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Martin C. Chavez

 

home: Albuquerque, NM

 

Master Sergeant

Aerial Engineer and Top Turret Gunner

398 BG 600 BS

Pilot Ike Alhadeff

B-17 # 42-102467 J

MACR 7886

 

1.  On way to 24th mission - August 6, 1944; Brandenburg, shot down by flak

2.  by truck to German air base - then to German interrogation outside Frankfurt (1 week)

3.  by train - camp was old German motor pool with fence around it. No doctor, no latrine. We used a "ditch" - eliminated at night in old wine barrels - dumped into ditch in a.m.

4.  we walked - don't remember it being far

5.  no

6.  6 weeks

7.  no doctor, about 100 POWs - only US soldiers - not to many German guards. Don't recall German officer

8.  1 building - old truck motor pool. never left camp - secured by fence + a few German soldiers

9.  nothing special - no books - walked and talked all day - very boring, boring

10.  believe we were walked to train station. 5½ day boxcar ride - across Germany to Kiefheide, Poland - arrived late September 1944

11.  also in the camp enlisted crew members of my crew - too many to list; I recall Russian prisoner - Dead of winter - wooden shoes, no socks, no gloves, no jackets, pumping the super-dooper "shit scooper" clearing out latrines daily.

12.  no

13.  no

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