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 Paul T. Degnan

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Paul T. Degnan

Birth
Nashua, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
Death
14 Aug 1949 (aged 29–30)
Atlantic City, Atlantic County, New Jersey, USA
Burial
Framingham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID
177117931 View Source

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Paul enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps on April 15, 1942.

Lieutenant Degan received his commission and wings on July 15, 1943 from the Hondo Navigation School in Hondo, Medina, Texas.

In January, 1944 then 2nd Lieutenant Paul Degnan, Navigator of a B-17, was wounded when his plane was downed over Germany and taken as a German Prisoner of War.

Paul was being held at Camp Barth known as Stalag-Luft I located north of Berlin near Stralsund.

On May 1, 1945, the 2nd White Russian Front of the Red Army entered Barth and liberated the POW's at Stalag Luft I. It took nearly two weeks for the Prisoners to be repatriated.

As tensions built between Russia and the Allies, the fate of the POWs was uncertain until the 8th Air Force flew into Barth and rescued the POWs in a massive airlift called "Operation Revival".

Finally, on May 12,13 & 14, 1945, POW's held at Stalag Luft I were flown out of Barth, Germany and back into Allied control.

American POWs were flown to Camp Lucky Strike in Le Harve, France, where they were processed and waited for a liberty ship to return to the states.

Lieutenant Paul T. Degnan of Lenox, Berkshire, Massachusetts was among those liberated prisoners.

A little more than four years later, while awaiting for word out of Boston, Massachusetts of the birth of his first child, Paul was found dead in an apartment in Atlantic City, New Jersey. War nerves were blamed for his death.

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Paul enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps on April 15, 1942.

Lieutenant Degan received his commission and wings on July 15, 1943 from the Hondo Navigation School in Hondo, Medina, Texas.

In January, 1944 then 2nd Lieutenant Paul Degnan, Navigator of a B-17, was wounded when his plane was downed over Germany and taken as a German Prisoner of War.

Paul was being held at Camp Barth known as Stalag-Luft I located north of Berlin near Stralsund.

On May 1, 1945, the 2nd White Russian Front of the Red Army entered Barth and liberated the POW's at Stalag Luft I. It took nearly two weeks for the Prisoners to be repatriated.

As tensions built between Russia and the Allies, the fate of the POWs was uncertain until the 8th Air Force flew into Barth and rescued the POWs in a massive airlift called "Operation Revival".

Finally, on May 12,13 & 14, 1945, POW's held at Stalag Luft I were flown out of Barth, Germany and back into Allied control.

American POWs were flown to Camp Lucky Strike in Le Harve, France, where they were processed and waited for a liberty ship to return to the states.

Lieutenant Paul T. Degnan of Lenox, Berkshire, Massachusetts was among those liberated prisoners.

A little more than four years later, while awaiting for word out of Boston, Massachusetts of the birth of his first child, Paul was found dead in an apartment in Atlantic City, New Jersey. War nerves were blamed for his death.


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  • Maintained by: Rubyred93
  • Originally Created by: Sarah
  • Added: 8 Mar 2017
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 177117931
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/177117931/paul-t-degnan: accessed ), memorial page for Paul T. Degnan (1919–14 Aug 1949), Find a Grave Memorial ID 177117931, citing Saint Stephens Cemetery, Framingham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA; Maintained by Rubyred93 (contributor 51168987) .