During WWII, my dad, George Edwin Farrar, was a prisoner of war held in the Stalag Luft IV prison camp for enlisted airmen. I have seen several lists of WWII airmen who were held as prisoners of war in Stalag Luft IV, but until recently I have never found my father’s name on any of the lists.
The only place I have seen Dad’s name associated with Stalag Luft IV is his record in the digital records of the National Archives.
Recently, Fred Preller, the webmaster of the 384th Bomb Group website, added several new reports to the site, among them a list of 384th Bomb Group airmen who were prisoners of war in all prison camps. In all, 880 airmen of the 384th Bomb Group became POWs during their WWII service, and 156 of those were held in Stalag Luft IV. Finally, I have a list of Stalag Luft IV POWs that includes my father’s name. This one’s for you, Dad.
384th Bomb Group Airmen Held POW in Stalag Luft IV
|Adams, Benjamin Harold||Marshall, Sylvester Joseph|
|Amspacher, Ray Richard||May, Gayle Gustavus|
|Anderson, Frank J||McAnear, Carlton S|
|Anderson, Jack R||McClure, Charles Roesler|
|Andrews, Ralph Cash, Jr||McCracken, Dwight Howard|
|Atkinson, Owen Glenn||Miles, Harold Ruoff|
|Baird, Ralph Edwin, Jr||Miller, Robert Lee|
|Barnes, Karl Francis||Miller, Wilfred Frank|
|Bartholomew, Everett Laverne||Misiewicz, Joseph R|
|Bedsted, Lee Roy||Moore, John William|
|Benker, Patrick Denis||Mosbey, James Millard|
|Bianca, Buddy Armand||Nickles, Mercer Chartos, Jr|
|Bingaman, Jack William||Norton, Richard Anthony|
|Boon, Howard Goodall, Jr||O’Leary, Edward Joseph|
|Borgeson, Wesley Clifton||Odom, Rufus Thurman, Jr|
|Brannigan, Allen Francis||Oldham, Jesse Zera|
|Brown, Cecil William||Oliva, Armando (NMI)|
|Brown, Jack M||Onstad, William Walter|
|Brown, James Paul||Osepchook, Arthur John|
|Cameron, Robert Allen||Owens, Norris Reece|
|Castiglione, Vincent Joseph||Page, William Marvin|
|Clary, Leonard Estus||Palladino, Joseph Anthony|
|Clymer, Charles Richard||Parsons, Roland Westley|
|Cook, Herbert Arno||Peckerar, Irvin Milton|
|David, Alfred Alme||Perry, Gilbert Franklin|
|Day, Huley Newton||Petrillo, Joseph (NMI)|
|Ecker, John Eric||Pierce, Lee Clifton|
|Edwards, Thomas Joseph, Jr||Pire, Irwin Joseph, Jr|
|Egger, Richard Henry||Plotz, John James|
|Egger, Robert Ross||Rabe, William Arthur, Jr|
|Fallesen, Wayne Peter||Raines, Louis Edward|
|Farrar, George Edwin||Rardon, Edward Perish|
|Farrow, Thomas Chapell||Reed, Clarence Eugene|
|Faust, Glenn Millard||Robinson, Warren Ray|
|Felicetti, Frank Dominick||Romano, Vincent Peter|
|Fiory, William John Joseph||Rood, James Raymond|
|Flaherty, James DeValera||Sack, Ralph William|
|Fooder, Elmer H||Sager, Edwin M|
|Foretich, Gerald Fabian||Santosuosso, John Peter|
|Franzo, Anthony Joseph||Saunders, Paul Ralph|
|Frederickson, Ralph Louis||Schepers, Bob Eugene|
|Friedman, Jack Kenyon||Schick, Frank Joseph, Jr|
|Fulwider, Albert Clayton, Jr||Sexton, William Hiram|
|Gabriel, Daniel (NMI)||Simon, Edward (NMI)|
|Gerhold, Melvin Henry||Smith, Joseph H|
|Gilroy, Robert Peter||Snead, William Austin|
|Girard, Donald Robert||Snyder, Charles Leslie|
|Golka, Larry John||Stanley, James Farrell|
|Gregorich, Vincent (NMI)||Stephenson, Hilton Hubert|
|Gribbons, Warren David||Stevens, Howard Orville|
|Grimes, Robert Albert||Stropek, George Vincent|
|Hale, Kenneth Oliver||Sylvia, Joseph Herbert|
|Hallam, Harley Ross||Taylor, Homer William|
|Hamilton, Harry Tobais||Taylor, William Edson|
|Harbrecht, Robert Francis||Thompson, Raymond Archie|
|Hardman, John Bethany||Thornhill, John G|
|Harrison, Joseph Horatio||Traynor, James Patrick|
|Haverlah, Alton Bernhard||Treat, John Afton|
|Hickey, James Currie||Van Beveren, John Edward|
|Holler, Edward Ralph||Vennel, Alexander Joseph|
|Hopkins, James Russell||Wallo, Andrew (NMI)|
|House, Horace Doster, Jr||Walsh, James Francis|
|Hunt, Walter Francis||Walton, Horace Murphy|
|Jellings, Charles Albert||Wasilewski, Aleck Michael|
|Jones, Leroy Charles||Watson, Paul Leland|
|Kane, Francis P||Way, Arthur Harold|
|Kenedy, John Joseph||Whipple, Charles Thomas|
|Kidwell, Hugh Thomas||Whitney, Stanley Clifford|
|Klonowski, Francis Dominick||Wick, Andrew Oliver|
|Kohl, John Gustave||Wilson, Gerald Eugene|
|Kushner, Jack (NMI)||Wolfe, Clark Benjamin, Jr|
|Larocca, Frank (NMI)||Woodruff, Walker Ace|
|Liniger, Harry Allen||Woods, Harold Leroy|
|Louden, Jack Elmer||Wright, William Clifford|
|Lunceford, John William||Wyatt, Kenneth Ainley|
|MacGregor, Douglas Roy||Younker, John Joseph|
|Madden, Arthur W||Zesch, Charles Emil|
|Mariani, Waldo Frank||Zordel, Wilbur Godfrey|
Thanks, Fred, and thank you to all of the 384th Bomb Group volunteers who research and record, compile, and share information with me and all other 384th Bomb Group researchers. Whether we researchers are historians or family members, we all greatly benefit from the hard work of these few:
Fred Preller, 384thBombGroup.com Webmaster, tries to keep all the pieces of the website working together. Fred’s father Robert H. Preller served as a 546th BS copilot from May to September 1944.
Keith Ellefson, combat data specialist. Keith’s Uncle Raymond O. Wisdahl flew 35 missions with the 384th. Keith has taken a serious interest in data validity and completeness He has been especially involved in the Wing Panel Signing Project.
John Edwards, 384th Bomb Group, Inc. Historian and 384th NEXGEN Research Director. John is an aviation researcher who, thru friendships with 384th Veterans, formed a bond with the 384th family.
Mark Meehl, 384th Bomb Group, Inc. Archivist, is a researcher who specializes in ground personnel, and who also maintains the master log of all combat sorties. Mark’s father Paul E. Meehl served as a 384th ground crew chief from early 1943 thru the end of the war.
Phil Hettel, combat data specialist. Phil’s Uncle Joseph J. Rachunas flew 25 combat missions with the 384th, was shot down and became a POW on his last mission.
Marc Poole, 384thBombGroup.com Webmaster Emeritus, founder of the original 384th website. Marc now serves in an advisory capacity, with occasional forays into research. While a student at Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS, Marc established the website in 1999. He was motivated by the wartime experiences of his uncle, Johnny Butler, who was a 547th Bomb Squadron pilot during Summer 1943. In 2004, Marc turned over operation of the site to current webmaster Fred Preller.
And, yes, I’m one of the research volunteers, too…
Cindy Farrar Bryan, author of this blog, researcher and website analyst. My father George Edwin Farrar, a gunner on the Buslee Crew, was the sole survivor of that crew when they were involved in a mid-air collision on the 28 September 1944 mission to Magdeburg, Germany.
All who contribute materials and suggestions – and who report factual errors and website problems. Additional volunteers are always welcome. If you have an interest in helping to preserve the heritage of the 384th, whether you are a computer whiz or not, there are tasks in the (overflowing) Official 384thBombGroup.com Job Jar to suit all capabilities. To inquire about opportunities, e-mail the Webmaster.
The above information was appropriated from Fred Preller’s “About This Site” page on 384thBombgroup.com.
© Cindy Farrar Bryan and The Arrowhead Club, 2019