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Stalag Luft VI

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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 Luft 6 was located near the town of Heydekrug, Memelland (now Šilutė in Lithuania). It was the northernmost POW camp within the confines of the German Reich.

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  • Joseph Baker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and flak and crashed near Saarbrucken, GR on a mission to Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-39841. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Hubert Campney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    On 14 August 1944 in A/C #42-97852, we were ordered to bomb the electrical plant at Mannheim. There was not room for the parachute to be attached to the harness in the ball turret. I had always pushed my chute into an area just large enough to hold the...

  • Stanley Chmielecki

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer / Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by enemy aircraft in B-17 #42-31397 on 25 Feb 1944 on a mission to Regensburg, GR. A/C crashed S of Klagenfurt, Austria. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Victor Ciganek

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Sgt Victor Ciganek was assigned to the 91st Bomb Group 322nd Squadron based at Bassingbourn. Victor served as radio operator on the B-17 #42-3119 "Destiny's Tot" on the Hamburg mission of 26 July 1943. Upon returning the B-17 ditched into the North Sea...

  • Philip Dryden

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 397th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 599BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. 100+ combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Eller railroad bridge, missing after attacks by enemy fighters. 23-Dec-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 11897. Died of wounds as a POW. ...

  • George Fisher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    George Chester Fisher served as a waist gunner with the 303rd Bomb Group out of Molesworth, England. On 29 November 1943, he was flying in B-17 42-29498 'Dark Horse' when it was shot down. ...

  • Walter Getsey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. 18 x combat missions. Shot down by flak over the IP on a mission to Frankfurt on 4-Feb-44 in B-17 42-39803 'The Wolf'. Prisoner of War (POW). Killed attempting escape. MACR 2235 Awards: AM (2OLC), POW, PH.

  • Elmer Hagen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Mohnacky crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #61 to the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-38045. MACR 2242. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft VI & Luft IV. ...

  • Samuel Hamm

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Maintenance/Upper Turret Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Last seen crossing the coast with one engine feathered on a mission to Brandenburg, GR on 9 Mar 1944, B-24H #4-128611 'Baby Shoes' crashed N of Arendonk, Belgium. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Harlow

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 445th Bomb Group
    George Harlow served as a Radio Operator with the 445th Bomb Group. ...

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Date Contributor Update
18 May 2020 17:40:43 V York Changes to person associations

My father's diary states he was in Stalag IXC , then transferred to Stalag Luft VI then went to Stalag Luft IV, then marched.

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2015 10:29:24 general ira snapsorter Created entry with name, known as, latitude, longitude and history

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