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    On 12 March 1942 a German pilot (Ober Leutnant Frederick Oeser or Oesser) was arrested in one of the barracks of No.20 EFTS, Oshawa, Ontario. He had escaped from the Bowmanville Internment camp. He submitted to arrest and cheerfully answered all questions; his English, though poor, was intelligible. He had skirted the main entrance, scaled a fence, and walked to the nearest barrack block where he hoped to secure a flying suit. His goal had been to take an airplane(Tiger Moth) and fly it as far south into the U.S.A. as it would take him. He was returned to the camp that afternoon. Another escapee, Leutnant Bidward Fledig (Fiedig), was taken into custody dining in a farmerís house. The farmer (who had called the military police) insisted that his guest be permitted to finish his breakfast before being taken back to Bowmanville. I would appreciate confirmation of the correct spelling of their names.

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    Fascinating Hugh. I think the year before an escaped Luftwaffe PoW walked across a frozen Lake Ontario near Oshawa and eventually made it to Mexico.

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    Franz von Werra jumped from a train near Smith Falls, Ontario early in 1941, eventually crossed the St.Lawrence near Brockville and made it to the United States (still neutral). He eventually made it back to Germany via the Trans-Siberian Railway (again, Russia still neutral). This was the basis of the book (and movie) "The One That Got Away". Peter Krug escaped in 1942 and travelled through the United States (now a belligerent), getting as far as San Antonio before recapture. I cannot recommend too highly "Escape from Canada!: the untold story of German POWs in Canada, 1939-1945" (John Melady, 1981) - a good read if you can buy a copy.

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    Hello,

    Oberleutnant Friedrich OESER. PoW 30-9-1940. I./KG77 Junkers Ju88A-1 (W.Nr.2142) 3Z+DK. Damaged by AA fire and fighter attack during bombing sortie to London. Forced-landed on Gatwick Race course, 4.5 pm. Promoted to Hauptmann 1-4-1943.

    See:The Battle of Britain Then & Now Mk.V. p.670.

    also: http://www.ww2.dk/Lw%20Offz%20-%20L-...Apr%202014.pdf


    Oberleutnant Siegward FIEBIG. PoW 3-10-1940. Stab./KG77 Junkers Ju88 (W.Nr.4136) 3Z+BB. Shot down by ground defences during bombing raid on de Havilland's factory adjoining Hatfield aerodrome. Crash-landed in flames Eastend Farm, north of Hertingfordbury, and burned out, 11.40 am. Promoted to Hauptmann 1-2-1942.

    See: The Battle of Britain Then & Now Mk.V. p.674.

    also: http://www.ww2.dk/Lw%20Offz%20-%20A-...Apr%202014.pdf

    Col.
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