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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.

Further detailed information, photographs and stories can be found at :
http://www.b24.net/pow/stalag3.htm

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People

  • Donald Achenbach

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio operator/gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed at Trier on 2 Jan 45 in B-17 44-8201

  • Anthony Alaimo

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) repeat raid to power station at Ijmuiden, Holland in B26 41-18086 'Draggin Lady'. Hit by flak on return ditched in North sea, co-pilot ejected from cockpit and sole survivor. Rescued by a...

  • George Alexander

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Navigator on plane 44-6596 'Sweet Dish'. Plane badly damaged during mission on 5 December 1944. Alexander and two other crew members bailed out and were captured. Rest of crew stayed on board and pilot was able to nurse aircraft back to base.

  • Coburn Arledge

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 365th Fighter Group
    Retired from the USAF with the rank of Major.

  • John Balason

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Flew a tour of duty in the Aleutians with 18FS, 343FG, 11AF prior to being assigned to 350FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) free lance to Madgeburg, set off in pursuit of several Me262 fighters in P-51 44-14793 'Miss Betty D', last seen...

  • Clarendon Barbarus

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 42-3302 'Rick-O-Shay'. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Liston Bascon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Owen crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-29976 'Sad Sack'. Mission #12 to the Focke-Wulf factory in Hamburg. MACR 128. Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III. Arlington, CA

  • Quentin Bass

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #4232089. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Albert Batich

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Albert Batich served as a navigator with the 524th Bomb Squadron of the 379th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Kimbolton, England. On 25 July 1943, he was flying in B-17 42-5917 when it crashed near Hamburg. Batich survived and was taken as a...

  • Willis Baxandall

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 'Spare Parts'. MACR 790. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft III, Stalag VII-A, Moosburg. Liberated 1945 by General Patton's soldiers. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Date Contributor Update
23 December 2015 15:36:46 kgonnam Changes to person associations
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Jonah's Feet are Dry. Graham Cross book on 353rd FG

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2015 20:35:20 466thHistorian Changes to person associations
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Chris Brassfield

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2015 16:26:50 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations
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Associated prisoners of the 457th Bomb Group from http://www.457thbombgroup.org/POW/POW.html

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2015 16:01:10 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations
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Associated prisoners of the 457th Bomb Group from http://www.457thbombgroup.org/POW/POW.html

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2015 09:50:45 general ira snapsorter Changes to known as, latitude, longitude, history and media associations
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Added further detail from http://www.b24.net/pow/stalag3.htm.
Associated media.
Further detailed information, photographs and stories can be found at :
http://www.b24.net/pow/stalag3.htm

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2015 15:35:48 Anthony Created entry with name, known as, latitude, longitude and person associations
Sources

Flight Officer Moore's Diary and Flight Manifest. Wyatt replaced James Garrison on this flight. Garrison was the Assistant Flight Engineer and Waist Gunner.

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