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    during the Second World War 1939-1945.

    • Baker Frank.
    • Cheshire Christopher. F/Lt.
    • Ford Harry Xavier. 1st Lt.
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    Frank Baker

    My deceased uncle, Mr. Frank Baker was a U.S. pilot. He was a prisoner of Stalag luft 5. He was in what was called, "The Death March" at that time.

    Jolene A. Giroux

    1st Lt. Harry Xavier Ford 329 Bomb Group

    My brother, Harry Ford, now deceased, produced a fine memoir in which he recounted his experiences as a POW interned first at Stalag Luft III followed by the "Death March" to Stalag Luft 5 where he was liberated. The title of his memoir is: Mud, Wings and Wire. It contains numerous photos of the day Stalag Luft 5 was liberated.

    John Ford

    F/Lt. Christopher Cheshire 76 Squadron

    I met Leonard Cheshire, the brother of Christopher Cheshire in the final years of his life and have found out that Christopher Cheshire's Halifax bomber of 76 squadron was shot down after a raid on Berlin on 8/9th August 1942. He survived with all his crew and was imprisoned at Stalag Luft 5 for the duration of the war. He read the first mass at his brother's funeral in 1992.

    Stephen Jones

    Sgt. McCracken 49 Sqdn.

    My father was shot down over Germany on the night of 29th March 1943. He was captured and sent to Dulag Luft Oberursal, then to Stalag Luft III Sagan, then Luft VI Heydekrug, then Stalag 357, then Fallingbostel XIB. He was flying a Lancaster for Bomber Command, Squadron 49. His crew were:
  • Sgt McNutt, RCAF
  • P/O Cullum
  • Sgt Robertson, RAFVR
  • Sgt Fazakerley, RAF
  • Sgt Fyffe
  • Sgt Link

    Sgt McNutt, Sgt Robertson and Sgt Fazakerley were all killed and are buried in Raalte General Cemetery, Graves 5 to 7.

  • Andrew McCracken

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    Footprints on the Sands of Time: RAF Bomber Command Prisoners of War in Germany 1939-45

    Oliver Clutton-Brock

    he first part of this book deals with German PoW camps as they were opened, in chronological order and to which the Bomber Command PoWs were sent. Each chapter includes anecdotes and stories of the men in the camps - capture, escape, illness, murder and more - and illustrates the awfulness of captivity even in German hands. Roughly one in every 20 captured airmen never returned home. The first part of the book also covers subjects such as how the PoWs were repatriated during the war; how they returned at war's end; the RAF traitors; the war crimes; and the vital role of the Red Cross. The style is part reference, part narrative and aims to correct many historical inaccuracies. It also includes previously unpublished photographs. The second part comprises an annotated list of all 10,995 RAF Bomber Command airmen who were taken prisoner, together with an extended introduction. The book provides an important contribution to our knowledge of the war. It is a reference work not only for the

    Mud Wings and Wire

    Harry Ford

    Hary Ford flew with 329 Bomb Group, was shot down and spent time in Stalag Luft 3 before being forced to participate in the Death March to Stalag Luft 5.
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    Mud Wings and Wire


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