Stalag Luft III

Prisoner of war camp

Object Number - UPL 36335 - "Aerial view of Stalag Luft III, German prisoner of war camp for air force personnel, at Sagen, Germany. Thousands of American air force prisoners...

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Detailed History

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

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Unit: 365th Fighter Group 386th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O 813107
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 350th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 435th Troop Carrier Group 76th Troop Carrier Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 11056297 / O-0259887
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 314th Troop Carrier Group 32nd Troop Carrier Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 11045839 / O-729108
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 441st Troop Carrier Group 99th Troop Carrier Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-811516
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator

Revisions

Date23 Dec 2015 15:36:46
Contributorkgonnam
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Date20 Jul 2015 20:35:20
Contributor466thHistorian
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Chris Brassfield

Date27 May 2015 16:26:50
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Associated prisoners of the 457th Bomb Group from http://www.457thbombgroup.org/POW/POW.html

Date27 May 2015 16:01:10
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Associated prisoners of the 457th Bomb Group from http://www.457thbombgroup.org/POW/POW.html

Date11 Mar 2015 09:50:45
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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

Date17 Feb 2015 15:35:48
ContributorAnthony
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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.

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