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Pilots in Pajamas


This transcript of the 1967 German propaganda film was NOT procured from United States Government
sources. Many of the men shown alive in captivity and interviewed in this film -- came home.
SOME DID NOT. Few family members have seen the film or read a copy of the transcript.
"Pilots in Pajamas" was mentioned in the "Operation Smoking Gun" documents.

Not all the men interviewed or mentioned in this film are found in the Defense Intelligence POW/MIA List.


Pilots in Pajamas --   http://pownetwork.org/nvp/pilots_in_pajamas.pdf
 


Our sincere thanks to former POW, Col Dewey Wayne Wadell, USAF (Ret) who corrected or provided details 
on the below list and saved us SEVERE embarrassment from several wrong conclusions!

 

The names of the American Servicemen listed below appear in Pilots in Pajamas:

Lt. Colonel James Hughes                Released 03/04/73
Major Thomas Sterling                   Released 03/04/73
Lt. Commander Jeremiah Denton           Released 02/12/73
Colonel Robinson Risner                 Released 02/12/73
Major Guarino
Guardino, Lawrence N)                   Released 02/12/73
Colonel Edward Burdett
Remains Returned 03/74  Died in Captivity 11/18/67
First Lieutenant Anderson
First Lieutenant Hayden Lockhart        Released 02/12/73
First Lieutenant Joseph Plumb           Released 02/18/73
Lt. Commander Tanner                    Released 03/04/73
Major James Young                       Released 02/12/73
Lieutenant Philip Butler                Released 02/12/73
Captain Bruce Seeber                    Released 02/12/73
Captain Kearn 				
Is there any chance that 'Captain Kearn' could be [Captain] Richard 'Pop'
Kearn, Colonel USAF, Retired, [released 2/12/73], now deceased,  vice 'Jos.
T. Kearns, remains returned 8/88'?...
Lt. Commander William Stark             Released 03/04/73
Captain Samuel Waters                   Remains Returned 03/18/77
Lt. Commander James L. Griffin          Remains Returned 03/13/74
Lieutenant Edward Brudno                Released 02/12/73
Captain Caryle Harris                   Released 02/14/73
Lt. Commander Charles Stackhouse        Released 03/04/73
Lieutenant Glubb                        not on list
Lt. Colonel Gordon Larson               Released 03/04/73
(blacked out) Wohden                    
Wohden is obviously [LtCdr] Raymond Vohden, USN Captain, Retired, returned 2/12/73
Major David Everson                     Released 03/04/73
Lieutenant Richard Ratzlaff             Released 03/29/73
First Lieutenant Bucheman
Buchanan, Hubert E.)                   Released 03/04/73
Captain Glendon Perkins                 Released 02/12/73
Lieutenant Jack Walters jr.             Remains Returned 03/13/74
Lt. Commander Wendell Rivers            Released 02/12/73
Lieutenant Allan Carpenter              Released 03/04/73
Captain Robert Daughtrey                Released 02/12/73
Captain Murphy Jones                    Released 02/12/73
First Lieutenant Thomas McNish          Released 03/04/73
First Lieutenant William Tschudy        Released 02/12/73
Major Willard                           
[Major] Willard S. Gideon, Colonel, USAF-Retired, was mis-identified in a picture/propaganda
release of the 'capture' of "Gideon S. Willard", which still shows up from time-to-time
in so-called "official" materials as well as some, shall we say, mistaken and/or distorted 
presentations...
Lieutenant Commander Black
There are also 'Captain Black' and 'Commander Black', both with no
additional info...I suspect that 'Commander Black' is actually [Commander]
Cole Black, Captain USN, Retired, released 3/04/73) If the ranks are
correct, the 'Captain Black' may be the early-releasee John Black 
but I'm not sure he was captured before 'Pajamas' was filmed???
Lieutenant Jerry Driscoll               Released 02/12/73
Lt. Commander Theodore Kopfman          Released 02/12/73
Captain James Connell                   Remains Returned 03/06/74
Captain Sandwick
Sandvick, Robert J. )                   Released 03/04/73
Captain Lewis Shattuck                  Released 02/12/73
Lt. Commander James Hutton              Released 02/12/73
Commander Kile Berg                     Released 02/12/73
First Lieutenant Ronald Bliss           Released 03/04/73
Lieutenant James E. Ray                 Released 02/12/73
Major Raymond Merrit                    Released 02/12/73
Lieutenant Gerald Coffee                Released 02/12/73
Captain Shaw
possibly Edward Shaw, USN, O2, lost 09/05/65 A1H over water)
Major Ronald Byrne                      Released 02/12/73
Captain Donald Waltman                  Released 03/04/73
Captain Norman Wells                    Released 03/04/73
Major Jack Bomar                        Released 03/04/73
James Mulligan                          Released 02/12/73
Captain Jose Luna                       Released 03/04/73
Captain Andrews
Commander James Mehl                    Released 03/04/73
First Lieutenant Teague
Captain Black
There are also 'Captain Black' and 'Commander Black', both with no
additional info...I suspect that 'Commander Black' is actually [Commander]
Cole Black, Captain USN, Retired, released 3/04/73) If the ranks are
correct, the 'Captain Black' may be the early-releasee John Black 
but I'm not sure he was captured before 'Pajamas' was filmed???
Major Smith
Lieutenant Commander Claude Clower      Released 03/15/73
Lieutenant Commander Paul Schulz        Released 03/13/73
Lieutenant Commander Haterman           LtCdr Haterman could well be LtCdr Wm Hardman.
Lieutenant Commander Peter Schoeffel    Released 03/14/73
Sergeant Major Arthur Cormier           Released 02/12/73
Lieutenant Edward Davis                 Released 02/12/73
First Lieutenant Walter Estes           Remains Returned 09/30/77
Captain Norris Overly                   Released 02/16/68
Commander William Hardman               Released 03/15/73
Captain Thomas Norris                   Released 03/14/73
Captain Parrot
(Parrott, Thomas V.)                    Released 03/14/73
Captain Russell Temperly                Released 03/14/73
Colonel Flynn
Lieutenant David Matheney               Released 02/19/68
Lieutenant Colonel Lewis
Lieutenant Commander Hugh Stafford      Released 03/14/73                                                         
Lieutenant Commander John McCain        Released 03/14/73
First Lieutenant Gerald Venanzi         Released 03/14/73
Captain James Berger                    Released 02/18/73
Major Richard Dutton                    Released 03/14/73
Lieutenant Commander Joseph Crecca      Released 02/14/73
First Lieutenant Frishman
(Frishmann, Robert F.)                  Released 08/05/69
First Lieutenant Charles Rice           Released 03/14/73
First Lieutenant Theodore Stier         Released 03/14/73
Major Robert Stirm                      Released 03/14/73
Lieutenant Commander Dale Doss          Released 03/14/73
Lieutenant Commander Schuman            no match on list
First Lieutenant Rehman
(Rehmann, David)                        Released 02/12/73
Major David Hatcher                     Released 02/12/73
Captain John Flynn                      Released 03/14/73
Captain Atterby
Atterberry, Edwin L.)			Remains Returned 03/74  Died in Captivity 05/18/69
Lieutenant Commander Norman Schmidt     Remains Returned 03/06/74
Lt. Commander Collins Henry Haynes
Haines, Collins H.)                     Released 03/04/73
Commander James Mulligan                Released 02/12/73
Commander James Bond Stockdale          Released 02/12/73
Colonel Norman C. Gaddis                Released 03/04/73
Lt. Colonel Gordon Albert Larson        Released 03/04/73
Colonel Edward B. Burdett		Remains Returned 03/74  Died in Captivity 11/18/67
Colonel John P. Flynn                   Released 03/14/73
Commander James P. Mehl                 Released 03/04/73
Colonel Nelson Villiam Humphrey   	"deceased since 20 July 1966"
Nelson, William H.)               	Remains Returned 09/30/77
Lt. Commander Shumaker                  R/Adm Robert [Bob] Shumaker, Retired, (returned 2/12/73)
Edward Lee Hubbard                      Released 03/04/73
James R. Shively                        Released 02/18/73
Everett Alvarez                         Released 02/12/73
Loren Torkelson                         Released 03/04/73
Herbert Ringsdorf                       Released 02/18/73
Robert Abott                            Released 03/04/73
Leo Thorsness                           Released 03/04/73
David Duart                             Released 03/04/73
Robert Peel                             Released 02/12/73
Charles Boyd                            Released 02/12/73
Paul Galanti                            Released 02/12/73
Richard Stratton                        Released 03/04/73
Kay Russell                             Released 03/04/73
Doug Hegdahl                            Released 08/05/69
Allan Bady
(Brady, Allen C.)                       Released 03/04/73
Maj. Kassler
(Kasler, James H.)                      Released 03/04/73
Maj.  Gordon S. Willard                 
[Major] Willard S. Gideon, Colonel, USAF-Retired, was mis-identified in a picture/propaganda
release of the 'capture' of "Gideon S. Willard", which still shows up from time-to-time
in so-called "official" materials as well as some, shall we say, mistaken and/or distorted 
presentations...
Lt. Col Fred Haeffner           	not on list
                                	LIVE on taped interview
                                	backseater "Lt French"
Major Ernest Olds               	NOTE: category 2 POW, no parchute or beeper
                                	LIVE on taped inteview
                                	STILL MISSING
Major Donald McKeller           	not on list
                                	LIVE on taped interview
Major Wright                    	"backseater" to ????
 

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