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33


Name:
James Keith (jkeith227@yahoo.com)
Date:Tue 30 Mar 2010 07:13:13 PM EDT
Subject:John D. Vecchiola
 

I'm trying to do some research on my grandfather John D. Vecchiola. His crew was shot down over Budapest in 1944, and he bailed out with 5 others. He was caught trying to make contact with the Hungarian Underground and ended up at Stalag Luft IV. He escaped with a man known as "Frenchie" on April 15th 1945 while on the march and made contact with the British 11th armored.
Any information on my Grandfather, Frenchie, or the escape would be helpful and greatly appreciated. Thank you.

 
 
32


Name:
Chris Richards (chrisrichards2@sky.com)
Date:Tue 30 Mar 2010 01:54:33 PM EDT
Subject:Information please
 

I am trying to trace any information on RAF Sgt. Jack Leslie Clark DFM who was a POW at Stalagluft 4 until repatriated in October 1944 due to ill health.

He was shot down in May 1943 and spent some time in hospital recovering from injuries received at this time.
He joinmed the escape committee where he used his talents to convince the German guards that he was mentally ill and thus gain their confidence so that he could gather information.

If anyone has any information I would eb most grateful to receive it. Jack Clark died in 1980 and I am trying to put together his story on behalf of his son Barry.

 
 
31


Name:
Patricia Kennedy Coughlin (pcoughlin@livoniastmichael.org)
Date:Tue 09 Mar 2010 10:43:10 AM EST
Subject:John P. Kennedy
 

My uncle, John "Jack" Kennedy, passed away on March 3, 2010. He was shot down over Hungary and ended up in Poland, at Stalag Luft IV. He was the wife of Mary Krieger Kennedy. Together, they raised three sons, my cousins. His funeral service was just yesterday. I could not attend, as it was out of state, but I was there in spirit. We all owe a debt of gratitude to these brave
men who endured much suffering at the hands of their captors. "Freedom does not come free."
God bless any P.O.W. survivors and their families and relatives.
Patricia Kennedy Coughlin
March 9, 2010

 
 
30


Name:
Mike Deason (mdeason1825@yahoo.com)
Date:Sun 21 Feb 2010 04:27:36 PM EST
Subject:My father Billy S. Deason alive and well at 85
 

My father was in 301st bomb group; 353rd squadron 15th Air Force stationed in Foggia Italy. He flew on B17 with a crew of 9. He was shot down on June 27, 1944 he was 19. He was taken to Budapest for processing. He is not sure how long he was there possibly 10 days he had no way of telling time. Then a train ride to the prison camp at Grosstychow, Germany. He was in Stalag Luft IV. February 6, 1945 prisoners were moved out and started a march that lasted 82 days ended May 2,1945. They ended in Fllingbostel, Germany. They were told they were free and had to make their way to France. Finally they made it to Brussels, Belgium after some time an English Bomber flew them to La Havre, France and stayed for approximately 30 days. Then onto a old troop ship headed for the U.S. and arrived at Newport News VA after 12 days. He arrived home 2 years and 10 1/2 months from the time he left.

 
 
29


Name:
Nicholas Daniel (nbd1982@gmail.com)
Date:Tue 09 Feb 2010 10:44:56 PM EST
Subject:Possible info
 

Hi,

My grandfather was George Daniel, of the US Army Air Corps. He passed away several years ago, and never really shared any details about his time here. If anybody knew him, or knows somebody who knew him, and could give me a little more info, anything at all, I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks.

-Nick

 
 
28


Name:
Gina Rose-Zellmer (ginarose-zellmer@woh.rr.com)
Date:Wed 03 Feb 2010 06:02:42 PM EST
Subject:Leonard Rose
 

I would like to thank Laura Caplan for her lovely words that vividly caught Dad's personality and passion about the Ex-Pow's and Luft 4. It made me cry and miss him again today. I will pass this article onto the rest of the family. "Rosie's" daughter Gina

 
 
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Name:
Rafal (ravmaly@gmail.com)
Date:Tue 02 Feb 2010 08:15:47 AM EST
Subject:Francis T Pepin 409 BSq
 

Hi
im looking for information about POW Francis Pepin, he probably was in stalag luft IV.
Any info about his POW-life.
best ragards

 
 
26


Name:
Rafal (ravmaly@gmail.com)
Date:Tue 02 Feb 2010 06:26:01 AM EST
Subject:Francis T Pepin 409 BSq
 

Hi
im looking for information about POW Francis Pepin, he probably was in stalag luft IV.
Any info about his POW-life.
best ragards

 
 
25


Name:
carolesmith1 (carolesmith1@btinternet.com)
Date:Tue 29 Dec 2009 11:40:07 AM EST
Subject:Albert Edward Sipthorp
 

Hi Have been researching my family history and have found out that my Uncle was a POW in staleg IV B.He sadly passed away in this camp he died of a brain heamorage on 4.4.1944 after being a POW for some 18 months. If anyone out there knows him or remembers him would be grateful for any information. He was a british soldier with the tower hamlets rifle brigade and came from Cheshunt Hertfordshire.UK.Many thanks Carole

 
 
24


Name:
Melissa O'Hara (Mohara6567@aol.com)
Date:Fri 18 Dec 2009 09:30:23 PM EST
Subject:James O'Hara
 

My grandfather was a POW in Stalag Luft IV. He passed away in 1997 and I have just started to read the stories he left behind. I was also given the Nazi knife, fork, and spoon that was issued to him while a POW. I believe he was shot down in March or April of 1944 and his squardron was the 762 of 460 bomb group.

I was wondering if his name could be corrected on this site to read James O'Hara instead of OHarra.
Thank You,
Melissa O'Hara

 
 
23


Name:
Troy Wiersma (hirschney@aol.com)
Date:Sun 22 Nov 2009 06:15:46 PM EST
Subject:William Wiersma
 

My grandfather Willam Wiersma listed on your site (listed as Ramsey NJ) passed away July 11, 1987

 
 
22


Name:
John Vuchetich (dacp@charter.net)
Date:Mon 19 Oct 2009 10:10:08 AM EDT
Subject:Looking for any POWs that resided in Stalag iv, Lager B, Barracks 3, Room 5
 

I'm still alive and just searching for other fellow POWs that I may have associated with at stalag iv, lager B,in barracks 3. If anyone has information, contacts, etc. please contact me. Thank you.

 
 
21


Name:
Christine A Browne nee Harman (harleystar96@aol.com)
Date:Thu 17 Sep 2009 06:20:27 PM EDT
Subject:Stalag 1V-A. March to freedom.
 

My Father was Sg Major John Alfred HARDMAN signalman. Royal Corps of Signals.
I have a newspaper clipping reporting him missing while serving with the Middle East Forces.I have no idear how he ended up in Salag 1V-A. But have found documentation that he was there.
I also have a sheet of note paper wrote in his own hand of his march to freedom.
11/4/45 from Dresdren arriving in Komotou ? 9/5/45.Rested for 6 days another 100km to Karlsban ,inside American lines.Covering a distance on foot of 200km as the crow fly's
Quote "Released by the Ruskys a few miles out of BRUX.Had just passed through BRUX the previous afternoon ,at 6-30 that same day the Russian tanks and Armoc (?) shelled us for 2 hours,killing many of our lads also Germans. This happend 2 days after VE Day ."
My Father would never talked about his time in the P.O.W camp ,but certain thing stayed with him all his life . He would never drink from a cup if you took a sip from it. If you put a plate down on the floor with scraps for the dog ,we would wait untill the dog had finished then smash the plate .
When he returned home his nerves were shot and was given needlework to concentrate his mind. I have the most beautifull table cloth which he did .
I am very proud of my Father for his strengh and determination to suvive.
He died 4/11/1982.

 
 
20


Name:
Stuart G. Steingraber (lawyer17@sbcglobal.net)
Date:Fri 21 Aug 2009 04:03:28 PM EDT
Subject:Leroy A. Steingraber (1924-2005)
 

My late uncle was a gunner on a B-24 Liberator shot down while over Berlin. I have his first hand account of his WWII experiences which is too large to fit here but available on request to any interested. His regular B-24 was the "Jabberwock" but he and his crew were shot down in another aircraft. His crew mates are: Melvin H. Williams, Robert J. Hagan, Daniel J. Reading, John W. Pool, James P. Vigna, Richard L. Briggs, Dush Vukelich, Leo W. Ryan and Charles B. Burton. Here is a poem he wrote:

A Gunner's Thoughts While Under Attack

by Tech. Sgt. L.A. Steingraber, flight engineer/gunner

Now as I take this flight, I pray to God what I am doing is right.
As we fly through that valley and shadow of death, we will fear no evil
For He is there.

The fighters attack like angry bees. The battle begins-it is a battle of flying machines.

Guns blaze-you can feel the vibrations-our plane becomes a dragon, spitting fire.

All have but one thought-survival.

You must destroy those fighters or be destroyed-all your training comes back to you

Trail him, estimate his speed, "Do I lead him, fire below or above?"

All depends on his attacking position.

You have him in your sights, his guns are spitting fire

I press the triggers-the two .50 calibers answer his fire.

The sound of the 50's is deafening.

My shells are tearing parts of his fighter off.

He disappears behind our bomber, trailing fire-another is coming in

Again you see the little, deadly, fireflies winking at you.

All thoughts have left you, the fighter has your complete attention.

German fighters are now attacking us in their own flak.

Black and white puffs are all around us-still no fear

You are in a battle that takes all of your attention.

In a matter of minutes it is over, but you are now in a sweat-

How can this be at 40 below zero?

No time to think-you are now on the bomb run.

Pilot to bombardier, "The plane is yours"-he switches to autopilot

Our plane will stay on level flight until the bombs are gone.

The group flies through a box barrage of flak-you hear shrapnel hitting the plane.

Sounds like hail on a tin roof-some tear through the fuselage leaving gaping holes

And wind whistles through the bomber.

We will make it back-the pilot takes back manual control and makes a 180 degree turn away from the target

And takes a course for home-only 500 miles to go.

Fight our way in, fight our way out.

Two hours later, we spot the White Cliffs of Dover-we made it.

Thank you, dear Lord, for one more day.

After each mission our crew becomes very sober.

No laughing, no shouting. War has become a serious matter.

Our crew can already hear the call at 0300 hours:

"Lt. Williams crew, rise and shine-head for the flight line".

We have finished 27 missions and have 3 more to go and we are on our way home.

Chances are we will not make it.

Odds are against it.

 
 
19


Name:
Joe Thibodeau (thibodeau@jf-thibodeau.com)
Date:Thu 13 Aug 2009 03:42:30 PM EDT
Subject:Cannot get past your email spam filter
 

Dear site administrator,


I could not see (or hear) the security code I needed to enter to get by your spam filter. So I will post my request/message here in hopes you get it. If possible please white-list my email so I can reach you in the future. Thank you.
--------------------------------------------------------

Can you please correct the spelling of my father's name listed in the Len Rose Roster.

Current listing: THIBODEAN, FRED 1993 ST. PAUL MN.

Correct listing: THIBODEAU, FRED R. 1993 ST. PAUL MN.

On another topic. Last night I saw a wonderful WWII documentary on Wisconsin Public Television, a portion of which was the stories told by three POWs who had been on the death march from Stalag Luft IV. If you are not aware of this video, I felt you should be. Maybe you could get permission to add it to your memorial site. Here is the link:

http://www.wisconsinstories.org/worldwar2/program/watch/index.cfm?did=9502

Go to the link above and select watch clip for The Black March. (I had to select Full Screen Theatre from the video toolbar to get the video portion to appear.)

THANK YOU for building and maintaining this site to keep the memory of these great Americans alive! I first found your site a couple years ago when my son was doing research on WWII Army Air Corps POWs for his school history day movie project. It was very gratifying to find my dad’s name listed there in memoriam. Thank you for all you do!


Best regards,


Joe Thibodeau
Taylors Falls, Minnesota
thibodeau@jf-thibodeau.com



 
 
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Name:
Catherine Bence (clbence@gmail.com)
Date:Thu 13 Aug 2009 10:25:15 AM EDT
Subject:My father was also a prisoner at Stalag Luft IV.
 

My father, Staff Sergeant Raymond E Bence, Jr. was a prisoner at Stalag Luft IV. He died on July 4, 1994. He served in the 445th Bomb Group and was shot down on September 27th, 1944 during a bombing run to Kassel, Germany.

I have some pictures of him in uniform, the letters he wrote from the camp, the telegram and notifications to his parents, newspaper clipping, and an interview he gave in early 1994. I would be glad to forward copies of this material to you.

 
 
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Name:
Robyn Barnes (robrichbarnes@hotmail.com)
Date:Mon 10 Aug 2009 06:15:34 PM EDT
Subject:J.R. Mackenzie
 

Hi, my grandfather Jack Robb Mackenzie was a POW in Stalag I believe. I am not sure which one.

I am trying to find any information on him. He was from South Africa.

Any assistance would be much appreciated.

Regards
Robyn

 
 
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Name:
re..bob roberts (information from his neice samantha roberts) (weddinghairspecialist@ntlworld.com)
Date:Mon 10 Aug 2009 02:11:01 PM EDT
Subject:pow observer bob roberts
 

my uncle was as i understand... shot down over berlin zoo... was saved by a wood cutters wife and nursed back to better health, shortly after SS guards found him out and took him out to dachau concentration camp where they believed him to be a spy and tortured him until they realised he was not a spy and then placed him in Stalag Luft IIII where the famous great escape took place and where he helped dig the tunnel and was eventually liberated by the Soviet Army and then heroically fought beside them earning him the British George Cross and the prestigious Russian red star...
i believe he made a tapestry out of the mens socks!! which later kept him warm on the march from Colditz....my cousin also informs me this will be soon donated to the R.A.F museum soon!!!...

from his neice sam roberts

 
 
15


Name:
Jack S. Bowen (smitty04@gmail.com)
Date:Thu 07 May 2009 10:15:44 PM EDT
Subject:PS
 

91st BG 401st Bomb Squadron

 
 
14


Name:
A. Smith (smitty04@gmail.com)
Date:Thu 07 May 2009 10:14:02 PM EDT
Subject:Grandfather
 

Ex-Pow Mst/Sgt Jack S. Bowen of Stag Luft IV
- B-17 ball turret gunner
- Shot down on "Lightning Strikes" near Gutersloh Germany.
- Participant of Black March
- Died 2008

 
 
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Name:
Rafal (ra123456@wp.pl)
Date:Thu 16 Apr 2009 09:18:04 AM EDT
Subject:black march
 

Hi
someone know what city, villages prisoners passed? is know exact trail POWs?
best regards

 
 
12


Name:
Bill Janis (w.janis@justice.com)
Date:Sat 04 Apr 2009 11:05:56 PM EDT
Subject:My Father
 

My father, Sgt. Charles G. Janis, was a P.O.W. at Luft IV. I was always proud of him and all the brave men and women who saved our nation and the world. I am sorry to say he died of leukemia in 1977. I noticed his name is not in the roster listed.

He wrote a souvenier booklet titled "Barbed Boredom". The last half of the booklet was an extensive roster of the prisoners held at Stalag Luft IV. If the website administrator would like a copy of it, please do not hesitate to e-mail me.

 
 
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Name:
Bill Barron (militarybill@yahoo.com)
Date:Mon 09 Mar 2009 09:01:37 AM EDT
Subject:Joseph P. Kotulak
 

I am looking for information on Joseph P. Kotulak (13005271) from Nanticoke Pa. DOB- 20 April 1920. His POW # is 3655. He was in Stalag Luft 4 and He is not listed on any of the on line rosters. The following came from the book titled BOOK No. 11 AMER. P.O.W. GERMANY KAAPU, DAVID A./ KZMINSKI, ANTHONI.This is the way it is listed on the page: KOTULAK, Joseph P. S/Sgt. 13005271 A US/1875-1925-1903-2199 5/6/44 #3655 Stg L4 RMC X . I have no idea if he went to Stalag Luft I or not on the death march. He was a top turret gunner on the B-17 the Gum Chum! 42-97501. He was from the 447th BG, 711th SQ, 8th AF, Heavy Bombers, K group, Station 126, Rattlesden UK. I would like to hear from anyone who knew Kotulak or has any information to share. I am looking for a picture of him and his plane if anyone out there has one. Also does anyone know what the numbers after his serial number means and the RMC and X means at the end? I didnt get a sheet with the page that tells me what the codes mean. He was shot down on 29 April 1944 while on a bombong mission to Berlin. He was the only one to survive from his plane. He stayed on active duty in the Air Force until his death on 21 April 1964. He died one day after his 44th birthday in the base hospital at Patrick Air Force Base Florida. He was also one of the first (#24) to be promoted to Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force on 1 December 1959. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetary in section 35 grave 1362. If anyone can Help It would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Bill



 
 
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Name:
Greg Hatton (gregoryhatton@earthlink.net)
Date:Sun 01 Mar 2009 10:07:47 AM EST
Subject:New Material
 

Greetings to all. Please check out the newly revised roster. We will soon add a listing of the Heydekrug sergeants sent up to Luft 1 and the listing of PW's sent to Nuremburg and Mooseberg. We have added a short history of the memorial and have a spendid reading room as well as links for research. We will be posting the narratives you have sent in about your family members. thanks from greg and Joe.

 
 
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Name:
joan fergus (jfergus477@earthlink.net)
Date:Sun 22 Feb 2009 08:35:12 PM EST
Subject:Dad
 

My father's story is one that all should hear---for its earthiness, humor and overall honesty. Thank you for giving George Lilja his say. He wouldn't have it any other way.
Joanie (Lilja) Fergus, proud daughter

 
 


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