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    • Then and Now

    • Air pilots; Prisoners
    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows two images, the first, a bombardier in an American B-17 airplane, and the second, a miserable prisoner of war who appears to be drinking. Mitchener is contrasting the two, and writes, "Then...
    • Our Creed

    • Barbed wire; Poetry
    • Mitchener wrote this poem in his diary during his stay at a German POW camp. The poem,"Our Creed," explores his ideas and feelings about being a prisoner of war.
    • Somewhere There's Freedom

    • Barbed wire; Torches; Sculpture; Heads (Anatomy); Reflections; Crowns; Fantasy
    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II includes a drawing of the Statue of Liberty. On the top of the page he has written,"Maybe not in reality - but in every dream - "Underneath this heading, he has drawn a picture of a man dreaming...
    • Time marches on

    • Calendars; Music; Soldiers; Armistices; Arms & armament; Minstrel shows; Music; Track athletics; Doves
    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows calendar images, each with a particular date enlarged and circled. He has drawn images next to the calendar pages, including a picture of a track and field athlete, a soldier, a minstrel...
    • Then follows...Dulagluft

    • Lions; Doors & doorways; Barbed wire
    • Mitchener drew this image during his stay at a German POW camp. The image represents the registration process of prisoners at Dulag Luft, after which they were sent to Stalag Luft III. Eleven names, listed on license plates, are pictured. They show...
    • It starts, usually, as…

    • 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,...
    • 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....
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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