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  1. Memories of a POW Camp

    Here is a image of part of a Luftwaffe map, showing the camp circled with a note to bomber crews to avoid the area. The note reads " Achtung Deutsches Gefangeneniager in Oldham - Leeds, the cartographer confusing the Oldham place name of the village of Lees, with that of the city of Leeds.
  2. Memories of a POW Camp

    Here's a short video of POW prisoners at Glen Mill No2 Camp in 1939.
  3. Memories of a POW Camp

    Here is a photo of the mill and some sketches drawn by another Luftwaffe POW Feldwebel Theodor Vater, who sketch the area around the camp and inside. 1st a view of Glen Mill from behind the mill to the left is the Bank Top Mill. 2nd a view looking down the valley to the right towards the village of Lees, the mills were from left to right are the Athens Mill, the Leesbrook Mill, and the Egyptain Mill. 3rd & 4th of conditions in side the mill. 5th this sketch of POWs playing football was drawn on the back of a cigarette packet.
  4. Memories of a POW Camp

    Here is a photo of Heinkel 111 ( 1H+GH of 1/KG26 based at Trondheim-Vaernes in 1940 it was shot down and ditched in Druridge Bay Northumberland on 15th August 1940. It's mechanic Gefr Alwin Machalett is on the left talking to his friend Uffz Erich Schmidt, who was captured after his He111 ( 1H+AH ) was shot down over southern England on 11th September 1940. Gefr Alwin Machalett with his crewmates Uffz Willi Zimmerman ( Pilot ), Oblt Rudolf Roch (Observer), Gefr Erwin Kulick ( Wireless Operator ), and Flgr Ernst Henrichsen ( rear gunner ), were all sent to the Glen Mill Camp and later shipped to a camp in Canada were they remained till the end of the war. The second photo shows Oblt Rudolf Roch and Uffz Willi Zimmerman being marched through Amble the other crew members were behind out of the photo.
  5. Yes Paul, it's a very interesting book, there's a first book about Luftwaffe Losses over Yorkshire,
  6. Further Info, pilot Wiemer had no choice but to ditch his aircraft as both engines were out, he had spotted the trawler below and ditched as close as he could to it, this probably saved their lives as the conditions at the time were a south-east gale blowing with very heavy sea and squalls of snow. Had they not been picked up so quickly then it's likely they would have died. Subsequent searches of the crew revealed that they were not carrying personal papers. However, one notable exception was found in the pocket of a flying jacket. The find consisted of a Signals Table giving details of wireless frequencies, recognition signals and call signs of the entire KG26. In addition there were details of the call signs and radio frequencies used by aircraft of 1/(F)122, the unit which was carrying out reconnaissance for the Heinkels.
  7. Re- Shooting down of Heinkel III 1H+GK 5th member of crew was Uffz Karl-Ernst Thiede (Gunner). The aircraft was in the vicinity of merchant shipping off the Tyne and was shot down by Sgt Frank Carey (L1726) and Sgt Ottewell (L1849) of Yellow Section, A Flight, 43 Squadron, Acklington. Eyewitness report by the Skipper of the Swansea trawler Harlech Castle (SA42) that rescued the grew of Heinkel 1H+GK, skippered by Thomas Trendall states that the 5th grew member (Thiede) seemed to be dead in the water as the trawler went alongside and his body disappeared before it could be retrieved. However, it seems that he did not die from injuries. His comrades claimed that Thiede was not wounded but his buoyancy aid had been punctured and thus it seems likely that he had drowned before help arrived. Of the rest, The skipper treated their wounds as best he could, one had a broken leg. Another looked as though he wouldn't last very long ( Wolf ) he died before they reached Grimsby, All of them except the pilot could speak English. Story from the book ( Broken Eagles 2 Luftwaffe Losses Over Northumberland & Durham 1939-1945 by Author Bill Norman.
  8. We're always glad to help if we can, and thanks for posting your photo's they're always helpful.
  9. That's two nice helmets you have there, The helmet is an American M1917 made for the American Expeditionary Force, but very few made it to the Western Front before the Armistice. The stamp mark on the helmet looks like ZC 3 which is thought to belong to the Columbian Enameling and Stamping Co. The Liner maker is R.H.Long 1917 and the other liner stamp mark could be an Army inspection stamp mark I've seen them before on liners.
  10. Welcome to the forum Jacqiblue, What you have is a Brodie Helmet type A ( "Helmet Steel Mark 1") and also referred as " Brodie Steel Helmet War Office Pattern". The Liner was stamped with a Red Patent Stamp which read "Brodies Steel Helmet Registration N0 65199 War Office Pattern Patent No 11803/16. The BS = W. Beardmore & Co Ltd of Glasgow and the No 2 is batch number of steel used.
  11. Stalingrad battle against T34 tank in the snow scene.
  12. Here's a classic scene from Kelly's Heroes 1970, Oddballs tank tunnel attack.
  13. 2001 A Space Odyssey Theme Song

    Yes they were good films in their day, I liked the first one best with Charlton Heston.
  14. Badge Id

    Eastern is a good bet, I've seen similar designs on Turkish items but without the laurel.