This Date in Devils Lake History, May 29, 1945: Soldier from Devils Lake freed from Nazis

Chuck Wickenhofer
As reported in the May 29, 1945 issue of the Devils Lake journal, soldier Richard Aylesworth was released from Nazi custody after nearly a year and a half confined.

Sgt. Aylesworth Freed From Nazis

S/Sgt. Richard B. Aylesworth, Devils Lake, has been liberated from a German prison camp, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.B. Aylesworth, were informed Monday by the Red Cross.

A ball gunner on a B-24 Liberator bomber which failed to return from a mission to Blechammer, Germany, Dec. 7. Aylesworth was credit with 58 missions when he was reported missing Jan. 2. His parents were informed Feb. 3 that he was a prisoner of war.

Entering the army Feb. 25, 1943, he had been overseas eight months when he was reported missing. He holds the Air Metal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and his unit received the War Department Distinguished Unit citation for a raid on Blousbors oil refinery in Vienna, Austria, July 8.