2nd Lt. Carroll Givens Snidow

Co-Pilot, Hautman Crew


Carroll Snidow was born to Lloyd Reeder Snidow and Mattie Givens Snidow on July 30, 1922 in Christianburg, Montgomery Co., Virginia, along with at least two siblings. The 1940 U.S. Federal Census noted him as being in his fourth year of high school.  

After Lt. Snidow was captured on the Kassel Mission, he was taken to a nearby road where he waited for about an hour.  In the meantime, crewmates Thomas Land and Harold Giesler, who had also been captured, were brought up. Their captors took them in an automobile to a nearby town where they waited for about three hours to board a train. After changing trains many times over the night, they arrived at  Oberursel, the main check-in way station for new POWs, located near Frankfurt the morning of September 28th. 

The Germans interrogated Lt. Snidow and left him in solitary confinement until October 3rd at which time he was sent to his permanent camp, Stalag Luft I at Barth, Germany on the Baltic Sea.  Lt. Snidow was undoubtedly separated from Land and Giesler, since protocol demanded separation of officers from enlisted men.  He remained there at Stalag Luft I until May 1945 when he was liberated by advancing Russians.

Lt. Snidow arrived in New York City on June 21, 1945.  After leaving the Army, he graduated from Virginia Tech in June, 1948 with a degree in engineering.  Later that month, he married Norma Lee Mitchum in Roanoke, Roanoke Co., Virginia. He and Norma had a son and a daughter. Carroll enjoyed a 37-year career as a sales engineer for Texaco and retired as a district manager.  He died on August 8, 2007 in Roanoke, where he was buried.  

Carroll Snidow was the last of the Hautman crew to pass away, nearly 63 years after the crash of the Mairzy Doats.  His wife Norma is still living at the time this history is recorded.  (May, 2016)

His account was written when he was a POW.