Allied aircrew shot down during World War II were incarcerated after interrogation in Air Force Prisoner of War camps run by the Luftwaffe, called Stalag Luft, short for Stammlager Luft or Permanent Camps for Airmen.
Stalag Luft III was situated in Sagan, 100 miles south-east of Berlin, now called Zagan, in Upper Silesia, Poland.
This POW camp was one of six operated by the Luftwaffe for downed British and American airmen. Compared to other prisoner of war camps throughout the Axis world, it was a model of civilized internment. The Geneva Convention of 1929 on the treatment of prisoners of war was complied with as much as possible, but it was still war, still prison, and still grim.
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Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 365th Fighter Group
Retired from the USAF with the rank of Major.
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Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 390th Bomb Group
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Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.
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Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #4232089. Prisoner of War (POW).
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Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
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