POW Search

Ray and Joan Klinke, 1944

Joan and Ray, 55th Anniversary 1997

Last Name: `
First Name Middle Initial:
Nick Name:
Street:  1448 LA LINDA DR City & State: LAKE SAN MARCOS, CA E-Mail:  rnjk@iopener.net
Zip: 92069 Phone:  Spouse: JOAN
Conflict: WW II Service Branch: Army Air Corp Unit: 8th AF 388 BG
Theater: Where Captured: ALTENKIIRCHEN, GERMANY Date Captured: 09/28/44
Camps Held In: STALAG LUFT 1 How Long Interned: 227 days
liberated / repatriated: liberated Date Liberated: 05/13/45 Age at Capture: 25
Medals Received: Medals to come..
Military Job: PILOT Company: UNITED AIRLINES
Occupation after War:  MGR. REVENUE/ACCOUNTING

Military Bio:

Raymond B. Klinke was born in Chicago and grew up in Hinsdale, Illinois. He married his wife Joan before enlisting in the Army Air Corps on October, of 1943. He was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in Albany, Georgia in February 1944. Ray and his crew flew their B-17 overseas via Manchester, New Hampshire, Goose Bay, Labrador, Blui West, Greenland, and Meeks Field, Iceland, to Valley, Wales. They were assigned to 388th Bomb Group- 560th Squadron in Knettishall, England. On their sixth mission to Mersburg, Germany, (September 28, 1944), Ray's ship and crew were badly damaged by flak. They tried to limp back to Liege, Belgium but finally had to bail out and were captured at Altenkirchen, Germany. Ray and the other officers ended up in Stalag Luft 1A in Barth, Germany. The Russians liberated the camp and Ray and others were flown out via B-17 to France on May 13,1945.

Raymond and his wife have raised one son and two daughters and now enjoy the fruit of life with 5 grandsons, 5 grandaughters, and 5 great grandchildren.

Raymond retired after forty-four years of service from United Airlines as Manager, Revenue Accounting. He and his wife now enjoy retirement in Lake San Marcos, California.

In Stalag Luft 1A, the Germans were constantly searching for a secret radio which provided BBC news. The information was printed up and relayed to the neighboring compound via a thrown tin can.

At one point during one of the many roll calls and searches of the barracks, one American comedian bent down and pretended to cover something up in the gravel. Immediately others picked up the dupe and started doing the same. It drove the German guards crazy running all over trying to find what was being covered up. Of course, there was nothing.

The funny part of the story is that a fellow in our room who we nicknamed “x-9” was the one who had the secret radio all the time and we didn’t know it until liberated.

My Message to Future Generations:

Ray's Message the future generation is being written. Come back soon and visit as we update this POW's Biography.

To Edit Bio Click Here
Return to CombatVets.net Home Page
This Site Published CombatVets Network, Division of LovedOnes Inc. (727) 588-0747