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Edward C. Youngers Uvonne (Sis) and Ed Youngers

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Street:  500 SECOND ST City & State: CALAMUS, IA E-Mail:  sisned@netins.net
Zip: 52729-9768 Phone:  (319 246-2302 Spouse: UVONNE 'SIS'
Conflict: BOMBING RAID on OSCHERSLEBEN, 07/28/43 Service Branch: Army Air Corp Unit: 96th Bomb Group 337th Squadron
Theater: ETO Where Captured: NORTH SEA Date Captured: 08/01/43
Camps Held In: Stalag VII-A Stalag XVII-B How Long Interned: 641 days
liberated / repatriated: liberated Date Liberated: 05/03/45 Age at Capture: 23
Medals Received: PURPLE HEART AIR MEDAL / 2 clusters POW MEDAL

Military Bio:

On February 11, 1942, I enlisted at Fort Des Moines, Iowa.
Completed Air Mechanix School at Sheppard Field, Texas, later I joined the crew of Capt. Rodgers. I was Asst. Eng. flying left waist, right tail stabilizer was cut off when right stowed waist gun fired. We all bailed-out over England, Capt. Rodgers was killed. After spending several days in the hospital I was released, a new crew was forming needing a tailgunner for which I volunteered. We were shot down July 28,1943 on a mission to Oschersleben. We ditched in the North Sea, Lt. Gorse, Nance, Hudson, Mc Ginnis and Sgt Maxwell and I survived. We spent 3 1/2 days in the life-raft before being picked-up by a German Air Sea flying boat a Dornier 217. Taken to the Island of Nordeney, then on to Frankfort, VII-A and then Railroad cars to XVII-B. Left camp April 8,1945, on a MARCH across Austria, camping out until we were liberated by the US Army May 3,1945.

I married Uvonne Goettsch, Davenport, IA in 1948, 2 children, Julie Hutchings, Mark and 4 grandchildren.

Worked as an Oper. Engineer in construction in the Quad-Cities of Iowa and Illinois, also was Business Representative for Local 537 International Union of Operating Engineers until retirement in 1980.

Help organize EX-POW Chapters in Iowa and served as First Department Cmdr. of Iowa and held the office for 2 years. Life Member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and Military Order of the Purple Heart.

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