Liberty Lady is a book-in-progress by Patricia Allen DiGeorge, based on the experiences of her parents during World War II — her father flew as a bombardier in the 8th Air Force and later engaged in counterespionage against the Nazis, working alongside his future wife with the OSS in Stockholm, Sweden. This blog gives a glimpse into the author’s research, her discoveries, and the unfolding drama.

 

Lt. Donald K. Goss (on left) with Swedish friend. Photo from Kristina Haag Larsen.
21 Aug
Lady Katherine

On August 25, 1944, a B-17 in dire distress is escorted to safety by Swedish fighter pilots. Just in time....

American soldiers Paris
19 Aug
The Americans in Paris

Paris in April of 1945 is where a group of OSS personnel celebrated VE Day. Can you think of anywhere more fabulous to celebrate? ...

Lucky Strike, WWII documentary
13 Aug
Lucky Strike

Favorite (2015) Lucky Strike: When the Americans Came to Our Village is a new documentary film by Jan-Olof Nilsson based on his 2013 book about the Allied crews who came to Sweden during the Second World War....

American internees saved by Swedish fishermen
17 Jul
Air Force Historical Research Agency

Last week I made my second trip to the Air Force Historical Research Agency at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. This is where historical documents of the Air Force are stored, over seventy million pages....

09 Jun
Estrellita

After his B-17 force-landed in Sweden on March 6, 1944, my father, bombardier Herman F. Allen, spent the rest of the year in Stockholm working in the office of the Military Air Attache. One evening, he met the beautiful singer, Rosita Serrano. ...

The Dealers
03 Jun
Escape and Evasion into Sweden

Whenever an American airman escaped or evaded capture in Denmark or Norway, he would be taken to the Legation in Stockholm to be questioned by the American Air Attache and his aides, one of which was my father....

Fighter Pilot Robin Olds
28 May
Roswell Remembers Memorial Day 2015

The featured speaker at this year's Memorial Day in Roswell, GA, was Christina Olds. She wrote a book about her father, Robin Olds. Her father! I perked up right away. Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds. ...

Hotell Siljansborg luggage tag
04 Apr
Hotell Siljansborg Luggage Label

A year or so ago, Joakim, a gentleman from Sweden, sent me a 1943 luggage label from the Hotell Siljansborg! Out of the blue! ...

Carl A. Heuser, top turret gunner
23 Jan
Carl A. Heuser

Sgt. Carl A. Heuser was the engineer and top turret gunner on the Liberty Lady B-17. He was born in Germany, and his nickname was "Tiny" ...