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    • Ian Maguire

      How a Patek Philippe watch gave hope to an American PoW in the notorious Stalag Luft III

    • Kim

      POW's group shot. Two are wearing German reversible padded parkas, probably gathered as "war booty". These men were roommates at Stalag Luft III, South Compound, Block 130, Room 10. They kept together on the march in January 1945, sharing food and emotional support. Papa Tom was there...

    • Erin Enberg

      Allied POWs in Germany

    • Anna J Sasin

      Charles Woehrle is included in a group photo taken at at Stalag VII A Moosburg, Germany. Pictured are (L-R) John Fitzpatrick (hand in pocket), Ed Stephenson (beret), Ernie Sands (bending over stove), Francis "Fran" Finnegan, John Lindquist,Woehrle, Jim Houser and Lt. Marshall Draper (kneeling) Draper had the unfortunate distinction to be the first U.S. POW in Germany, shot down on 21 June 1942. They kept together on the march in January 1945, sharing food and emotional support.

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