Prisoners of war, including Colonel Hubert Zemke of the 479th Fighter Group at Stalag Luft I.
Prison mug shots taken while in Dulag Luft at Wetzlar before he was moved to Stalag Luft IV. T/Sgt. Charles Sturgeon, who was 20 yrs. old at the time, was captured after he bailed out of Fifinella. Several months later he was moved to Stalag Luft I (Barth) where he stayed until being liberated in May 1945. After being liberated, he was able to find his record out of a pile of records three feet high and three feet in diameter. T/Sgt. Sturgeon remembered noticing a group of POWs gathered around the pile of records looking for the one with their picture. He walked over to the pile, looked down, and immediately saw his picture on the ground in plain sight. T/Sgt. Sturgeon remembered how, "One guy said he had been there two hours looking for his and still didn't find it."
CONTRIBUTED BY CHARLES STURGEON
1st Lt Howard O. Brown parachuted from B-17 44-8704 on March 19, 1945. He was captured and imprisoned at Stalag Luft I, North 2 - Barrack 7 - Room 4.
See UPL 32819 (https://www.americanairmuseum.com/media/32819) for reverse
1st Lt Howard O. Brown parachuted from B-17 44-8704 on March 19, 1945. He was captured and imprisoned at Stalag Luft I, North 2 - Barrack 7 - Room 4. See key for his location.
Poem about guard shooting Elroy F. Wyman in Stalag Luft I, by TG Witt
A form filled out by James N. Hentges after being captured by the Germans. He was sent to Stalag Luft 1 - North 3
(10 DEC 1944)
POW File for: JAMES NICHOLAS HENTGES
STALAG LUFT 1 - NORTH 3
(09 DEC 1944)
Letter sent to 1st Lieutenant Frank C Miller of the 401st Bomb Group on 24 April 1945 from his wife, while he was a Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag Luft I.
The letter outlines Miller's wife's recent purchases to celebrate their wedding anniversary, and other events back home in Roswell, New Mexico which took place throughout April 1945.
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.
Germany held nearly 9,000 USAAF and RAF airmen at Stalag Luft I during WWII. Stalag Luft I was located two miles northwest of the village of Barth, Germany, on the Baltic Sea. The first Allied prisoners entered the camp on 10 July 1940 (French and British POWs). The German garrison left the camp several days before the arrival of Soviet forces on 2 May 1945. The POWs were evacuated by 8th Air Force B-17s on 12-13 May 1945.
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Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Brunswick mission 8-Apr-44 in B-24 42-7767 'Shack Rabbit'; Shot down by fighters, baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3849.
Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.
Military | Staff Sergeant | B-17 Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
He flew on Raymond Braun crew. Reported to group on 17 Jul 1944. Shot down on 09 December 1944 mission to Stuttgart flying with Robert Brown on B-17 # 41-23809. Crew bailed out near Wolfach, and aircraft continued unmanned and crashed about 60 km...
Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
Shot down by flak on a mission to Dyon, FR on 6 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-97498 'Padded Cell'. Crew baled out and a/c crashed near Bricey. Prisoner of War (POW).
Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 301st Bomb Group
Assigned to 352BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Steyr, Austria in B-17 42-31437 24-Feb-44; enemy aircraft, crashed Enns, Austria; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 2636.
Awards: AM (2OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.
Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 11-Sep-44 in B-17 42-31091 'Maggie'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 8920
Awards: AM (3OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down on 30-Jan-44 in B-17 42-31535, Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2876
Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.
Military | Captain | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
Joined Sqd 3-Aug-42. ETO/Flight Echelon 2-Oct-42. WIA 6-Dec-42 (Abbeyville). DS/Tunis 16-Sep-43. Trans/Group HQ.
Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Brunswick mission 8-Apr-44 in B-24 42-7767 'Shack Rabbit'; Shot down by fighters, baled out at low level. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3849
Awards: AM(OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.
Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-39764 'Santa Anna', Prisoner of War (POW).
Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 355th Fighter Group
Assigned to 358FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) from free lance mission, A/C developed coolant system failure, A/C abandoned and crashed near Elsten on 15-Dec-44 in P-51D 44-15014 Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 11310.