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Stalag XVII-B

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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 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.

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  • Irwin Aaseby

    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,...

  • Julian Abel

    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. POW

  • Isaac Abeyta

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    ETO/ Queen Mary 9/5/42. ...

  • Earl Adams

    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. ...

  • Howard Adams

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30032 'Sky Queen'. Prisoner of War.

  • Brady Adkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 January 1944 in B-17 #42-37768. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Dale Aldrich

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-17 #42-37766, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Roland Alexenberg

    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). POW

  • Patsy Alicandro

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-37883, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Andrew Allen

    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.

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Date Contributor Update
03 January 2022 06:27:40 torinoscj Changes to history
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My uncle, Porter D. Clemens, was a POW here

Date Contributor Update
25 May 2021 18:16:42 Belinda Wommack Changes to person associations
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Journal - personal collection

Date Contributor Update
20 May 2015 16:01:48 general ira snapsorter Changes to history
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Correction to basic details:
http://www.ww2pow.info/index.php?page=camps&cmp=Stalag+17b+Braunau+Gneik...

Date Contributor Update
20 May 2015 15:44:27 general ira snapsorter Changes to name, known as and history
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Correction to basic details:
http://www.ww2pow.info/index.php?page=camps&cmp=Stalag+17b+Braunau+Gneik...

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2015 16:12:58 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations
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Associated prisoners of the 457th Bomb Group from http://www.457thbombgroup.org/POW/POW.html

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2015 16:02:34 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations
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Associated prisoners of the 457th Bomb Group from http://www.457thbombgroup.org/POW/POW.html

Date Contributor Update
26 March 2015 01:18:16 stu Changes to person associations
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Justin Sturak grandson of Stanley J Sturak

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2015 10:48:44 general ira snapsorter Changes to name and history
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Renamed Stalag Luft XVIIb for consistency.

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2015 10:08:09 general ira snapsorter Changes to name and known as
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Amended basic details.

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2015 10:06:38 general ira snapsorter Changes to name, known as, latitude, longitude and history
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Added details from : http://www.b24.net/pow/stalag17.htm

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2015 01:23:02 drh1957nb Changes to name
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various websites

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2015 01:06:35 drh1957nb Changes to history
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various websites

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2015 01:03:36 drh1957nb Changes to history
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Stalag 17 website

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2015 01:02:26 drh1957nb Created entry with name, known as, latitude, longitude and person associations
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U.S. Archives

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