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.
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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.
Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
Irwin Aaseby served as a gunner with the 306th Bomb Group from Thurleigh. He was shot down on 28 July 1943 in B-17 #42-29779 'Bab's Best', bailed out and was taken as a Prisoner of War (POW). He was held at Stalag 17B Braunau Gneikendorf, near Krems,...
Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #42-3185 'Queen Bee'. Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag 17B.
Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
ETO/ Queen Mary 9/5/42.
Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
Shot down on 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-30386. Prisoner of War (POW). The a/c was crippled by fighters, fire in the bomb bay, two engines out and the elevator controls also shot out. Crashed near Estree Blanche.
Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30032 'Sky Queen'. Prisoner of War.
Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
Shot down 11 January 1944 in B-17 #42-37768. Prisoner of War (POW).
Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-17 #42-37766, Prisoner of War (POW).
Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3497, Prisoner of War (POW).
Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-37883, Prisoner of War (POW).
Military | Corporal | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt in B-17 42-97464 'What Next ?'; Shot down 13-Apr-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3941
Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.