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Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: Army Air Forces/Corps
  • Unit of Service: 423rd Bomb Squadron, 306th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force
  • Location of Service: England; St. Nazaire, France; Moosburg, Bavaria, Germany; Krems, Austria
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant

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“Mostly, [drawing] was a hobby for me. It wasn’t until after the war that I had any training in it.” (Audio Interview, Part 1, 8:31)

Determined to serve in the Army Air Corps during World War II, 20-year-old Doane Hage enlisted and set out to be a fighter pilot. He wound up an armament man with a bomber squadron and then caught a break when a vacancy opened up on one plane’s crew. Shot down over France in November 1942, he was sheltered for a time by a family of Spanish refugees. He was captured trying to cross into Spain and confined to the famous Stalag 17B, where he sharpened his drawing skills for the other prisoners, recreating scenes of their own planes going down. In his interview, Hage reveals a secret about his captivity previously known only to his family.

Doane Hage, Jr. Collection
Interview / Recording

Transcript: XML

More Resources

[ Memoir, "Unforeseen Events" ]
[ Crew of the B-17 "Felt's Fighters." Drawing by Doane Hage. ]
[ Drawing by Doane Hage of how his B-17 was hit by flak and broke apart [November 9, 1942]. ]
[ Drawing by Doane Hage depicting his B-17 diving out of control, the entire nose area blown off. ]

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[ Drawing by Doane Hage depicting several men escaping from the doomed B-17. ]
[ Drawing by Doane Hage depicting a view from outside the plane of his own escape above St. Nazaire, France. ]
[ "Into this tunnel of shrubs I went as fast as I could without leaving too many marks or footprints." ]
[ "When the Jerry looked down the tunnel towards me I didn't know whether to jump up and run … or just lie still …" ]
[ Drawing by Doane Hage, "Angulo Home." ]
[ Drawing by Doane Hage, "The Jean Angulo Family." ]
[ Drawing by Doane Hage, "Jose Pujol and Martin Clemente." ]
[ Drawing by Doane Hage, "Crash site, 17 November 1942." ]
[ "This view shows the inside of the train I took from Bordeaux when German soldiers boarded the train and surrounded me. I motioned to one soldier I needed a light for my cigarette." ]
[ Drawing by Doane Hage, a scene in a train station. ]
[ "I was escorted by the non-Com guard into a small wooden building where I was made to strip and was searched while all the time under guard." ]
[ Drawing by Doane Hage, depicting his detention in the office of a German officer. ]
[ Drawing by Doane Hage, "Apparently the two civilians were plain clothed Gestapo agents …" ]
[ Drawing by Doane Hage, "At one point as French civilians seemed to be taking too long to cross the street the driver actually accelerated …" ]
[ Drawing by Doane Hage of his cell. ]
[ Drawing by Doane Hage, an execution by firing squad. ]
[ Drawing by Doane Hage, his Paris prison cell. ]
[ Drawing by Doane Hage depicting his interrogation at Gestapo headquarters, Paris. ]
[ Drawing by Doane Hage of his overheated cell at the Bordeaux facility where he was detained on his way to a POW camp. ]
[ Drawing by Doane Hage, interior view of Stalag XVII-B ]

About this Item

Title

  • Doane Hage, Jr. Collection

Names

  • U.S. Senate/Richard Lugar
  • Retta Parsons
  • Lugar, Richard
  • Ordner, Larry
  • National Court Reporters Association (NCRA)
  • Hage Jr., Doane

State of Birth

  • VA

Home State

  • IN

Headings

  • -  Hage Jr., Doane
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army Air Forces/Corps.
  • -  Prisoner of War -- United States

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Gender

  • Male

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1939-1945

    • Branch of Service: Army Air Forces/Corps
    • Unit of Service: 423rd Bomb Squadron, 306th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force
    • Location of Service: England; St. Nazaire, France; Moosburg, Bavaria, Germany; Krems, Austria
    • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
    • Dates of Service: 1942-1945
    • Prisoner of War: Yes
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Audio: CD [1 item] -- Reference copy (collected 10/18/2005)
  • Audio: Audio Cassette [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 07/18/2002)
  • Manuscript: Memoirs [1 item] -- (collected 1994)
  • Photograph: Original photographic print [1 item] -- (collected unknown)
  • Computer File: Floppy Disk [1 item] -- Electronic file of manuscript (collected 07/19/2002)
  • Manuscript: Transcript [1 item] -- Transcription of audio recording (collected 1/19/2007)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/1202

Cite as

  • Doane Hage, Jr. Collection (AFC/2001/001/1202), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • audio
  • image
  • online text

Additional Metadata Formats

IIIF Presentation Manifest

Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

The Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress collects, preserves and makes accessible the firsthand recollections of U.S. military veterans who served from World War I through more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand what they saw, did and felt during their service. The Veterans History Project Collection includes oral histories along with documentary materials such as original letters, diaries, photographs, and memoirs.

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Citing VHP Materials

Please use the following formats when citing Veterans History Project materials (substituting the appropriate name and collection ID number).

Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

U.S. Senate/Richard Lugar, Retta Parsons, Richard Lugar, Larry Ordner, National Court Reporters Association, and Doane Hage Jr. Doane Hage, Jr. Collection. 1942. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.01202/.

APA citation style:

U.S. Senate/Richard Lugar, Retta Parsons, Lugar, R., Ordner, L., National Court Reporters Association & Hage Jr, D. (1942) Doane Hage, Jr. Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.01202/.

MLA citation style:

U.S. Senate/Richard Lugar, et al. Doane Hage, Jr. Collection. 1942. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.01202/>.