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Pictured are some of the prisoners of war forced to march 97 miles in January 1945 as Allied armies closed in and the Nazi abandoned prison camps. Frank Saunders, shown by the arrow, was part of this group liberated at Moosburg, Germany on April 29, 1945.

SAUNDERS, Frank. (Dubuque, IA, Feb. 24, 1920- ). Saunders became one of the nation's most recognized models through his major account, Kreml Hair Cream.

Known locally as "Frankie," Saunders was also a well-known CYO amateur boxer.

The Columbia Academy rifle team, of which he was a member, was so successful it once competed for the Hearst Cup in the Camp Perry National Rifle Competition held in Booneville, Missouri.

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A bomber pilot during WORLD WAR II, Saunders rose to the rank of first lieutenant. He was with the 306th Bomber Grout stateside from April 1942 until July 1942. He was transferred to the 303rd on July 6. 1942 and shot down on January 3, 1943 in B-17F 41-24608 'Yehudi' while serving as pilot. His plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Saunders was a POW at Oflag 64 or 21B Shubin, Poland (moved to Usedom, Germany), Altburgund 53-17. He was shot down on his 5th mission.

For his service, Frank Saunders, received the Prisoner of War Medal and Purple Heart. (1)


1. "Frank A. Saunders," American Air Museum in Britain. Online: http://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/66902