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Gazette and Bulletin: August 30, 1944 – Citation Won by Local Man, Now in German Camp

Still a prisoner at Luft Stalag 1 in Germany, Lt. Harold F. Hartman, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Hartman, 526 Louisa Street, has been awarded the Air Medal for meritorious service achievement in aerial flight. The lieutenant, 22 years of age, had served as pilot of a P-51, a single engine fighter plane, and

Still a prisoner at Luft Stalag 1 in Germany, Lt. Harold F. Hartman, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Hartman, 526 Louisa Street, has been awarded the Air Medal for meritorious service achievement in aerial flight.

The lieutenant, 22 years of age, had served as pilot of a P-51, a single engine fighter plane, and received a medal for action on February 5 of this year, when he flew on a mission to adjust naval gunfire upon enemy positions, near Anzio, Italy.

The citation with his award pointed out that despite the intense anti-aircraft fire, Lieutenant Hartman remained in the danger zone to protect his leader until direct hits from enemy fire severely damaged his aircraft forcing him to parachute over enemy territory.

Taken prisoner by the Nazis the same day and has not been heard from since June 17 when his last letter arrived, until this last week.

He said he has met two other Williamsport prisoners, Lt. William Kern and Lt. Glenn Nesbitt.

He said he had opportunities to read, play baseball and cook. He said that there was an opportunity to grow flowers through seeds provided by the Red Cross.

Lt. Hartman graduated from Williamsport High School and the Dickinson Junior College.

Complied by Lou Hunsinger Jr.

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