Memoirs of Stalag IV B


Reid, Ken

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Reid, Ken. Memoirs of Stalag IV B. Arborg, Manitoba, Canada: Privately Printed, ND [Circa 2000’s?]. First Edition, First Printing. pp. 110. Small 8vo. Laminated, illustrated card covers. Black-and-white photographs, portraits, illustrations. Near fine, contents bright, clean, and unmarked. Exceedingly (and unusually) scarce in commerce. No institutional holdings at time of cataloguing. Rare indeed. Card Covers. Foreword: “Records show 47,293 men of Bomber Command were killed in air operations over Europe 1939-1945. My second squadron, the 434 Bluenose, lost 43 crews, or 313 officer and men, in approximately six months from August 1943 to February 1944. Of the 493 shot down, only 117 of us were prisoners of war. With those statistics, I was lucky to be a P.O.W. In this story, I have tried to give some of the carefree spirit of training, serious side of bombing operations, anxiety of being shot down, rigours of P.O.W. life, and the happiness of freedom. Also woven in is the tragic death of crew member Herbert Mallory and how his death brough Betty and me together. About the author: Ken Reid was born in Provost, Alberta, grew up in Arborg, Manitoba, joined the R.C.A.F. in 1941, served on 408 and 434 Bomber Squadrons, shot down near Nuremberg August 1943, Prisoner of War IV B, Muhlburg, Germany, before finally being liberated by the Russians ini 1945. (#2331) $145.00