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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.

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  • 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...

  • Quentin Bass

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

  • Norman Beaulie

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 435th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 76TC Sqn 435TC Group, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) resupply mission to Marcouray, Belgium in C-47B 43-48407 hit by ground fire and 88mm flak on run into DZ, after being hit, pulled A/C up and out of formation with smoke and flames...

  • George Behling

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 357th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 362FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 1 x kill. Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort to Derben in P-51D 'Chi Lassie' 44-15527, shot down by Fw190 after engaging enemy aircraft, unwittingly, without his wingman - who had blacked out in the...

  • Brunson Bolin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4230831 'Lazy Baby. ' A/C landed in Switzerland, however, Lt. Bolin was ordered by the pilot to bail out and did so after getting the top turret gunner out of the A/C. He was captured by German soldiers but not before...

  • Val Bollwerk

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter pilot | 55th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 338FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Strafing a marshaling yard, hit in the port engine and belly landed near Amiens on 11-Jun-44 in P-38 42-104396. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 5575. ...

  • William Boulet

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 3 x kills and 3 x destroyed [ground]. Failed to Return (FTR) ramrod to Brunswick shot down in P-51B 43-6948 by friendly fire from escorted B-17 bombers top turret gunner, engine hit in oil system,...

  • James Bourne

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 465th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 783BS, 465BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) from raid on Oil refinery in Blechhammer, Germany. When B-24 42-28853 lost a wing over the target he was blown out of the aircraft, fortunately with his chute attached, he survived to be...

  • William Bramwell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 November 1943 in B-17 #4230789 'Flak Suit'. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

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Jonah's Feet are Dry. Graham Cross book on 353rd FG

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