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During World War II, I served as a navigator on United States Army Air Force B-17 aircraft “Flying Fortresses” during bombing raids on German military targets. At that time, I was a 22-year-old second lieutenant and a member of the 100th Bombardment Group (Heavy) stationed in Thorpe Abbotts, England. My aircraft was shot down during an attack on a synthetic oil plant near Hamburg on December 31, 1944 and I parachuted into Wesermünde County, Germany and became a prisoner of war (POW). After capture I underwent an interval of solitary confinement and three interrogations during early January, 1945, which included a Red Cross interview (interrogation), a military interrogation, and a political interrogation. All took place at Auswertestelle West, usually referred to as Dulag Luft, the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) Interrogation Center at Oberursel, Germany.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyOhio UniversityAthensGreece

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