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ALEXANDER ALEX CREW - 427th BS
(crew assigned 427BS: 16 Nov 1943 - photo: taken by B-24 "Liberator" in USA)
(Back L-R) 2Lt Lon E. Jackman, Jr. (CP)(KIA), 2Lt Alexander Alex (P)(POW),
2Lt Nicholas J. Goldschmidt (N)(POW), 2Lt Albert L. Farrah (B)(POW)
S/Sgt Joseph Adamczyk (E)(POW),
S/Sgt W.R. McCarren (R)(POW),
(crewmen in photo not in order - some may not be in photo)
Sgt Brown was wounded, captured and sent to Sandbostal Hospital. He stayed there until about May 1944 at which time he was sent to Luft IV in Tychow, Poland. He remained at Luft IV until January 1945. Sgt Brown was then sent by train, to Luft I at Barth, Germany and was liberated in May 1945 by the Russian Army.
During the war, the German radio broadcasts were picked up Americans on the shortwave radio. About 20 different USA citizens, living mostly on the East Coast, learned of Harold Brown's capture and wounds. The Germans confused Kansas with Canada and said that Harold Brown of Ottawa, Canada (living on North Sycamore Street) was a POW. All the USA citizens sent their letters to Canada to inform our family of Harold's capture. Someone in the post office in Ottawa, Canada stamped all the letters "no such address" and then crossed out Canada and wrote by hand "try Kansas". The family got the letters.
POW Identification Card
2Lt Nicholas J. Goldschmidt, Jr. - Stalag Luft I, Barth Germany
[Sgt H.A. Brown information courtesy of his nephew Bruce A. Ames]