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Earl Hansen

 

courtesy of Midge Hansen, Vancouver, Washington

 

August 9, 1944

385th BG

 

Kriegie Days (written on the back of German postcards and Chesterfield Cigarettes)

 

It was on the fateful day of August 9, 1944. We were on a mission to Germany. Got 40 min from target. Got recall  because of visibility. Just turned around and met flak area. Got a bblast in No. 2 engine. Gas fire  intterphone out. So I bailed after waist Gunner Harness hurt terrific  very quiet up tghere  and there I was at 21,000 ft, without an airplane. Hit ground powerful hard. Hurt my back, was knocked out. Civilians found me  kicked me, tore my bible up. Turned me over to Gestapo, were kinda rough  drove me about 20 miles  put me in a dungeion., Took one of my dog tags. Met part of crew:

 

Bristol killed

Allison POW

Falkner         killed

Campbell       POW

Boroughs       Killed

Earl Hansen   POW

Moskie Jr.      wounded POW

G. King          POW

Martin POW

 

stayed there til about 8 that night. German "Soldats" soldiers took us via truck to a German army camp (Baumholder). Made me go with "JB" to  hospital. Gave him a shot of morphine. Came back to  cell. Lots of Jerrys came in to look at us. Vcivilians, all stared at us. Next morning soldiers took us down to station (barefooted). Only had flying overalls. Oh, and it was very cold. Rode for about 5 hrs to Frankfurt to Oberusel. Plea Center. Put us in a cell. Took pictures. Took my watch (G.I.). Shut us in solitary for 3 days with 2 slices of bread for breakfast. Soup for dinner & bread for supper. Interrogated us. Then guards took us to Wetzlar "Dulag". Gave us Red Cross kit. First food for 4 days. Realy.

 

Stayed there 3 days, then shipped out to train station. Then to a compartment. Spent 3 misserable nights on train. Were bombed by  our bombers. Sure scared. Got to Stalog 6 St. Wendel. new camp. Mac's hungry & I'm hungry. No food for 2 days then we got thin soup once a day. Got Ptomaine poisoning & GI's. Could not eat for a week. Lost weight, very weak, no blankets. 19 air raids in 24 hrs. Heard our artillery, so yanks were not far off. Then on Sept. 5, we evacuated  the place.. hey herded us on boxcars. 56 plus 7 guards. So crowded we could not sit or lay. Stopped in long tunnel and almost sufficated. Guards tput on exygen masks. Sorts scared again. Boxcars caught on fire. Guard put it out.

 

Boxcar Elite

 

Were herded into boxcars Sept 5, 1944- 23 to space meant for 12 We all couldn't sit or lay at once. First nite gueards dropped candle and started car on fire in strw. Finally got it out. Next morning we were very stiff. 1 Red Cross Parcel for 6 men. Spent 5 nights 4 days in boxcar. Had many airraids by our bombers.

 

Had full parcel week of ThanksGiving. Very thankful to be alive & well. Hoping and praying people at home are well and getting along.

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