After a very long wait, Don got home to his parents, Amelia and Ralph Phillips, who had been waiting so long. Don's third most memorable event of his entire experience is being greeted by his parents at the end of that very long road. His mother is wearing his navigator wings.
For four days, the POWs were packed in these train cars before arriving at Moosburg. From the Stalag Luft III website, "They were so crowded that they could not all sit or lie down at the same time." Horrible things described by Papa Tom.
This is a sketch of Don Phillips made by a fellow POW at Stalag Luft III. It is dated Jan. 3, 1944. It is the one piece of paper carried by Don during the entire Forced March. He wrote on the back of it where they ended up each day, until arrival at Stalag VIIA, Moosburg, Germany.