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Joseph J Zerega B-25-Tunisia

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WOUNDED YANK FLYER SAYS NAZI SAVED HIS LIFE Lt. Zerega Tells of Doctor's Efficiency. Lt. Joseph J. Zerega, navigator of a B-25 B-25 B-25 Mitchell medium bomber shot down May 6 over Tunisia in a bombing raid on axis gun installations, installations, yesterday credited the saving saving of his life to the efficiency of a German physician. On leave from Billings General hospital at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind., Lt. Zerega is visiting Ills father, Fred P. Zerega, 3172 Hudson avenue. A direct hit in the side of the plane knocked the six crew members members unconscious, Lt. Zerega said describing the action in which he was made an axis prisoner. Says Nazi Doctor Was Kind. The lieutenant suffered severe burns and his legs were wounded by shrapnel, lie discovered when he landed on axis territory. He immediately immediately was seized by the Nazis, who assigned him the care of a doctor. "They didn't have any hospital facilities," Lt. Zerega said. "They didn't have much of anything, but tho doctor was kind and efficient. He had some sulfa drugs, with which he treated me, and I also received received an anti-tetanus anti-tetanus anti-tetanus shot. I probably probably would have lost my life, surely my left leg, if it hadn't been for his treatment" Lt. Zerega was among the prisoners prisoners released when the allied forces took Tunisia.' A graduate of De La Salle institute and 25 years old, Zerega enlisted as an aviation cadet in May, 1941. Twice Kcscucd in rncific Battles. A Chicago boy who enlisted in the navy on Jan. 2, 1942, and found himself in Pearl Harbor five weeks later came home last week a veteran veteran of the battles of Coral Sea, Midway, Guadalcanal, and Kuia Gulf. He is John Robert Whalen, 23, 3d class petty officer, son of Mr. and Mrs. John T. Whalen, 4053 Arthingtqn street r His ship, the destroyer Benliam, was sunk at Guadalcanal. He was then assigned to the cruiser Helena, which was sunk in Kula gulf. Both times hd swam until picked up. Gordon Johnson, 32, signalman 3d class, is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gust Johnson, 7637 Aber deen street. He was uninured when a torpedo sank his ship, on convoy duty in the Mediterranean. TROLLEY CAIl.AND TRDCK COLLIDE. Two persons were slightly injured and 25 sireet car passengers were jarred yesterday in a collision of a street car and a motor track, driven by William Held, 0131 Bclle-lort Bclle-lort Bclle-lort avenue, Norton Grove, at Damen avenue avenue and -Adams -Adams street,

Clipped from Chicago Tribune, 29 Aug 1943, Sun,  Page 9

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Chicago Tribune
(Chicago, Illinois)
29 Aug 1943, Sun  • Page 9

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