Jack P. Wagner of the US Army in Stalag VIIIb (Stalag 344) with Voltaire crew

June 21, 2010


I was doing some research on my father's WWII experiences and I came across a scrapbook that he kept. His name was Pvt. Jack P. Wagner of the US Army and he was wounded and captured in southern Tunisia in
April 1943. He wound up in Stalag VIIIb (Stalag 344). I found on line Ahoy-Mac's Web Log. There was a letter to him by a Denis Keenlyside stating that his uncle, David McLean was a survivor of the sinking of the Voltaire by the Germans. He goes on to say that he was taken as a prisoner of war to Stalag VIIIb. He says that his uncle played in the band and that a misplaced family photograph existed showing him playing with others. 

In my father's scrapbook, there is a picture of a band and on the back of that photo, it reads "To my pal Tex, from David McLean" it goes on to say "taken from Where There's a Will"  it is also dated "1943".  I understand
that "Where there's a Will" was a 3 act musical comedy that came out in the late 1930's. I tried e-mailing Mac, but I guess I had the wrong address. I wondering how I might be able to get in touch with Denis Keenlyside and
get him a copy of this photo. Dad also had German taken photos from Stalag 344 showing various groups of British and Australian POWs and David McLean might be in one of those.

Ed Wagner

June 30, 2010

I am sorry but I do not have Denis' Keenlyside's E mail address, so I am unable to pass on to him your message. (I may have it - Terry)

Kind regards,

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