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1944 ~ 2011

American POW shortly after being arrested by the Nazis

On June 24, 1944, an American POW is taken to the German garrison by 6 German soldiers. Facing the soldiers, a French civilian salutes the American airman and simultaneously teases the Germans. Three months of fascinating historical research led to the identification of the POW. In April 2011, his family came from Texas and walked in the path of their veteran.

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James Weldon Mellody

Sergent Mellody was an American airman during WWII. He was arrested by the Germans after his aircraft was shot down by the German flak.

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  James Weldon Mellody, American airman
Ossian Arthur Seipel

2Lt Ossian Seipel fought as copilot in the US Army in 1944. He was arrested by the SS in Epône and was detained in Stalag Luft III near Berlin.

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  Ossian Arthur Seipel, American Airman
Escape Reports

The fascinating stories of allied airmen who managed to return to allied controlled territory after being shot down over occupied France .

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WWII in color

Colorization expert David Guihur colorized the June 24, 1944 photo, hence providing a more accurate idea of the real life event.

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Bombing of the Sartrouville Railway Bridge

The Sartrouville railway bridge was a primary target during the intense bombing campaign that preceded the allied Normandy invasion.

  B-26 Marauder "Mama Liz"
Franklin Allen Collection, via Brian Gibbons

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1940~1945: Jews deported to Mauritius

In December 1940, around 1670 Jewish refugees from Central Europe who were seeking asylum in Palestine were deported to Mauritius Island in the Indian Ocean.


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