When they were finally caught, they were sent to Krems, Austria, and imprisoned at Stalag 17-B, which later would serve as the setting for the 1953 movie Stalag 17 and the 1960s television comedy .Ellen corresponded with Lloyd the entire time he was imprisoned, until he was freed more than a year later when the Allies entered Austria."He asked my parents if he could marry me and my father said, ‘Talk to the boss,’ meaning my mother.My mother said, ‘I married who I wanted.’ And that was that." Ellen and Lloyd married June 16, 1945, in London.Just 15 years old when the war started in Europe, Annette had spent two years in hiding with her Jewish family during the German occupation of France and then had worked with the French Resistance.The liberation of Europe was a kind of liberation for her as well.
He was stationed outside London, and Ellen says she thought "he seemed like a nice guy." When he came back another day and asked her to have lunch with him, she was torn.
"My father and mother were very open-minded" about dating American soldiers, she says.
"A lot of people I knew didn’t want girls to date Yanks." Uncle Sam shared this sentiment.
Ellen and Lloyd’s relationship almost ended before it began.
Lloyd, a turret gunner on B-17 bombers, was participating in his last bombing mission over Germany in April 18, 1944, when his plane was hit by enemy fire.