10 May 1945
Wolfsberg, Austria

P.O.W. Re-supply mission Stalag XVIII A, Wolfsberg, Austria.

11 May 1945
Wolfsberg, Austria

P.O.W. Re-supply mission Stalag XVIII A, Wolfsberg, Austria.

P.O.W. Resupply Missions:
     "We packed everything that we could find inside 6 foot canisters and loaded them into the bomb bay (toothpaste, soap, clothing, candy, cigarettes, letters and pictures from home and from the squadron members, reading material, pin-up posters, blankets, etc.) We would fly low and slow over the stockade and shove the stuff out. Even so, some of it would land outside the stockade. It might take 2 or 3 passes to unload everything. It was a heartwarming sight to see the prisoners waving their arms and screaming. The Germans did not shoot at us. I think they welcomed us because they could confiscate much of what we delivered. In any event, the prisoners knew that we knew that they were there and we had not forgotten them." - Tom

Ian Brown's fine tribute to the prisoners of Stalag 18A, among those prisoners, his father


Number 33 on a resupply mission to the Spittal P.O.W. camp near Villach, Austria, on May 9th -
the day before Lt. Traetta's crew flew their first
re-supply mission. (Stan Staples)