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Collection Number RG5694.AM
Collection Name RG5694 Coyle, Quentin M., 1917-2005
Identifier Scrapbook
Size and Materials Pages are approximately 9.75" x 12.25"
Title Scrapbook of World War II correspondence.
Date 1942 circa
Level of description Item
Scope & Content This collection consists of a scrapbook containing correspondence and newspaper clippings relating to Quentin M. Coyle's service as a bomber pilot for the Army Air Force during World War II. Coyle was shot down over Germany and was held as a prisoner of war for over a year. Included in the scrapbook are letters and postcards sent home by Quentin Coyle from the POW camp.

Quentin M. Coyle, a native of Valley, Nebraska, served as a Liberator bomber pilot during the war. On April 24, 1944, Coyle’s plane was shot down over Germany and he was forced to parachute to safety.

After landing in the Black Forest region near Schappach, Germany, Coyle was captured and held in the local jail until he could be transferred to Stalag Luft III at Sagan (approximately 80 miles southeast of Berlin). Coyle was held at Sagan until January 27, 1945, when Russian troops threatened the area and the Germans were forced to move their prisoners to Nuremberg. Two months later he was moved to Moosburg. It was there on April 29 (Coyle’s birthday) that General Patton’s Third Army liberated the prisoners.
Subjects Letters
United States. Army Air Forces -- History -- World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons
People Coyle, Quentin M., 1917-2005
Genre Form Correspondence/Letter