The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...
Alfred F. Anderegg, B-17 Bombardier, USAAF, Eighth Air Force, 96th Bomb Group (U.K.), ex-POW, Stalag Luft III (100 miles SE of Berlin. Barracks 128, South Compound). The North Compound of Stalag Luft III was where The Great Escape took place.
Shot down on June 14, 1943 over the island of Pellwurm on the Frisian Coast while returning from a mission to bomb the submarine pens at Kiel, Germany using the "Javelin down" formation. Survived The Black March.
After liberation, Al was in Paris on VE day and had about 17 people on the Jeep he was riding through the city in. Most of the passengers were women. He returned to the States on a Liberty ship.
After the war Al became a Medical Doctor. Al gave a video recorded presentation to the 8th AFHS-MN on September 14, 2011 (See You Tube) Al hasn't written up his memories in a book, but he says that perhaps the best book to get an idea about what life was like in Stalag Luft III is the out-of-print book (but still available in libraries) 'POW Odyssey: Recollections of Center Compound, Stalag Luft III and the Secret German Peace Mission in World War II' by Major General Delmar T. Spivey, USAF. Al thought it was pretty accurate as a description of his POW experience.
Additional Bibliography: 'Snetterton Falcons' (Unit book about the 96th BG), 'Clipped Wings' (POW book with photos by the camp's official photographer), 'Red Tail Captured, Red Tail Free' (POW book, author lived in the same barracks as Al), 'The Longest Mission' (a well done publication with photos).
Al's 8th AFHS-MN webpage is at
Shot down 13 June 1943 over Kiel, our sixth mission, in B-17 (serial number 42-29756). Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft III and VIIA. Liberated by US Army April 1945.
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B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 12/2/43; Walker 26/2/43; Salina 10/3/43; Mitchell 8/4/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ- ] Grafton Underwood 20/4/43; Missing in Action Kiel 13/6/43 with Bill McKell, Co-pilot: Chas Sweeney, Navigator: Stewart Bachtelle, Bombardier: Alf...
Military site : airfield
Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...
|Born||Menard, Texas||15 October 1921|
|Based||Andrews Field||13 May 1943 – 11 June 1943|
|Based||Snetterton Heath||12 June 1943 – 13 June 1943|
|Shot down over||Pellworm, Germany||13 June 1943 – 14 June 1943|
|Held as Prisoner of War||Germany||July 1943 – May 1945|
Stalag Luft III, Barracks 128, South Compound.
|Celebrated VE Day||Paris, France||7 May 1945 – 8 May 1945|
|Lived in||Minnesota, USA|
|15 April 2015 10:24:53||Lucy May||Changes to events and place associations|
Added Events from information in the Biography field.
|21 December 2014 00:54:29||call0031||Changes to nickname and biography|
|27 September 2014 18:03:20||AAM||AAM ingest|
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self, MACR 15829; Snetterton Falcons, pg 31