POW Newspapers OK - American POW's newspaper
The OK newspapers were published for the American P.O.W. by the Germans. Issues nr 87 and 93 came from Stalag Luft 1. They were brought back from Germany by Gordon Redtfeldt ex P.O.W from Stalag Luft 1. The 1944 issue has 4 pages and the 1945 issue has 2 pages. They are full of "local" news copied from other American newspapers. Issues nr 84, 85/86 and 89 are in our collection and came from Flying Officer 174666 H A King. --- Here is his story: Briefly...Despite previous severe damage to the Aircraft, the Pilot, Flt Lt David Lord DFC,(who was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for this action) and his crew continued to air drop supplies at Arnhem not knowing that the DZ had been overrun by the German SS. When one engine exploded Flying Officer King standing by the door was blown out becoming the only survivor of the Arnhem Dakota. Harry King was not a regular member of the crew, and stood in for the regular navigator who was getting married. In the document he mentions having lost his boots, and taking boots from a dead German.( RAF Flying boots often did come off on a jump).For much more "detailed" information on this and Harry King linking up with 10 Para, and he and the remnants of 10 Para becoming overrun by the German SS, and Flying Officer King becoming a POW at Stalag Luft 1 at Barth look at "http://www.dambusters2014.org.uk/page9.php" ... Here is the description of the collection obtained by Wartime Press: An absolutely fabulous 100 % original WW2 RAF Officers Collection , all pertaining to the 19th of September 1944 at Arnhem, and subsequent events,written and collected by Flying Officer 174666 H A King, Rare Dutch Bronze Cross Winner;including a hand written full page personal account of being shot up over a wood? at Nijmegen, the plane blowing up at Arnhem whilst on the second run over the DZ whilst towing a Horsa Glider over the Drop Zone at Arnhem, blown out of the Dakota and attempted assistance by 10th Battalion Parachute Regiment to escape only to be involved in the fighting between 10 Para and German SS troops and tanks , (being awarded by the Dutch Government the Bronze Cross ( one of only 3000 awarded); and eventually being captured with the over run remnants of 10 Para, becoming a POW in Stalag Luft1... Barth in Germany...and includes a hand written personal account of Arnhem;...,a large notebook with pages of details on being a POW, including a lot of American references, not suprising as most of Stalg Luft 1 were American Aircrew,mostly a large collection poems taken from Log Books,(one from a Lavatory Wall) but also a POW ration list,details of life in Stalag Luft1; ...POW produced magazine,... POW newspapers, and lots more --- Consists of the following.... (a) Hand written full page personal account of the events at Arnhem, up to the point he became a POW,probably written after WW2, and despite his injuries one website refers to Harry King fighting with 10 Para, before he and the remnants of 10 Para were overwhelmed.A lot what would appear of previously unrecorded details,the approaches to the DZ, meeting up with the glider which had a jeep on board and a named officer with the RAMC, getting a Sten and two mags from the glider.... and so on.We have deliberately not claerly shown this document to stop copying as this will belong to the winning bidder, but if anyone needs more information, on this document, or any of the others please email.Thanks (b) Handwritten YMCA large notebook written whilst at Stalag Luft 1.This runs to about 38 very neatly pencil written pages, written in a reasonably sized YMCA notebook each page about 16.5 cm by about 20cm, of which would say majority written on both sides, mostly poems which appears to written by the POW's which as Fly Officer King states on the first page..."Such verses as are contained within these pages have been picked out of various P.O.W. Log Books.( Our underlining ).These POW's are of all allied nations .Most of these collected are of ANON type as fellows invariably prefer to remain anonymous" However also contains details of Stalag life including;... German Rations from 26th Feb 1945;...a couple of sides listing "Evening Entertainment (27 different days in March 1945) In Block 5 (Due to no light;..."his companions (6) and addresses in Room 14";..."Extracts from Letters" including...Sorry cant send you money but wallet is on the way...American Lt from wife" and " I am filling for a divorce .Mother and I have discussed it all and since it is four years since you went away we decided it was best RAF W/O from wife". Good / very good condition. (c) "LUFT" The magazine of Stalag Luft 1 No 4 dated February 1944,including full page camp auction advert.Front cover about 21 cm by 28.5 cm. Front Cover tatty, and odd stain and folding to corner of pages but contents overall good readable condition. (d) "Bars and Stripes" POW Mag 10 th Nov 1944 three pages about 21cm by 28 cm. Reasonably good / good condition. (e) Stalag Luft 1 Camp Concert Leaflet April 1945. Good condition. (f) Rare "Overseas Kid" American POW Magazine but not like the other stalag papers written by the POW's but WRITTEN & PRODUCED BY THE GERMANS with articles copied from American publications, and edited by a naturalised American citizen,who went over to the Germans, apparently produced in the stalag?31 cm by 45cm. Dated December 24 th 1944.Four pages Extensively handled and very read,very tatty, part torn page, with original cellotape repairs,not suprising as it has a pencil"Rooms" list of at at least 11 rooms the paper was circulated in.Maybe this was the only copy in the stalag!? (g) Another rare "Overseas Kid" American POW Magazine PRODUCED BY THE GERMANS 31 cm by 45cm. Dated January 1945 and now down to two pages.Has "Rooms 4 11" written in pencil on the top and "Please do not destroy" written in ink, obviously has plenty of readers yet. Yellowing to war economy paper but otherwise overall reasonably good/good condition. (h) Yet Another rare "Overseas Kid" American POW Magazine PRODUCED BY THE GERMANS 31 cm by 45cm. Dated December 10th 1945 and now down to two pages.Has "Rooms 4 11" written in pencil on the top and "Please do not destroy" written in ink, obviously has plenty of readers yet. Yellowing to war economy paper, hole in centre pages, but otherwise overall reasonably good condition (i) "STARS AND STRIPES" GERMANY EDITION NEWSPAPER dated May 9th 1945.Two pages.Has the original pencil note on the top " Return to Room 15" and Stalag Luft 3. Yellowing to war economy paper but otherwise overall reasonably good/good condition. (j) Super American typed American poem "In Praise of the P.38 (Lightning).On the reverse a partial list in pencil of the contents of the YMCA notebook. Overall good condition/ very good condition. (k)The one and only edition of the new camp newspaper called "Barth Hard Times" May 5th 1945. Really fabulous reading, of a true event and historical account of the relief of Stalag Luft 1 by the Russians after the POW's sent a recce patrol! to find the Russians. Single page about 31.5cm by about 23.5 cm. Yellowing to war economy paper but otherwise overall reasonably good/good condition. (l) Prisoner Of War Magazine June 1945. Pages very tatty but readable. (m) Carol Service For Christmas Day 1944.Six single side pages. Crudely printed on economy paper, centre pages faded otherwise overall reasonably good condition. (n) WW2 B/W Photo of Swedish POW Supplies Ship about 23cm by 18cm. Slight yellowing to photo otherwise good condition. ex POW's Good / very good condition. (p) WW2 (prior to being a POW?) B/W Group Photo of American Aircrew and ladies in uniform.Has the look of a WW2 photo, taken by Las Vegas photographer. About 25.5cm by 20cm. Good / very good condition. (q) Post WW2, certainly seems different to the other photos, and has the appearance of a post WW2 photo of gentlemen and their families, presumably a photo of a POW reunion. About 25.5cm by 20cm. Good / very good condition. (r) All contained in an old card folder. The poems and related material would make a super small book or magazine article.

OK 1944 12 31 nr 87
OK 1944 12 31 nr 87
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OK 1945 02 18 nr 93
OK 1945 02 18 nr 93
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