroundings. For a group of men who had not flown
since they were shot down or crash landed -- perhaps many months before --
there seemed to be little fear about going flying again! It was certainly a
very memorable experience for me.
Name: Connie Kupchunos
Hometown: Ivoryton, CT
Sent: 7.53 AM - 6/7 2001
I am the daughter of John A. Kirkham III, navigator/bombardier aboard a B-17
that crashed during a bombing mission over Germany in Nov. 1944. He spent
about 6 months at Stalag Luft 1. It has only been fairly recently that he
has spoken much about his war experiences. I am "guardian" of a diary of
sorts of his POW experiences. I am overwhelmed and humbled when I think of
that time in his life, thankful for what he and many others did for us, and
inspired by their courage and that of those left behind to wait for them. I
hope to join my parents for the Stalag Luft 1 tour in September. Thank you
for your work on this web site.
Name: Robert A. Dickson
Hometown: Morro Bay, CA
Sent: 10.20 AM - 6/6 2001
B-17 pilot with 91st Bomb Group. Shot down on Dec. 1,1943. POW in Stalag
Luft 1 for 18 months in South Compound, Block 2.
Name: Mary Shannon Jones
Sent: 11.01 PM - 6/5 2001
My Dad RAYMOND MICHAEL SHANNON, was in the 82nd.Airborne and shot down over
France somewhere. He was in a German prison camp for 2 1/2 years until the
war was over. He was released by the Russians. He was a Chicago, Il. young
man. If anyone remembers him please contact me. This is all the info that I
have. Thank you.
Name: DANIEL W. DAVIS
Hometown: Payette, Idaho
Sent: 5.04 PM - 6/5 2001
I live in Idaho Falls, Idaho now, but thought I would visit your site, as I
was an inmate at I for 8 months. lived in North II compound. I don't
remember many of the people in the camp, my buddy passed away three years
ago. Hope you are all fine, my best regards, Dan Davis
Name: Pat Hitchcock
Hometown: Garland, Texas
Sent: 12.10 AM - 6/5 2001
I am looking for any information on my dad. His name was
Bill Patton. He was
from Garland, Texas. He was a prisioner of war for over 2 years. He was in
Stalag Luft I, but I do not know the number of his room. He was also a
bombardier, but I do not know his plane. I was told that he and one other
escaped death when their plane was shot down. I would like to know anything
that I can find out about him. Please contact me at my E-mail address. Thank
you, Pat Hitchcock
Sent: 9.56 PM - 6/4 2001
Hi, I'm looking for POWs from Comp. North I and anyone who might have known
Lt. Hubert Noel Ballew also known as Chief or Frosty. Any information on
camp life or my father's escape would be appreciated. He left with Ray Clotsfelder and Bill Grosman. He was friends with Wm.C.Otwell, V.Paterno and
Neil Van Wyk.
Name: J. Worden Petersen
Sent: 12.45 PM - 6/4 2001
Lloyd R. Worden, one of Mr. Chapman's roomates, is my grandfather. He has
spent many hours telling me stories of his experiences in WW II. I enjoyed
your site very much. God Bless all of these heroes!
Hometown: Sydney Australia
Sent: 5.46 AM - 6/4 2001
My Father Vytautas Grybas is 79 today and he sat with me and told me of his
youth when he was stolen by the German Army from his home to fight for the
Germans They took him in the clothes he had on his back (No shoes) he was
only a young man. He was not able to fight so was put to work for 9 mths in
a power station and at the end of the war he was a lost person with no home
no family and while telling me this story today it was hard for me to take
it all in. my mum tells me that he often has very vivid and real horry
dreams that still haunt him. He feels strongly that he should be compensated
for the torture he went through as a prisoner of war. May be you could help
me and send me in the right direction. My father is from Lithuanian and look
forward to your help
Name: Shawn Holmes
Hometown: Taft, CA
Sent: 10.46 PM - 6/2 2001
Thank you !Your Site has given me insight, My Grandfather was a POW in
Germany, and I do not know a thing except, He was in a tail gunner according
to my Mother. His name was
John Lloyd, from Ohio. I only met him three
times. My Mom only saw him five times. they wrote letters all her life but
she said "He never talked about the war much. Once again thank you for the
great Web Site
Name: Andrew A. Kneffler
Hometown: Stone Creek, Ohio
Sent: 9.42 AM - 6/2 2001
Hello, I am in need of assistance, My father (Albert M. Kneffler
) was a
prisoner of war in WWII, I believe in a camp by the name of
OFLAG-64, he was
reported missing October 2, 1944. I believe he may have been with the 80th
Infantry Division or 311th Lightning infantry Division. Any help in locating
information about this prison camp or Albert M. Kneffler would be greatly
Name: Robert Huettner
Sent: 4.06 PM - 6/1 2001
Have been serving our country for 18+ years. Have been able to use the
Schwienfurt raids as teaching points for my soldiers. Am looking for crash
sites to honor those who made the sacrifice; possible erecting of monuments
to the crews. New soldiers aren't that bad and want links to their military
past. Can anyone out there help me? We'll try to make you proud.
1st SQDN, 4th U.S. Cavalry
1st Infantry Division
Name: PAM HICKS
Hometown: KENLY N.C.
Sent: 7.17 AM - 6/1 2001
MY GREAT UNCLE ALVIN E. BOYKIN WAS A SARGENT IN THE
U.S. ARMY. HE FAUGHT IN THE KOREA WAR,VIETNAM AND
WORLD WAR2. WORLD WAR 2 WAS THE ONLY WAR HE WOULD NOT TALK ABOUT. THANK YOU
FOR PROVIDING THIS SIGHT.
James E. Klansnic
Hometown: Enumclaw, Wa.
Sent: 12.31 AM - 6/1 2001
I was shot down April 4th, 1944 over Steyer, Austria. I was in the 99th Bomb Gp 416th Sqdn. I wound
up in Stalag Luft 1, Barth, Germany.
Name: Norm Newhouse
Hometown: El Centro CA
Sent: 9.07 PM - 5/31 2001
Great website. I was stationed at nearby Frankfurt am Main 1962-65. I knew
of the "spooky" base at Oberursel, but was never on the base. Very
interesting stuff. Thanks
Name: Charles H. Bilharz
Hometown: Crystal River, FL
Sent: 7.52 PM - 5/31 2001
Spent 15 months in North Compound 1 at Barth
Name: Jean Bante Moore
Homepage: jbante @aol.com
Hometown: Houston, TX
Sent: 1.35 PM - 5/31 2001
The previous message listed my web address incorrectly and I'm correcting it
with this. I am looking for anyone who might have known my father
John D. Bante. He was a navigator on aircraft 337869 (Blond Bomber) 447th
Bomb Group (Rafflesdone) 710 squadron, which was shot down on Nov. 25, 1944.
My dad passed away in April 2000 without tellling me or my siblings very
much about his time int he service or in the prison camp. He was imprisoned
on Stalag Luft I until the end of the war
Name: Linda Francine
Hometown: Mariposa, California
Sent: 9.47 PM - 5/30 2001
My father was born in England and never became a U.S. citizen, but he fought
in world war 2. he was held as a prisoner of war. My father always had
nightmares and I was told by my mother, now deceased that he said the worst
smell is of human flesh burning. He witnessed the stack of Jewish people
burning. My father became an atheist because he couldn't understand how a
God would allow this to happen. My father had many good qualities, but the
war scarred him. He committed suicide when I was 12 years old. I read
Brokaw's book and know now what my father went through. If anyone has any
information about my father that they can share, please contact me. I pray
that through history records that God was present, and he does reign!
Name: Tracy "Moorman"Griffin
Sent: 5.40 PM - 5/30 2001
I am looking for any information that anyone could give me on my
Grandfather.Who served in World War II
and died for his Country in that same War.I never got a chance to know him
and I am trying to learn of him by any means possable. His name is -was
Sent: 3.46 PM - 5/30 2001
Your father is truly an American hero, as are all of the men and women who
served during WWII. I would like to personally thank all of them for their
many things that they sacraficed. Also, you grandmothers letters absolutely
break my heart! She must have been so scared for her son. Thank you for
sharing this wonderful part of your family
Name: Tobias Metzner
Hometown: Wismar, Germany
Sent: 5.12 AM - 5/30 2001
I`m looking for POW`s of Stalag Luft 1 who made their way to the British
outpost at Wismar in May 1945
Name: Margaret (Butler)
Hometown: Panama City, FL
Sent: 11.01 PM - 5/29 2001
My father was Ralph Butler, pilot of B-24 shot down November 1944, and
prisoner of war at Stalag Luft I until liberated by the Russians. Dad died
October 12, 1998, and only rarely talked about his war experiences. Our
family is gathering the information we have to pass on. I'm also interested
in finding a copy of "Beyond Barbed Wire" if anyone knows of a copy in
existence. Thanks, Margaret Neubauer
Name: Susan (Fields) Vaniman
Hometown: Pingree, ND
Sent: 9.46 PM - 5/29 2001
My father, James E. Fields, was a POW in Stalag 1 in 1944 and 1945. He was
in Barracks A, Room 2. He was neighbors with, but didn't know,
whom he met in Arkansas many years after retiring.
What a great site!
Sent: 8.29 AM - 5/29 2001
looking for information on my father who was a pow in world war 11. he has
passed away several years ago and i just found out about this he was in the
army. his name was William Joseph Wilbert. Would like any information that
any one has thanks marian
Name: Herman Engel
Hometown: Centerville,OH (Brooklyn, NY in 1945)
Sent: 12.31 AM - 5/29 2001
I was the navigator on Paul J Jones' crew. Note from Webmaster: See
Chuck Blaney's page
Name: Tom Haefs
Hometown: Stillwater Minnestoa
Sent: 7.46 PM - 5/28 2001
My Father in Law was a P.O.W. in Stalag Luft I. His name is
George E. Wold.
He was a enlisted man and was assigned to the 45th Infantry division. He was
captured in southern France around a town he called Nasiville. (Not quite
sure of the spelling.) He said that he spent about nine months as a
prisoner, until he was liberated by the Russians. He tells me that he
doesn't want to join any organizations,but I would like to him him
registered on your list of P.O.W's . He deserves to be recognized.Thank you for your time and feel free to contact me if you need any more
Name: Becky Colvin
Hometown: Erwin, TN
Sent: 7.28 PM - 5/28 2001
My father, John Salyer, flew with the 729th squadron, 452nd bomb. group. He
was shot down 12/31/44 and taken prisoner. We have a "Welcome to POW Camp"
for Stalag Luft 1, Barth Germany book. I assume that is where he was. I have
his letters he wrote to his mother during the time leading up to his capture
and starting again with his release. Other than that, I don't know too much
as he never spoke much about it. I'm trying to find any info I can.
Name: Dr. Robert A.
Sent: 12.12 PM - 5/28 2001
I am seeking information on my uncle Robert Hasseltine (now deceased),who
was a navigator shot down I believe over Germany and taken prisoner. He
suffered severe injuries and was hospitalized for many months.
Unfortunately, he spoke very little of his experiences and I know nothing
about where he was kept prisoner. I am trying to find any who knew him as a
POW or any who flew with him or any who might have any documents, pictures,
etc. of him. Any information would be deeply appreciated.
Harold L. Babcock (sgt)
Hometown: Danbury, wis. 54830
Sent: 11.08 AM - 5/28 2001
my family just started this web site for me and we are hoping to add to it
soon (my wife is typing this for me) I'm hoping there is some one out there
who remembers me from pow camp as i noticed that i was not listed in any pow
Name: Nancy Wilson
Hometown: Troy, Michigan
Sent: 9.00 AM - 5/28 2001
My father, Lt. Robert J. Peterson, a bombardier on a B24 Liberator of the
8th Air Force, 700th Squadron, 445th Bomb group was shot sown and spent 2
years as a POW in Stalag Luft 1. He is alive and well in Chassell, Michigan.
He was shot down over Germany in February of 1944 and spent 2 years as a POW
in Stalag Luft 1. I am anxious to show him this site. I have copies of a cartoon book that was
inked by two RAF POWS, Flight Sgt Budgen and Squadron Leader B. Arct (a
Belgian flier) that demonstrate daily life as a POW in Stalag Luft 1, Barth,
Germany. Thank you for this wonderful site. I think my father will be happy
to visit it often.
Name: Linda j. Morris
Hometown: Glen Rock, PA
Sent: 12.56 AM - 5/28 2001
Thank you for a wonderful tribute! I accidentally came across your site on
this Memorial Day while looking for my father,
Alexander J. Krajewski. He
was a Lieutenant in the air corps and did spend time in a POW camp. He liked
to tell about the second time he was shot down, when he looked up in to the
gun barrel of a German officer who pronounced, in a heavy German accent,
"For you zi war iz over!" He also talked about the Russians liberating the
camp. I am wondering if he is the same Alex Krajewski that is listed as a
roommate on your site. My father was born in CT but spent most of his life
in RI. He passed away 2 years ago, and my son has become interested in WWII
and his family history. I would appreciate any information you could
provide. I have included my son's web page, where you can find the "American
Portraits" collection he is building of memorabilia, some of which dates
from WWII. Linda
Name: Bob 'punchy' Powell
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Sent: 3.41 PM - 5/27 2001
Dear Mary: Thank you for including
General Luther Richmond's POW stories.
General Richmond is a fine gentleman, great pilot and good friend. As
another pilot in the 352nd FG I was pleased to have flown a number of
missions with him before he went down and one of his POW stories is included
in our history, which I co-authored, titled "The Bluenosed Bastards of
Bodney," now in its second printing. The book also includes some other E&E
stories. It is now in its second printing. When we learned that collectors
were paying as much as $350 for this book we decided to reprint it. Col. Hub
Zemke, C.O. of the 56th FG and also a POW, described this book as
"absolutely the best fighter history to come out of WWII," probably because
we didn't publish it to make money, but to perpetuate the history of one of
the most outstanding fighter groups of the 8th Air Force and republished it
for the same reason.
It is now available again. This 292 page hardback history chronicles the
history of the
"Bluenosers" with 16 color pages, more than 1,000 wartime photos, 18 color
our P-47s and P-51s, valuable statistical data, fascinating sidebar stories
and much more than
can be described here. May I suggest that you and your readers pull up our
website for more
information on this book or contact me (email@example.com) before the
goes out of print, too. You have an outstanding website and I plan to
contribute some POW
stories to it shortly.
bob 'punchy' powell
Name: Bob 'Punchy' Powell,
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Sent: 9.11 PM - 5/26 2001
I was a pilot in the 352nd FG (The Bluenosers) and now the Editor/Historian
for our Association and co-author of our history, "The Bluenosed Bastards of
Bodney," now in its second printing. A friend put me onto this website so
that I could read the POW stories of
General Luther Richmond, C.O. of our 486th Sqdn. One of his stories is
included in our
book. However, I have been unable to find his stories on this site. Still
Name: HAROLD BABCOCK
Hometown: Danbury, wis. 54830
Sent: 4.01 PM - 5/26 2001
We were wondering if anyone out there remembers me while i was a pow at
stalag luft one. I was in solitarie confindment for 21 days for answering
yes sir to a german officer when he was interrogating me. My name was not
included on the prisoner of list at the camp.
Name: Mark Donoho Jr
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Sent: 11.30 PM - 5/25 2001
My dad was a POW in Stalag Luft III from May 1944 til liberation. He was a
copilot of a B-24 shot down on his fourth mission. Would like to correspond
with POW's from Stalag Luft III or their relatives. Is there a reunion of
these guys and families?
Name: Jean Kilburg Permison
Hometown: Bellevue Iowa
Sent: 10.49 PM - 5/25 2001
You are correct. Sending our men to a concentration camp is not part of the
Geneva Convention. The Germans of WW2 did not follow any of the rules
governing treatment of POW'S.
How many people will join me in my pursuit of getting compensation for
people like my father Edward F. Kilburg????
Just e-mail me at JPermison@aol.com, leave just you e-mail or a first name
so a running number and be determined.
Name: Patricia Conrey
Hometown: Rochester, NY
Sent: 9.17 PM - 5/25 2001
Tonight on TV broadcast news was mentioned that after the Battle of the
Bulge many American prisoners were taken by the Germans to Berga. It said
that 74 Jewish-American soldiers were pulled out and sent to a concentration
camp for slave labor and many died. How is this possible under the Geneva
convention? I am looking for information on this subject.
Sent: 10.27 AM - 5/24 2001
Balinda Ballew Hickman, Please e-mail me at Elitescapes@aol.com, I may have
some info on your father. My Uncle was also a POW at stalag I and was an
Eagle squadron and 4th fighter group veteran as well. Martin
Hometown: Jane Lew, West Virginia
Sent: 9.23 AM - 5/24 2001
My father, George Garvin, was shot down while a crew member of a B17 bomber
and held as a pow for 18 months. He has tried to forget the memories but I
am very much interested in any information I can find for my children. He
did tell me the name of his camp was Stalag 13. If anyone remembers my
father, I would appreciate any information. Thank you.
Name: Michelle Valdez
Hometown: Colorado Springs CO
Sent: 7.13 AM - 5/24 2001
I found this web site while searching for information about my grandfather
Lt Col Heston C Daniel whom I believe was a POW at
Stalag Luft III. I only
have a few memories of stories he shared with me as a little girl. He lived
such an interesting life, that I thought it would be interesting to try to
learn more about him and everything that he endured. If anyone as any
information please e-mail me.
Name: Nancy and
Hometown: Danbury, Wis. 54830
Sent: 2.27 PM - 5/23 2001
I found out more about my husbands story by going to this web site then i
did before. My husband was a POW during ww2. at stalag luft 1 did brought
back many memories to him. He is 84yrs. old and we have been married for
almost 37 yrs. Im only 59 thank you for a nice site to find out what really
went on with our men.
Name: SUZANNE DURAKOV
Hometown: GRAND RAPIDS MI
Sent: 4.01 AM - 5/23 2001
HELLO, MY NAME IS SUZANNE DURAKOV AND I HAVE RECENTLY BEEN HONORED TO START
RESEARCHING THE CAMP WHERE MY FATHER
MAJOR JOHN DURAKOV, LIVED IN THE PAST.
HE PASSED AWAY OVER TEN YEARS AGO OF CANCER.
MY DAD WAS IN THE 8TH AIR FORCE AND SHOT DOWN IN 1943. HIS INJURIES NEVER
DID HEAL CORRECTLY. I WISH I WOULD OF BEEN ABLE TO GIVE YOU MORE INFORMATION
BUT MOST OF THE PAPERS I HAD BURNT UP IN A HOUSE FIRE WE HAD. THANK YOU FOR
BEING THERE FOR US ALL !! DO YOU KNOW OF ANY ONE WITH ANY INFORMATION ON THE
8TH AIR FORCE. ?
THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS. THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR DEDICATIONS!!
Name: Balinda Ballew Hickman
Sent: 12.57 AM - 5/23 2001
Greetings, We apprreciate the information and stories you are sharing with
the rest of us. We have only begun to delve into this project with the
intention of writing my dad's and mom's love story, war experience and how
it has impacted three generations so far. We have some wonderful
memorabilia, pictures, his log book with an account of his being shot down
,by someone after the fact. My dad died in '68 before we knew we had
questions and like others he only spoke to my mother about his experience
and very seldom at that. We have an account of his liberation experience and
an awful encounter with the Russians in the town. Also, a story of local
German farmers befriending the guards and prisoners and then committing
murder suicide as the Russians arrived.There were encounters with the French
underground and an arduous trip to safety after the liberation. My dad was
1stLt. Hubert Noel Ballew
a fighter pilot, originally with the Eagle
Squadron then became part of the 335th 4th ftr. squadron when he was shot
down over Rheims, France Feb.6, 1944. He was in Stal.Luft I RAF Nr O-2044
431 Kgf Nr 2662 acke 107 Raum 14?.We are not clear what that stands for but
have an idea. We know he escaped with
Bill Crosman and
Ray Clotsfelder(?) We
have correspondence from Lt V. Paterno and Capt. Neil Van Wyk but don't know
if there association was as POWs or not. We do know that 2nd Lt. Burt
Christie Wyman went down a few days prior to my father, this was also noted
in my dad's log and I believe they were shipped back to the states together.
Forgive me for going on I am just hoping to connect with someone who knew my
dad. But more than that my daughter's and I hope to honor my dad and all the
brave soldiers from WWII. We also want to honor all the wives and
girlfriends and families that sacrificed for this nation and for mine and my
children's future. We are so deeply touched to have known and loved them. We
are continuing to explore and will be back intouch. Thanks again Balinda
Name: Heather Johnson
Hometown: St Marys Ontario
Sent: 7.41 PM - 5/22 2001
I enjoyed your site on Stalag luft 1. My grandfather was taken prisoner on
April 16, 1945 in prison camp Zan Bostel, in what was Kusten Canal, Holland.
He called ths camp Stalag 10 B. My
grandfather was a Canadian soldier, of
the Algonquin Regiment. He kept a diary of his time spent at the prison
camp, which I am lucky to have a copy of.
Heather Johnson Ontario Canada
Name: Gary Norton Bullinger
Sent: 7.24 PM - 5/22 2001
Thank you for the opportunity to view your historic pictures of Luft 1. I'm
researching my uncle Wilson D. Smith
who was a B-24 navigator for the 15th
Army Air(out of Italy) and shot down June 20, 1944 over Austria or Hungary.
He was a pow for 3-8 months, but do not know the camp he was in. Perhaps it
was Luft 1. I would welcome contacts from anyone who would have known
Sent: 10.35 PM - 5/21 2001
Thank you for the wonderful living history (that lives though those who
remember or want to learn!) My father was ETO with the 64th fighter wing. I
am searching for anyone who knew him (deceasesd in 1958 at the age of 35
when I was only five) His name was Lt. Col. John Letnar with the Army Air
Corps. Any veteran out there who still remembers his is welcome to email to
me. His grandchildren long to know who he was. Thanks for sharing such a
beautiful tribute. Ginny
Hometown: Derby, UK
Sent: 1.58 PM - 5/21 2001
Searching for relatives of Canadian crew (G.A.Kidder was one of them) who
took part in the great escape from Stalag Luft 111. They bailed out from a
Wellington bomber piloted by my uncle
JACK TAYLOR. He died so that they
could bail out safely. Unfortunately they were subsequently shot after their
Name: Mr. Langley's Class
Sent: 1.22 PM - 5/21 2001
We really enjoyed the site.
Name: Mark Henderson
Hometown: St. Louis
Sent: 10.00 AM - 5/21 2001
Hello. I really love your site. My grandfather,
Don Henderson, was a pilot
during WWII and flew a B-17 bomber. He and his crew were shot down on their
25th mission, while still over enemy soil, and spent almost 2 years in
Stalag Luft I. He rarely spoke of his experiences during the war, but I have
always been aware of what he went through and have always admired him as a
person. I think it is very important that people know what his generation
sacrificed, and this website is doing a good job of that. Keep up the good
Name: William F. Miller
Hometown: Corpus Christi, Texas 78404
Sent: 1.55 PM - 5/20 2001
I was the pilot of the 359th Squadron, 303rd Group B-17 "Miss Umbriago,"
shot down 28 Sep 44 in the raid on Magedeburg in which our Group lost 11
airplanes. Stayed in Room 6, Block 6, North 2.
Name: VERNON C ATKINSON II
Hometown: lawrenceville, GA.
Sent: 11.56 AM - 5/19 2001
MY GRANDFATHER WAS A PRISONER FROM JULY 1944 UNTIL LIBERATION. HIS NAME WAS
VERNON C. ATKINSON, 2LT COPILOT ON A B-17 SHOT DOWN OVER FRANCE 1944. HE WAS
IN THE 398TH BOMB GRP, 601 BOMB SQD. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT
ME ASAP. I AM A MAJOR WITH THE GA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD IN ATLANTA GA AND I
FLY UH-60 BLACKHAWKS. OUR FAMILY IS FROM TALLAHASSEE FLORIDA.
Name: RALPH HOGAN KGF 5910
Homepage: 759 CROSSBROOK DR.
Hometown: MORAGA, CA. 94556
Sent: 1.02 AM - 5/19 2001
GREAT SITE; WAS IN BARTH SEPT. 44 UNTIL MAY 45. GREAT STORIES AND TAKES ME
BACK, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
Name: Fred W. Butler, Jr.
Hometown: Lompoc, CA
Sent: 12.48 AM - 5/19 2001
After all these years, it is still clear in my mind. I am now 81 but I can
remember. I was shot down over Saarbrucken on 25 Feb 1944 and arrived at
Stalag Luft 1 about a week later. I lived in
Block 4 room 8 in North
Compound 1. Someone may remember me since I played in the band in North 1.
Are there many left out there? If so, my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks
for this opportunity
Name: Jean Darley
Hometown: Medway Towns
Sent: 5.43 PM - 5/18 2001
Thank you for putting this site on the Internet. My own site tells a similar
story of my father and his service in Bomber Command and internment in
Stalag VIIIB. www.sec-on-line-services.co.uk/dad. My father was 80 in April
Name: Carter Manierre
Hometown: Clearwater, FL
Sent: 6.32 AM - 5/18 2001
Great site. My father was in this camp as an OSS agent captured in France.
He worked as Gabby Gabreski's Adjutant. If anyone knew
please contact me at "email@example.com". Carter
Name: Mike Haslam
Hometown: London, England
Sent: 4.20 PM - 5/16 2001
Congratulations on your site.
Following the recent death of my mother I have found some of the effects of
my late uncle P/O Arnold Livesey (RAF). He was short down while serving with
405 squadron (Royal Canadian Airforce) and was a "guest" at Stalag Luft 1
between Dec 1943 and May 1945.
Among the items that he kept for many years was his "Wartime Log" which
records his thoughts etc at Barth.
This little book contains the names and addresses of some of his fellow
POWs, including Brits, Americans, many Canadians a few Australians and even
a couple of Greeks.
Barth must have been a very international place.
Keep up the good work.
Name: Janet Daniels
Hometown: Greenup, KY
Sent: 3.09 PM - 5/16 2001
I really enjoyed looking through your site. I don't know much about WWII
except for stories I recall my Dad telling, he to was a prisoner of
war...WWII, his name is Cecil K. Bays, he passed away in 1976.
Name: David Melnick
Hometown: Tallahassee, FL
Sent: 9.32 PM - 5/15 2001
My granddad, Lt. Vernon C. Atkinson, was a pow in Stalag Luft I. I am
thrilled that you have this web site. Btw, I adored it when he spoke about
the fruit (rutabegas) there. He got sick of it. Your web site is awesome.
Thanks for the pics & future reunion this year.
Name: Larry Shurilla
Hometown: Menomonee Falls, WI
Sent: 7.21 PM - 5/14 2001
My dad, Robert J. Shurilla, was a Stalag Luft I vet from March of 1944 to
May of 1945. He was in the North Compound, Barracks 6 Room 6. He played
trumpet in the camp's band, the "Round the Benders." He was a track star at
Marquette University before the war. I'd love to hear from anyone who knew
my dad. My name is Larry Shurilla and I am the youngest of his six children.
Name: Travis Hudelson
Hometown: Westfield, NJ
Sent: 4.41 PM - 5/14 2001
I'm Wes Hudelson's son, and would like to hear any stories you have
involving him. My Mom would I'm sure enjoy them as well- her email is:
Best to you,
Name: William A. Rendall
Hometown: Kinderhook NY 12106
Sent: 4.06 PM - 5/14 2001
1st Lt. 44th Bomb Group,MIA 30 Dec.'43-6mo with French Resistance-Arrested
by Gestapo 19June44-Stalag Luft III-Liberated Moosburg 7A -29April45
Name: John M. Howison
Hometown: Bogata, TX
Sent: 12.12 PM - 5/13 2001
Can you find words to the kriegie paraphrase of American Beauty, with the
line "The real American Beauty is an escort of P-38s?
Name: Tomasina A. Wall
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Sent: 10.45 PM - 5/12 2001
I found your site while trying to find more info on POW's. My grandpa
Stevens was a POW for 9 months. He was a bomber gunner on B-17. I have 2
postcards he wrote from the POW camp to his mother and Brother. I was not
sure how to decipher all the german code to find out which camp. It does say
I want to know where that is or what it means. and more. Great site I will
visit again, thanks
Name: MSgt Robert J. De
Hometown: Austin Texas
Sent: 9.44 PM - 5/12 2001
I served in England at R.A.F Chelveston from 1960-1964.
Many of the English people working on the base told me stories of the
American flyers that served on the base. They loved each and every one of the
American that forght for them and saved them from the "Hund". I served over
twenty years in the USAF, I flew for seven years. My war was the unknown war
Viet Nam, but we did our best. Thanks to all that served this nation in time
Name: Clifford H. Robinson
Hometown: Arleta, CA
Sent: 4.27 PM - 5/12 2001
I was a POW at Stalag Luft 1, South Compound, Block 2.
Thanks for the great story on "Revival Flights".
Name: Melvin B. Dunham
Homepage: 3701 Loy Lake Rd. Apt.209
Sent: 10.22 AM - 5/12 2001
Name: crystal jordan
Hometown: Bundoora Australia
Sent: 2.13 AM - 5/12 2001
I am researching about my father
Edward William Davis
who was captured at
Dunkirk 1940. He was in Stalag XXB. I am unable to find anything about this
camp. A book was published called "Handle with care" in Britian after the
war but I haven't found it yet.
Name: call me IAN...
Hometown: Cologne, Germany
Sent: 10.15 AM - 5/11 2001
I just found your website and want to thank you for providing good
information. I have been doing research work on WWII myself and was
wondering if you could help. It is very hard to come by information on
soldiers of WWII in Germany, and if you dare to ask, you could easily offend
someone... I am looking for information on my grandfather who, I suppose,
fought for Germany on both fronts. His name was Richard Sopora, initially he
was from somewhere what today is Poland, but later in the war he fled to
southern Germany. If you need any more Information, I will try to provide
it, just email me. I would be really grateful if anyone could help...
Name: Doug Winters
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Sent: 9.10 PM - 5/10 2001
Dear Mary and Barbara:
I found your website a few weeks ago and came across
my dad's name on George
Simmons' page listing roommates at Luft I. We have been corresponding ever
since and I've learned so much about my dad's experience as a POW. He was
killed during the Korean War. Thank you again for maintaining the website.
Your thoughtfulness helped me answer many questions.
Name: John V. Colson
Hometown: Columbia, SC 29223-4417
Sent: 4.18 PM - 5/10 2001
I was pilot of B-24J 42-51272, 446th Group, Squadron 706. On my 25th mission
(marshalling yard at Neunkirchen) we received a direct hit and exploded just
after bomb release. I thank you for your pictures and information.
Name: Sheldon Bird
Hometown: Bath, ME
Sent: 2.20 AM - 5/10 2001
Hi. Thanks for the site. My dad, Lt. Robert P. Bird, was a B24 pilot with
the 449th BG of Grottaglie, IT and was shot down on a raid on Regensburg in
Feb 44, spent the duration in SL1. I have his story and many souvenirs,
including the YMCA Wartime Log with pics, menus, orders, ersatz coffee, and
Name: Mrs. Anne Eustace
Hometown: Perth, Western Australia.
Sent: 1.14 AM - 5/10 2001
Hi, My mothers only brother,Flt. Sgt. Harold Laurence Barron was serving with
the RAAF in England as a wireless operator in a Lanc. when he was shot down
and killed over Germany on 21st June, 1944. He was single and 24yrs old. I
have always found war stories fascinating and am always pleased to hear of
those who survived.
Name: Carl S. Cook Jr.
Hometown: Steubenville ,Ohio
Sent: 9.47 AM - 5/9 2001
Hello, My name is Carl S. Cook Jr. My dad was a POW of the Germans. He was
shot down June 22,1943. Reported to my mother as kia. He spent most of his
prison time in Hospital camps with leg injuries. His last camp was Heilag
4d Annaburg. Anyone that has any info please email me. He died in july 1971
when I was only 17.
Name: Gini Giddiens
Hometown: Panama City, FL
Sent: 4.43 PM - 5/8 2001
Great page! Mr. Kamarainen sent me the site. My father Ralph Butler
pilot on his crew....
Name: Bob Dickson
Hometown: Morro Bay, CA
Sent: 1.23 AM - 5/8 2001
I just printed the pages and haven't had a chance to read it yet but it
looks like a wonderful report on our evacuation from Stalag Luft 1. Thanks,
Bob Dickson 91st BG 322nd Sq.
18 months POW
Name: John Jameson
Hometown: Easley, SC
Sent: 8.39 PM - 5/7 2001
My uncle, Lake Hugh Jameson, a B-17 pilot, was shot down over eastern France
on Feb. 8, 1944 following a bombing run on the Frankfurt railyards and was a
prisoner in Stalag Luft 1 until it was liberated by the Russians. He was in
the North Compound. We interviewed him on April 28, 2001 and taped his
Sent: 10.47 PM - 5/6 2001
I am searching for an edmund d. whalen. He was a pilot and was a lt. in the
royal can. airforce. I am trying to find out if he is still alive. Any Help
would be appreciated. I Have been searching for a while. Thank you for any
Name: natasha woods
Hometown: jackson ohio
Sent: 9.09 PM - 5/6 2001
my grandpa was in ww2 and he was the person that drove the army tank also he
battled against the germans. hes still alive today and doing very well. his
name is charles robert rawlins . i was wondering if anyone can help me with
finding something about him on here or somewhere. i do know that he was
given two purple hearts because he was seriously injured there. please if
you can email me with any information you might have pertaining to my
grandfather. thank you much. "angel"
Name: Celeste C Bancroft
Sent: 5.11 PM - 5/6 2001
It am in awe of all the information you have compiled. My dad was
Clifford. His plane was Hell and High Water and was shot down over Tribben,
Germany. He was a POW for 18 months in
Stalag IV, barracks 2. The captain
Clyde Mason would have been in Stalag 1. My dad was part of the Ragged
Irregulars 401st Squadron LL-Y stationed in Bassingboum, England. I have
just started to research his military history. We did go to the Mighty 8th
Museum in Georgia this past February and plan to go back and do more
research. Hope to hear from you.
Daughter of Victor H. Clifford
Jennings H. Titus
Hometown: Petersburg, Va 23805
Sent: 8.57 AM - 5/6 2001
Enjoyed the information. I was at Stalag Luft IV and then Stalag Luft I.
Name: Ruth Sims Bowien
Homepage:535 Lacy Ivy Road
Hometown: Potts Camp, Ms 38659
Sent: 4.46 PM - 5/5 2001
I had an Uncle killed in Germany, during WWII. His name was Melvin Sims, he
was killed on April 16, 1945. I was born April 15, 1945. I don't think his
body was shipped back to the States until 1948.
Name: LCDR Richard S. Rutkowski,
Hometown: Hopewell Twp, NJ
Sent: 10.21 AM - 5/5 2001
My brother 1st/Lt. Victor S. Rutkowski Was in the 390th Bomb Grp,. 569th
Squadron stationed in Framlingham, England, He was shot down over Cologne on
his 35th mission, parachuted safely, and was captured near the village of
Lindlar, Germany. From there the story becomes confused...We interviewed
people in Lindlar who say he was murdered by some local persons. We also
have information that he was seen in a POW camp near Wetzlar...for a few
days (either the Dulag or Stalag Luft 111) Over these many years we have
attempted to find out what really happened to him so that we can bring home
his remains. We have had little or no help from the Pentagon. We have
grasped every straw that we could and I am now trying this one. If there is
anyone out there who might have seen or known him in a POW camp I would
appreciate hearing from you. I understand there were 2 Stalag Luft 111s,one
near Wetzlar and the other in Sagan and we don't know in which one he might
have been sighted. THIS IS AN OUTSTANDING WEB SITE AND I AM EXTREMELY
PLEASED TO SEE THE INTEREST IN IT ! Thank you. Dick Rutkowski
Name: tom m. brown
Hometown: houston, texas
Sent: 7.33 PM - 5/3 2001
my father served in the pacific during ww2. he was army stationed in in the
phillipines and other islands. i would love to hear from anyone who may have
served with him. max siegel brown, knightstown, indiana.
His proud son:
tom m. brown
Name: John M. Carmine
Hometown: Ford Virginia
Sent: 6.02 PM - 5/3 2001
My father John Walter Carmine "DICK" was in Stalag Luft I in North I compound
from 1943 to 1945 on the day of Liberation. I just want to say "THANK YOU
FOR MY FREEDOM"-LOVE your son.
Name: Bill Sandlin
Sent: 5.20 PM - 5/3 2001
To all of you THANK YOU. If I may, I'd like to relate a story to you about
the return of a Viet Nam POW. David Rehman was a young man from the desert
community of Lancaster Ca. and was shot down over North Viet Nam in Nov.
1966. For those old enough to remember, he was the POW whose picture was
featured on matchbook covers advertising the sale of POW bracelets during
that war. Upon learning that the POWs' would be returning home a local
physician Dr. Fred Mercer organized a committee to plan a homecoming for
David. We learned from his mother that of the few censored letters he had
been able to send over the 6 years of his imprisonment, he had admired the
pictures of the 1966 corvette featured in a magazine he'd read shortly prior
to his last mission. We (the community) bought him a new corvette. When he
was presented with this gift, he was quite stunned, and asked "who do I
thank?". He was told that as he went through the community, anytime he saw a
bumber sticker that said "welcome home David Rehman", that was who to thank,
as we had sold the bumper stickers to purchase the car. Semper Fi. Bill
Name: Lt Col Charlie
Homepage: 418 1/2 Fillmore St
Hometown: Taft,Ca 93268
Sent: 9.05 AM - 5/3 2001
I was a member of the evacuation crew
at Stalag 1,and have several photos at
the scene. Jim Shepard, has them as he copied them from my scrap book. I was
the Group Bombardier, but went on the mission as a navigator. It was a great
experience, and got to see all my old roommates who were shot down.
Hometown: League City
Sent: 8.24 AM - 5/3 2001
My grandfather was a POW, shot down from his B-17. His name was
WILLIAMS BLEVINS if anyone has any information about him please let me know.
Name: Bruce Bockstanz
Hometown: Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
Sent: 5.09 PM - 4/28 2001
Nydine Pile,in her posting to this site on 4/27, asked if there were any
copies of "POW WOW papers" available. I presume that she was referring to
the daily newspaper that was secretly distributed to the kriegies of Stalag
Luft One."The only truthful newspaper in Germany'!
There are copies included in the book "BEHIND BARBED WIRE, writen by Lt.
Morris J. Roy and published in 1946.
News came from the BBC via a secret radio suplemented by German radio
broadcasts and by German guards who would trade information and needed items
such as radio tubes for cigarettes. Word of the D-Day invasion was received
20 minutes before American news flashes.
We read the paper in small groups, with lookouts watching for approaching
Name: Donald R. Hohman,PA
Sent: 4.38 PM - 4/27 2001
Name: John Garnett
Hometown: League City, TX 77573
Sent: 3.53 PM - 4/26 2001
As a small child vacationing with my parents in Montana, I had the pleasure
of meeting Dot & Ross Greening. The Greenings were friends of the family
that ran the lodge where we stayed. Something that isn't mentioned here was
Ross' "caricatures" of various aircraft flown in WWII. I was fortunate
enough to see the originals while visiting COL Greening and his wife. They
were both fine people and I'm sorry I didn't get to spend more time with
Something else that isn't mentioned was the fact that Ross "designed" the
bombsight used in the raid over Tokyo. At that time, the Norden was still
classified and they needed something else to use in case the plane got shot
down over Japan. Ross put together some simple device that was used on the
Sent: 2.44 PM - 4/25 2001
MY DAD, PAUL SCHWARZ, WAS A SIDE GUNNER IN A B17. IN 1943 THEIR PLANE WAS
SHOT DOWN OVER MUNSTER, GERMANY AND THE CREW ALL BECAME PRISONERS OF WAR. MY
DAD WAS A PRISONER IN STALAG 17B UNTIL THE END OF THE WAR. IF ANYONE OUT
THERE REMEMBERS HIM OR ANYTHING RELATING TO THIS, PLEASE E-MAIL ME. MY DAD
DIED IN 1969 AND I HAVE GONE BACK THROUGH HIS WAR HISTORY BUT I KNOW THERE'S ALOT MORE I CAN LEARN ABOUT IT. I AM SO JAZZED ABOUT FINDING THIS PAGE!!!
THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Hometown: altoona, wi
Sent: 9.18 AM - 4/24 2001
MY grandfather was POW during WWII. His name is
Neil Park. I am doing a
report for school on him, and any other veterans. If you have any specific
information on the War, please e-mail it to me. Thank you!
Name: Bruce Bockstanz
Hometown: Grosse Pointe , MI
Sent: 4.38 PM - 4/23 2001
On April 19,Ouisie Shapiro asked for information about how sports helped
American POW's get through their ordeal.
I was sports officer for block (barracks) 4 at Stalag Luft One, Barth,
Germany. We had a very active program, limited only by the shortage of space
and the number of those that wanted to participate.(Baltic weather,constant
roll calls and searches by German goons (guards)took away perfectly good
Softball and touch football were the most popular for players and
spectators. We also had equipment for ping pong, soccer, basketball, volly
ball,hand ball and golf. Again, lack of space was a limitation on their use.
Nothing went to waste, altho the way we used the equipment often differed
from its intended purpose. (The took the ice skates away, fearing that we
would make weapons or escape tools from them.
Our spring '45 sports program was ended when the Ruskies came and B-17s
arrived to take us home. What a shame!
All this equipment was supplied to us through the International YMCA, for
which we kriegies are forever grateful. They also sent band instruments,
writing supplies and books.
Tina Mazey Trivette
Hometown: Richmond, VA
Sent: 10.09 AM - 4/23 2001
My grandfather was in the 8th A.A.F. and was shot down Feb. 22, 1944. The
target for the day was Asherschleben, Germany. He was the bombadier. He
parachuted out of the plane, was captured, and ended up in Stalag Luft I
until liberation-POW #2840. I would appreciate any information that anyone
may have that is relevant to my grandfather, his service, or his
incarceration. I would love to hear from any of his fellow crewman or
families. This site is wonderful. Thank you. Tina (Mazey) Trivette
Name: Jean Permison
Hometown: Bellevue Iowa
Sent: 4.01 AM - 4/22 2001
My father, Edward F. Kilburg, my father has a Postkarte sent with the
Stalag N. 097161
Stalag No. III A Luckenwalde Germany; dated 18. 4 .45 to my mother,
reflecting last week they had received their first !'s, Red Cross Parcel. He
wrote the letter on March 11, 1945. Please check those dated with you
My father like all the men had the Train Ride to death. he survived only by
That lasted 3 days.
My father was also caught stealing potatoes.
Liberated by the British, here are some of the other names on the document
titled: Extract, So 199 Hot Springs Arkansas, 15 Aug. 45, include the
following; Allen Franklin R, Pfc
Hansen, George , J Pfc
La Barre, Earl L ,Pfc
Sroka, Stanley JPfc
Baker, John A Pft
Gonzales, Carmel Pft
Phelps, Lyle K Pvt
Hometown: Bellevue Iowa
Sent: 1.06 PM - 4/21 2001
I would like to find photos of the place where my father
Edward f. Kilburg,
was held as a POW II, from Dec. 1944 until of war ended 1945. Also gain
support for my father getting compensation from the VA. And I would like to
start gathering support to go after compensation from Germany. The way they
treated our POW men was out right abuse of power. The German POW's we had
were given three meals per day, a warm bed at night and they were locate on
farms across the country. They did not have shortage of food as we were
told. My fathers history as best we can tell:
Stalag XIIA,no. 097616;
13.1.45 Arb Kdo Wonsdorf 499E;
im Lager IIIA-30.12.44;
28.12.44.von St.12 nach St. 111A;
Co-A 1-n 324 Regt. 44-Div.
Entry into service 10 Apr. 1944,
Seperation was done in Camp Fannin, Tx. 27,Nov. 1945, Grade was Cpl.;
Name: jessica greear
Sent: 8.51 AM - 4/18 2001
My mothers first husband George Webster and her two brothers were in this
war. I still have the war time log book written by George while being held
as a pow
in Barth Germany Stalag Luft #1
Hometown: Wellsville, NY
Sent: 6.58 PM - 4/16 2001
My father, Raymond Burdge, was a POW held in or around Stuttgart, Germany.
He was in Battery H of the 17th Field Artillery. He was captured in early
1945 and held for several months before being liberated. He would never
speak of the experience, even to my Mom. I know it was very painful for him.
He said they lived on rutabagas and could never stand them after that. When
he was released, he spent weeks in a hospital before being discharged. His
weight was down to an emaciated 115 pounds. I can only imagine what he must
have gone through. If I knew what he experienced, perhaps I can understand
him a little better. He was very depressed and I don't believe he ever fully
recovered. If anyone knows what Stalag was near Stuttgart or has any
information about him, I would appreciate hearing from you. I'm glad I found
this site. Thank you.
Name: Robert Cunningham
Hometown: Corpus Christi, Texas
Sent: 4.32 PM - 4/16 2001
You have accomplished a great task. I also was with the Great 8th Airforce
in England, at 8th Airforce HQ at Bushy Park Thanks RC
Name: Ken McPherson
Homepage: l69 Saco Avenue #ll
Hometown: Old Orchard, Me
Sent: 1.28 PM - 4/14 2001
Hello Mary, Enjoyed reading up on your web site tremednously. Esp liked the
new updates with its vast amounts of data. The contents of your web site are
of great assistance to any researcher. Regards, to Peg. Ken McPherson, 8th
AFHS, 493rd BGMA.
Hometown: Camarillo, Calif.
Sent: 12.47 PM - 4/14 2001
My Uncle Wilson "Bill" Edwards was imprisoned in the
south compound, stalag luft I, from July 1944 till liberation. He was a Major at the time and was a
pilot of a P-51 aircraft.
He does not like talking about his time as a prisoner, but he told me once
of a very kind German prison guard who was an ex WWI pilot who admired the
American pilots. He told me that this guard wore large baggy pants and would
sneak in rabbits in his pants for the starving men to eat. Does anyone
happen to know this kind hearted prison guards name, or any info. on him?
Name: Ralph D Shultz
Hometown: Tupelo,Miss 38826
Sent: 6.14 PM - 4/11 2001
Brought back many memories. Not all good. was a POW 444 days. Was in
one Room one in the barracks next to the colonels in the southwest corner of
north compound #1. My children enjoy going over this. Also my grandchildren.
The greats are too young. Thanks
Name: Christopher Downing
Sent: 10.05 AM - 4/11 2001
My gradfather - Robert J. Downing
was a German POW in 1944-45. He was an
A-20 and B-25 pilot. He was a member of the 8th airforce based in England. I
teach US History and would like to use this website as part of my class'
work on WWII. Thanks for you hard work.
Name: Irwin Stovroff
Hometown: Boca Raton Fl.33434
Sent: 7.57 PM - 4/10 2001
Just wanted to say Im a former resident of Stalag 1, and am now a National
Service Officer helping any and all Expows to get !00% compensation if
possible. Contact me if I can be of help to a former Kriegie
Name: irwin stovroff
Sent: 7.49 PM - 4/10 2001
Mary it is just great to continue thru this web site, and I have definitely
decided to visit Barth this Sept., and wanted to thank you for all the work
you did . Still trying to find someone who knew your Dad
Name: Constantine Galanopulo
Sent: 9.09 PM - 4/9 2001
My Uncle John (John C. Doherty) B17 Co-Pilot was shot down over Yugoslavia
smuggled out by partisans, twice!!
Flew out of Italy with the 454th Bomb Group. He now lives in Thailand. I
have the greatest respect and admiration for these men who gave their lives
and youth to a greater good for all of us who are alive today. Thank you for
a great web site, now if we could only get the Japanese to start teaching
the truth of WW2 to their children!
Name: Eric A. Johnson
Hometown: Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
Sent: 5.33 PM - 4/9 2001
My father, John C. Johnson, was an American P38 pilot who was captured in
the late fall of 1944 near Salzburg, Austria and eventually imprisoned at
Stalag Luft 1 until the end of the war. After the war he became a professor
of physics (first at MIT and later at Worcester Polytechnic Institute). He
died in June 1991. I am a professor of German history at Central Michigan
University and I recently published a book on terror in Nazi Germany
entitled Nazi Terror: The Gestapo, Jews, and Ordinary Germans (Basic Books,
2000). It was motivated in part by my father's experiences which he never
told me much about. Now I am starting to investigate his experiences and
those of people like him. Really I know next to nothing just yet. I would
love to hear from anyone who might have known my father. He was born in 1919
and was brought up in Waterbury, Connecticut.
Name: Frank C Madill
Homepage: 236 Joseph St.
Hometown: Kimberly Wisconsin 54136
Sent: 3.45 PM - 4/9 2001
I was in room 12 , Bks 306, North Compound 3. I went there Dec. 23 1944 I
was a navigator on a b 17 from the 20th bomb squd. , 2nd bomb Gp (Italy) My
e mail is FMpow 6672 @aol.com . I have a list of the other Officers who were
in my room.I'm sure that Lt. Aaron Kupstow was in our area or room.
Name: Irving Lerner
Sent: 9.25 PM - 4/5 2001
Looking for any Ex-Prisoners of War who are NOT getting 100% VA
compensation. Contact me on e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll foreward
Name: peter schiller
Hometown: D-24629 kisdorf
Sent: 7.59 AM - 4/5 2001
good afternoon, I am an amateur researcher in schleswig-holstein, the
northernmost country of germany. I do reseach on forgotten airfields in
county bad segeberg and on the airwar 1939 to 1945 in this region. I have
seen your website which is excellent with lots of informations. In the
meantime I do research together with chelius carter of nashville, 364FG
historian, on the circumstances after shute coming down of
shot down 22.5.1944 in our region, later dulag luft oberursel, send to
III sagan, later stalag VII moosburg and liberated there by patton.
my question is : in your chapter documents you show a picture of the bialout
procedure of B17 is there known as well an order for the B24 ? kind regards
Name: Fritz Ulrich
Hometown: Odense, Denmark (Europe)
Sent: 6.34 AM - 4/4 2001
I am Fritz Ulrich, of Denmark, the author of “Rendezvous with Destiny”... If
you would like to learn more about my book, please double-click at the site
In Denmark there is a memorial dedicated to 10 American flyers from World
War II. This book describes their last mission.
On the 24th of February, 1944, 867 bombers of the 8th Air Force were heading
for targets on German territory. One of these B-17s named "Just Elmer´s
Tune" did not make it home to base again; its 13th mission was going to be
its last. Several German fighter planes attacked them during their mission
and finally they crash-landed in Denmark.
This documentary follows the different crewmembers' destinies that day,
minute by minute and during their imprisonment in Germany until the
liberation. It was possible for the author to track down the German pilot
who shot down "Just Elmer´s Tune" and so it is possible to tell his side of
the story too. On June 27th, 1998, Fritz Ulrich set up a meeting in Berlin where Günther
Sinnecker, the German pilot, and Edwin Hays, the tail gunner from "Just
Elmer´s Tune", met for the first time face to face 54 years after they had
shot each other's plane down.
This story is visualized with some 240 pictures, maps and documents which
have been provided from crewmembers of "Just Elmer´s Tune" and from the
German pilot. The story is based on interviews and written accounts from the
people involved and from research in different archives.
Name: Frank C Madill
Homepage: 236 Joseph St.
Hometown: Kimberly, Wi
Sent: 2.13 PM - 4/3 2001
I have just discovered your website and am anxious to read all of the
stories in its entirety. My story almost identically parallels the story of
Aaron Kupstow. In fact my pow # is 6672. I entered the camp at Barth on
Dec.23, 1944 just ahead of him. I'm going to try to go thru my old papers to
see if he may have been one of my roomates. I too was a Mickey Operator on a
B17 from the 2nd Bomb Gp (20th BS) from Italy.I should have a list of the 23
other men who were in my room. Thanks for the memories. Frank C Madill
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