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Biography
Richard Wann
2nd Lt. Richard Wann (1944)
Last Name: 
WANN
First Name Middle Initial:
RICHARD L
Nick Name:
Dick
Street:  10224 N MEADOW WOOD LN City & State: ELWOOD, IN E-Mail: 
Zip: 46036-8865 Phone:  [765] 552 3739 Spouse: Ruth
Conflict: WWII Service Branch: Army Air Corp Unit: 446th Bomb Group
Theater: Where Captured: Near Zweibrucken, Date Captured: 02/03/45
Camps Held In: ZWEIBRUCKEN HEPPENHEIM How Long Interned: 52 days
Liberated / repatriated: liberated Date Liberated: 03/27/45 Age at Capture: 24
Medals Received: PURPLE HEART, PRISONER OF WAR
Military Job: Pilot B-24 Liberator Company: Firestone Tire & Rubber Akron OH. (30 years)
Occupation after War:  Engineer

 

Bio:

Aircraft was shot down by flak on mission to Magdeburg, Germany on February 3rd, 1945. We lost 3 engines and traded altitude for distance while fuel was lost from left wing fuel tank. I bailed out in Vosges Mountain area near Zweibrucken, landed in "no-man land". I evaded capture for 7 days with a broken ankle, fractured back, and frozen feet. Finally I was captured by SS Troops and was severely mis-treated while imprisoned in Zweibrucken and Heppenheim. We were liberated on March 27, 1945 by the 7th Army.

 

Message to Future Generations:

“Keep the faith in all adversarial conditions by thinking of survival as the only revenge against the enemy.” Richard used the GI Bill after leaving the Military at Purdue University and became an Industrial Engineer.

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