During World War II, hundreds of Allied airmen found themselves unwilling guests of Switzerland. Pilots flying airplanes badly damaged in the skies over southern Germany elected to steer for the Swiss border rather than land in enemy territory and become prisoners of war. There they lived as internees in the hands of a neutral government.
One of these men was Clare Hubbard of Berrien Center. He was on his third mission as a waist gunner on a B-24 Liberator named "Our Honey" when antiaircraft fire knocked out two engines. Pilots Dale Grubb and Ed Carnahan got their crew over Switzerland before ordering them to bail out. Everyone got out of the Liberator before it exploded in the air. Hubbard survived the jump with a broken leg and became an internee.
Swiss officials often dealt harshly with Americans who had fallen into their custody.
Airmen who attempted to escape internment wound up in the notorious Wauwilermoos prison camp, where they endured conditions far worse than the German stalags. Not until 2013, however, did those prisoners finally receive authorization for the Prisoner of War Medal... (read full article at: The Herald Palladium)