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Loren E. Jackson manuscript

 Collection — Box: Single Folder Collections - 2000 Box, Folder: 00.0449-Folder
Identifier: 02-00.0449

Scope and Contents

The Loren E. Jackson manuscript "Epilogue to a War Story" documents Lieutenant Colonel Loren E. Jackson's experience as a prisoner of war when he was shot down during D-Day from his B-17 that he piloted with the 385th Bomb Group during World War II. His manuscript details his encounter with the German Gerhard Graf von Schwerin who he met in the 1960s after not seeing him since he was interrogated by him. Jackson recounts the conversation he had with General and touches on multiple subjects, such as German memory of war, behaviors of the Germans, morale, and the surrendering of Germany.


  • Created: 1944-1967
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1944-1945
  • Other: Date acquired: 05/31/2000


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Biographical or Historical Information

Loren E. Jackson was born on October 28, 1916, in Bourbon, Missouri. He was inducted at Fort Bliss in Texas on March 11, 1942, as a member of the United States Army Air Force. He joined the 385th Bomb Group and began training as a B-17 pilot. On June 12, 1944, his plane was shot down, and he was captured by the Germans in Beauvais, France. On January 29, 1945, he was freed from Stalag Luft III. In July 1964, Jackson was still in the military and at the time was stationed in Wiesbaden and decided to see if he could find General Gerhard Graf von Schwerin. He was still in Germany and both men were able to meet and discuss the war and each other's lives. They stayed in touch and a few years later he attended a dinner party at von Schwerin's home. In 1969, Jackson retired from the military as a Lieutenant Colonel.


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Loren E. Jackson

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Loren E. Jackson manuscript
Julianna Witt
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