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Leutnant Gottfried Dulias
LG-53 "Ace of Spades" - Fighter Wing 53 - ME-109G Fighter Pilot

Leutnant Gottfried Dulias as a Cadet

The best thing about honoring my own family is that sometimes you meet other veterans who shared the same experiences as your loved ones.  Except this time my experience was meeting a veteran from the other side, the German Luftwaffe.  At the 2007 Battle of the Bulge reenactment held each year at Fort Indiantown Gap I met Gottfried Dulias, a Luftwaffe Pilot who was shot down in March 1945 over the Russian Front.

If I see a veteran adorned with a WWII Veteran cap, I always, always, say thank you and try to stir up a conversation.  Except this time, it was a different cap, a Luftwaffe Pilot's cap.  Needless to say, I could not resist saying hello.  After a 45 minute conversation I leaned that Gottfried had written a book that chronicles his life and experiences of becoming a Luftwaffe Pilot and the event that changed his life, being shot down and his subsequent capture and imprisonment in a Russian gulag.

The book, Another Bowl of Kapusta, details his life, from early childhood and into the 21st Century.  In addition to his flight experiences, he tells of the events that took place prior to the war in Germany, during, and afterwards.  The book is a great collection of what life was really like in Germany from a personal perspective of a man and family who truly lived it.

Listen to an interview with Gottfried by clicking on this text....
Compliments of Jim Edwards from the www.thepoliticalcesspool.org

Gottfried and I at the Battle of the Bulge Reenactment

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