"Mementoes of Days in Service" details Lawrence Layden's service in World War II from his induction in June 1941, six months before Pearl Harbor, until his formal discharge in December, 1945. Part of the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group, Layden's squadron provided aerial reconnaissance for Operation Overlord and the assault on Nazi Germany. Through photos and text, Layden's scrapbook follows him from his initial assignment in Louisville, Kentucky to bases in England and continental Europe. The album contains reconnaissance photos used in the assault on Europe, photographs of Layden at various bases throughout the war and several photographs of Buchenwald concentration camp, visited by Layden six days after its liberation.
This 1945 photograph was taken in Laren right after the end of the war. It shows Dientje Krant and her cousin, Gabriel DeLeeuw. When Dientje first met Gabriel after the war, he introduced himself as Kees, and it was not until later when Dientje reunited with her parents that she learned Kees was Gabriel, her cousin.
ID card was issued by a Jewish chaplain in the U.S. army and sanctioned by city hall in Pocking, Germany on August 21, 1945. Among the information on the card is Pincus' date of liberation (May 5, 1945) and his Auschwitz prisoner number (161253). Pincus is still wearing his jacket from Auschwitz.
Photograph taken in Joe Engel's hometown May 1945, approximately one month after liberation. Joe returned there looking for survivors and found 2 of his brothers and one cousin. 1st row, left to right: Shlomo Liznewski (neighbor),unidentified neighbor (non-Jewish, Polish),Izak Engel (brother). 2nd row, left to right: 2 unidentified neighbors (non-Jewish, Polish),Joe Engel,Ben Engel (brother),Eli Engel (cousin).
Small photos of the Rhine River and the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen. The 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group passed by here en route to their next base a few weeks after the capture of the bridge at Remagen. The page also includes a brief historical overview concerning the strategies employed in chasing the Germans across the Rhine.
Five photographs of Lawrence Layden and fellow officers. Top left: Capt. Colin S. White, Greenwich, Conn. Top right: Capt. Franklin B. Tostevin, Westfield, New Jersey, K.I.A. Middle: Maj. Paul F. Ebeltoft, Dickinson, N. Dak. Bottom left: Chaplain Julian Lindsey, Washington, N.C. (at Wurzburg Castle). Bottom right: Lawrence Layden (at Wurzburg Castle)