Capt. Karl H. Garlock
Capt. Karl H. Garlock
338th FS States - February 1944
343rd FS February 1944 - March 1944
338th FS March 1944 - 21 May 1944 (Prisoner of War)
P-38J 42-67771 CL- "Secret Weapon" (Robert M. Littlefield)
|Score Detail||13 November 1943 Me-210 damaged (air) Hagen|
|Notes||Born in Lockport, New York, 4 November 1922.
ASN - O-740161
May 1943 - Participated in formation flight over Seattle, WA, to commemorate the anniversary of the Air Mail service
29 November 1943 - Awarded the Air Medal
01 December 1943 - Promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to 1st Lieutenant
20 December 1943 - Presented with the Air Medal by Gen. Woodbury
31 December 1943 - Awarded an Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
20 January 1944 - Awarded an Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
02 May 1944 - Appointed 'C' Flight Commander
04 May 1944 - Promoted from 1st Lieutenant to Captain
20 May 1944 - Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross
20 May 1944 - Awarded an Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
21 May 1944 - P-38 was hit by flak and Capt. Garlock bellied in south of Warlow.
No one in Garlock's flight saw him go down even though he was the flight leader. The only report about his disappearance was by Lt. Korinek who stated that he himself had lost an engine and that the last time he saw Garlock he appeared to be in no trouble. Garlock's German file, which has been translated into English by the U.S. Army, has an assigned letter/number designation of J 1158. This will follow him through from capture to prison camp. The cover page consisted of his name, serial number, and date of Tetanus shot, inscribed the same as American forces do, T 43, followed with O, which is blood type. It also had his mothers name and address, Mrs. A.F. Garlock, Lockport, New York.
The next report is a telegram from Headquarters, Army Air Field Command A (o) 11/XI, Flying, Field Command, Ludwigslust, to Oberursel, the Intelligence Center and Interrogation Center, near Frankfurt am Main, where all 8th and 9th U.S. Army Air Force fighter pilots were sent for interrogation usually by master interrogator Hanns Scharff or his assistant, Otto Engelhardt, also known as "Wild Bill". The first German report stated: "J 1158 Subject: Shot down (sic) of a Lightning by flak. Belly-landing south Warlow, 6 km. west-northwest Ludwigslust 21 May 1944. Time: 13.57, pilot escaped. The escaped pilot captured by forester Jassnitz and transferred from Flying Field Hagenow to Oberursel"
Capt. Garlock was captured in a forest, depending upon the American
report or the German report, about 17 hours after crash landing his flak
damaged P-38. He was taken to the airdrome at Hagenow and then sent to
Auswertestelle West at Oberursel, near Frankfurt.
|Memories||The "Greifswald Incident" (reproduced with kind permission from Robert M. Littlefield's book, 'Double Nickel - Double Trouble'.)|
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