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|Lou & Molly
Loevsky (standing) with Gen. Jake Smart and Astronaut Neil Armstrong at Stalag Luft III
50th Reunion Banquet, Cincinnati May 13th 1995
Lou Loevsky and Len Smith at Stalag Luft III Reunion, Cincinnati OH April 29,
1995 (50 years after Liberation)
| When I finally opened my
parachute I found I was being shot at from the ground. Slipping and spilling air I became
an instant expert in maneuvering the chute despite admonitions to keep our
"cotton-picking hands" off the shroud lines. I got away from a small camp
where they were shooting at me toward another small camp where they were not. Selecting a
small tree in Berlin, crossed my legs for posterity, crashed branches off one side of the
tree, chute caught on top, feet whipped over head, back injured, blacked out briefly, came
to with toes touching ground. A Home Guard (Volkstrum) shaking
had gun in my ribs,
repeating: "Pis-tole?, Pis-tole?" Two Wehrmacht troops appeared and took over my
custody. While still getting out of the parachute harness three S.S. arrived, apparently
from the small camp where they had been shooting at me. The S.S. argued with the
Wehrmacht, they wanted to take custody of me (and since my parents sometimes talked
Yiddish, I could understand). Fortunately, the two Wehrmacht troops retained my custody.
As they marched me through the streets of Berlin to their headquarters, the angry
civilian mob were yelling in perfect AMERICAN "string him up," "hang
him," "lynch him". . . they wanted a necktie party. As they were closing in
the Wehrmacht troops had to draw their sidearm to keep the ugly lynching mob at bay.
I believe "Bill" Terry was shot from the ground as he floated down in his
I was now a POW at Stalag Luft III Sagan, Germany until the Russians got close in
January 1945. After that we were evacuated at 2:00 a.m. in a the freezing blizzard. From
there we reached Stalag VII A, in Moosburg by marching in sub-zero weather and being
crammed into (40 & 8) boxcars. We were improperly clothed or fed; our conditions
were unsanitary and inhumane. Imagine hundreds of American officers and enlisted men lined
up evacuating their bowels when the train stopped at a station in full view of German
women and children. . . we were treated like swine!
We were liberated by General Pattons troops on April 29, 1945. Joe Greenberg,
flight engineer of "Terry" and the Pirates" folded his wings in early 1993.
Fifty-five years after the mid-air collision, the three survivors of both crews are C.
Wayne Beigel (Brand crew), Len Smith and Lou Loevsky (Terry crew). Lou lives
in North Caldwell, NJ with a lovely lady, his sexy wife, Molly.
Lou Loevsky was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, on January12,
1999, 55 years after the 2 doomed B-24s collided over Berlin, on March 22nd, 1944.
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Edited last 05/28/10