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Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: Cold War; World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: Army Air Forces/Corps; Air Force
  • Unit of Service: 486th Bomb Squadron, 340th Bomb Group, 9th Air Force
  • Location of Service: United States; North Africa; European Theater; Stalag Luft III, Germany
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

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"Once you're shot down, the first thing you hear is, 'For you the war is over.' And if you're a good soldier, the war isn't over. It's just beginning." (Audio Interview, 1:02:38)

Going to school in California in the early 1940s, Charles Huppert, a trained pilot, tried to join Britain's Eagle Squadron, which was recruiting American pilots in days before the attack on Pearl Harbor. But he was persuaded to join the Army Air Force. One of his first missions in a B-25 was over North Africa, and he had to crash land near Tunis after taking heavy enemy fire. As a prisoner of the Germans, Huppert made several stops (including one escape attempt) before reaching his ultimate destination, the POW camp Stalag Luft III, site of the Great Escape in March 1944. He details how plans were hatched for this intricate operation, maintaining that POWs had their own kind of war to fight, even if they were no longer armed with guns and bombs.

Charles Christopher Huppert Collection
Interview / Recording

About this Item

Title

  • Charles Christopher Huppert Collection

Names

  • Lugar, Richard
  • U.S. Senate/Richard Lugar
  • Ordner, Larry
  • Huppert, Charles Christopher

State of Birth

  • IN

Home State

  • IN

Headings

  • -  Huppert, Charles Christopher
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army Air Forces/Corps.
  • -  Prisoner of War -- United States
  • -  Cold War -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Air Force.

Form

  • Audio Cassette

Extent

  • 2 items

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: 486th Bomb Squadron, 340th Bomb Group, 9th Air Force
    • Location of Service: United States; North Africa; European Theater; Stalag Luft III, Germany
    • Dates of Service: 1942-1965
    • Prisoner of War: Yes
    • Military Status: Veteran
  • Cold War

    • Branch of Service: Air Force
    • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Audio: Audio Cassette [2 items] -- Oral history interview (collected 09/22/2003)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/17634

Cite as

  • Charles Christopher Huppert Collection (AFC/2001/001/17634), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • audio

Additional Metadata Formats

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.

Veterans and interviewers contribute these materials to the Library for scholarly and educational purposes, retaining any copyright they may hold. Therefore, permission must be obtained before using the interview or other materials in exhibition or publication. Researchers or others who would like to make further use of these materials should contact the Veterans History Project for assistance.

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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:

Lugar, Richard, U.S. Senate/Richard Lugar, Larry Ordner, and Charles Christopher Huppert. Charles Christopher Huppert Collection. 1942. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.17634/.

APA citation style:

Lugar, R., U.S. Senate/Richard Lugar, Ordner, L. & Huppert, C. C. (1942) Charles Christopher Huppert Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.17634/.

MLA citation style:

Lugar, Richard, et al. Charles Christopher Huppert Collection. 1942. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.17634/>.