collection of stories, photos, art and information on Stalag Luft I
If you are a former Prisoner of War or a next of
kin of a POW, we invite you to sign and leave your email address so others that
come may find you. Please mention camp, compound, barracks and room numbers if
Name:Paul P. Kaufman Hometown: Brooklyn N,Y. Sent: 3.55 PM - 3/31 2001
Main Compound block 7 and 11
Name:William Farrell Hometown: Waterbury Ct. Sent: 3.10 PM - 3/31 2001
381st 532nd squadron shot down Feb.22 44. Was in north1 compound. Anyone
remember Verburggin, and his escape attempt?
Name:James B. Walden Hometown: Powder. Springs, Ga. Sent: 9.44 PM - 3/30 2001
These sites are essential in telling it like it was so all our future
generations will carry a big stick to prevent another war caused by one man.
306th Bomb Group From July,44. Stalag 1 North 3 Compound from Dec 9,44 til
the wars end in 1945.
Name:Hjalmar Johansson Hometown: Montville, NJ 07045 Sent: 8.45 PM - 3/28 2001
I was a nose gunner on a B-24. 461st Bomb Group 767 Sq. Shot down Dec 17,
1944 sent to Dulag Luft. Was shipped to Stalag Luft 1 but never arrived.
Instead went to Stalag III A Luckenwalde. Trying to get information on Stalag
Name:Dolly Bachman Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA Sent: 4.48 PM - 3/27 2001
I am doing history of my uncle, Sgt. Francis Morello from Butler, PA, who
was a waist gunner. He was flying with a Liberator group in the ETO. The
bomber group started their bombing war against Germany from French West
African base. He was shot down and missing in action since July 31, 1944. I
do have a newspaper picture of his crew (not a good one). I do have the
capability of sending this, but could find someone who could. I am very
anxious to find all about his stay in the camp. Only other info I have is
that he was on some kind of "march", and have copies of some postcards that
he sent, as well as some copies of V-Mail. Thanks in advance of any
Name:Charles D Taylor Hometown: Montezuma, Iowa Sent: 1.50 PM - 3/27 2001
Iowa Chapter President of 8th AF Historical Society outstanding website.
Writing book on Iowans in the 8th, some were POWs at Barth. Mind if I copy
pictures of camp. WIll revisit site many times thanks much
Name:ALICE G. ASHMORE Hometown: CAMERON W.VA. Sent: 4.02 PM - 3/25 2001
WONDERFUL SITE,THANK YOU.MY DAD WAS A PRISONER OF WAR BUT NOT AT STALAG LUFT
1.I HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR INFO ON AN ESCAPE INTO THE SWISS-FRENCH BORDER,A
GROUP OF 60 AAF AIRCREWMEMBERS KNOW AS THE BLISTER CLUB THAT WERE MET BY A
GENERAL LEGGE. I HAVE A COPY OF AN OLD MAGAZINE ARTICLE WRITTEN THEN BUT CANT
FIND OUT MORE. ALL HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED. ALICE
Name:Keith Dunn Hometown: Vancouver, B.C. Sent: 11.30 AM - 3/25 2001
Good to find this site. Thanks. My Dad was a prisoner in Stalag Luft 1 for
the last year of the war. Robert W. Dunn
.. he flew Spitfires and Hurricanes
from 1941 till he was shot down. He was with both the RAF and the RCAF.
Thanks again for the site.
Name:Al Fox Hometown: Lehigh Acres, Fl Sent: 8.57 PM - 3/24 2001
Very familiar with the events.
Former Stalag Luft III (Sagan), and, Stalag 7A(Moosberg) resident.
Also, wrote my story, but no "home page", yet.
Will leave that up to, more computer literate,
daughter-in-law and grandson.
Name:William F. Bowen Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale Fl Sent: 8.02 PM - 3/22 2001
My Father told me of this site. He was in this prison camp. His name is
William I. Bowen.
Name:Mark Fowler Hometown: Abilene, Texas Sent: 10.22 PM - 3/20 2001
My Dad, Robert L. Fowler, was a POW at Stalag Luft I from December 43 until
liberation. A Co-Pilot on a B-17, he was shot down on a bombing run to
Bremen. Unlike your story, he had many stories he would tell about his
experience. Many of his stories I hope that I can repeat. He died
unexpectedly on Jan 1, 2000. What a loss! I wish I had more time to video
him telling his stories and getting more documentation. I have thought of
creating a web page just like yours to honor him and men just like him.
Name:Leonard J. Box Hometown: Buchanan Dam, Tx.78609 Sent: 11.18 AM - 3/20 2001
In North compound 1 and 2. Bombadier in B24 in Italy.
Shot down in 1944 over Vienna. 460th Bomb Group.
Name:Evan Landtroop Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona Sent: 8.19 PM - 3/18 2001
I am the grandson of the now deceased
First lieutenant Dorman Landtroop. He
flew in a P-40, and was shot down in a bombing run by small arms fire. I
hold great respect for him, and the men who died trying to take Cassino
Monastery. He was taken to the prison camp this site describes, and talks
about. Thank you for contributing to the memory of the men who fought in WW2
and became POW's.
Name:Beverley Ruth Clements
(nee Bedford) Hometown: Pinetown South Africa Sent: 5.50 AM - 3/18 2001
I am daughter of Robert Richard Henry Bedford taken POW in City Rasay (not
sure of spelling) (North Africa) and shipped to Italy which was torpeoded on
way. Dad was POW in Italy for 5 years. He was also with his brothers in law
Percy Petersen and Bill Bassnett all from South Africa. They were with the
Engineers. I would appreciate contact with anyone in the same "boat".
Name:Irving Lerner Homepage: 16
Richmond Ave Hometown: Worcester, MA 01602 Sent: 1.06 AM - 3/18 2001
I was one of the sargeants that opened North 2 compound Block 8,rm. 9, until
Jan. 45 when I was moved to North 1 Block 11 (Jewish) rm. 3 until liberated.
I am a member of AXPOW and was Massachusetts Commander in 1999. This is a
great site, glad I found it. Thanks.
Name:John McGonagle Hometown: Nashville Tn. 37215 Sent: 6.38 PM - 3/17 2001
I was a Pilot flying B26,s out of Corsica.Was shot down over Mantua Italy by
ME 109s.Had to bail out and was captured and ended up at Stalag Luft 1.
Captured in october and got to 1 in jan.
Name:LoraLee Strain Hometown: Gardner, KS/ 66030 Sent: 5.44 PM - 3/17 2001
My husband, Lowell Dean Strainwas a POW in Stalag I from Dec. 1942 thru
May 1943. He died 6 years ago and had many illnesses thru out the years that we
believe were related to starvation, and other mis-treatments.
Name: Mel Gidez Hometown: Boston MA 02134 Sent: 2.00 PM - 3/17 2001
B-24 co-pilot from Barri ,Italy shot down over Herrmann Goerring Tank factory
Lintz, Austria on 25 July 1944. Spent the next 10 months in Stalag Luft #1, Block
8, Room 10.
Name:George. C Kulick Homepage: 4519
Atwood Cay Cir. Hometown: Sarasota, Fl 34233 Sent: 1.08 PM - 3/17 2001
Captured 2/14/44. Spent the next 15 months in North compound of Stalag Luft 1;
Barracks #7, Room #11
Name:Irma Baisden Hometown: Charleston,SC 29414 Sent: 11.04 AM - 3/17 2001
I am the widow of Forse Baisden, who was in the 486 BG. He was shot down
over Hamburg, Germany in August 1944. He was in several camps, but was liberator
from Stalag Luft 1.
W. Armstrong Hometown: Garden Grove, CA Sent: 9.37 PM - 3/16 2001
I was in the 91st bomb group; shot down 11-2-44 on mission to Merseburg. I wrote
a book "USA The Hard Way" with has an account of my stay at Barth,
Germany in Stalag luft 1 and photos of the camp & our evacuation by air. The
Germans abandoned the camp & we were held hostage when the Russians arrived.
Name:John McHugh Homepage:http://www.solt3.org/priests.htm Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma Sent: 4.10 PM - 3/16 2001
Will write briefly now, more later. I am John McHugh, 448th BG, 2d Air Division
out of East Anglia in England. I remember Col. Zemke and just heard about his
book. John McHugh, age 77, Robstown (Corpus Christi), Texas.
Name:Charles W Blaney Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO 80909 Sent: 3.44 PM - 3/16 2001
I was a Radio Operator/Top Turret Gunner on B-24's. I flew with the 448th Bomb
Group and got shot down by ME-262's over Hamburg on our 23rd mission. I was
incarcerated in North Compound at Stalag Luft I.
I enjoyed touring your website. Brought back some old memories. Particularly
enjoyed your collection of photos of the camp. You have a special place in my
Name:Louis M.Smith Homepage:
N.85th Pl. Hometown: Scottsdale Az 85251 Sent: 11.18 AM - 3/16 2001
Would like info on Ralph P Blantonof North Carolina. Pilot in the 8th
air force 91st bg 322bs flying the Bride of Mars. Shot down Dec. 5th l944 on
mission to Berlin. Last seen Dulag Luft Dec. 1944
Name:Gerald Duval Hometown: Panama City Beach Florida Sent: 11.18 PM - 3/15 2001
On April 2 1944 I was flying as a radio operater and gunner in a B-24 bomber out
of Italy (459th Bomb Group 759th Bomb Squadron). We were shot down over Steyre
Austria. In a madly spinning dead airplane I rode the Bomber all the way in to
its final resting place on the side of the snow clad Alps! Killed in the Air and
crash were the following.
Pilot (Head Shot Off) Co Pilot (Bailed out) Top Turret and Flight Engr (Blown
from his turret and bailed out) Nose gunner (Killed in his turret) Ball gunner
(Shot in his turret(Died of injuries) Right waist gunner (Shot and died from
injuries in the crash) Tail Gunner badly wounded lived through the crash.
Navigator Wounded and died as a result of the crash Radio Operator The Writer)
badly wounded and lived through the crash Five lived and five died..The
aircrafts name was Deadmans Hand...a white boney hand holding five aces. After
many months without proper medical treatment (In two Labor Camps) the tail
gunner and myself ended up as cripples on sticks for canes. In February of 1945
we arrived at Barth, and Stalog Luft 1. I remember it was a large Camp and we
were so sick and hungry. The tail gunner and myself still together were placed
in Compond North 1, Food being in short supply we existed on what was given us!
I remember our living newspaper that was a real moral booster. I remember the
wonderful pep talks by Col Zemke and our liberation by the Russians! Why we were
detained by the Russians after our liberation is still a mystery
. I remember eventualy flying out in B-17's and getting lost over
France..Landing at a semi deserted fighter field and sleeping in a haystack.
Were you on that airplane of Rag Tag POW's?
I have writtten a book to be in print about May or June 2001. It can be ordered
at 1st books Library 888-280-7715 or on line at www.istbooks.com Also it is
downloadable at www.combatvets.net The Books name is Wings And Barbed Wire.
Name:Irl J. Klinginsmith Hometown: St. Joseph, Mo 64504 Sent: 6.32 PM - 3/15 2001
Our B-24 was shot down over Belgium on 24Apr44, and I was imprisoned in Stalag 1
from January 1945 until May of 1945. .Was in Barracks 3
and Room 9 at Stalag 1. Was in Stalag 4 prior to that.
Name:Robert A. Hausam Hometown: Sedalia, MO 65301 Sent: 4.58 PM - 3/15 2001
Prisoner of war in Stalag Luft I from March 18, 1945 to end of war in May. In
8th Air Force, 100th Bomb Group, stationed in Thorpe Abbotts, England.
Name:Melvin Dunham Homepage: 3701 Loy Lake Rd.Apt.209 Hometown: Sherman,TX75090 Sent: 4.06 PM - 3/14 2001
Would like to hear from somebody from barracks 3 in the south compound.
Name:Anne Hometown: Snohomish, WA. Sent: 11.48 AM - 3/14 2001
My Father was with the 85 infantry Division. He was in Frenze, Italy. They took
over the Po Valley, And He saw Mussoleni's body hanging. The Italian Civilians
had hung him. Looking for any ones fathers or grand fathers that served with my
Name:Clark W. Nicholls Hometown: Lee, MA Sent: 10.22 PM - 3/13 2001
Fantastic page. I missed my Dad's stories also.Am looking for information of deceased (1990's) friend William Zachman, B17
crew. He mentioned having been shot down and making it back to England at least
Name:Joseph Marzka Hometown: Ypsilanti Mi. Sent: 7.06 PM - 3/13 2001
I am an actor who just landed a role in the play Stalag 17. The director told us
that he was not going to treat this like Hogan's Hero's, and he wanted us to do
a lot of research on what it was like to be a P.O.W. in a Stalag. How did these
men make it though. I was lucky to find this site, and I hope that my fellow
actors and myself can properly portray and do justice to these amazing men.
Name:Edwin E Kamarainen Hometown: Renton Wa Sent: 11.32 PM - 3/12 2001
Mary and Barbara! What a wonderful page you have built here.I was originally
from Iron River Wi,but for last 27 years have resided in Renton Wa. I was radio
gunner with Ralph Butler crew with 491st BG 853rd Sqdn and was shot down in
mission over Misburg, in which the 8th AF suffered one of the greatest losses of
the war Nov 26 1944. I was looking for information on the web on whereabouts of
my Pilot Butler and got a response from Mary. Mary was searching for information
about her Dad and after several emails it developed that her dad was shot down
the same day over the same target as I was. Marys dads group was 398th, a B 17 group,we were in B24 "Dorty Treek".I was taken to Dulag Luft for
interrogation then road box car for several days to
Stalag Luft 4.Feb 6 45 the
camp was evaquated and I wound up on "Hunger March" until middle of April. We
arrived at stalag 11B first part of April. After a few days Germans moved us out
again and announced if there was anyone that couldnt walk any more,they could
fall out,and the German doctor would examine them,and if he decided we could
have we will be shot. I had vericose veins in my legs and thought I would get by
and fell out. My friend Ben, whom I had shared everything with during the march
with begged me not go, but my mind was made up and fell out. We hadn't exchanged
home addresses and didn't do it that day, and to this day I don't know where he
is. At that
time he was from New York area.If anyone knows where he might be please let me
know.I had even forgotten his last name! The German doctor didn't show up and we
were liberated on April16 1945.
Name:RaeVern Du Mond Hometown: Bremerton, Washington state Sent: 12.13 AM - 3/12 2001
My half Brother Sonny C. Preston He was P.O.W camp in Korean for two
years in 1950's. I would like to get more info about him.. I remember he showed
me his scrap book of his an experience in P.O.W camp. He got several hero awards
like purple heart.. after that I don't know if they relatives still have it
because he was passed away long time ago around 1980's
Name:Thomas M. Enghauser Hometown: Sutherlin, Oregon Sent: 10.36 PM - 3/11 2001
My Father, Earl O. Enghauser, was a ball turret gunner on B-24's during
WWII. Due to his reluctance to talk about his experiences after being shot down
and subsequently captured, I know very little about his days as a prisoner. I
would be interested in any and all information including links to other sites to
research this all-but-forgotten time in history.
Name:Paula Barrows Hometown: Belchertown, MA Sent: 2.58 PM - 3/11 2001
My Uncle, SSgt Harry F. Sherman was the tail gunner on the other plane in the
crash. Since I am only 36 and never knew him, this is all very interesting to
me. Thank you.
Name:Michael Drennen Smith Hometown: Panama City, Florida Sent: 11.30 PM - 3/10 2001
My father, Frederick A Smith, was a guest of Stalag Luft 1 for 17 months.
He would never let us eat cabbage or turnips and every time 'Hogans Heros' came
on Tv he would turn it off. I was very moved when viewing this web-site, and got
the YMCA wartime log out of storage to re-read it once again. I have a page of
slang expressions and a flyer from a musical comedy (HIT THE BOTTLE) put on July
3, 1944 that might interest you. Many thanks for your efforts.
Name: ed levin Homepage: 175
birkdale drive Hometown: blue bell pa. 19422 Sent: 10.44 PM - 3/8 2001 drkuptsow is my broth in law and a great guy
Name:Fred Klaeser Hometown: chilton, wi 530914 Sent: 8.09 PM - 3/7 2001
I am looking for anyone who may have spent time w/ my uncle LT. GILBERT
"SHORTY" KLAESER in stalag luft 1, north compound(?). he spoke
fluent German and his hometown was Kiel, wi. He was liberated when the Russians
arrived in may 1945. any info or stories would be appreciated.
Name:leo s. bach Hometown: walnut creek, ca Sent: 7.47 PM - 3/7 2001
anxious to hear from kriegies at stalag luft 1 at barth germany north 1 need
info re jewish baracks - what was the block no.? who was the block leader? info
re russians desire to evacuate us thru the soviet union - info about the
guerilla forces that first contacted us. russian colonel on horse who gound his
daughter in the slave labor building - all other info you may have that would be
of interest - writing book about stalag luft 1 and need stories of interest to
readers - old kriegies and their families and friends. have many stories and i
need verification before i publish - thanks for any help you may offer. ls bach
Name: leo s. bach Sent: 12.07 PM - 3/7 2001
dear dan jurgens - sounds like you dad was in stalag luft 1 in barth germany.
that camp was liberated by russians and is on the baltic sea penamunde was a
little island off the coast of barth. v-2 rockets were launced from there. try
national archives for more info they are in college park md.8601 adlephi rd -
Name:leo s. bach Hometown: walnut creek ca Sent: 11.44 AM - 3/7 2001
anxious to hear from kriegies in north 1 any info on jewish block would be
appreciated. what was the block no.? who was the block leader? tell me about
visit of max schmeling. stories about russian attempt to take us out thru the
soviet union. tell me about the advance russian guerillas who were the first to
Name:Dr.R.Raymond Kuptsow Homepage: 8480
Limekiln Pike C1004 Hometown: Wyncote, Pa. 19095 Sent: 9.53 PM - 3/6 2001
A beautiful presentation for the members of the Air Force and these heroes who
helped bring peace to the world. This is a wonderful tribute to my brother,
Aaron,and to the squadron he worked with. God bless those men who fought so
bravely to crush Hitler and his men. For those who didn't make it, may God save
their soul. Dr. R. Raymond Kuptsow
Name:Elizabeth C. Llewellyn Hometown: Aberdeen, MS 39730 Sent: 3.16 PM - 3/6 2001
I am the widow of Raymond A. Llewellynwho died in March 1957. Ray was a
fighter pilot (P40) who was shot down over North Africa December 1942 and was
finally liberated in May 1945. He was a prisoner of the Italians for awhile and
ended up at Luft l, Barth.
Name: Irwin J. Stovroff Homepage: 7374
woodmont ct. Hometown: Boca Raton, Fl.33434 Sent: 9.34 PM - 3/5 2001
I was with the 44th BG Shipham, England. I was the Bombardier on the crew flying
on our 35th mission, ready to go home and was shot down by flak near Caen, France
on Aug. 13, 1944. I was in Barth for many months before being transferred to the
so called Jewish barracks till the end of the war. I would love to hear from
anyone who remember "the Russian" I am now a National Service Officer
and daily help EXPOWs get long over due pensions. Just contact me.
Name:I.B.BROWN Hometown: wilmington,nc Sent: 8.17 PM - 3/4 2001
Member of 398thBG 601 Sqd.Shot down,Mannhiem,Germany
Jan.20,1945.POW at, Dulag LUFT Wetzlar,
and Moosburg 7A until 5/8/45.
Name:Modesto G. Robles Hometown: Kingsville Tx Sent: 7.00 PM - 3/3 2001
I have recently found my father's discharge papers and have come across a short
narrative of where he was stationed, what his rank was, his specialty and how
many medals he recieved. It is obvious that he was wounded and recieved an Oak
Leaf Cluster to Purple Heart, plus the European African Middle Eastern Service
medal. I would like to hear from someone as to how I can get copies of these
medals, so I can display them next to my deceased father's picture. He was a
staff sargent, Squad Leader 745. His qualifications were Sharpshooter M1 Rifle
44, had a combat Infantryman Badge GO 9HQ 331st Inf44. His battles and Campaigns
were as follows;
Normandy GO 33 W D 45
Germany GO 33 W D 45
Northern France GO 33 W D 45
I really don't know what the numbers mean.His Induction date was Aug. 4th 1943.
This has been on my mind since I can remember. I am now 47 years old and would
like to end this chapter, so that can pass this on to my son. My fathers name
was Roberto B. Robles. Co C 331st Inf.
Can someone help?
Name:Raymond L. Diemer Hometown: Sanford, Michigan Sent: 1.51 PM - 3/3 2001
Thanks for a place to salute those brave men who sacraficed so much for so many.
My father S/sgt. Francis S. Diemer was among those Kreige's at Stalag 17b
in Austria from April 1944 until liberation. I am searching for anyone that
might remember him there.
Name:Larry Manning Sent: 11.28 AM - 3/3 2001
I am researching my father's military history. I appreciated you site. My
father was actually in Stalag 3B for two years. I recently met someone who was
in his prison camp. That sure helped. Any other ideas?
Name:Teri Shaffer-Roach Hometown: Kokomo, IN Sent: 3.49 PM - 3/2 2001
I am seeking information on my great Uncle, Pvt Bernard D Large, he died
in a Prison Camp in Germany the day after his 20th birthday, 26 Feb 1945. I
don't know what camp he was in and would like to find out. The information that
I DO have (some of which I don't understand) is the following: Born in Culver
Indiana, He enlisted in the ARMY 5 May 1943, He went overseas 7 Jul 1944, and
was in England, Holland, Belgium, and then Germany. He was reported missing 24
Dec 1944 in Belgium and later it was reported he was a German prisoner. The
Indiana State Archives has no record of him being in the military, this is VERY
sad. I do have some #s: SERVICE #35143329
POW# 318193 WORK#216
then there is this written on the personal photos sent back with his body in
1949 "SEIFENNERSDORF" ANY help would be greatly appreciated.
Name:LYNNE BLOOMFIELD Hometown: ENGLAND Sent: 2.16 PM - 3/2 2001
THIS IS A GREAT PAGE AND LETS US KNOW HOW MUCH WE APPRECIATE THOSE WHO WERE SO
BRAVE FOR US. DOES ANYONE KNOW OF A FRANZ KUGLER FROM AUSTRIA. HE WAS BORN ON
THE 31.03.28 AND WHEN HE WAS 17 WENT OFF TO WAR AND HAS NOT BEEN HEARD OF SINCE.
HE HAD A DISTINGUISHING SCAR ON THE HEEL OF HIS FOOT. ANYONE REMEMBERING THE
NAME PLEASE GET IN TOUCH FOR MY MOTHER'S SAKE SO SHE CAN FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED
TO HER BROTHER.
Name:Chris Scott Hometown: Chillicothe, Ohio Sent: 11.08 PM - 3/1 2001
My father, Oral Wayne Cooper, was a PFC in the army, wounded and captured
7/10/44 to 5/15/45. He was in the 8th Inf. Div. 28th Inf. Reg't. Co. A - 2nd
Platoon 1st Squad. I know no one else that was with him or knew him there and
have little details of his experiences as he became very upset when talking
about it. Just wanted to try to make a connection with someone who experienced
the same situation and may be able to add to our limited information. Thanks for
making this available.
Name:Larry Hanrahan Hometown: Austin, Texas Sent: 9.38 PM - 2/26 2001
My father,Robert Hanrahan, was a POW in Stalag Luft 1. He was a B17 navigator.
I have directed him to this website for the photos and other stories about the
When I was younger, I searched far and wide to find heroes, and the only true
heroes I've ever known were seated silently at the dinner table with me each
night - my father, and my mother, who spent anxious months at home while he was
in prison camp.
Name:Margaret Cain Sent: 4.26 PM - 2/26 2001
My father, Maxwell M. Cain, was a POW in Stalag Luft 1. He was a B17 bomber
pilot. He is still living and I am in the process of producing a documentary
about his experiences in the camp. This site is very helpful.
Thanks so much.
Name:ken rowley Hometown: merritt island fl us Sent: 2.26 AM - 2/24 2001
my father john rowley was a copilot an he told me about
picking up pows at barth. i have one photo of some german aircraft and hangers taken from his
plane when it was on the ground. He also told me of one pow he picked up an when they took off they almost hit a
flak tower and the man told my father it was a hell of a thing to survive the pow
camp and then you guys are going to kill me. if you want a copy of the photo let
me know i have a cd with all his photo and i will send one to you. great site
father : john t rowley 91st bg 401st bs
Name:Susie Hunter Hometown: PLYMOUTH. UK Sent: 2.30 PM - 2/23 2001
LOOKING FOR ANY INFORMATION ABOUT MY GRANDAD -ARTHUR WILLIAM TAYLOR- KNOWN AS
JIMMY. RN WARRANT ENGINEER - HMS TAMAR. CAPTURED IN HONG KONG 1941 - POW IN
KAWASKI NO 1B UNTIL HIS DEATH BY AMERICAN AIR RAID JULY 1945. ANY INFO ON
CAMPS IN JAPAN WELCOME.
Name:Daniel jurgens Sent: 1.45 PM - 2/23 2001
looking for any info about my father, Henry Jurgens a prisoner shot down, flew in a B-25,
a bombardier, liberated by the Russians, where can I start
Name:Daniel Jurgens Sent: 1.43 PM - 2/23 2001
my dad was a prisoner of war in WW2, he was shot down and spent 6 months in a
prison, he was a bombadier on a B-25 mitchell bomber, thats about all I know,
where do I start to get information. any help will be appriciated. oh A few
things he told me I do remember He said he could see rockets being fired, he
said he was near Pene Munde and was liberated by the russians
Name:Lisa Wright Hometown: Broken Arrow , Ok. Sent: 11.54 PM - 2/22 2001
I was looking for info on my grandpa, pfc
Donald Heckman Pow in Luxenburg,Germany. European Theater of WWII
Name:Gareth Howlingcrane Hometown: Tulsa, OK Sent: 7.36 PM - 2/22 2001
I have been looking for information about my father, Staff Sgt Charles
Howlingcrane. He was a Cheyenne Indian fighter pilot during WWII. He was also a
POW. I would greatly appreciate any information you could give me on how to find
other information and to conduct a proper search. I found your site quite
interesting and more eager to find out more. Thank you
Name:BOB HANRAHAN Hometown: springfield, IL Sent: 6.14 PM - 2/22 2001
I WAS APOW @ LUFT I FROM AUG 1944 until liberation may 1945....NORTH COMPOUND
ROOM 10 BLOCK 10. SHOT DOWN JUL 29 1944 T MERSEBURG....NAV. NORBY CREW 568TH SQ
390TH BOMB GROUP. THANKS FOR EXCELLENT SITE!
Name:Henry D. Hamm Homepage: RA18015269
Oahu 5 yrs Hometown: Sandy,OR 97055 Sent: 5.38 AM - 2/22 2001
Deceased brother-in-law Ralph Candiotti was 2nd Lt AF navagitor and a pow in Germany. Any information you
send me I'll relay to my sister. Thanks
Name:Chris Rodman Hometown: Spokane WA Sent: 4.02 PM - 2/21 2001
You have given me a insight on trying to open my dad up to his experence. He was
in a 17 shot down over breman (43)
he was out of Thierghly 423 of the 305th his time was spent in Luft 3.
Name:BRUCE BOCKSTANZ Hometown: GROSSE POINTE WOODS, MI Sent: 12.58 PM - 2/21 2001
Many thanks to Richard Bettencourt, who wrote on 2/19 that he was a navigator on
one of the B-17's that flew us out of Stalag Luft One on May 13, 1945. What a memorable day. We were finally free and headed home!
Name:Sharron Barnett Homepage: http://P.B.
Box l243 Hometown: Springtown, Tex.76082 Sent: 1.51 AM - 2/21 2001
Sharron Barrett whiches to know information on her father who was shot down over
Cassina,Italy during 1944 and imprisoned by the Germans for the rest of the war.
His name is Leon P. Clifford, Sgt., U.S.Ninth Air Force. Her dad was promoted to
a Ft.Lt. after he came home. She does not know the name of the prison camp or
its location. Any information would help...
Name:Jennifer Ciaccio Sent: 12.08 AM - 2/21 2001
I am trying to find information about my grandfather, Andrew Joseph Logan (he
may have used Jr.), who was a WWII POW in a camp that was liberated by the
Russians the night before they were to be executed. He was from Philadelphia,
PA. That, unfortunately is all I know. please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can
Name:Eugene F. Wopata Homepage: 12101
Markham Road Hometown: Independence, MO 64052 Sent: 11.45 PM - 2/20 2001
I was a member of the 42nd Rainbow Infantry Division. I was captured near
Gambsheim, France, on Januraty 6, 1945. I was held in
Stalag IVB near Muhlberg,
Germany. Liberated by the Russians on April 23, 1945. Escaped from the Russians
and returned to American lines May 9.
Name:Leo S. Bach Homepage: 2224
Pine Knoll Drive Hometown: Walnut Creek, CA 94595 Sent: 11.35 AM - 2/19 2001
I am anxious to be in touch with former kriegies from Stalag 1 particularly
North 1 and 2 and those who were isolated to the Jewish Barracks. Names would be
Name:Philip Wyld Hometown: Telford, England Sent: 6.24 AM - 2/19 2001
Myfather was a pow with some american airmen, one in particular Leo Opalka,
ball gunner on Liberators, was a great friend. it is in an effort to find Leo
that I have launched myself into this electronic age. Leo was quite badly burned
on his hands, shot down over Regensburg in late 44 or early 45. My father like
many others would only talk reluctantly about his time there, he was 3 years as
a pow. best of luck with your venture, if anyone knows of Leo I am still
Name:Richard A. Bettencourt Homepage: 187
Butterfiels Road Hometown: San Anselmo CA 94960-1253 Sent: 1.19 AM - 2/19 2001
I was not a POW, but on May 13, 1945 I was a navigator on
one of 40 B-17s sent
from our base (Ridgewell of the 381st Bomb Group) to Stalag 1 at Barth.
plane brought 30 liberated POWs to Lucky Strike near Laon, France.
Name:PATRICK CARNES Hometown: TAYLORSVILLE,KY Sent: 9.24 AM - 2/18 2001
MY DAD WAS J.FRED CARNES SHOT DOWN 12/20/43. HE WAS IN 384TH.546TH OUT OF
GRAFTON UNDERWOOD .ARRIVED STALAG LUFT1,12/28/43 LIBERATED AT END OF WAR.HE WAS
IN BLOCK2,ROOM3, AT BARTH. I ALSO HAVE HIS YMCA LOG BOOK AND ALSO HAVE ONE THE
"STATIONS OF THE CROSS"FROM THE CHAPEL AT SL#1.MY DAD WORKED AT THE
CHAPEL ALOT AS BEST AS I COULD FIGURE. HE DIED IN 1988. I HAVE ALOT OF STUFF FROM
HIS TIME IN THE WAR AS WELL AS IN SL#1. I DO NOT KNOW IF DAD KNEW YOUR FATHER .
I AM IN THE PROCESS OF SEARCHING FOR FOLKS WHO KNEW HIM. I HAVE TALKED WITH ONE
OF HIS CREW :JERRY CROWE WHO WAS TAKEN TO A DIFFERENT CAMP AND DID NOT KNOW IF
DAD SURVIVED UNTIL I TALKED TO HIM LAST YEAR.WISH YOU WELL AND ANYONE WITH INFO
ABOUT DAD PLEASE CONTACT ME THANKS.
Name:Clifton Liliedahl Sent: 5.41 PM - 2/17 2001
Incredible Website! My uncle, Clyde Liles, was a B17 Pilot KIA 20 Apr 44, and
the only survivor, tailgunner Max Kruse, of Clinton, Iowa, became a POW. Kruse's
cousin is looking for any info on him, but no one seems to know where he was
imprisoned, other than Dulag Luft. Any info would be very much appreciated.
Name:Barbara Brown Homepage: 7108 Avenida La Costa Hometown: Albuquerque, NM 87109 Sent: 4.14 PM - 2/17 2001
I am the widow of Merle B. Brown who died in 1992 of Leukemia. Merle was a
Fighter Pilot, flying P38's. He was with the 1st Fighter Group of the 27th
Fighter Squadron stationed in Foggia, Italy. On the 29th of March 1944, twelve P38's were excorting B24's to Bolzono, Italy.
They were intercepted over Udine. Merle took a hit & his right engine caught
fire. He was last seen in a spiral. He tore the legiment in his left leg trying
to get out of his burning plane. He was captured just north of the Adige River,
and was taken into Padova for Interrogation. Everytime they would ask him a
question,he would give his rank & serial number and they would knock him
down. It was pretty painful.
Merle told me several stories, one, his job was to make maps for the men who
excaped. Once he was standing guard in his building & dropped ashes on a
German guard's boots, that guard chased him all over the compound. He told that
their beds were bunks with just slats and a sack filled with straw or something.
They each gave up a few slats to shore up the excape tunnels, so it got a little
hard to lie comfortable. He also told of the concentration camps where they
found people so starved they were nearly dead, and lying in their bunks.
Merle seved thirty-three years in the Air Force, retiring in 1975 at SAMSO in
This is a great site, I have spent hours in it. You have made such a great
Tribute to all of the men who had to live part of their lives there.
Thank You; Barbara Brown
Name:Steve Mitchell Hometown: Somerset,KY Sent: 11.51 AM - 2/17 2001
I'm glad to see James Richard Williams Jr. honored on this website. I had no
relatives that had to endure the hardships of ww2 but hold great respect for
anyone who did. I have always been interested with the events of the ww2 period
whetherit was here in our factories or on the battlefields or skies. I have a
special respect for the American Mighty 8th Air Force and have tried to find out
all I can about the events that took place during there missions over Germany.
Thank you for this website.
Name:George S. Hunt, Jr. Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA Sent: 4.55 AM - 2/17 2001
My Dad was copilot on board the "Spirit of Winsome Winn II", a B-17F
in the Mighty 8th Air Force, 1st Division, 40th Bomb Wing, 384th Bomb Group,
547th Bomb Squadron posted at Grafton Underwood England. He and his crew were
shot down on their 13th mission to a fighter plant near Berlin on February 22,
1944. Dad was a "guest" of the Nazis in Stalag Luft Eins for 14
months. I have his diaries from that period. If anyone would like an opportunity
to transcribe them please feel free to contact me about how to arrange that. I
would not feel comfortable sending them to anyone. Dad said little about his
incarceration except that they were drawing straws to see who would be eaten,
because they were so hungry, when the Russians freed them. He died in 1971
at the age of 51 as a result of the diabetes that evidenced itself first in
Stalag Luft Eins. We are certain that the lousy diet and semi
starvation were the reason that his diabetes started.
Name:Michele Leamer Hometown: Altoona,Pa. Sent: 9.22 PM - 2/16 2001
My grandfather John W. Doherty II was a prisoner of war. He was held for 18
months. He passed away Dec.27,1996.He never talked about his experiences. My
mother told me he was in Stalag 7. If anyone knows anything about him, please
e-mail me. He was on his first mission. He was a gunner in a B-17 and was shot
down. He returned home and became superintendent of the post office. He was from Wakefield,Massachusetts. Thank you.
Name:Pete Starratt Hometown: Dallas, Texas Sent: 12.35 PM - 2/16 2001
We have written the above webpage on our Dad, Art Starratt and the story of his
and his crew's last
mission in a 351st BG B-17 ("No Balls") over Schweinfurt and the
officers subsequent internment in Stalag Luft 1. Included are poems, captured
German photos and his cartoons. Would you please include a link to Dad's page.
He loves to hear from ex-Krigies and ex- 8th Air Corps Aviators. Thank you. Pete
Starratt. His URL is Art's
Oliphant Hometown: Dalgety Bay, Fife, SCOTLAND, KY11 9UT Sent: 10.21 AM - 2/16 2001
I am searching the net to find out about Stalag IX. My uncle John Burt from
Clackmannan, Scotland was held prisoner there from 1940-45. I came across your
very interesting page!
Name: Raymond Hometown: Sanford Mi. Sent: 10.42 PM - 2/14 2001
looking for info on Francis Diemer S/sgt POW thirteen months starting July 1944
Name:Buddy Peiser Sent: 4.36 PM - 2/14 2001
Myfather is an ex-POW who was in
Stalag 7A. He is active in various veteran and
ex-POW reunion groups.
Name:Eugene Burlingame Hometown: Martinez Ca. Sent: 8.42 PM - 2/12 2001
Thank you for the opportunity of reading your information, I was a tail gunner
on a 17 that went down Mar.18 1945 after a raid on Berlin Germany, I have just
recently started the trip back on the memory lane, The 17 was named The Little
Name:Jean-Luc Beghin Homepage:http://3wplanet.com/beghin Hometown: Los Angeles Sent: 11.45 PM - 2/11 2001
I'd like to add this "Dear Abby",published May 29,1995 to my first
I was born in Brussels, Belgium, in 1939. The war came and my
father died at the hands of the Germans.
In 1944, when the Americans,British and Canadians liberated Belgium, I was 5
years old. The date, Sept.3, is forever engraved in my memory.
We had G.I.s at our house constantly - the excitement they created is hard to
describe. The American soldiers had that contagious joy of living. They were
more than generous, and they were enthusiastic about everything. I remember
being driven to school in their jeeps and being showered with chocolates, gum
I recall my grandmother saying, "It's like having a house full of adorable,
well-behaved sons." She cried each time they left and a new group came.
I was so impressed by those extraordinary men that I decided I would become an
American when I grew up. Not a fireman, not a streetcar conductor, not an
engineer - no, I would become an American.
It took me 35 years, but at age 40, I became a U.S. citizen. My daughters
married wonderful American men, and my career as an artist is devoted to the
history of the U.S. Army in World War II.
I thought that only you, Abby, could convey my admiration and gratitude to those
young men by publishing this letter. In my memory, they will forever be those
generous Americans who gave us back our liberty in 1944." /Jean-Luc Beghin
Name: Jean-Luc Beghin Homepage:http://3wplanet.com/beghin Hometown: L.A. Sent: 11.20 PM - 2/11 2001
I was four when I saw my first Flying Fortresses over Belgium, in 1944. They
would fly over for what seemed hours. Somethimes they would drop aluminum strips
or little booklets. I still have one of those booklets.
When my grandma said ( in French ) that they were "Flying Fortresses"
I thought they were like castles in the sky. I thought the Americans were
fantastic and I wanted to become one. It happened. Thank you soldiers, sailors
and airmen of the US Armed Forces./ Jean-Luc Beghin
Name:Gerald W. Lay Hometown: Kingston, TN 37763 Sent: 3.12 PM - 2/11 2001
Present address : 1107 Scott Rd, Kingston, TN. Phone 865-376-6689. Co-Pilot
B-17,490 BG, 848 Sq. Shot down Nov.25,1944, captured Nov.30,1944.Was in Stalag
1, N Compound 111,Barracks 307, Room 9.
Name:Milton W. Stern Hometown: Rochester, NY Sent: 12.45 PM - 2/11 2001
PDC New Jersey American ex-POWs. Presently living at 1061 Inman Avenue, Apt.
C328; Edison, NJ 08820 (USA); My phone number is 908/754-5969. Shot down March 8, 1944, on the third Berlin mission. Captured May 27, 1944 in
Liege, Belgium; transferred to Dulag Luft July 20, 1944, and then to Barth! My
last address in Barth was in North I in the "Jewish Barracks."
Hope to see you all in Barth in September!
Name:Henry S. "Sam"
Carlile Hometown: Memphis,TN & Mission,TX Sent: 6.25 PM - 2/10 2001
My 1st visit to your site. it was much appreciated. It brought back old memories. I was stationed at
Steeple Morden (355 F.G) about 3 yrs. which was just next door to Bassingbourn.
Name:Paul Roderick Hometown: Palm City, FL Sent: 11.46 AM - 2/10 2001
Thank you Mary for keeping our memories alive. I was a B-17 pilot in the 398th
BG and your site is remarkable. The old duffers will be gone before too long,
but with you kids telling our stories, we'll never be forgotton
Name:Fiore J. Garibaldi Hometown: West Sacramento, CA Sent: 10.57 PM - 2/7 2001
I'm writing on behalf of my father, Fiore J. Garibaldi. He was a prisoner of
war, held in a internmant camp in Germany during World War II. My daughter is
attending college and has written several reports on her grandfather's
experience. We were very excited to see your webpage. My father is also
interested in reading on other stories of the survivors. He is alive and doing
well. He talks to us on a daily basis when asked about his experience. We are
very interested in learning more about how to apply for the prisoner of war
medal on his behalf. We would like to suprise him with it. If you have more
information on this matter please, at your earliest convenience, email me back.
Thank you, your webpage was very informative.
Name:Arthur L. Sparks Hometown: Baldwin Ks Sent: 9.05 PM - 2/7 2001
I am a former POW at Stalag 2A & Stalag 73D from 08/12/44 to 05/28/45, would
like to hear from anyone else with the same experience. Your site is a wonderful
Name:Sharon Krause Hometown: Plymouth, MI Sent: 8.51 PM - 2/7 2001
This is just a tremendous job and enormous tribute to your Dad...very emotional.
My Dad, Paul Roderick was one of the lucky ones.....he was a B-17 pilot and flew
32 missions over Germany. He was shot down on D-Day and had to ditch in the
English Channel, but was picked up by an Allied ship.
Sharon(Roderick)Krause (398th daughter)
Name:Lou Cauthen Hometown: Port Neches, TX 77651 Sent: 12.22 AM - 2/7 2001
My brother, John W. Webster was the pilot of a C-47. He was also in Stalag 1. He
was there from 9/44 to 5/45. I was surprised he already knew his brother had been
killed before he got home. After the first night, he said to not ask him any
questions after that night.
Name:Beverly Cavender Hometown: Port Neches, TX 77651 Sent: 10.24 PM - 2/6 2001
My uncle, John Waymen Websterwas a prison of war at Stalag 1. He was an officer
and a pilot from Alice, TX. He died suddenly in 1961 in San Antonio, TX. I was
looking for information about him during the war. My mother said he would not
talk about his experience.
Name:Ron Parker Homepage:http://www.geocities.com/rcwpca Hometown: London, Ontario, Canada Sent: 8.41 PM - 2/4 2001
What a terrific site. What an amazing job you are doing. I know how hard it is.
My Dadwas captured by the Japanese in Hong Kong. He spent 44 months as a POW.
Keep the memories alive.
Name:GREG FLAGSTAD Hometown: MINOT, ND Sent: 6.31 PM - 2/3 2001
I really enjoyed finding you website. My father, Carl Flagstad, was a prisoner
at Stalag Luft 1 for 18 months.
He never talked about his experiences and websites like yours are a great
insight as to what his life as a prisoner of war was like. He was in the south
compound of the American camp. I will visit this sight often. Thanks again.
Name: PAUL T. HAGGERTY Hometown: NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI 02852-2854 Sent: 4.00 PM - 2/3 2001
REALLY ENJOYED YOUR WEB SITE. BROUGHT BACK MEMORIES. I WAS A POW IN BARTH #7050.
BAILED OUT OVER YUGOSLAVIA, TRAVELLED FROM THERE TO STALAG LUFT I ON THE BALTIC.
CAPTURED BY USTASHI IN YUGO, TURNED OVER TO GESTAPO, JAILED IN LJUBLJANA,
SLOVENIA THEN WITH GERMAN GUARDS TRAVELLED TO OBERURSEL, NEAR FRANKFORT, THEN TO
DULAG LLUFT IN WETZLAR, THEN TO BARTH. WOULD LOVE TO CONTACT ANY ROOMMATES
II COMPOUND BLOCK 208. I NOW HAVE CONTACTS IN SLOVENIA AND RECEIVED A WEALTH OF
INFORMATION FROM THEM, INCLUDING A PART FROM MY PLANE THAT WAS PICKED UP BY THE
MAN THAT SAW IT CRASH. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO HEAR FROM
SGT AL HELLMAN. I WAS WITH
YOU WHEN YOU WERE SPEAKING TO THE GERMAN GUARDS ON THE TRAIN, PARKED IN THE
MARSHALLING YARDS IN BERLIN ON NEW YEARS EVE , DEC 31, 1944. I HELPED COLLECT
GUM, CIGARETTES AND CANDY THAT YOU GAVE THE GUARDS SO THAT THEY GOT THE GUYS WHO
WANTED IT A BEER TO CELEBRATE NEW YEARS. I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU AND YOUR REMARK
TO ME THAT THEY DON'T KNOW THAT I AM JEWISH AND AM SPEAKING JEWISH TO THEM. THEY
WILL PROBABLY SHOOT ME IF THEY FIND OUT. YOU ENDED UP WITH TWO OF MY CREWMATES,
MEL TENHAKEN ANF
R C WAKEFIELD IN NORTH I. THEY FOUND OUT ABOUT YOU IN FEB 1945
AND TRANSFERRED YOU TO THE JEWISH COMPOUND. IF YOU REMEMBER MIKE GOLD, IN THAT
COMPOUND, HE IS A FRIEND OF MINE. THANKS FOR READING THIS. PAUL HAGGERTY
Name: Howard W McCord Hometown: Decatur, Alabama USA Sent: 11.32 AM - 2/3 2001
This is a great web site. Being a former POW of
Stalags IV-B, VIII-A and XI-B
brings back memories of the past. Real hard life. Keep up the good work.Would
like to hear from any British Soldier thay was at any of these Stalags.
Howard W McCord
POW # 316538
Name:Judy Duncan Sent: 6.07 PM - 2/2 2001
My Father was a POW in WW11, we got him back and until he passed away Dec.20th.
1999, he still talked about the horrors that he witnessed. I hope now that my
Dad's mind is at rest and peace with his enemies and his ghosts, of that time in
his life that held him captive until 12-20-99. May he finally rest in peace. We
miss you Dad, and we love you very much.
Name:Norman J.Jessen Hometown: Council Bluffs,Iowa Sent: 4.56 PM - 2/2 2001
My brother, Capt.Harvey H.J.Jessen,and my cousin, Capt. Howard C.Johnson,of
Council Bluffs,Iowa, were B-17 pilots shot down over Germany and imprisoned
about 1 1/2 years in Stalag Luft 1, until released by the Russians. Harvey
stayed to eventually retire from the USAF and Howard returned to a productive
civilian life. Both families eventually made their homes in So. California.
Name:Aaron Rowe Hometown: Sterling Heights, MI Sent: 10.29 PM - 1/30 2001
My grandpa, DeForest E. (Dick) Main, was a waist gunner in the 381st, 534th. He
was shot down April 19,1944 near Eschwege. He was in Stalag Luft IV and then
moved to Stalag Luft I by train. He passed away September 26, 2000 and with him
went many stories of being a POW. If anyone remembers my grandpa, please contact
me via e-mail. I would love to hear from you.
Name:Dennis Kantor Hometown: San Diego, California Sent: 7.01 PM - 1/29 2001
MyDad was a radio man on a B17, and was shot down over Schwalenberg. He became
a POW somewhere around Dittmold. I would like thank all the veterans that fought
in WW II.
Name:Rick Ravanello Hometown: Toluca Lake, Ca. USA Sent: 7.48 PM - 1/28 2001
I'm an actor about to leave on a 4 month filming journey in Prague where I'll be
portraying a POW at a POW camp in the year 1944-45. I'll be portraying a major
at the camp. I would like to thank you for all the useful information. I've
studied your writings and photos to try and get an understanding of the
circumstances endured by those brave men. I must admit I will never appreciate
enough what those men went through. I have great admiration for there souls and
only hope I give some sort of justice in my portrayal. I believe their story is
not told enough today and pray that this movie will make people realize how
fortunate we are to have had these wonderful, brave men in our past.
The title of the movie is "Hart's War" from MGM studios.
Name:Frank Cotton Hometown: Cabot, AR Sent: 6.06 PM - 1/28 2001
I have not finished at your website. I really like it. My Dad was a radio man on
a B17 but stayed stateside as part of a group basically researching and testing
new bombsites and other things. Last Thursday, January 25, 2001, I was given the
honor of preaching my uncle's funeral. I have long been aware that he had been a
POW but my interest was renewed as my Aunt reminded me of what I had heard and
added information I didn't have. My uncle was not a flier but a foot soldier. He
was captured in North Africa on 23 February 1943 and liberated 28 April 1945.
He was at Stalag B2, B3, B7 and others. I have more information but have no idea
where to start to research the details. Can you point me in the right direction?
Name:Michael Rosenberger Hometown: Richmond, IN Sent: 9.24 PM - 1/27 2001
My dad was a Ball Turret gunner with the 452nd BG 729th BS shot down Aug.
4,1944. He was a pow at Stalag Luft IV.
Name:Michael Weber Sent: 7.01 PM - 1/27 2001
What a wonderful site. My fatherwas a POW at Barth as well. Although he did not
speak much of those days, I have learned much of what life was like during those
terrible months of imprisonment and starvation. I also obtain information on
each of my fathers missions, including his last.
My father was shot down during a B-24 bomber raid on Munich oilfields on
November 16, 1944. He was initially imprisoned in Salsburg and was later moved
to Stalag Luft 1 on December 5, 1944. His notes indicate that the guards
abondoned the camp on April 30, 1945 and that Russian and Mongol forces
liberated them on May 1. He described months of starvation (fighting over
garbage with officers and enlisted men alike), shooting of many American
prisoners due to starvation conditions, storage of bodies, and some general
living conditions. I understand that many of the Mongols who helped the Russians
free the prisoners were as brutal and murderous as the germans. One account even
disclosed the murder of an American soldier by a Mongol for his cigarette
I have some informative mementos left to me from my dad (german dog tags, a
brief essay, etc.), who passed away several years ago. I do not know if our
fathers knew each other; I have been told that intermingling of many of the
sections of the camp was prohibited and prevented. Nevertheless, please feel
free to contact me and I will share what information I have.
Thanks again for the wonderful resource you have provided; it is a real tribute
to the memory and love of your father.
Michael D. Weber, P.E.
Name: STEVEN LEE WEBER Hometown: COLUMBUS OH Sent: 5.16 PM - 1/27 2001
SON OF RICHARD LEE WEBER POW BARTH LUFT 1
Name:BRUCE W EDWARDS Hometown: 3317 OLIVE WAY LONGVEIW WASINGTON ST. Sent: 4.24 PM - 1/27 2001
MY FATHER WAS A POW IN WORLD WAR TWO. HE IS STILL ALIVE TO DAY BUT DOSENT TALK A
LOT ABOUT THIS PART OF HIS LIFE. HIS NAME ALLEN H EDWARDS MT PLEASANT RD KELSO
Name: Wendell Fetters Hometown: Leawood KS. Sent: 12.09 PM - 1/27 2001
I was a POW also---Stalag 3A----was headed to Barth and the Russians were active
in that area so they "dumped" us at Stalag 3A--Luckenwald,
Germany---good luck with your web page-----W. Fetters
Name:Lewis M. Wood Hometown: Vandiver, Alabama Sent: 2.46 PM - 1/26 2001
My name is Lewis M. Wood. My father, Miles C. Wood was a prisoner at Stalag Luft 1 from 1944 until its liberation in 1945.
I would love to hear from anyone who knew my father at the time or remembers him.
Lewis M. Wood
Name:John E. Bills, III Hometown: Atlanta Sent: 2.02 PM - 1/26 2001
My brother Jim called me today and said, " John, I found a web page that
has pictures of dad (John E. Bills, Jr.)at the POW camp!" I am always interested in any
pictures of my dad from his days in the Air Force. We are very proud of his role
in defeating the Nazis. He was in the 460th Bomb Group of the 15th Air Force. I
have written a book about his time in the service, the day his B-24 was shot
down and his subsequent capture. If anyone is interested in this book contact me
and I will send it to them free of charge. It has many stories from his
induction, training, combat and camp time. Maybe someone in your family is
mentioned? Love your website and keep 'em flying.
Name:Betty Gatewood Hometown: Marietta, Ohio Sent: 8.19 PM - 1/25 2001
My father-in-law, former Army Air Corps B-17 bombardier, Vernon L. Gatewood, was
POW in Stalag Luft 3 and 7 until liberation by General Patton in April, 1945. We
are seeking knowledge of the whereabouts of or information regarding fellow POW
named Floyd H. Greene. Greene was a graphic artist who, while in
Stalag Luft 3,
depicted airmen in his detailed art work and sold his works after the war.
Seeking information regarding his works and his whereabouts.
Name:Kyle Flanary Hometown: Lilburn, GA Sent: 9.18 AM - 1/25 2001
I'm a former Nokia employee (worked with Mary Smith), and I admire you for all
the time and effort that you've obviously put into this website. I'm passing
your link to several friends and aquaintences, most of whom are Vietnam
Name:BRENTON HAFF Hometown: CARSON CITY Sent: 12.48 AM - 1/25 2001
IVE READ YOUR PAGE AND MY PRAYERS IS WITH YOU AND ALL OF OUR LOVED ONES MY
GRANDFATHER WAS A SHOT DOWN IN A B-17 MAY PEACE BE WITH YOU
Name:James E. Clark Hometown: Kansas City MO Sent: 3.35 PM - 1/24 2001
Just found you and will visit this site often, I am a former POW and interested
in other Prisoners.
Name:Jese R Seeley
Hometown: chattanooga Sent: 2.58 PM - 1/24 2001
Stalag luft 1 from nov l943 to may 1945,south compound
Name:Ruth Hometown: Tyler, Texas Sent: 12.31 PM - 1/24 2001
Those of us who had family at Stalag 1 appreciate this website. My brother Odell
Myers was one of those held here. His story we know. Thank you.
Name:William Bartleson Hometown: Wenonah, NJ Sent: 4.38 PM - 1/23 2001
My Uncle, Lt. David Stiner was a co-pilot, shot down in 1944. I believe some of
his story is in the book, Behind Barbed Wire. I am trying to get a copy of this
book, it is EXPENSIVE! If anyone has any information or stories about my Uncle
Dave, Please E-mail me. This is a great site!!
Name:Jim Downs Hometown: Oceanside, California 92054 Sent: 2.47 PM - 1/23 2001 Keith Hensenwas a British SIS agent. He was captured in Slovakia in November,
1944, with a group of downed 15th AF American airmen. He was a radio operator.
One of the Americans checked him out as a B-24 radio operator. He fooled the
Germans. Keith opted to stay at Dulag Luft Wetzlar
and work in the mess hall.
His American buddies thought it was a mistake. No one ever heard from him again.
It may have been because it was SIS, which has maintained its secrecy policies
more diligently that the SOE or the OSS.
Does anyone remember him?
Name:Goodyear Kirkman Walker Hometown: Sacramento, CA Sent: 2.31 PM - 1/22 2001
Son of Lawerence Davenport Walker, B-17 Navigator and resident of Stalag I.
Name:Charles J. Lee Hometown: Madisonville,Tn37354 Sent: 5.37 PM - 1/21 2001
I was moved from Luft IV last of Jan. 45 to Luft I.by train.96Bg, 337 Sq.I
enjoyed your story of you visit to Barth. I visited there a few years ago.
Name:Bruce Henthorn Hometown: Richmond, va Sent: 2.27 PM - 1/21 2001
I am looking for information about my father's experience as a POW in Germany.
His name is William Donald Henthorn (Don) originally from Gilliam, W.V. He was
in the Eight Air Force. I do know that he was shot down with a man named Saveley,
Fitzgerald, Demera...not sure about that spelling. Would appreciate any
information anyone has. He is currently living in Athens, W.V. and is on a
ventilator with a tracheotomy and can't talk. He recently gave me a few things
that he had from the war. But for the most part he never wanted to talk about
it. I think if he could talk now he would want my brothers and I to be able to
hear of his time there. Thanks for any help.
Name:William T. (Bill) Minor Hometown: Kirksville, Mo Sent: 11.12 PM - 1/18 2001
I was a POW 5 Jan 1944 for the duration at Stalag Luft 1.
Name: Barbara Hometown: Olympia Washington Sent: 11.12 AM - 1/18 2001
My Father's name wasBraxton Spencer Roberts. He was In Prison Camp in WWII. He was a pilot and flew
a B-29. His plane was hit by flack and he either crashed or bailed out over
Germany. He and one other member of his crew survived the crash. They managed to avoid capture for a few days but were ultimately
picked up by the SS. He was sent to a prison camp. I do not know the name of the camp. My father left
our family when I was 8 so I only know the things my Mother remembers. I do know that he died in 1970
at the age of 49. I was wondering how to find out which camp a prisoner of war was placed in. This site is a very big help to
me in explaining some things about my father.
Name:Odell Myers Hometown: Tyler,Texas Sent: 9.00 AM - 1/18 2001
Jan 19, 2001. This may be a dupe of message sent yesterday. Some net problem. I
was Pow at Stalag Luft 1 from Jan 1944 to end. Previous year in PG21, Chieti,
Italy including 5-week escape. At Luft 1, was in
South Compound, Barracks 2,
Room 7. Am searching for info on some former roommates or their families. Book
on my experiences now at publisher. Due out later this year or early next. Pls
acknowledge if possible. Best regards, Dell Myers.
Name:Gil Murray Hometown: Marysville, WA Sent: 4.05 AM - 1/17 2001
Hometown? B. Spokane,WA. Brother, WW2 P38/F5 photo recce pilot, published
"Eyes of the Eighth," a story of the 7th Photo Recce Group, 8th USAAF
1942-1945. 375 p. hardcover. Have extensive RAF files on Stalag Luft 3. Got on
this page seeking distant cousin Charles Ross Greening. Not sure on this one.
Mine's the son of the late Charles W. Greening, a past MT state senator.
Name:Ken Osborne Hometown: Alpharetta, GA. Sent: 10.58 PM - 1/16 2001
Thank you so much for sharing your dads experiences. It truly is a most interesting account and reading this on ones PC seems to me
to make it much more personal.
I was born in London ,UK in 1928 so I missed the war by a couple of years. I do
recall seeing as a young male evacuee dozens of bombers flying in formation on
their way to bomb Germany or either in training to transport para troops for the
D Day landings.
I also remember the droning German bombers flying overhead on their way to Bomb
Coventry and Birmingham.
I now live in the US and I do Meals on Wheels. One of my elderly clients is an
ex P47 (Thunderbolt ) pilot. He was awarded two DFC one Air Force medal and the
Purple Heart.He is a war hero also and when the mood takes him he relates to me
his war time fighter experinces. I do so wish that I could record his
conversations. I feel very fortunate that he can talk to me like this, he has
two daughters but I wonder how much they know about their Dads war time flight
activities. I hope I did not bore you but I did and am enjoying reading all these accounts.
Thank you so much.
Name:Dennis Walden Hometown: Houston, Texas Sent: 8.03 AM - 1/15 2001
There is a wealth information on your web site, and I look forward to reading
all of it. My Father, James B. Walden is in the process of recording his wartime
experiences, including time at Stalag I, and he sent me the link to your site as
Name:Deborah Anders Silverman Hometown: Hamburg, NY Sent: 5.12 PM - 1/14 2001
What a wonderful web site! Myfather
was a POW at Stalag Luft I and kept a
detailed diary of his experiences, but he never spoke about them or shared his
diary until two years ago, when he turned 80. Your site has provided excellent
background information for the family - thank you.
Name:Michael Stout Hometown: Boise, Idaho Sent: 9.39 PM - 1/13 2001
This is a great tribute to the men who fought in WWII. I found it very interesting.
Name:Chris Cole Hometown: Bracknell Berkshire, UK Sent: 11.17 AM - 1/7 2001
Looking for info on Stalag Luft 3,6 and 357, where my Uncle Laurie Dando was
POW, and came across your web site. Very impressive.
Name:Dale Van Gundy, Jr, Homepage: 28866
Aloma Ave Laguna Niguel Ca. 92677-1405 Hometown: Bridgeport, Il. Sent: 11.55 AM - 1/6 2001
Was nose-turret gunner on B-24. Shot down 16Oct44 on mission to Linz, Austria. Was in
Stalag Luft IV, and
walked out on forced march. Liberated when war ended in what was called the redoubt area==between Leipzei
Name:joyce owens waterfill Homepage: 3458
plum creek road Hometown: taylorsville ky 40071 Sent: 5.08 PM - 1/5 2001
my father Milton R Owens was a prisoner in germany for 21 months--he described
some of the things they went through while a prisoner--but it was very hard for
him to talk about it--he helped keep his best friend alive while in prison and i
have a picture of the two of them in their uniforms. i too sent for a prisoner
of war medal for my father and he was really proud to receive it. my father
passed away in 1990. thanks for your web site--joyce waterfill
Name:Jane Lamb Sent: 3.57 PM - 1/5 2001
My Dad: James Clint Greer was a German POW in
Stalag 4-B from Dec. 21, 1944 to
May 1945. He passed away Jan. 1 2001. I would appreciate any info on obtaining a
POW medal and what benefits Mother needs to apply for since Dad has died.. Thank
you, Jane Lamb
Name:Maurice Boultinghouse Hometown: Evansville, Ind. Sent: 3.55 PM - 1/5 2001
Just located this website. Is great! I was flying co.pilot on The Revival
Mission to Barth on the 12th of May 1945. I was in the 401st sqdn of the 91st
Bomb Grp. We brought out 35 British P O W's and flew them to Britain. One man
had been captured 5 yrs to the day. This was most memorable occasion in my life.
One of the group pictures in the collection in this story was one that I took
while there. Keep up the good work.
Name:Bill Hometown: Reva,VA Sent: 8.12 AM - 1/5 2001
Great page! My Dad, Norman Estes was POW in
Stalag XIB (Fallingbostel) from Dec
13,1944-APril 15, 1945.
I am trying to put together his thoughts and experiences while his memory is
still good, and I would appreciate your looking over these attempts.
Name:william simpson Hometown: Leamington, Ontario (Canada) Sent: 11.05 PM - 1/4 2001
Great website. I had an uncle (now deceased) that was a Canadian P.O.W. Does
anyone know any resources that one could research to find where etc. he was a
Name:Eugene C. Saur Homepage:sun city center, florida Hometown: clinton, iowa Sent: 8.15 PM - 1/4 2001
I was with the 510th, 351st bomb group.
Was shot down on Sept. 12, 1944. confined at Barth - Stalag Luft 1. Pilot Edward
J. Hennegan. This is a very good recall. I have referred my two sons to it.
I would enjoy hearing from anyone who was in North compound at Stalag luft 1.
Name:gina page Hometown: Marble Hill MO Sent: 1.25 AM - 1/4 2001
My great-uncle Elihu "Giggs" Wright
was a POW in WWII, if there is
anyone with information pertaining to Giggs please write.
Name:Cassandra Humphries Hometown: Shelby, NC Sent: 1.10 PM - 1/3 2001
My Great Uncle was a POW in Stalag 17. He was also part of the Bataan March.
Just trying to find information. He had a stroke 2 years ago. His name is Walter
Lutz and his camp compound was B. I dont know a room number.
Name:Howard W McCord Hometown: Decatur, AL Sent: 10.17 PM - 1/2 2001
As a ex-pow from Germany's Stalags IV-B, VIII-A and XI-B I salute you on your
web page. It is one of the best I have found on the internet.
Would like to hear from any one that was at Stalag VIII-A (Gorlitz
Germany)during fenurary of 1945. I served with the 7th Arm Division.
Name:Bill McMyne Sent: 8.56 PM - 1/2 2001
First, thanks to all veterans for your courage and sacrifices. My father (alsoBill McMyne) was a member of the 466 Bomb Group, 784 Squadron, turret gunner in
B24 who was shot down over Germany on April 8 1944. He was a POW in various
camps beginning with 'M-Stammlager IX C' where he was treated for his injuries,
then Stalag Luft 3, and finally Luft 1 from which he was liberated May 2, 1945.
He died at an early age in part I am sure from his treatment during the
war...and like others, he did not want to talk about his experiences. If anyone
has any information about him, his crew (I believe only he and a Lt. Thomas Twisdale survived their mission as POW's)or can point me to a source of
information I would be grateful. And to all who read this...thank your family
members for their courage and contribution to our freedom.
Name:John Sent: 3.25 AM - 1/2 2001
Thank you for your web page and thank your Dad.
My Dad was in Kriegsgefangenenpost RM 40
Name:Sally Smith Sent: 4.54 PM - 1/1 2001
My father was a prisoner of war in Germany at
Stalag Luft 3. He departed Jan.
30, 1944 and arrived int EAME Theatre on Feb. 14, 1944. He was an AM gunner 748.
His army serial number was 34-163-042, 2132 Army Air Base Unit, Air Corps, AUS,
Technical Sargent. He was in the escape at Stalag Luft 3 and returned home to
Maxwell Air Force Base, June 18, 1945. Basically that's all I know. Anyone with
more information on this crew please write.