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Stalag 7a was located at Moosberg.
For some time now, I have wanted to learn a little more about the situation in which my father spent the end of WW2 in a POW camp. Like many others, he rarely if ever talked about his wartime experiences, far less the POW times. Yet reading his notes in "A Wartime Log", there was clearly comradeship and companionship of a high quality.
My father was Alexander Fraser Wilson, Sergeant in the Scots Guards, from Ayr in Scotland. There is a POW number 139452 on some papers. He would appear to have been in Stalag VIIA and then Stalag 383.
My initial web search has brought me to Wartime Memories and through the knowledge of, first VIIA and then 383, I am beginning to see some things of interest. I noted in 383 eg the references to 'Glowing Embers' and Rover Scout Crew. There is in my possession a Philip Smith signed copy of the book and a membership card for the Scout Crew.My Father was a Scout Leader before and after the war. His memorabilia seems to contain various items about the routine of POW camp life with some photographs most of which appear to be commercial. There are also banknotes, labels from food tins and packages and cigarette packets and information. I also see some typed and printed ntouces from daily life and there is even a telegram-type meesage to my Father from my Mother about the birth of my brother. Finally, it's probably commonplace, but there is a copy "Barbed Wire, Memories of Stalag 383" first published in 1947.
My father Joseph L Coleman PVT 29th Div 115th company E was a prisoner at Stalag 7A .He was captured July 11 shortly after D Day in France.
My Father, Leading Stoker Harold Siddall, was POW at Stalag 7A - Moosburg from 1942, having been taken prisoner on Crete. His memoirs can be found on the internet at http://www.naval-history.net/WW2MemoirAndSo00.htm
My mother recently gave me some memorabilia of my dad's, Kenneth Arthur Hoare who was a POW in Stalag V11A, Moosburg. He was captured in Libya in 1942 and spent time in a camp in Italy at L'Aquila before being sent to Stalag V11A. I have some photos of the concert party titled 'Moosburg Concert Party' with the christian names of the people featured. There is also a photo of the British Medical staff and one of Josef Junkers, one of the camp guards. My Dad kept in touch with two of the camp guards by exchanging Christmas cards right up until his death in 1974 at the age of 59. There are other items of emphemera including a camp Doctor's chit to excuse my dad work duty.
Also, my uncle Philip Frederick Hoare, (dad's brother) was a Pilot Officer in the RAF serving as a Navigator on Wellingtons and then on Mosquitos. According to his log books he flew 62 sorties and won the DFC. He was a member of the Pathfinder force and served with 75 (NZ), 105 and 162 Squadrons. He flew in the first 1000 bomber raid on Cologne and his last sortie was a bombing raid on 25th April 1945 on Berchtesgaden.
Would love to hear from anyone who knew my grandfather Private Keith Frederick Elmes, Signals Platoon, 25th Battalion, 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Keith was taken prisoner late in 1943 and was held at Stalag VIIA until the camp was liberated. Unfortunately Keith died in 1974, and like many of his fellow soldiers did not talk about his war experiences. Any information, recollections etc would be greatly appreciated as I'm currently writing a book on my family's involvment in both World Wars. Many thanks
My uncle Cpl George Herbert Miller of the West Novascotia Highlanders was in stalag 7a. He was captured in italy in 1944 and in there until liberated by the americans at the end of the war he just recently passed away at the age of 86 I would like to hear from anyone who remembers him.
My Father Charles F. Ward was in Stalag 7A, 3B and 3A. He was a tank driver captured Feduary 14th, 1943in N. Africa during the Battle of Kasserine Pass in N. Africa. He was interned 814 days.
My father Richard H. Meehan was captured 12/31/44 and eventually ended up in Moosburg. He would never speak of his experiences, I have only learned some information from old letters, I would like to hear from anyone who knew him.
He was a Corporal in the USAF and was with the 8th, 100th Bomb Group, 350th Squadron, 3rd Division, based out of Thorpe-Abbot. He was a member of Lt. Charles Webster's crew and was shot down on Dec 31, 1944 following a bombing run over Hamburg. He was severely injured and immediately captured. I know he was in Wetzlar, Stalag Luft 3 Sagan, Nuremberg and Stalag VII A, Moosburg. His serial number was 31 427 291. During forced marches he had to be carried due to his injuries. I know one of his crew mates, Morris Burkhart, helped throughout the marches. Also a seminarian helped tend his wounds, but I do not who this was. Following liberation on Apr 29, 1945 he was flown home eventually aboard hospital ship or plane. He spent time in Mitchel Field Hospital in New York, then spent much time in Cushing General Hospital in Framingham, MA. Last hospital records I have are for Oct 1946.
According to a letter my grandmother wrote after first visiting my father in the hospital upon his return to the States she writes "Richard was left lying in the snow for hours, bleeding terrible, so it was awful for him to talk about the camp". When my father was alive he would never speak of these experiences, they were taboo to bring up as well.
A letter from his crew mate Morris Burkhart:
Dick [Richard H. Meehan] was on his training crew here in the States. Their crew flew a B-17 bomber from Rapid City, South Dakota, to Lincoln, Nebraska, and then to Bangor, Maine, then to Goose Bay, Labrador, where they were grounded because of weather for three days. From there they went to Ireland leaving their plane and going to Diss, England, by train.
There we were assigned to the 100th Bomb Group, 350th Bomb Squadron. On the 31st Dec. 1944 on our thirteenth mission we were shot down over Hamburg, Germany.
Our bombardier, navigator, tail gunner, Dick and I were blown out of the plane, the balance of the crew went down with the plane. I was captured as soon as I hit the ground and was placed in a barbed wire enclosure near an air base. Sometime during the night I was marched to a large building which held all the other airmen who had been captured. There were no lights so the building was completely dark. I kept calling the names of my crew and I heard an answer from Dick. I went to him and found him with leg wounds.
Sometime before morning we were taken out of the building and marched for what seemed like hours. During this time I carried Dick as he couldn't walk because of his wounds. We were loaded on a train and traveled until way after daylight to some samll town, where we were taken off the train.
For several days we walked, then rode a train to Frankfurt. Dick and I were separated for a couple of days while we were being interrogated. At no time did Dick have his wounds tended to.
After this we rode and walked to Dulag Luft Wetzlar, a distribution center about three days out of Frankfurt. We remained there about two weeks. Dick still didn't see a doctor or have his wounds seen to, dressed or anything.
When we left Wetzlar, we rode a train for about one day until the U.S. Air Force knocked out the engine on the train. We walked on to Stalag XIII D Nürnberg. All this time I carried Dick on my back as he could not walk.
At Nürnberg his wounds began to heal, but he still couldn't walk and one foot just hung down and he had no control over it. We stayed at Nürnberg until the American forces were getting close.
We were moved out and marched on to camp Stalag VII A Moosburg. By this time both of our feet had frozen. I carried him to Moosburg as he still couldn't walk.
We were liberated at Moosburg and the medics air evacuated the worst wounded, this was the last I ever saw Dick - this date I remember: 29 April 1945.
I got back to Louisiana the 4th of June 1945.
I tried to find Dick several times but never had any luck until ironically after he had passed away. I'm terribly sorry it went that way.
A letter from his mother to the wife of Charles Webster, the flight crew's pilot:
Dear Mrs. Webster,
Richard is home now, he came home on a hospital plane to New York hospital and from there to a hospital here about 15 miles from us. He is quite thin and lame in one leg, the nerve is entirely gone but they claim he will be OK when they operate on it later, when he is build up. He was let home for Saturday and Sunday, so he was so happy that he will be well soon. He felt terrible about your husband, the tears comes in his eyes when he talks about him. He said he was the finest fellow that ever lived, anything they wanted he would give it to them, money when they were broke and the way he flew that ship on Dec. 31 he said no one could ever do it any better than he did. He said they were supposed to meet an escort fighting planes when they got there but they were 25 minutes late getting there and there was no one in sight. So Richard was wounded, the first one and Whitt gave him oxygen and brought him back and Duke and Lakin stood in front of Richard to save him as he had no flak suit on and they got it and were killed right in front of him and he crawled out on his hands and feet over there dead bodys to get to the door and then it wouldent open it was frozen. He wasn't able to walk so he made to the other side of the ship and then bailed out and the sky was thick with flak you could not hardly see anything the germans meet them that day with everything they had so then he left the ship, your husband was in the ship still getting them all out and Whitt was then shot in the leg and your husband was putting on his chute on Whitt. He said the ship went on fire just when he got out. So he knew the ship was gone, so I don't know about the crash landing, that way he told us he said it was the 13 mission New Years Eve and your husband had a place all hired for a big party of for the crew when they got home that night. He hasn't seen this letter I got from you yet as I dident go to the hospital today yet but he told me Sunday to keep writing to you and he will write you a letter later and he said he may go to see you when he gets his leave of 60 days. I hate to tell you those things but I know you would want to know as I know I would so don't tell Richard what I told you you let him tell you he can explain it better than I can so he thinks that Whitt must also be killed. I have not wrote to Mrs. Whitt yet until we see if she hears and then he said hem might have gotten away. All that boys went through was terrible and then all they went through in the camp was worse he was left lying on the snow for hours bleeding terrible, so it was awful to hear him talk about the camp you cant write it in words if you want to sometime when he is home from the hospital he could call you on the telephone and talk to you late at night now that the war is over. I think he could tell you a lot. You were so nice and kind to us I would do anything I could to let you know
I am so glad you got a nice baby girl and that you are well. You certainly had a terrible time all winter with such bad news of such a good husband and so well liked by all. Richard said he cant believe how he could be killed he said it was not fair but I guess god wants the good. I am sorry Dear to have to tell you this awful story but I know you would want to know all. Richard will write soon as he quitens down and not so excited. Good luck and god be with you and take good care of your Dear Babys and his Dear Mother and Father also.
Mrs. Meehan [June/July 1945]
My father, PFC Leroy Saunders Foster, of Virginia, USA, landed on Omaha Beach in 1944.
He was a member of the 9th Infantry Division and was later captured in September of 1944 and taken to Stalag 7a.
He managed to escape with a friend (unknown name) who spoke some German on the night of December 24, 1944, but 7 days later the two were captured on a bridge trying to enter Switzerland.
Never seeing the other man again, Dad was returned to Stalag 7a and served solitary confinement for 20+ days.
Dad is still alive and anyone who served with him may contact him at my email address.
My Mother recently gave me some memorobilia of my Dad's who was a POW in Stalag V11A, Moosburg. His name was Kenneth Arthur Hoare. He was captured in Libya in 1942 and spent time in a camp in Italy at L'Aquila before being sent to Stalag V11A.
I have some photos of the concert party Titled 'Moosburg Concert Party ' with the christian names of the people featured. There is also a photo of the British Medical staff and one of Josef Junkers, one of the camp guards.
My Dad kept in touch with two of the camp guards by exchanging Christmas cards right up until his death in 1974 at the age of 59. There are other items of emphemera including a camp Doctor's chit to excuse my Dad work duty.
Also, my Uncle, Philip Frederick Hoare (Dad's brother) was a pilot officer in the RAF serving as a Navigator on Wellingtons and then on Mosquito's, according to his log books he flew 62 Sorties and won the DFC.
He was a member of the Pathfinder force and served with 75 (NZ), 105 and 162 Squadrons. He flew in the first 1000 bomber raid on Cologne and his last Sortie was a bombing raid on 25th April 1945 on Berchtesgaden.
My father Pte Jack Roach 16Btn DLI was held in the Stalag 7a after capture in Italy in October 1944 to the wars end. His POW number was 139507. I know nothing of his experiences there except that in his letters to my Grandmother he always made references to the lack of food.
My father, Miles William Seitzinger, was a Sergeant in the U.S. army. He was captured in April of 1944 and was prisoner #131641 at Stalag 7A. My father didn't share much about his experience. He said he worked on a farm in the prison area. We have post cards he sent while he was a prisoner, giving some insight into his thoughts and fears. My father died in 1977. I wish now he would have shared more than he did.
I am the granddaughter of Sgt M.N Stokes. He was imprisoned in Stalag 7A from November 7th 1941 until May 2nd 1945. I have his war time log and flying log book and also 7 photographs of the camp and prisoners. If anyone has more information on my grandfather or I can assist them please get in touch.
My father Bob Mathieson (Black Watch) was a prisoner in Stalag 7a from early 1944, when he was captured at Anzio. I have related part of his story on the Moosburg website, available at this link http://www.moosburg.org/info/stalag/matheng.html
It is worth a look as it gives information and stories, with some photos of prisoners etc. The town have set up this site and a physical memorial and museum to the prisoners.
Unfortunately my father died last year and I regret that I never wrote down his stories, you know what its like, you think your parents will live for ever.
I would like my fathers name added to your list of prisoners at stalag 7a. His name was ARTHUR LEE known to his army pals as 'TATS' He was captured in September 1944. He was in the Royal Tank 48th A Squadron.
J D Lee
My Great Uncle (Grandmother's brother) was held, and died at stalag 7a. his name was Robert Berthelémy. He was regular french army & was captured in 1940. My father tells me that my Grandmother told him that he died in an American air raid on the camp, that's all I know. I'm looking for any information that might corroberate that the Americans did in fact bomb the camp & of anything other information relating to french POW's held there.
Robert's brother Maurice was also a prisoner, held in Stalag 3a.
Thanks, Alexander Howell
My Dad was in Stalag 7A. He was captured at Anzio beach. He was an American Medic, man of honor. Kenneth Russell Jones. When the American Marines came to liberate the camp, the SS guards held a gun to his head forcing him to sign a waver announcing that they were regular German Army, not SS. He kept an amazing Journal, which was inherited by My sister at the time of Dad's death. I remember a picture he drew in it of British prisoners making "tea".Wish he told more stories, but he was beaten and traumatized. I was born in 1965. Dad died in 1992.
My father Lionel Lear was a member of 2/1 Battalion and was captured on crete 30/5/1941. He remained a prisoner of War for the duration. He was sent to Stalag 7A at Moosberg BAVARIA. He was transferred to Stalag 8b 14/8/1943 as punishment for escaping. He did not see the light of day for six months going down into the coal mines before sunup and leaving after dark. Loinel died in August 1967 from a heart attack at age 50. His lungs were still coated in coal dust. He never told me the details of his four years but I mamaged to glen a few items from his friend Herb RITCHIE who was a fellow prisoner. Lionel escaped 3 times, the last reaching the coast of France and being captured after going into a Tavern for a beer and getting sprung by a German Officer. After the War he told me had run into a German who was engaged in a battle with the 2/1 Battalian in Egypt and they drank to each others health. I would like to hear from anyone who has photos or other information about Stalag V11a or V111B.
My grandfather was an American POW in Moosburg in 1945 until it was liberated. His recollection of his time there seems a lot more "rugged" than these pictures show. I don't think he would have been smiling. However, he was part of the 493rd bomb group, 860th squadron. His name was Loren Arment.
Allan Gavan was captured by german infantry and held at POW camp stalag 7a. in early April, 1945. An Air force Captain and another officer, recently transferred from Stalagluft 3 to Stalag 7a switched identities with Al and a fellow enlisted man in order to attempt an escape on a rumored pending march-out of enlisted personnal. Al is searching for these two officers who indeed did escape the column which marched out of Stalag 7a on April 14, 1945. The escape took place outside of Augsburg on April 17, 1945. If anyone has any details please get in touch.
Bob Probert (for Allan Gavan)
Message from Allan Gavan to the man he switched places with.
In late March or early April 1945 my buddy and I from the enlisted mens compound were on a work detail by your offcers compound. You guys had recently come down to Moosberg from Luft 111
Someone from an open barracks window asked me if there were two of us on the detail willing to change places with two officers who wanted to escape. There were romours that the enlisted men were to be marched to another camp soon, thus provising a possible opportunity to escape along the route.
I was told that you were a captain, spoke German and had a plan. I believe you were from Buffalo, your name may have been Callahan. Your buddy was a lietenant. His name may have been Nick.
The switch was quickly arranged. We threw our coats and POW dog tags through the window and were dragged inside. We were given your dog tags, (I still have yours 2641 Stalag Luft 111) and jackets and hustled to the back of the barracks by the escape committee. I don't believe I saw you and I don't know how you joined the detail outside. It all happened in a flash.
You linked up with my close friend and bunkmate, Ed Hightower, in the enlisted mens compound. I linked up with an officers combine which included John Probert, a red head from Ridgewood NJ, whose brother I knew from High School. Other names were Beck and Rod.
The rumours came true and you marched out a week or so later. Ed Hightower lost touch with you. I don't know if you and your buddy escaped or not.
I'd really like to know the end of the story. If you or anyone familiar with this long ago incident should read this I'd appreciate your contacting me.
My Dad died in 2000, but not before sharing some war stories. Among them he and a man told to be named Roy were both in Stalag 7A. Dad's name being Raymond George Snay, prisoner # 146808 looking at the German issued tags.
Pop was a sergeant in the army infantry. Dad was leading some men through a farmers field. Roy and Dad were up front and made it to the farmers tractor blade when the Germans opened up. The rest of the platoon got caught in the open and didn't make it.
Pop was in Stalag 7A when it was liberated and shook some General's hand as the yanks arrived. Dad wrote to a German Officer of the prison for his kindness and rescue, for many years after the war. This Officer kept Dad from being taken by standing up to his own visiting German officers whom ask for Dad for transfer and believed to be harm. I thank that German who ever he was for saving my Dad from possible harm.
What a horrible and wasteful war for all sides. Ray's Grandson, my son, will be giving a presentation in school. I hope Ray would be proud as the kids hold the medals and ponder the price of war.
My Grandad was in stalag 7a he spent rest of war there. His name was Herbert Victor Stockwell. Have you any info on him ? Did they get pow medals? Could you please tell me what the camp was like as he never spoke about it. He's passed on now and my Dad dosnt know anyting about his time in the camp. I would like to know what all the brave souls went through. Thank you.
I have read the webpage with interest as I have in my possession a book about Munich that came from Stalag 7A. It has rubber stamps inside the cover confirming the origin. The book is in English but not the best of translations. It is in good condition. Are books like this rare or common ? I would appreciate any information you can offer.
Thanks Bernard Dennis
My late father-in-law was captured on the island of Leros in November 1943. He was held in Stalag 7A and then moved to Stalag 7B. I am trying to find out where those camps were located plus any other information available. Stephen Beattie
John No. 125664
I am trying to trace the above prisoner at Stalag 7A as I have recently found a booklet, "The Directions for Playing Mar Chuk", which I believe was sent to him whilst there. My aim is to return this booklet to John or his nearest family. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Surnames on the back. Starting top right is Windsor Williams, Duval, Morris (D Dan), Dennis, Oakley, Morris R, Fisher, Masters, Craig, Rasmussen, Kennedy, M Mozeau, Chadwick, Corrie, Coldlard, Tearle.
Moosberg in winter
Moosberg Rugby Team
Moosberg October 1942
Moosberg November 1941, starting top right, Duval Mozeau,Skelton, Beynon and Williams.
Moosberg Hut 1942
Moosberg group of 5 POWs
Moosberg April 1942
Moosberg Group 1941
POW id Cards, Ronald Jenkins and William Robinson
Sergeant Joseph Desmond Beard, Service Number WX376 of the Australian Army. He was in 2/11 Battalion AIF.
Prisoners of war in Stalag 7b, Moosberg
The above photos ware my dad's entire collection of photos taken at Moosberg. My Dad is Windsor Williams. POW Number 6479. He was captured on Crete in June 1941 and spent the rest of the war in Stalags 7A and latterly at 8B. He was in the Kings Royal Rifle Corp. I believe all the photos were taken at 7A They are group scenes mainly of Australian and New Zealand soldiers. The two german IDs may be of particular interest. He knew both these men at Stalag7A and was in the same British Regiment as Robinson.
F/Sgt George Cross of 23 Sqd.
List of Prisoners
- Pte. T. Anderson. Cameron Highlanders Read his story
- Loren Arment. 493rd Bomb group. 860th Squadron.
- Pte. S.J. Bayston. Green HowardsRead his story
- Sergeant Joseph Desmond Beard. 2/11 Battalion AIF. Australian Army.
- Paul Beebe. Canadian Army medic (4th Field Ambulance)
- Robert Berthelémy. French Army Read his story
- F.R. Brown
- Bill Bowes
- Floyd Calhoun. 339th inf. 85 Div.
- Pte. R.E. Clark. Royal Scots Read his story
- Pvt Joseph L Coleman. 29th Div 115th Company E Read his Story
- Howard G. Crissman (Tail Gunner B24 739th sqdn.454th B.G. USAAF)
- F/Sgt George Cross (RAF 23 Sqd)Read his Story.
- Gnr. A.J.S. Crowe. Royal Artillery Read his story
- Pte. R. Danson. East Surrey Regt Read his story
- Terence William Doyle. HMS Bedouin.
- Private Keith Frederick Elmes. Signals Platoon, 25th Battalion, 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Read his Story
- Arthur Ewen. The Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment. Read his Story
- PFC Leroy Saunders Foster. 9th Infantry Division Read his story
- Allan Gavan Read his story
- William Burton Gillian.
- Sgt George Gyves. RA HAA. Read his story
- Ed Hightower
- Kenneth Arthur Hoare. Read his story
- Ronald John Jenkins
- Joseph Gordon Jones. 50th Div. Royal Corps of Signals.Read his story
- Kenneth Russell Jones. medic. Read his story
- John (POW No. 125664)
- Frank Kennard
- Lionel Lear. 2/1 Battalion. Read his story
- Arthur "Tats" Lee. Royal Tank 48th A Squadron. Read his story
- Milton L Linnert
- Bob Mathieson. Black Watch. Read his story
- Richard H. Meehan. 100th Bomb Group, 350th Squadron. USAAF Read his story
- Cpl George Herbert Miller. West Novascotia Highlanders Read his story
- Dan Morris
- R Morris
- M Mozeau
- John Roger Probert. 389th Bomb Grp. 95th Combat Wing.
- Herb Ritchie
- Pte Jack Roach. bren gunner. 16Btn DLI Read his story
- James Robbins
- William Robinson
- Leading Stoker Harold Siddall. Read his Story
- Gnr. Walter Sinclair. 2/2 Field Regiment. AIF. Read his story
- Raymond George Snay. Read his story
- John E. Sprague. Read his story
- Sgt Miles William Seitzinger. US Army. Read his story
- Herbert Victor Stockwell. REME
- Sgt M.N Stokes Read his story
- Charles F. Ward. Tank Driver USA 1st Amd Div. 1st Armd Regt. Read his story
- Pte Samuel Welbourne. Royal Welch Regiment. Read his Story
- Jimmy Whelan. 2nd Btn. Transvaal Scottish. Read his Story
- Windsor Williams. Kings Royal Rifle Corp.
- Sgt Alexander Fraser Wilson. Scots Guards Read his Story
- S/Sgt. Luther C. Vaughn. USA 1st Amd Div; 27th Field Artillery
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