taken whilst in Camp 11
photos and information hosted on this page were graciously provided by Alexander
POW NUMBER: B104214
CAPTURED: Saarland (south west Germany)
DATE OF CAPTURE: 28th November 1944
DATE OF BIRTH: 18th Septemeber 1918
PLACE OF BIRTH: Dresden, Saxony, Germany
DATE OF DEATH: 16th November 2008
PLACE OF DEATH: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
NATIONALITY: German / Canadian
NEXT OF KIN: Wife Hildegard Fritzsche, two sons, four grandchildren
War Service history:
- Conscripted at the age
of 20, he began training with the luftwaffe in 1939 at Grossenhain air force
- Primarily served aboard
Ju88 (junker) bombers and reconnaissance aircraft in the machine gun emplacement,
though he served in several other non pilot roles during the course of the
- Was based out of Germany
until at least 1943 and then was transferred to Budapest where he served in
the Balkan and Black Sea theatres of the war.
- During the Soviet Dneiper-Carpathian
offensive he was stationed in Odessa and engaged in battle there as well as
evacuating German troops from Crimea area.
- Transferred to the western
front in the Saarland in 1944.
- His plane was forced
into a crash landing and the pilot was killed.
- He was captured by Canadian
forces and transferred to Britain as a POW.
- After a few stops elsewhere
he spent the majority of his time in captivity at Island Farm.
POW CAMPS HELD:
listing dates of Alexander Fritzsche's captivity
- London 3rd December 1944 - 17th Decmber 1944
- Scotland: 18th Dcember 1944 - 10th February 1945
- England 11th February 1945 - 3rd January 1946
- South Wales (Island Farm) - 4th January 1946 - 26th March 1948
- Repatriated: 15th April 1948 (assumed by ship due to photo)
Whilst at Island Farm:
- Repatriated to Germany
in March of 1948 where he worked as a labourer and general handyman.
- Attempted to re-unite
with his wife and young daughter (Angelika) but was unsuccessful and the three
became permanently estranged. Angelika found and reconnected with her father's
family in 2020 thats to the efforts of her granddaughter in Germany and nephew
- Re-married in 1950 and
had the first of two sons (Wolfgang in Lingen in West Germany and a second
son Claus born in Canada)
- Emigrated to Canada
aboard the Arosa Star in 1955 and the family made its way to the Canadian
prairies, settling in Winnipeg for the rest of his life.
- He worked for a time
helping to build a large nickel mine in northern Manitoba, but spent most
of his career at New Flyer Industries (a major bus manufacturer).
- He was active in the
German community and also with his church choir.
- Remembered as a very
hard worker who had a zest for life.
- He laid down solid roots
as his wife, sons, grandchildren, and great grandchildren all still reside
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