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Hans George Hanagarth . German Navy U-Boat
My father, Hans Hanagarth was a German Prisoner of War at Sudeley Castle near Winchcome in Gloucestershire. His U-Boat was sunk by the Americans and he was one of only a few survivors. He eventually finished up at the POW Camp at Sudeley Castle. My Father spoke very good English and he prepared the working parties that went out to the local Farms to help with the labouring. My mother worked in the Camp Office and they were eventually married. I know very little about my Father's U-Boat experiences and I am currently researching the Archives.
My mother's sister married an American GI, but he was killed in the Battle of the Bulge on 15th Jan 1945. It was very traumatic for the family, as it caused great consternation that my mother should marry a German POW and her sister an American GI.
I was able to research my uncle Clifford Dusang's War History as the USA have some tremendous Archives. I was able to find out everything surrounding his tragic death when the War was almost over. He is buried at the Henri-Chapel Cemetary in Belgium. His unit was the 'Old Hickories' and their website is still uploading information on Action Reports and Photos.Hans Hanagarth
Albert Heilmann . Wehrmacht Panzer Lehr Div.
My father was captured in France near St Lo after the heaviest bombardment during Operation Cobra. He was captured on 26th July 1944. His POW No. was 514165.
He was in Happendon Camp, Douglas, Lanarkshire from 30th July 1944 to 11th August 1944. I have a photo when he was released in France in November 1948. Does anyone know anything about him, or have photos?O. Heilmann
Hessenmuller . Luftwaffe 3./NJG3
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