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    • Thanks for the Memories

    • Songs; Prisoners; Musical notation
    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows a song along with a tiny illustration of a soldier in prison. The song is called "Thanks for the Memories" and is attributed to L. G. Young, POW. The song is a parody and makes light of the...
    • Kriege Rations

    • Songs; Musical notation; Barbed wire
    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows the remainder of the song, "Thanks for the Memoires," which begins on the previous page of the diary. Another song, "Kriege Rations," is also shown. This song makes light of the fact that...
    • Saturday Evening Post

    • Poetry; Nostalgia; Patriotism
    • This page is a poem or list of things that Mitchener misses and craves during his imprisonment in a POW camp in Germany. He has then included a small poem that reads,"I have loved those things/Gentle living our country gave/You'll find them where...
    • 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.
    • The B-17, continued

    • Poetry; Barbed wire; Bombers
    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows the continuation of a poem called "The B-17," by POW D. Hughes. The poem is about the greatness of the B-17 bomber. A drawing of a B-17 bomber with the word,"Glory!" above it can also be...
    • To each man...High Flight

    • Poetry; Barbed wire; Bombers
    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows a poem called "High Flight," written by Pilot Officers John J. McGee, Eagle Squadron, killed in action. The poem is about the joy of flying.
    • 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...
    • The B-17

    • Poetry; Barbed wire
    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows a poem called "The B-17," by POW D. Hughes. The poem is about the greatness of the B-17 bomber.
    • 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...
    • Kriege's Lament

    • Poetry
    • This page (and the following three pages) features a poem or song called "Kriege's Lament," written by Willie Munger. The poem has an a-b-a-b rhyme scheme and is seventeen stanzas long. The subject is the return home of the American POWs to their...
    • Kriege's Lament, continued

    • Poetry
    • This page is the continuation of a poem or song called "Kriege's Lament" written by Willie Munger. The poem has an a-b-a-b rhyme scheme and is seventeen stanzas long. The subject is the return of the American POWs to their mothers and families....
    • Kriege's Lament, conclusion

    • Poetry
    • This page is the continuation of a poem or song called "Kriege's Lament," written by Willie Munger. The poem has an a-b-a-b rhyme scheme and is seventeen stanzas long. The subject is the return of the American POWs to their mothers and families....
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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,...

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