Stalag XVII-B

Prisoner of war camp

Object Number - UPL 28901 - SSGT Joe B. Dobbs Left Waist Gunner John Fouts Crew 466th BG - 786th BS Shot down 8 April 1944.

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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 17B was situated 100 meters northwest of the village of Gniekendorf. This village is located six kilometers northwest of Krems, Austria.

Air Corps NCO's were held at this camp and they regretted they were not in an Air Force camp. They considered that they were entitled to a special camp and the privileges of aviators.

Further detailed information, photographs and stories can be found at :
http://www.b24.net/pow/stalag17.htm

As the war was winding down, the Russians were advancing from the east and the POWs were forced marched west, across Austria, and ended up at Braunau Am Inn, on the Danube.
Any POW that couldn't walk faced either execution by the Germans or interment by the Russians.

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 614th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 31062427
  • Highest Rank: Corporal
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 6575918
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 445th Bomb Group 703rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 38221198
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 324th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 06981377
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few 327th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13033792
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner

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Revisions

Date16 Jan 2023 14:42:07
ContributorEmily
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Changes to media associations

Date15 Jan 2023 21:36:55
ContributorMums05
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My Grandfather was the Tail gunner for B-17 42-29663 and was a POW at this camp afterwards. His name was Ed Oscar Seabourne, he was the best man I've ever known.

Date11 Nov 2022 17:31:40
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Update to Place Type.

Date3 Jan 2022 06:27:40
Contributortorinoscj
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My uncle, Porter D. Clemens, was a POW here

Date25 May 2021 18:16:42
ContributorBelinda Wommack
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Journal - personal collection

Date20 May 2015 16:01:48
Date20 May 2015 15:44:27
Date13 May 2015 16:12:58
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Associated prisoners of the 457th Bomb Group from http://www.457thbombgroup.org/POW/POW.html

Date13 May 2015 16:02:34
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Associated prisoners of the 457th Bomb Group from http://www.457thbombgroup.org/POW/POW.html

Date26 Mar 2015 01:18:16
Contributorstu
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Justin Sturak grandson of Stanley J Sturak

Date11 Mar 2015 10:48:44
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Renamed Stalag Luft XVIIb for consistency.

Date11 Mar 2015 10:08:09
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Amended basic details.

Date11 Mar 2015 10:06:38
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Date6 Feb 2015 01:23:02
Contributordrh1957nb
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various websites

Date6 Feb 2015 01:06:35
Contributordrh1957nb
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various websites

Date6 Feb 2015 01:03:36
Contributordrh1957nb
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Stalag 17 website

Date6 Feb 2015 01:02:26
Contributordrh1957nb
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U.S. Archives

Stalag XVII-B: Gallery (30 items)