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    • Prisoner's Prayer

    • Poetry; Barbed wire; Prayer
    • This page is a poem,"Prisoner's Prayer." Mitchener notes that it was memorized by a POW from scratchings on the wall in a Vienna transition camp. The poem asks for God's protection for airmen facing "shell, flak, fire, and foe." He writes, in part,...
    • Comrade to Freedom

    • Poetry; Barbed wire; Hands; Ball & chain
    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows a short poem called "Comrade to Freedom." The poem observes that men who have never been in bondage do not truly understand the joys of freedom.
    • Mother's Sons

    • Poetry
    • This page is a poem, "Mothers' Sons," about the sons who don't make it home after the war and the ones who do. Mitchener is aware of his own luck to have survived his air missions, but sympathetic to those mothers who never see their sons again....
    • Fighter Pilot

    • Poetry
    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows a poem written by an African American POW, Hitchcock. Mitchener uses the word "colored" to describe him. The poem is called "Fighter Pilot" and is about the role and importance of fighter...
    • Mothers' Sons, continued

    • Poetry; Barbed wire
    • This is the last page of "Mothers' Sons," a poem about the sons who don't make it home after the war and the ones who do. Mitchener is aware of his own luck to have survived his air missions, but sympathetic to those mothers who will never see...
    • Fighter Pilot, continued

    • Poetry; Barbed wire
    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows the continuation from the previous page of a poem written by an African American POW, Hitchcock. Mitchener uses the word "colored" to describe him. The poem is called "Fighter Pilot" and is...
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    • Parachutists; Aircraft accidents
    • This image was drawn by Hardy A. Mitchener, Jr. in the diary that he received during his stay at a German prisoner of war camp. It pictures an airman, probably Mitchener himself, falling out of the sky in a parachute. His plane has been shot down,...
    • The Cook Shack

    • Barracks; Tree stumps; Barbed wire; Fences
    • This page in Mitchener's diary from World War II includes a drawing of several POW barracks within the camp. He has written, "An important item on the top of the page. Below is his drawing of the camp, "The Cook Shack." He includes information...
    • RAF Expressions

    • Soldiers; Telescopes
    • This page includes a list of RAF (Royal Air Force) expressions, which include "Taking a good view," "Puttin' up a black," "getting a green," "Beacon crawling," "A short burst," and "Operational type." Mitchener has also drawn a picture of a soldier...
    • A Corner of the Library

    • Shelving; Books; Libraries
    • This page in Mitchener's diary from World War II includes a drawing of the library at the POW camp. On the top of the page, he has written,"For a little learning is a dangerous thing." Underneath this, he has drawn a picture of books on shelves and...
    • Busy Corner

    • Privies; Bathrooms; Barbed wire
    • This page in Mitchener's diary from World War II includes a drawing of the toilet facilities at the camp. On the top of the page, he has written, "The Germans had a name for it. 'Abort' ---" Underneath the drawing, he has written, "Busy Corner (3...
    • D. C. Van Weelden

    • Soldiers; Names
    • This page lists one contact name. Mitchener has written, "D. C. Van Weelden/Nyack, N.Y. (30 Mi. N of N.Y. in Hudson Valley). Contact concerning Alaska." The page has a cut-out piece of cardboard with Lt. Mitchener's name on it. In addition to his...
    • The Classroom

    • Barbed wire; Tables; Stools; Blackboards; Prisoners; Military personnel; Books
    • This page in Mitchener's diary from World War II includes a drawing of a POW writing lessons on a chalkboard or blackboard. Above the blackboard, Mitchener has written,"For the sake of knowledge - to ward off monotony." He has listed a number of...
    • Letter to Hardy Mitchener

    • Correspondence
    • This page includes a letter to Hardy Mitchener dated August 14. The letter reads, "I was in Nashville months ago, called your house and then didn't write. I have been so busy - Where are you stationed now and where will you be Labor Day Week-end?...
    • The Stump Puller

    • Barbed wire; Prisoners; Military personnel; Tree stumps; Trees; Fences
    • This page in Mitchener's diary from World War II includes a drawing of two men trying to remove tree stumps from the ground at the prison camp. He has written, "In order that there be parade grounds" on the top of the page. Underneath the drawing,...
    • C.C.C.P. (U.S.S.R.)

    • Names
    • This page includes the contact information for Dorothy [June] Krout. Mitchener has only written,"[L.T.] operator Naval [Base] Atlanta, Ga." The other side of the page is blank except for the printer's information, which reads, "Printed by Atar S....
    • A Wartime Log

    • Frontispieces
    • This printed page reads,"A Wartime log for British Prisoners." The diaries were distributed to prisoners during World War II by the War Prisoners Aid of the Y.M.C.A. The item was published in Geneva, Switzerland. Mitchener has added a question mark...
    • Bars, Inc.

    • Poetry; Barbed wire; Barrooms; Stools; Alcoholic beverages
    • This page is a poem, "Bars, Inc." written by "Coyle" and dedicated to "Ivan - POW El Grande." The poem or song is about having a bar in every room of the house. Mitchener has drawn a small picture of a bar with a sign "Home Sweet Home" next to it....

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