Falling Into Enemy Hands — Allied Flyer Bails Out Over German POW Camp (LISTEN)

B-17 crewman Dean Whittaker describes how he found himself parachuting right onto an enemy POW camp during a 1944 bombing raid that went bad. (Image source: WikiCommons)

B-17 crewman Dean Whittaker describes how he found himself parachuting right onto an enemy POW camp during a 1944 bombing raid that went bad. (Image source: WikiCommons)

“Whittaker was astonished to discover that he was descending right onto a POW camp.”

THE TEAM AT the radio sampling service Audioburst.com are offering MHN readers this riveting interview with Dean Whittaker, a bombardier-navigator with the U.S. Army Air Corps’ 398th Bomb Group. The former second lieutenant describes how during mission over Germany on Nov. 2, 1944, he and his crew-mates were forced to bail out of their damaged B-17, dubbed “Stormy Weather,” after the plane was raked by a Luftwaffe fighter. While drifting earthwards, Whittaker was astonished to discover that he was descending right onto a POW camp. Listen below to hear this amazing story:

And if you’d like to find out what became of Whittaker after he (quite literally) fell into enemy hands, an account of his time in captivity and his eventual liberation appears in this article from the Las Vegas Review Journal.

(Originally published on November 22, 2015)

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