Oscar Olson: My World War II Service in the U.S. Army Infantry

Twice we were attacked by American planes. The first time was at night. An American P-61 “Black Widow” night fighter saw a large amount of troops on the ground and thought we were Germans. The second time it was daylight and we were attacked by an American P-47 “Thunderbolt.” There was an ammunition train in front of us. When he attacked he killed two German guards.

During the attack, we broke out of the rail cars into a field where we formed the letters “POW” with our bodies. For the rest of the day we had air cover. American POWs had the USAAF flying air cover, protecting us from both Germans and American.

— Oscar Olson Continue reading