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Stanley Canner Papers

 Collection
Identifier: P-731

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains the self-published book, Missing in Action with the French Underground by Stanley Canner, detailing his experiences during World War II. However, it is likely that the book was put together by Canner's son, Neil. An addendum with news articles, photographs and correspondence is included. All material is photocopied with the exception of the book.

Dates

  • undated, 1943-1988

Creator

Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for researcher use. Please contact us to request access or to make an appointment to view this collection at jhcreference@nehgs.org.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of this collection. For more information contact jhcreference@nehgs.org.

Biographical Note

Stanley Canner was a 24 year old pilot in World War II, when his plane was shot down over Normandy on July 14, 1944. Canner, along with Alfred Sutkowski from Portland, Connecticut and Russell Leith of Australia were rescued by members of the French underground, and hidden in a farmhouse owned by Jean and Renee Renault. The couple hid the soldiers for six weeks, until they were liberated by the Canadian Allied Forces.

Canner, from Hyde Park, reunited with Sutkowski and Leith in 1981. They returned to Normandy to visit Robert Martin, the French Olympic bobsledder who helped hide them, and other Resistance leaders.

After the war, Canner returned to the Boston area, where he owned Central Paint and Supply Co. in Hyde Park. He died in 1984, at the age of 64.

References

  1. Material from the collection.

Chronology

1920
Stanley Canner born.
1944
Canner's plane shot down over Normandy on July 14th. Canner and two others are rescued by French Resistance leaders and hidden for six weeks.
1981
Canner's reunion with former Resistance leaders and fellow rescued soldiers.
1984
Canner dies.

Extent

.025 linear feet (1 half-manuscript box)

Overview

Stanley Canner was a 24 year old pilot in World War II, when his plane was shot down over Normandy on July 14, 1944. Canner, along with Alfred Sutkowski from Portland, Connecticut and Russell Leith of Australia were rescued by members of the French underground, and were hidden in a farmhouse owned by Jean and Renee Renault. The couple hid the three soldiers for six weeks, until they were liberated by the Canadian Allied Forces. This collection includes his book, Missing in Action with the French Underground, and photocopies of articles, photographs and correspondence.

Physical Location

Located in Boston, Mass.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Robert Isaacson Canner, September 1990 and Mrs. George Goldsmith, December 1990.

Processing Information

Processed by Stephanie Call, 2011
Title
Guide to the Stanley Canner Papers, P-731
Author
Processed by Stephanie Call
Date
2011

Repository Details

Part of the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society Repository

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