Rudolph (Rudy) Guerrero - Born Los Angeles 05-02-25 - Inducted 10-08-43
into USAAF. Basic Training Buckley Field Colo. Gunnery School Kingman
Ariz. Crew Assignment and Destination at Lincoln Neb. Left New York on
Troop Ship for England. Assigned to B17 493rd BG 860BS Debach England.
I was assigned as 1st LT. Bisaro's Ball Turret Gunner . At the time Lt
Bisaro and Crew went on Flak Leave so interim I volunteered to fly on
six other Missions which I flew as Tail, Ball Turret and Toggler. My
Seventh and First Mission with Bisaro after crew returned from flak
leave we were shot down over Munster Germany , bailed over Holland
captured by Germans taken to Frankfurt Germany for Interrogation then
transported by rail in Box Cars to the North Eastern part of Occupied
Poland the small town Grosstvchow then marched to Stalag IV and incarcerated
until 2-7-45 when we started approx. 500 mile march across Germany ahead
of the advancing Russian Army. That year was recorded to be one of the
coldest winters, we marched from sun up till dusk, through snow etc.
where we would sleep in open fields, forest or barns . Many POWs
included myself suffered Frostbite and Dysentery etc. There was little
food. We liberated by the French Canadian Tank Corp. which happened to
be my Birthday 5-2-45.Returned to USA on Troop Ship then assigned as a
Supply Sgt. at Santa Ana CA. Discharged 10-29-45, with the Rank of
S/Sgt. Presently resides in Murrieta with wife Peggy .