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Greta Jamieson


Daughter of Kate Jamieson who washed the laundry for members of 486th Bomb Group. She befriended Samuel Lum.

Correspondence from Betty Rice (nee Jamieson), daughter of Kate Jamieson.

"My Mother (Kate Jamieson) was the lady who washed the clothes of a whole crew of a Liberator B24 and my sister Greta was the girl in his story . I had talked to her several times about Sam.
When she passed away in 2014 aged 87 , I asked her daughters If I could have a copy of
the letters that she had kept of those days I remembered Sam who was a lovely man
and very polite. I would have been 11 years old at the time, all the crew would come to
our home either to bring their washing or pick it up, and enjoy a cup of tea and apple
pies that mum would make for them, she said that,’ she would do what she could do
for them, as she had three of her own children in the services . One son was fighting in
Burma. I remember those days as a child and can remember the Christmas of 1944
when the Americans picked up the children from surrounding villages and taking them
back to Base for a party it was lovely all the food we could eat, films, games and each
child was given presents, and when it was all over being taken back home again. I still
have a little broach of a soldier I was given . Many of them would come up to the Green
and play Golf and I and my friends used to caddie for them and earn a little pocket
money, Their boxes of candy and chewing Gum was a real treat. . We used to stand in
the garden and watch the aircraft taking off to join other aircraft above from nearby
USAAF airfields and counting them back home again seeing the damage they had
suffered while they were away over Europe.
After the war we learnt that Greta's husband who was fighting in Europe had been
captured in Italy, had done the same long walk back from Poland as Sam had done. "


Samuel Lum made it clear in a postscript to one of his letters (See Samuel Lum Record) how close he felt to his English friend from Newton but they never saw each other again.
Greta married a Scottish soldier and had a son and two daughters.

In Memoriam

Information from correspondence with Rice family.



  • Kate Jamieson

    Civilian | 486th Bomb Group
    Kate Jamieson was the lady who washed the clothes of a whole crew of a Liberator B24, and ...

  • Samuel Lum

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 486th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Wesermunde on 8/4/44 in B-17 #43-37929 ...

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Died 2014


Date Contributor Update
31 August 2016 10:35:30 general ira snapsorter Created entry with surname, firstname, nationality, biography, events and person associations

Information from correspondence with Betty Rice family.