FRE 10006


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A telegram to Mrs Hubert Zemke (wife of the commanding officer of the 479th Fighter Group) from Mike Mansfield informing her of Colonel Zemke's liberation from Stalag Luft I, 14 May 1945. Zemke has handwritten on the reverse: 'Telegram from US House of Representatives from Montana. For many year he was the leader of the US House of Representatives. For a number of years (including the present he serves at the ambassador to Japan) though a member of the opposition of Ronald Regan. The Zemke's knew "Mike" Mansfield as a young professor at the Univ of Montana, Missoula, MT.'


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Colonel Hubert Zemke of the 56th Fighter Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'First Lieutenant Hub Zemke, US Army Air Corps, 8th Pursuit Group, Mitchel Field, Long Island, New York. Taken just before dispersal to England as an Observer to the Royal Air Force.'
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 479th Fighter Group 56th Fighter Group Headquarters (479th Fighter Group) Headquarters (56th Fighter Group)
  • Service Numbers: O-022353
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Pilot / Commander


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