The exhibit shown below features memorabilia of Charles Sechrist from Williamsport PA, who completed his Airplane Mechanics Training in February 1943 and was assigned to the 466th Bomber Squadron in the US. He shipped out to England in September where he was assigned as a combat flight engineer on a B-17 with the 377th and 524th Bomber Squadrons. He flew bombing missions from November 1943 to February 1944. His B-17 was shot down in February 1944 over Germany and he was taken prisoner and assigned to a POW camp in Austria. He was released upon liberation of the camp in March of 1944 and was discharged from the military on December 3rd, 1945.
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An American flag made by Mr Sechrist while inside the POW camp, showing the patriotic nature of the young enlistees.
A cartoon drawn by Mr. Sechrist of himself parachuting into Germany, far behind enemy lines.
The POW Camp Dog tag (ID) and Sechrist's prisoner number that were assigned to him inside the camp.
Insignia of the 8th air Force, who flew missions out of England during WWII, and who Sechrist flew with for a short period of time.