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Jake Martinez's Wartime Log Book

 

 

Several months ago I was contacted by a lady from California who stumbled onto my website. She told me a wonderful story that has spanned many decades. More than 25 years ago a tornado went trough her neighborhood. As she was going through the wreckage of their garage she found a war time log book belonging to Jacob M. Martinez. As the lady paged through the old WWII log book she knew that she was holding a piece of history that must be saved and returned to the rightful owner. For the  past 25 years she has been on a quest to find Jake or his family members. Sadly Jake and his wife have passed away. If anyone knows any of Jakes’ family members please contact me at the email address posted on the first page of my website.

Posted on this page are a few of the pages from Jake’s log book. This book was given to him by the war prisoners aid of the Y. M. C. A. in one of the parcels the POW’s got while they were imprisoned. Jake had this empty book to fill while he was a POW in Stalag 17B. Many men traded cigarettes or food stuffs to have a fellow POW add something to his log book. If a POW was a good artist he could acquire a lot of things by sketching pictures or cartoons in a POW’s book.

January 30, 2008

The story of Jake’s logs book has been on the site for several years. Eva the woman who has been searching for Jake’s family members for almost 30 years has finally given up the quest. So that the information will not be lost to the annals of time, she has decided to donate Jake’s book to the Mighty 8th Air Force Museum . The museum will preserve and in some cases let researchers and the public access to the logbook. Jake was part of the Mighty 8th so it is befitting that since family could not be found that it should reside at the museum.

The Mighty 8th Air Force Museum has a very extensive data base about the Mighty 8th. If you would like more information go to: www.mightyeighth.org

Sharon

  

 

Jake's POW Identification Card

 

Here is a cartoon about 2 cigarettes for one onion.

 

Another cartoon about food

 

A cartoon showing allied bombing raids getting too close for comfort.