Segment 6


As they traveled through Germany [Annotator's Note: during his time spent as a prisoner of war (POW), Onesi remembers seeing the damage from allied bombings in the various cities. That was one of the coldest winters in German history. He remembers going ahead of the rest of the men and finding ingredients to make bread so the men had something to eat. The civilians were cruel to the Air Force POWs, they would throw rocks at them and in some instances they would kill some of the men when they were shot down. The younger German soldiers were more cruel than the older one's.Onesi remembers he was making bread when he was liberated. He remembers British soldiers coming up to him on tanks. One British soldier told them to take a German officer's car and they drove to France. They made it to Camp Lucky Strike. He remembers thousands of G.I.s at the camp. He recalls seeing his cousin at Camp Lucky Strike, he stayed with him for a week. He could not eat because he was so sick. It took him about five days to get back to the states. They had no idea they were free until they saw the British tanks. Onesi was liberated in April of 1945. Onesi did not find out anything about his crew until he was back in the states.


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