Stalag Luft III Newsletter – February 2018
Greetings, Stalag Luft III POWs, Families, and Friends,
Welcome Home Lt. Sconiers!
Lt. Sconiers Reinterred —Buried 74 Years to the Day—Defuniak, Florida
It is so gratifying to report the final burial of Lt. Ewart Sconiers in Florida—the day we often thought would never come. Below are photos of the event and links to many videos on youtube.com that will show the highlights of an incredible experience for so many who attended.
January 27, 1944 – Luben, Germany [later Lubin, Poland]
Thanks to Rob and Nanette Sconiers Pupalaikis and daughter, Eden, who colorized this historic picture for the reburial. The original flag was supplied by the Germans, and the stripes were painted on fabric. The flag was always re-used. The day of the funeral, as the casket was lowered into the ground, a German guard jumped forward to grab the flag, and Lt. Col. Clark, on the left, foreground, watched the guard’s muddy boot step on the flag, an image that always stayed with him, the symbolic significance of which was not lost on him.
January 27, 2018, Defuniak, Florida
Major Gen. William K. Gayler, Ft. Rucker, Alabama, presents the folded flag that covered Lt. Sconiers’ casket to niece, Pamela Sconiers Whitelock, as her granddaughters, Kennison and Kennedy, look on.
“Do you know if anyone has found poor old Sconiers?” For me, this journey started with that simple question posed to me by Lt. Gen. Clark at the U.S A.F. Academy in 2005. Having buried him in 1944, Gen. Clark, then a Lt. Col., knew that Sconiers was the only American POW from Stalag Luft III who was never returned home after the war—a decorated war hero In North Compound with the British who worked under Lt. Col. Clark on security for Tunnel Harry of Great Escape fame. That question haunted the general for decades.
I only knew the name Sconiers from looking through my POW father’s copy of Clipped Wings as a child, which was a published history of South Compound, where he and Clark were eventually held. I distinctly remember four crosses on the dedication page with names in black on each one.
Lt. Sconiers was one of four men in South Compound who died while held captive. In 1943, Lt. Schaffer [correct spelling] died of complications of an appendectomy. 1944 would bring three more deaths. Lt. Mannka died as a result of the mental condition termed “barbed wire fever” by his fellow POWs. His German death certificate showed the cause of death as dementia/pneumonia. Corporal Miles [correct spelling] was shot by a German guard from a watchtower during an air raid. And then there was Lt. Sconiers—a mystery as to cause of death with so few facts it was not even speculated upon in the book. Decades later, his discovered German death certificate would indicate pneumonia/schizophrenia, and one document showed heart failure. Three of the deceased POWs came home when he did not. During the long quest to find him and bring him home, it was learned that he had fallen on the ice in the camp, and a splinter of wood penetrated his ear drum, later causing an infection that went to his brain causing him to exhibit episodes of severe mental illness. There were no drugs available to treat his infection, and soon the Germans removed him from the camp sending him to a mental hospital in what was then Luben, Germany, where he died the next day.
Lt. Gen. Clark had told me that on the day of the funeral they left Sconiers buried next to French POWs and a few Russians in the POW section of the cemetery. White flimsy crosses marked those graves he said. He told me that after they left the cemetery, the Germans would mark Sconiers’ grave with the same flimsy white cross that marked the other POW graves.
Four of Lt. Sconiers’ POW friends, including his pilot, stood near his wooden casket that cold day. Seven decades later, descendants of those four took their places in the same positions their relatives had occupied.
January 27, 2018
Two POW daughters, one son, and one grandson stand next to Sconiers’ remains—the very remains the original burial party stood by 74 years before. Left, foreground, Major /Ret. Ed Wheeler, son of Col. Clermont Wheeler, behind him, Carolyn Clark Miller, daughter of Lt. Col. A. P. Clark, right foreground Scott Spivey, grandson of Col. Delmar Spivey , and behind him, Kathryn Bisbee, daughter of Lt. Milton Stenstrom, Sconiers’ pilot.
Return to Florida: No one could have anticipated the massive celebration that the good people of Defuniak provided . This small town turned out to welcome Lt. Sconiers home in every way they could. There are many videos of the celebration on youtube.com if you type in “Sconiers funeral.” Here are just a few below. Other videos are listed at wjhg t.v. in Florida, type in Sconiers. Pam is working with documentary makers who will tell the Sconiers ‘story, as well as the saga of his recovery, and the documentary will be finished by next year. Pam is also writing a book on her uncle’s story. To get an idea of the tribute we observed, here are some mostly short videos that say it all:
http://www.wjhg.com/video?vid=471534684 – WJHG – Reporter Jennifer Holton –
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvY1o4Or_l8 – Delta arrival, WJHG – Funeral – Hero’s Homecoming and parade
credit Dave Peller – Overview of all
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wISoEQ4E-UA – Defuniak Parade
http://www.wjhg.com/video?vid=471587144 – Finding “A Hero in a Haystack
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWbQDBHVo3Ul Members of Ewart’s Army Reuniting at the Pensacola Airport – Lt. Sconiers’ arrival
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQAaErGK_3A – Patriot Riders
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBcop7qEZyU – “God Bless the USA”
Thanks to Pam’s incredible planning, those of us who attended enjoyed the wonderful parade that wound through the streets, a tree planting, music, speeches, a BBQ lunch sponsored by Sen. George Gainer, and a hotel reception. Senator George Gainer and Florida Rep. Brad Drake both attended to pay respects. They have introduced a bill to have part of Hwy 90 in Walton County, Florida, renamed for Lt. Sconiers. A proclamation was presented to Pam honoring her uncle proclaiming Sconiers Appreciation Week, and she was given the key to the city. The Patriot Guard Riders escorted the hearse from Pensacola, where we met the plane, up to the Defuniak funeral home, near Panama City, which was a drive of an hour and a half. Traffic was stopped along the route as this extremely long procession with countless motorcycles and State Highway Patrol accompanied us and the hearse. It was a day none of us will ever forget.
Below are a series of photos taken by many attendees during our three days in Florida. Our day began in Pensacola at the airport where many of the members of “Ewart’s Army” reunited, coming from many locations, including Hawaii, Belgium and Poland. Pam’s entire family flew in to attend.
Marilyn and Carolyn Clark Miller in Pensacola
awaiting arrival of the plane
Waiting beside the plane – Pam and her sister, Paige
Honor Guard from Ft. Rucker, Alabama, marches out to meet
Lt. Sconiers’ casket.
Army escort stands at attention with Delta personnel
Finally back in his home state, Florida
Years of pent up emotions could finally be released.
The Patriot Guard Riders assemble to form the escort to Panama City. Most were the Patriot Guard Riders who all started the escort at the Delta terminal. They were easy to see due to yellow arm bands, windshield stickers, and PG patches. The other motorcyclists were member of the Walton Co. Sheriff Riders and the VFW Commander Wade Wilmoth Motorcycle Escort. Those two escorts picked up when the others left I-10 and stopped before heading east on Hwy-90 for the last few miles.
The line begins at the funeral home.
Funeral Home – Sconiers was issued a new uniform, name tag, and medals.
His bones were wrapped in a plastic covering and covered with a soft Army
blanket beneath the uniform.
“Ewart’s Army” in front of the casket with Pam- L-R – Szymon Serwatka, researcher from Poland, retired Chief Petty Officer, John Gray, of DPMO who served as an escort on the flight, Pam, Marilyn, our dedicated researcher, Ed Renière, from Belgium, and Dr. Jarrod Burks, archeologist from Ohio. Missing is Stephen Marks from Poland. Before Sconiers, none of us knew each other except Ed and I.
John Gray and Szymon Serwatka pause and reflect by the casket.
Chief John Gray, retired from the US Navy, worked for the DPMO, (Defense Prisoner of War Missing Personnel Office) which at that time accounted for missing POWs and MIAs. Chief Gray told Lt. Genera Clark that the case of Lt. Sconiers had been re-opened when DPMO decided to go back to Poland after reviewing all of the possible cases, selecting his, amongst others, because they believed it was potentially solvable.
Szymon Serwatka, Researcher for DPMO, had been working independently on Sconiers’ case several years prior to 2006. His passion continued, and he made several trips to Lubin. Szymon watched the eventual excavations with much interest and provided excellent detailed charts and maps to help locate the most likely areas for POW burials.
Ed Renière – Belgium – never gave up in eleven years. For over a decade, I have been in touch with Ed, one of the best WWII researchers I have ever had the pleasure to meet and work with. He agreed to help in the quest to find Lt. Sconiers. Ed had a way of finding whatever no one else could find. He even found a video link of Sconiers receiving a Distinguished Service Cross. Just down the line from Sconiers stood Paul Tibbets, who would later drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Beyond that, Ed never ceased finding archival material so elusive to the rest of us that contributed greatly to this success.
Marilyn and Pam finally close to Ewart
The day before the funeral, the town of Defuniak showed its
appreciation for their long lost hero.
The Florida State Highway Patrol turned out to pay respects.
Senator Gainer with officers from Ft. Rucker, Alabama
Pam addresses the people of Defuniak
Residents line the parade route for Lt. Sconiers
Saying both hello and good-bye, Marilyn, unknown, Carolyn Clark Miller
Scott Spivey, whose grandfather buried Sconiers
Along the parade route
School children sang and lined the streets.
Yellow ribbons and red/white/blue ribbons adorned many trees.
We wait to take turns to help plant the tree.
Marker for the tree
Johnie Webb from the former JPAC flew in from Hawaii. In charge of Outreach and Communications for DPAA, Johnie knew what it meant to be a “Promise Keeper,” a man wholly dedicated to doing what was right and serving those who have served America. According to Pam, without Johnie Webb’s indefatigable commitment, exemplary leadership, tireless oversight, and purest of hearts, Ewart Sconiers would never have made it home.
“Ewart’s Army”—The Promise Keepers – and the four descendants
of the original burial party – seated at the back of the altar
Standing room only plus a filled annex to hold all who wanted to
witness the historic funeral
Lt. Sconiers is driven to his final resting place.
Pam holds the flag as Maj. Gen. Gayler speaks to her granddaughters.
Colorized Photo on Display
Missing Man Formation – Eglin AFB – F 15s – roared over the gravesite
at the funeral. The planes were secured through the efforts of Rob Pupalaikis.
“Promise Keepers” honored at reception after the funeral
A gift from Carolyn Clark Miller to Marilyn and Pam recognizing the
long quest and all the bumps along the way. “Nevertheless she persisted!”
Marilyn, Chief John Gray, Szymon Serwatka, and Ed Renière share a
group hug celebrating “mission accomplished.”
Marilyn and Col. Chris Forbes who made sure Lt. Sconiers got home
after the cross was found.
POW son, Jim Keeffe, frequent contributor to this newsletter,
flew in from Washington State to ride with the Patriot Guard
Riders. See this website for a history of the Washington State Riders:
Sconiers’ former and now empty grave in Gdansk, Poland
Preparing for the new and final burial in Defuniak, Florida, next to
Lt. Sconiers’ mother, Maude
So despite the fact that Lt. Sconiers eventually did receive only that flimsy cross in Luben, Germany, it served its purpose, as the French saw it and removed him from his Communist Lubin, Poland, grave and took him with their own when they were allowed in just one time to remove their war dead—at a time when the Communists would not allow the Americans in. It was then that he received the solid white cross in Gdansk, Poland at the French Military Cemetery. The French POW crosses were marked with the phrase, “Mort Pour Le France,” (Died for France), but that phrase was noticeably missing from Sconiers’ new cross.
The first cross was the white flimsy one put on Sconier’s grave in Luben, Germany.
The second cross: Gdansk, Poland
…and finally, the third and final cross is now in Defuniak, Florida
I think Lt. Gen. Clark could truly appreciate the fact that no longer on foreign soil, Lt. Sconiers now lies beside his mother, beneath a beautiful white marker issued by his own government, adorned with a beautiful solid arc from his family, and graced by the words so long in coming, “YOU WERE NOT FORGOTTEN.” To answer your question, Gen. Clark, “Yes, Lt. Sconiers was finally found.”
To read about the entire Sconiers’ story, please visit Pam’s wonderful website:
bringsconiershome.com and watch for her book.
News from Marek in Poland:
Zagan Museum Now Rated #2 (out of 95 tourist attractions of Lubuskie Province, Poland!
This was published by the local newspaper recently and is great publicity for the museum.
For those of you have visited, consider leaving a review on tripadvisor.com
Recently donated by a collector from Warsaw
According to the West Compound roster, POW #4328 was 2nd Lt. James A. Bouvier, hut #157, room 15. Bottom half of perforated dog tag is missing.
73rd Anniversary of the Battle of Sagan and the Evacuation of the Stalag VIIIC and Stalag Luft 3 POW camps (The Long March)
Marek: “After many days of fighting on February 16th, 1945, the Soviet Army took the town of Sagan. For this small town, the war was over. One week before, on February 8th 1945, Stalag VIIIC, an Army POW camp, was evacuated. Thousands of POWs were forced to walk hundreds of miles westward to other camps somewhere in Germany. It was called the Death March.
On January 27th, 1945, Stalag Luft 3 was evacuated. Over 10,000 airmen including 7000 American officers were forced to leave the camp and walk westward in freezing cold. Many of the POWs from Stalag VIIIC and the enlisted men’s camps such as Stalag Luft IV did not survive. We also commemorated 78th anniversary of the first mass deportation of Poles. On the night of 9-10 February 1940, the first 140 thousand Poles that lived in Eastern border lands occupied by the Soviet Union were transported deep into the Soviet Union. Thousands of them died of starvation and cold.
As always, we had an honored guest, WW2 veteran 2nd Lt. Piotr Gubernator. He gave an amazing speech. He was one of the first citizens of Zagan. He shared with us some memories about the abandoned and empty town of Zagan he saw in 1946.
US Army soldiers who are currently serving in Zagan attended the ceremony to pay tribute to all American officers POWs of Stalag Luft 3.”
2nd Lt. Gubernator
Polish Children and their Families
Winter Holiday in Poland
Two weeks of winter holidays for students in Poland provided time to visit with the Polish Black Division and the museum. As always, Marek organized a trip for them. The all-day bus tour included The Hall of Tradition of the “Black Division,” POW Camps Museum, and Tank Training Center (10th Armoured Cavalry Brigade) in Swietoszow (15 km South-East of Zagan). In Swietoszow, they visited tank simulators and also a shooting range simulator, having lots of fun.
“We end every tour with a lunch in a mess room in Army Base in Swietoszow. Kids love to have lunch with soldiers. Also with the cooperation with 11th Armoured Cavalry Division, we came up with an idea of free guided tours of the POW Camps Museum and The Hall of Tradition of Black Division. ‘Open Sunday’ – free entrance and free guided tours on every third Sunday of the month.”
10th Armoured Brigade Visit
Black Division Tradition Hall
Leopard Tank Simulator
At the museum:
“Lots of fun! Kids love the new room especially gramophone
which is still playable. I usually don’t do this during the guided
tours, but I could not resist this time.”
The POWs had gramophones, although a shortage meant that each block of prisoners only got one record session a month, and a dance club flourished.
Gramophone and record
Zagan Hotel Demolished
The hotel that many early visitors to the museum stayed in is now being demolished. My husband and I stayed there in 2004. It was built in the early 1970s. Other nice hotels have taken its place.
The hotel by this date is completely gone.
Many will remember Gus from the 2012 SLIII Reunion in Dayton, Ohio. Condolences from the family from the Stalag Luft III Community.
Working on Improvements on the Stalag Luft III Section of the Air Force Academy Website – Dr. Mary Ruwell – Archivist – U.S.A.F Academy
“In a few months a new version will succeed this one. But for now, this is the link to take you to Stalag Luft III material at the A.F. Academy.”
Photo of Signature Enhanced – Trevor Hewitt – UK
Trevor has improved the quality of the pictures of the American signature he found while digging at the old base at Rackheath base in England. It had been buried for over 75 years. The story was in the last newsletter. I was able to locate Theodor Rykiel’s great nephew who is stunned by the find.
New Book – Stan Walsh – Bombardier – 397BG, 598 BS – US
“This is a State of the Book report.” The book title is: The B-26 Goes to War with the subtitle, Army’s Torpedo Challenge – Sink Nippon Navy. So, briefly, the book is about the airman who received and took the first B-26 “straight” short-wing model Marauder to the Southwest Pacific (Australia) into battle immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor. It follows Lt. Allen’s torpedo testing exploits, Lt. Muir’s participation in the Battle of Midway, and Lt. Dewan’s battle diary entries. It is a mini history of the 22 BG to May 1943 when only 16 battle-worn airplanes remained flyable. I am Editor-in-Chief and co-author. I am currently organizing the index. The book has 180 pages, 28 interior photographs, MHS logo, and a map page. The cover is in color featuring Jack Fellows’ art and Steve Swartz’s photographs. Publication is expected to be in Feb. 2018 by Author House. “
Book on German and African Americans – Dr. Larry Greene – U.S.
“ I met Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson (ret.), in 2006 when I was a Fulbright teaching and research professor teaching at the University of Muenster. I co-organized a Conference on African Americans and Germany and invited Alexander Jefferson to speak at the conference on his WW II experiences in the military and as a POW. We made available his book Red Tail Captured, Red Tail Free. I co-edited a book on the conference, Germans and African Americans: Two Centuries of Exchange.
It was co-edited with Anke Ortlepp. Anke was formerly with the German Historical Institute and moved on to a professorship with the University of Munich. See link to the University Press of Mississippi which published the book.
(Thanks to Larry, too, for sharing the SLIII Newsletter monthly with his history classes!)
Larry A. Greene, Ph.D.
Professor of History
Seton Hall University
South Orange, NJ 07079
467th BG Reunion – Trevor Hewitt – UK
Polish Blechhammer Tour Schedule for 2018 – Szymon Serwatka – Poland
Many newsletter readers took the tour last year and endorsed it highly. Here is the schedule for the tour for next year for those of you who missed the last one.
Day 0 – arrivals to Kraków
Day 1 – Kraków Castle and Old Town
Day 2 – Wadowice, Jeleśnia – B-24 memorials
Day 3 – Auschwitz death camp
Day 4 – Blechhammer USAAF WWII target
Day 5 – Żagań Stalag Luft III POW camp
Day 6 – Wrocław Old Town, Walim tunnels
Day 7 – Jewish Kraków, Wieliczka Salt Mine
Day 7 +1 – departures from Kraków
We will start in Kraków, and we will see the Royal Castle and the Cathedral on the Wawel Hill.
We will take a tour of Krakow Old Town in an electric cart.
We will visit the market square with a historical trade hall, St. Mary’s Church, and an underground exhibition about medieval Kraków.
This day is related to the USAAF bombing of IG Farben in Auschwitz on September 13th, 1944.
We will visit memorials to two B-24 crews who were shot down on this date. One was from the 485th (we will see the crash site) and the other from the 460th Bomb Group.
We will also see a Polish-American museum in Wadowice.
We will visit Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp where 1 million Jews were murdered, together with 70,000 non-Jewish Poles, and 30,000 people from other nationalities.
We will also see where the IG Farben Auschwitz chemical factory was, which was bombed 3 times by the USAAF in 1944.
On this day we will leave Krakow and go to Kędzierzyn-Koźle, known in World War Two as Blechhammer.
The town’s synthetic fuel factories were at the extreme range of the USAAF bombers, and were heavily defended by anti-aircraft guns.
We will see the factories, a former slave labor camp, and the museum dedicated to the 15th Air Force.
After staying overnight in Wrocław, we will continue west to Żagań.
We will visit a museum dedicated to POW camps. It is located where the Stalag Luft III was. This camp was known from The Great Escape.
We will see a reconstructed POW hut, foundations of the camp’s buildings, and where the main Great Escape tunnel (Harry) was.
We will visit Wrocław’s magnificent Main Square, with a place that has been serving beer since 1275.
We will see “Panorama Racławicka” (1894) which is a giant 360 degree painting best viewed from a centrally located viewing platform.
On the way to Kraków, we will visit mountain tunnel systems at Walim built by the Nazis in 1943 and 1944.
We will go to an historical Salt Mine in Wieliczka, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Then we will visit a museum in Schindler’s factory, made famous by Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List.” We will end the day in Kazimierz, Kraków’s Jewish district, where we will see a medieval Gothic style synagogue.
April 8-14, 2018 Tour
arrivals on April 7th, departures on April 15th
September 9-15, 2018 Tour
arrivals on September 8th, departures on September 16th
Number of travelers: min 5, max 7
Contact Szymon at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional details.
Second Schweinfurt Memorial Association Tour and Memorial Ceremonies in Germany – POW son, Robert D. McCaleb – US
Foes by Fate – Friends by Choice
“My name is Robert McCaleb, President of the Second Schweinfurt Memorial Association (SSMA). My purpose in writing is to make you aware of travel plan options should you be interested in attending the SSMA and City Memorial Ceremonies in Schweinfurt, Germany, in October of this year (2018). My family will be making individual separate travel plans to the city. However, my father’s former college has put together a package tour that includes Schweinfurt and other sites in Germany. It is open to any interested travelers. If you have further interest or any questions, I would be glad for you to correspond with me at email email@example.com
Thank you for your interest in remembering our WWII veterans, especially the reconciliation of the Schweinfurt veterans from all sides of the conflict.
MSSU Safari – Germany Adventure 2018
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1, Wednesday, October 10, 2018 DEPART FOR FRANKFURT
Our United Airlines flight from Tulsa will depart at 1100am for Frankfurt. Overnight flight schedule arriving Thursday morning around 700am. Additional details regarding our flight schedule will be communicated to you later.
Day 2, Thursday, October 11, 2018 Arrive in Frankfurt, tour on the way to Nuremberg
Our scheduled morning arrival at the airport and then we’ll meet our Tour Escort and Motor Coach and tour along the way to Nuremberg. We will visit the town of Wurzburg and have a local guide give us a city tour. Later this afternoon we will arrive in Nuremberg and check-in to our hotel and get some rest. Standard room accommodations tonight at our hotel.
Day 3, Friday, October 12, 2018 Nuremberg
Breakfast at our hotel included. Today is touring a full day in Nuremberg with a local guide. We’ll visit with admissions the Albrecht Durer House; Nuremberg Trials; and the Nazi Rally Grounds and Documentation Center. Tonight, you’ll be free to enjoy dinner at your leisure and explore on your own. (Breakfast included) Overnight at same hotel in Nuremberg, standard accommodations.
Day 4, Saturday, October 13, 2018 Schweinfurt
Breakfast at our hotel included. Today we are leaving Nuremberg and traveling into Schweinfurt, touring Rothenburgh ob der Tauber en route (approximately 3 hour drive). During our visit to Rothenburg we will walk the Ramparts with your Tour Escort. Later afternoon arrival in Schweinfurt. Standard room accommodations at our hotel in Schweinfurt.
Day 5, Sunday, October 14, 2018 Schweinfurt
Breakfast at our hotel included. Today is the 75th Anniversary of the Second Schweinfurt Mission. On October 14, 1943, Joplin Junior College graduate Kenneth McCaleb was shot down over Schweinfurt, Germany, on his 19th mission as a navigator aboard a B-17 bomber. On this “Black Thursday” raid on three ball-bearing factories, more than 600 airmen were killed or captured and 77 B-17s were lost. McCaleb spent the next 19 months in German prisoner of war camps before being liberated on April 29, 1945. During the 75th anniversary of the Second Schweinfurt Mission, Robert McCaleb, Kenneth’s son and president of the Second Schweinfurt Memorial Association, will be helping to lead ceremonies in Schweinfurt to commemorate the reconciliation of the veterans. Other activities will be planned today as well. Overnight at our same hotel in Schweinfurt.
Day 6, Monday, October 15, 2018 Munich
Breakfast included at our hotel. Traveling today from Schweinfurt to Munich with a stop along the way in Regensburg (approximately 4 hour drive). A local guide will meet us in Regensburg for a 2-hour city tour seeing the Old Town; St Peters Cathedral; Stone Bridge; and Porta Praetoria. Admissions to the Schloss Thurn & Taxis included. Later this afternoon we’ll hope to stop at the Dachau Concentration Camp (time permitting), and then arrive in Munich. Standard room accommodations in Munich at our hotel.
Day 7, Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Munich
Breakfast included at our hotel. Today we will have a half-day panoramic city tour of Munich, stopping in Marianplatz to see the Glockenspiel on the Neues Rathaus. The rest of your day will be free for you to explore the city, and enjoy this magnificent city. Overnight at our same hotel tonight in Munich.
Day 8, Wednesday, October 17, 2018 Munich
Breakfast included at our hotel. Today is a full day tour to Berchtesgaden & Salzburg. Admission to the Obersalzberg Documentation Center, access to the underground bunker system giving us an idea of the monumental scale of the former headquarters of the Eagles Nest compound in the Bavarian Alps. Lunch will be included at a restaurant nearby. We will also visit Mozart’s Birthplace and Residence in Salzburg. Overnight tonight back in Munich at our same hotel.
Day 9, Thursday, October 18, 2018 Munich
Breakfast included at our hotel. Today is a full free day for you to explore the area. There are many sights in the region available to see, a full list of programs available will be communicated to you later. You can also explore Munich on your own if you wish. Overnight at our same hotel tonight in Munich.
Day 10, Friday, October 19, 2018 Return to Joplin
Breakfast included at our hotel. Today we will leave from Munich airport around 1130am. Further details about our departure will be communicated later. Our anticipated arrival in Tulsa will be around 9pm. Transportation back to Joplin after our arrival is included.
Great Full Length Movie Links Online – Tom Colones – US
U.S. B-24 Pilot Shot Down and Taken POW:
US & British POW’s in a German Stalag Luft Camp:
Following a Father’s Footsteps – Saving Jewish POWs – Ross Greene – US –
Tuskegee Airmen – Locations Where They Were Held as POWs – Barry Schoen – US
Eagle – Dubai
An eagle’s power dive from the top of the world’s tallest building to his trainer below. The eagle was fitted with a camera and released from the top of 2715 foot Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai. Somehow from the altitude, the eagle actually picks out his trainer among all the other objects and people.
Did You Know? – POW son, Mike Eberhardt – US
As part of the WWII plan to augment the German race with racially worthwhile people, the Nazis adopted the “Lebensborn” program under which an estimated 300,000 children were abducted by the SS from occupied countries and sent to Germany for forced adoption. 80 percent of them never returned.
VL Books Now Available Again
For those of you waiting for our book on Col. von Lindeiner, From Commandant to Captive, Mike has just ordered more he can sell discounted to $22, including shipping. As always, 100% of the proceeds go to the museum in Zagan. Contact Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org
A reference to a von Lindeiner document recently sent to me from Canadian researcher, Dave Champion, has once more piqued our interest in von Lindeiner records at the British Archive, which Mike and I hope to pursue.
Until next time,
Daughter of POW Thomas F. Jeffers