Bill Ash, WWII prisoner who attempted multiple escapes from POW camps, dies at 96
Bill Ash, WWII prisoner who attempted multiple escapes from POW camps, dies at 96 - The Washington Post (Courtesy of Under the Wire/ ) - Bill Ash as a prisoner of war in 1942. The Texas-born Canadian pilot attempted 13 escapes from German POW camps.
Injured Major J.I. Antonov, Hero of the USSR,25,is surrounded by German pilots as he recounts his forced landing through an interpreter on Aug 25, 1942.German ace Gunther Rall recounted postwar that Antonov impressed the German pilots as a "Mongolian race Russian" who did not look or act like a "Mongolian."Antonov,Rall said, was not kept confined but was allowed to rest and circulate among his captors; "he was a soldier like us."Antonov's eventual fate though remains unknown.
1944- Canadian soldier talks to small refugee boy in the battle area of Normandy, France. The little boy and the old woman behind him were part of a group of Hungarian refugees who had not eaten for three days before they were fed by the Civil Affairs Department of the Allied Forces.