Thursday, April 06, 2017
"Luft Gangster" Dramatizes World War II Hell
Clyde Fitch Report: In 1944, Columbia, SC native Lou Fowler (Lowell Byers), a gunner in the US Army Air Corps, is shot down in Europe. He’s apprehended by Nazi troops and sent to a detention camp, Stalag Luft VI — also called the “sixth circle of hell” by its inhabitants. Fowler’s leg injury might progress to gangrene, but the Commandant (Ralph Byers — Lowell’s father in real-life) refuses to give Fowler medical treatment unless he gives up information on military targets. Meantime, the Third Reich is promoting propaganda that the US has a “Luft Gangster” program that puts convicts into the military.