Lt. Goodin returns home after 9 months as a POW in WW II

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Lt. Goodin returns home after 9 months as a POW in WW II - SUNDAY, JULY 8, 1945 Nazi the veritable of on...
SUNDAY, JULY 8, 1945 Nazi the veritable of on more cenl be wil for require aside compares Lt. Goodin, Nine Months a POW, Returns Home Tells of Treatment At Hands of His German Captors Lt. John Goodin, shot down over Germany and for nine months a POW in a German prison camp on the Baltic, returned home -yesterday for a 60-day furlough visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William William Goodin, 909 East High street. The intrepid n a v i g seemed none the worse for his many months with the Germans Germans and attributed attributed his good health to the food shipments regularly received from the American American Red Cross. Lieutenant Goodin \vas a navigator navigator on a Flying Fortress. His plane was shot down Sept. 11 over Mersberg, Germany, in a bombing mission of a German synthetic oil plant. The second time the Germans flaked the plane, the cockpit caught afire. Lieutenant Goodin said, "The plane started to dive to the ground. I put' my head between my hands and lost consciousness. When I regained my senses later in a German beer hall which served as a jail and saw a picture of Hitler, I thought I been killed and went to the place. . "I don't know-whether it wai a case of amnesiaT'but I don't remember hitting the ground. Our co-pilot and engineer were killed and one of our gunners died in a prison camp - from ulcers, which was the result of the terrible German bread. We were .corted to the Stalig Luft 1 in Barth, Germanj', by German police. Praises Red Cross "The Red Cross were absolutely ·wondeeful. If it had not been t'hem,' ; I doubt if-any of us have survived. A pair of enlistee men's pants and a shirt were issued to us by the Red Cross shortly after we arrived. They sent us packages of food every week including Spam, corned powdered milk, cheese, five packages packages of cigarets, two bars of vitamin pills, prunes or raisins and two chocolate bars. The rets were the most precious. were more valuable than money that camp. "In February and March the Red Cross parcels stopped coming because German transportation was hindered. During these months, our daily rations were three slices of German bread, quite a bowl of dehydrated vegetable soup, one plate of potatoe and ersatz coffee or tea. Once a great while we were servec horse meat. Some boys wanted (Continued on'page 10)

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  1. The Sunday News and Tribune,
  2. 08 Jul 1945, Sun,
  3. Page 1

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