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Document Details


Title: Donald G. Cassidy
Local code: AFC/2001/001/1599
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress
Collection: Veterans History Project
Description: Stalag 17 wasn't just a hit play and an Oscar-winning movie. It was a real POW camp, located near Krems, Austria, and home to thousands of Allied airmen from October 1943 to the end of the war. One of its residents was American aerial gunner Donald Cassidy, who was shot down over Germany in November 1943. Cassidy found he had to fashion his own food utensils, but he somehow managed to find enough to eat to keep his weight from dropping precipitously. The highlight of any day in Cassidy's barracks was a news report read out by a G.I. nicknamed Whitey; if no guards were within earshot, Whitey would offer the lowdown on the progress of Allied troop advances.
Original Language: English
Video: [Video available]
Speaker: Cassidy, Donald G., 1922-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 6-Aug-1922
Speaker place of birth: Kingston, NY; New York; United States; North America
Speaker race: White
Speaker occupation: Military personnel
Document date: Undated
Interviewer: Healy, Alice
Organizations discussed: U.S. Army Air Force, 1918-1947
Historical events discussed: World War II, 1939-1945
Locations discussed: Austria; England; Europe; Germany; North America; United Kingdom; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Austria; England; Europe; Germany; North America; Oral history; Prisoners of war; U.S. Army Air Force, 1918-1947; United Kingdom; United States; United States--Armed Forces; World War II, 1939-1945; World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American; World War, 1939-1945--Veterans
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0031660-34835