Martin Mittelacher manuscript
Scope and Contents
This is an interview transcript of Martin Mittelacher who was in a German Luftwaffe as an aircrew member during World War II.
- Other: Majority of material found within 1936-1945
- Other: Date acquired: 05/17/2005
- Other: Date accessioned: 2020-05-27
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Biographical or Historical Information
Martin Mittelacher was born in Essen on February 28, 1924, and grew up in Wiesbaden, which is near Frankfurt. He was a Lance Corporal in the Luftwaffe in 1942, and trained as a radio operator, navigator, and aerial gunner. He attended high school in Wiesbaden, and studied English and American Literature at university after the war. Mittelacher was stationed in Maubeuge, France, which is in Northern France, then transferred to central Germany after three months at an air base near Magdeburg, called “Wolf.” From there he was transferred to Rüder, near Berlin for the Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) course. In 1944, his mother was killed in an allied bombing raid, and he was tasked with helping the Gestapo to identify the dead bodies of his town. At the end of the war, he made his way to surrender to the Americans. Based on testimony from a doctor, he was labeled “unfit for being a POW” for a problem with his heart. He was later tasked with interviewing returnees from the Soviet Union. After returning to university, he immigrated to the United States and settled in Jacksonville, Florida. Mittelacher passsed away on March 19, 2018.
Language of Materials
This collection was donated by Martin Mittelacher. The collection was acquired by the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience on May 17, 2005.
Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.
- Bombing, Aerial Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Bombing, Aerial--Germany Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Civil defense Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Essen (Germany) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Germany -- Geheime Staatspolizei
- Germany. Luftwaffe
- Hitler Jugend
- Maubeuge (France) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Wiesbaden (Germany) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- World War, 1939-1945 Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Martin Mittelacher manuscript
- Mallory McGovern
- May 27, 2020
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