George Harris papers
Scope and Contents
George D. Harris (Army Air Corps, 1942-1945) trained as a radioman and gunner on a B-17 and was assigned to the 91st Bomb Group in England in 1943. His collection contains a photocopy of three articles from the American Ex-Prisoners of War Bulletin from January 1996 and a copy of his oral history interview conducted on February 26, 2003.
- created: 1942-1945
- Other: Date acquired: 08/07/2000
- Harris, George D., 1923-2012 (Person)
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Biographical or Historical Information
George D. Harris (Army Air Corps, 1942-1945) trained as a radioman and gunner on a B-17. Harris was assigned to the 91st Bomb Group in England in 1943. He completed fifteen missions before being shot down and bailing out over the North Sea. He drifted to Holland where he was picked up by the SS. He describes the interrogation process, and what it was like to be a POW in several camps (Stalag 17, Stalag Luft 1, Stalag Luft 6, Stalag Luft 4). He tried to escape at Stalag 17 and Stalag 1. When the Russian Army advanced, POWs at Stalag Luft 4 were forced to march for nearly three months. They were liberated at the Elbe River at Halle, Germany by General George Patton’s Third Army. Harris comments on the prisoner rehabilitation camp in which he stayed prior to his journey to the United States. He was discharged after taking sixty days of R & R.
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Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.
Source of Acquisition
Method of Acquisition
- United States. Army (Organization)
- United States. Army Air Forces (Organization)
- United States. Army Air Forces. Bombardment Group, 91st (Organization)
- B-17 bomber
- Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter-Partei--Schutzstaffel)
- Prisoners of war
- Prisoners of war--Europe--Interviews
- Prisoners of war--Germany--History--20th century
- United States. Army Ground Forces
- United States. Army. Army, 3rd
- World War, 1939-1945
- World War, 1939-1945--Germany
- World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons
- World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, German
- World War, 1939-1945--United States
- George Harris papers
- Craig Whittington
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