Theodore P. Schoonmaker, mission January 11, 1943

On January 10, 1943 he flew from Palestine to Libya preparatory to flying the next day to attack shipping in the port of Naples.  This was our second daylight air raid on Naples.  He was flying a B-24 with a brand new pilot who had been loaned an experienced crew.  On reaching the target, they were attacked by Italian fighter planes and were unable to fight back because all their guns were frozen from the long flight across the Mediterranean and the fact that the wrong type of grease had been used.  When Ted jumped, everyone else on the plane was dead and it was on fire.  He had been shot and was burned. (He was awarded a Purple Heart medal.) He landed on a snow covered mountain and was taken prisoner the next day – the first American officer to be taken prisoner on the mainland of Italy.  He spent 27 1/2 months as a POW at Campo Concentramento Prigionieri de Guerra 21 at Chiti, Italy, Stalag Luft III at Sagan, Germany and Stalag VIIA at Moosburg, Germany.

 He wrote the following poems as a POW.

The above was the narrative provided by Ted's widow.  Based upon that story, it appears that Ted was probably part of the infamous relocation of POWs from Stalag Luft III to Stalag VIIA.  If you click on this link, you can read about that move.


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My Trip to San Pancrazio

October 2019


NOTE change in month !!!

DATES: Oct 12-15, 2023

CITY:Fairfax Co, VA

HOTEL: Westin Dulles hotel

2520 Wasser Terrace, Herndon, VA 20171


Click here to read about the reunion details.

previous reunions

For Sale

The Other Doolittle Raid

The Broken Wings of Zlatibor

The Liberandos

Three Crawford Brothers

Liberando: Reflections of a Reluctant Warrior

376th Bomb Group Mission History

The Last Liberator

Full Circle

Shadows of Wings

Ten Men, A "Flying Boxcar," and A War

I Survived Ploesti

A Measure of Life

Shot Down In Yugoslavia

Stories of My Life


Born in Battle

Bombardier's Diary

Lost Airmen

Langdon Liberando