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Charles B. Sewell (1918-1991) enlisted in the Army in 1942. Technical Segeant Sewell was a top turrent gunner in a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortess, 350th Bomb Squadron, 100 Bomb Group. He was on his 14th mission when he was shot down over Germany. Sewell was held as a POW from May 1944 until April of 1945, with most of his time spent in Stalag Luft IV. Sewell was discharged from the Army in October 1945.

Identifier

NASM.1993.0014

Creator

Sewell, Charles B., 1918-1991

Date

1940-1993

bulk 1942-1946

Provenance

Mae Y. Sewell, Gift, 1993, 1993-0014, NASM

Extent

0.1 Cubic feet ((1 folder))

Restrictions

No restrictions on access

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Logs (records)

Photographs

Postcards

Audiocassettes

Clippings

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the wartime log Sewell kept while a prisoner at Stalag Luft IV. The log includes poems, sketches, photographs, and food labels from the Red Cross Parcels. The collection also contains V-Mail and prisoner mail postcards, copies of newspaper articles about Sewell and Stalag Luft IV; photographs of Sewell; and copies of The Oversea Kid newspaper 1944. There are also newspaper articles on POW Edward Sanders, and cassette narratives of the following three POWs who were imprisoned with Sewell: Casper Vecchione; William Chamberlain; and Frank Ray.

Genre/Form

Logs (records)

Photographs

Postcards

Audiocassettes

Clippings

Rights

Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests

Names

United States. Army Air Forces. 100th Bombardment Group. 350th Bombardment Squadron

Chamberlain, William

Ray, Frank

Sewell, Charles B., 1918-1991

Vecchione, Casper

Topics Prisoners of war
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Family
World War, 1939-1945 -- Concentration camps -- Germany
Stalag Luft IV (Germany : Concentration camp)
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations
World War, 1939-1945
Periodicals

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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