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The pictures on this page are some of the POW art that John Shay took with him when all of the POW's of Stalag XVII B were led from the camp upon their forced march.  All these drawings are drawn on the unlined ledger books that were apparently distributed by the Red Cross.   Detailed Information   POW Medal

A patriotic motif signed by Carl Battin, one of John Shay's crew mates.   Photo courtesy of Dan Shay (son of T/Sgt. John Shay)

A memorial type looking prayer scroll, which seems to be signed Jamie and dated 08/26/44.   Photo courtesy of Dan Shay (son of T/Sgt. John Shay)

Very good aircraft drawing of planes of that period that was signed by someone named D. B. Hatch.   Photo courtesy of Dan Shay (son of T/Sgt. John Shay)
Very good aircraft drawing of planes of that period that was signed by someone named D. B. Hatch.   Photo courtesy of Dan Shay (son of T/Sgt. John Shay)
Very good aircraft drawing of planes of that period that was signed by someone named D. B. Hatch.   Photo courtesy of Dan Shay (son of T/Sgt. John Shay)
This drawing is titled "Roll Call" which is very subtly printed avove the list of names. This is a banner listing the crew members of "STYMIE".  This one is unsigned.   Detailed Information   Photo courtesy of Dan Shay (son of T/Sgt. John Shay)
A memorial drawing for Lt. Stanley Morrison, who was KIA.  Very subtly drawn above his name, in colored pencil, is the word "TAPS" with clouds and an angel with a trumpet in the sky.  This one is unsigned.   Photo courtesy of Dan Shay (son of T/Sgt. John Shay)
A combat scene between a B-17 and a German fighter.  This drawing is signed Pataro, 9-15-44, Krems.   Photo courtesy of Dan Shay (son of T/Sgt. John Shay)
A B-17 drawing signed D. B. Hatch.   Photo courtesy of Dan Shay (son of T/Sgt. John Shay)
A drawing of Stalag XVII B.   Photo courtesy of Dan Shay (son of T/Sgt. John Shay)
A drawing of Stalag XVII B.   Photo courtesy of Dan Shay (son of T/Sgt. John Shay)
A drawing of Stalag XVII B.   Photo courtesy of Dan Shay (son of T/Sgt. John Shay)
A drawing of Stalag XVII B.   Photo courtesy of Dan Shay (son of T/Sgt. John Shay)
A certificate of merit for John Shay for completing a four week course in Business Law on 31 Jul 1944.   Photo courtesy of Dan Shay (son of T/Sgt. John Shay)
A combat scene of a German fighter going down.   Photo courtesy of Dan Shay (son of T/Sgt. John Shay)
A combat scene of a German fighter going down.   Photo courtesy of Dan Shay (son of T/Sgt. John Shay)
A drawing of Stalag XVII B.   Photo courtesy of Dan Shay (son of T/Sgt. John Shay)
A drawing of Stalag XVII B.   Photo courtesy of Dan Shay (son of T/Sgt. John Shay)
A picture taken at Stalag XVII B.   Front row from left are:  #1 Robert Bixler, #4 Leonard Weeks and #7 John Shay.  Back row from left:  #2 Robert Bergendahl, #6 Carl Battin and #7 Francis Dolson.  Ernest A. Kiessling crew -  Detailed Information     John F. Stephens crew - Detailed Information    Photo courtesy of Dan Shay (son of T/Sgt. John Shay)  
A certificate of merit for completing a 15 week course in Automotive Mechanics on 9 Feb 1945 by John Shay.   Photo courtesy of Dan Shay (son of T/Sgt. John Shay)
Dog Tag worn by John Shay when he was taken prisoner.    Photo courtesy of Dan Shay (son of T/Sgt. John Shay)
Dog Tag issued by the Germans to inmates at Stalag XVII B.   Photo courtesy of Dan Shay (son of T/Sgt. John Shay)
German identification photo of John Shay upon entering Stalag XVII B.   Photo courtesy of Dan Shay (son of T/Sgt. John Shay)
German identification photo of John Shay upon entering Stalag XVII B.   Photo courtesy of Dan Shay (son of T/Sgt. John Shay)
The duty rooster made out by Carl Battin, the Group 4 leader, barracks 17 A in Stalag XVII B Krems, Austria,   Photo courtesy of Dan Shay (son of T/Sgt. John Shay)
Notification of POW status by International Red Cross. Photo courtesy of Dan Shay (son of T/Sgt. John Shay)
This is not a letter, it was a post card. Although my aunt received the telegram that is also posted (above), this card is dated October 24th. So he was not allowed to write home for two weeks. There is a notation on that card that says March 1945, I believe. That was probably put down by my aunt and I assume that is when the card was actually received. The wait between that telegram until they actually received this hand written post card must have been agonizing, to say the least. Just wanted to clarify... Dan Shay
Photo courtesy of Dan Shay (son of T/Sgt. John Shay)