Frank S Bolen


Object Number - UPL 51083 - My Baby (42-107033) Lt. McCarty's Crew, 322nd Squadron, 91st BG BACK ROW - LEFT TO RIGHT: 1st. Lt. David McCarty, Jr., Pilot (KIA); 1st Lt. Paul...

Prisoner of War (POW). Crashed near Oggersheim on 9/8/44 in B-17 "Roxy's Special" #43-38348.

He evaded for a few days and even walked through a German town without being arrested. He got too cocky and tried it again but ran into two Luftwaffe guys bicycling with girls and they promptly arrested him and he ended up in Stalag Luft 1 for 9 months.

Frank managed to evade for seven days before he was captured. He was then put through all the usual interrogation procedures before being crammed onto a train with some hundred other American officers for five days and nights until they arrived at Stalag Luft 1 on the Baltic. He was held there for some nine months until effectively released by the Russians on 10th May 1945. Bolen has written up a detailed account of his life as a POW; a time during which his first child was born. Until February 1945 the Lutwaffe ran the camp 'fairly', then the Wermacht took over and life became much harder; no food parcels coming through and a much tougher regime.


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Units served with

Unofficial emblem of the 91st Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Roxy's Special
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group 322nd Bomb Squadron


Prisoners of war, including Colonel Hubert Zemke of the 479th Fighter Group at Stalag Luft I.
  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Stalag Luft I, Barth, Germany


Event Location Date Description


Shot Down

Germany 8 September 1944


Prisoner of War

Barth, Germany 10 September 1944 - 10 May 1945 Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12


Denison, Texas, USA


Date17 Feb 2020 19:15:37
ChangesChanges to service number and events

Added S/N and POW camp information from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date17 Feb 2020 19:11:25
ChangesChanges to biography

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date29 Jan 2020 15:39:43
ChangesChanges to biography

Biography completed by historian Helen Millgate. Information sourced from newsletters of the 91st Bomb Group related to the service of Frank Bolen.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:10:10
ChangesAAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8807 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Wall of Valor form/ MACR 8807

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