|Lew F. Kemp
18th and 19th september 1944
Sicily, Italy, Holland
156th Battalion Parachute Regiment
Prisoner of war
I joined the parachute regiment 156th Batalion after service in
Sicily and Italy 1943. In september 1944 I parachuted into Holland
in a field called the Ginkelse Heide. Our pilot was an american
chap who dropped of us in a corner of the field near to where German
forces were located in the dense forrest, which of course we were
not aware of.
After 3 days and nights fighting the rest of the
battalion tried to make it's way to Oosterbeek and I stayed behind,
hiding in a hollow, to block the Germans from following the battalion.
German mortars were firing at my friend John Jones and myslef. I
took a piece of shrapnel in the ankle and was wounded and taken
prisoner. In Apeldoorn, we were put into cattle pens then into railtrucks
to Frankfurt, then onto 11b at Fallingbostell. I became a POW (Prisoner
I was in Germany during the winter and spring
of 1944/45. A winter with little food and even less clothes. After
the war was over I returned home when I got my strength back the
posted me to Trest in Italy on the Yugoslav border against Teto.
Shoulder patch showing Bellerophon on the winged
horse Pegasus, combined with the Latin slogan:
"ad unum omnes" which means "To a man" they
form the symbol of the British Airborne Forces.
Lew Kemp, being one of the original Red Devils, was proud of his
A picture of Stalag 11 B camp in Fallingbostel.
A postcard date 20-10-1944. Lew send it home
to his mother from the stalag 11 B camp in Fallingbostel where he
was held as POW.