Kriegsgefangenen #6410:Prisoner of War

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“Not in vain may be the pride of those who survived and the epitaph of those who fell.”
—Winston Churchill


June 30, 1944, fifty members of the United States 460th Bomb Group embarked on an important mission to attack German oil refineries in Silesia, Hungary, only to come under heavy attack. Firing 20-millimeter canons, a large formation of German fighters blasted seven B-24s out of the sky. Seventeen U.S. airmen were killed, 24 were captured. Many were badly burned or wounded, others beaten to death by ...

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Overview

“Not in vain may be the pride of those who survived and the epitaph of those who fell.”
—Winston Churchill


June 30, 1944, fifty members of the United States 460th Bomb Group embarked on an important mission to attack German oil refineries in Silesia, Hungary, only to come under heavy attack. Firing 20-millimeter canons, a large formation of German fighters blasted seven B-24s out of the sky. Seventeen U.S. airmen were killed, 24 were captured. Many were badly burned or wounded, others beaten to death by Hungarian peasants after parachuting to the ground.

This single event marked the beginning of a heart-wrenching episode in the life of one airman: T/Sgt. John L. Lenburg. On his thirty-sixth mission, he was one of the unlucky ones shot down over enemy lines and to become a prisoner of war (or “Kriegsgenfangenen #6410”, the code name the Germans gave him), never to know if he would see his homeland again.

Kriegsgenfangenen #6410: Prisoner of War is Lenburg’s remarkable story of his imprisonment and walk to freedom nearly a year after his capture.

Recalling the horrific conditions of his encampment, the missions and memories of his crew members and the reunions of those few who survived fifty years later, this illustrated biography demonstrates why Lenburg and his crew were “the greatest generation” of their time.

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Indianapolis Star
Kriegsgefangenen #6410: Prisoner of War by John L. Lenburg is a stirring account of Lenburg's experiences in the Army Air Forces during World War II and particularly his time in a Nazi prison camp. The resilience he and other prisoners showed is why they are part of "the greatest generation."
Midwest Book Review
Kriegsgefangenen #6410: Prisoner Of War is the memoir of John L. Lenburg, a World War II serviceman who served with the 460th Bomb Group, and became prisoner of war in German custody when his B-24 was shot out of the sky. Lenburg was given the code name "Kriegsgefangenen #6410" by his captors, and was compelled to brave truly horrific conditions of captivity for nearly a year, ultimately surviving to eventually walk to freedom. A powerful saga of violence, suffering, strength of character and the determination to persevere, Kriegsgefangenen #6410: Prisoner of War is a welcome and much appreciated contribution to the growing library of World War II combatant biographies and eye-witness memoirs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595223053
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/26/2002
  • Pages: 262
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

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