Mama Bear

Radio code name used by prisoners from German POW camp Stalag 13 to secretly contact WWII Allied submarines on the military comedy HOGAN’S HEROES/CBS/1965-71.


Papa Bear and Red Fox were the code names for American POW Colonel Robert Hogan (Bob Crane). “Goldilock” was the code name used to communicate with the underground resistance fighters.

The prisoner’s makeshift radio set was hidden inside of coffee pot inside their barracks. At times, the POWs scurried up a telephone pole and tapped into the local telephone lines when they wanted to deliver or intercept phone calls to their German foes.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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