A WARTIME LOG, SPECIAL EDITION
- A WARTIME LOG, SPECIAL EDITION, by Art and Lee Beltrone, Howell Press, Inc., Charlottesville, VA, 1994. Hard covered with 208 pages. REMARQUED, NUMBERED, LIMITED EDITION. The story of creativity expressed with words and artwork in blank YMCA books distributed to American POW airmen in German prison camps during World War II. Faced with unending camp boredom, the officers and NCOs filled time by writing and drawing camp scenes and wartime memories. The books provided a mental escape from physical imprisonment and personal stories of the airman as well as patriotism, humor, creativity and a will to survive. THIS SPECIAL EDITION features the May 29, 1995 “FIRST DAY OF ISSUE” Washington, DC cancelled POW/MIA United States 32-cent stamp on the page opposite the inside front cover, as well as AN ORIGINAL DRAWING BY FORMER POW B-17 NAVIGATOR EDWARD WODICKA, whose story and prison camp artwork are featured on pages 104-107 of the book. The artist also signed each copy of the limited edition book. The artwork created by the former aviator in 1995 shows an airman with parachute falling headfirst through the sky as his aircraft goes down in flames watched by a yellow-nosed German fighter aircraft. The corner of a prison camp fence with armed guard tower is featured at the bottom—where the aviator will ultimately be imprisoned. Of the more than 30,000 American airmen forced to earth by enemy aircraft, ground fire, or aircraft mechanical malfunctions, it has been reported 202 American POWs from all branches of service died in German prison camps. The “A WARTIME LOG” special edition, signed, numbered and with drawing totals just 202 copies. Priced at $75 plus shipping.