No. 214 (Federated Malay States) Squadron
Royal Air Force

 PRISONERS OF WAR


They yearned to get back into the fight.....
To get a ticket to the hell of a POW camp you had to SURVIVE the initial attack and subsequent flames and explosion of your aircraft, SURVIVE the parachute jump as you floated down completely helpless and unprotected in air that was often filled with flak and lead, SURVIVE not getting shot by the enemy as you drifted down often right on top of them, SURVIVE not being killed by enraged ordinary citizens as you made your way through hostile territory, SURVIVE the events that led to your capture, knowing it was much easier to shoot you then take you in,  SURVIVE the interrogation who without accountability and without reason, could send you to a POW camp or send you to your death, Then worst of all, you had to SURVIVE years of discomfort, poor diet, and the unimaginable boredom as you wasted away the best years of your youth.



There is an excellent book written by Oliver Clutton-Brock , called "Footprints on the sands of time" (ISBN 1904010350) which gives an excellent historical account of RAF Bomber Command Prisoners of War in Germany 1939 - 1945.

"Life in the various POW camps was at first relatively good, if one could forget the shortage of food, the lack of heating fuel in the winter months and the mind-numbing boredom. Nor was overcrowding a problem for the first 2 or 3 years, though this slowly changed in 1942 with the arrival in England of the American 8th Air Force which, by the middle of 1943, was capable of putting 1,500 or more heavy bombers and fighters into the sky over Germany each day. It was also at this time that the tide of war turned against Germany and the time when the treatment of Allied POWs began to worsen. Against the airmen, from 1943 onwards, the Nazis fostered a deliberate propaganda campaign of murder. By the end of World War 2 approximately 1 in every 20 captured RAF aircrew and 1 in every 80 Americans had been murdered 'in violation of the laws and usages of war'. Every prisoner who went home at the end of the war did so in the knowledge that he was lucky to have survived"



Most German POW camps fell within the control of either the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) or the Wehrmact (German Army), each having it's own numbering system. Occasionally the same number appears twice. If so both have been listed below.

There are numerous POW camps but our list comprises only of ones that our men were sent to.

LUFT
NAME
COUNTRY
OPENED
CLOSED
1
Barth
Germany
July 1940
May 1945
2
Lodz (Litzmannstadt)
Poland (100km SW of Warsaw)
June/July 1941
Not known
3
Sagan (Zagan) & Belaria Germany Mar/Apr 1942 28 January 1945
MM
Marlag-Milag Nord (Naval prisoners) Germany October 1941

Due to a massive offensive from the Russians, on 28 January 1945 Stalag Luft 3 Sagan was evacuated by the Germans and 2,000 RAF officers were marched to Marlag-Milag Nord, a naval POW camp, arriving on 5 February 1945. Camp conditions were appaling

Closed April 1945

4
Gross Tychow
Poland
September 1939
23 April 1945
5
Groditz (Gorlitz?)
Germany (75 km E of Leipzig)
Not known
Not known
6
Heydekrug (Silute)
Lithuania
June 1943
July 1944
7
Bankau (Bakow)
Poland
6 June 1944
19 January 1945
S
Sudauen (Suwalki)
Poland
Not known
Not known
STALAG
NAME COUNTRY
OPENED
CLOSED
3A
Luckenwalde Germany January 1945 May 1945
4B
Muhlberg am der Elbe Germany Not known Not known
8B
Lamsdorf (Lambinowice) Germany Not Known 1943 - became 344
8B
Teschen (Cieszyn) Poland 1943 Not known
7C
Laufen Austria Not known Not known
9C
Bad Sulza / Muhlhausen Germany Not known Not known
10B
Sandbostel Germany Not known Not known
18A
Wolfsberb / Spittal a.d. Drau Austria Not known Not known
344
Lamsdorf (Lambinowice) Germany 1943 - was 8B Not known
357
Thorn (Torun) Poland Not known Not known
357
Oerbke (Fallingbostel) Germany Not known Not known
OFLAG
NAME COUNTRY
OPENED
CLOSED
9A/H
Spangenberg bei Kassel Germany
DULAG
NAME COUNTRY
OPENED
CLOSED
DL
Dulag Luft Germany 1939 1945



214 SQUADRON POWS
(identified so far)
All are RAF unless otherwise stated

NK = Not known

NAME
POW No.
DATE
See CREWS & LOSSES
TARGET CAMPS COMMENTS
Sgt W Adamson
NK
24 August 1943
Stirling
EH 895 BU-M Berlin NK Leg amputated. Repatriated 6/2/45?
F/O PJ Anderson
NK
15 March 1945
Fortress
HB 803 BU-L Bomber Support None Broken leg.Liberated by US Army
Sgt R Antehley
NK
29 September 1941
Wellington
X9884 BU-?
Stettin NK Also known as Critchley
FSt D W Attwood RNZAF
25045
26 July 1942
Stirling
W7560 BU-? Hamburg 8B-L6-L4
W/O Ronald Ayre
NK
7 December 1940
Wellington
R1246 Crashed at Sommery France L1-L2-L6-357 Captured near Beauvais, northern France on 9 December 1940. When asked to dig out a tractor from a snow drift with a pitch fork, all four tyres were "accidentally" punctured.
Sgt J H Bailey
303
20 June 1942
Stirling
N3762 BU-C Emden L3-L6-L4
Sgt Alex Ballentine
304
11 June 1942
Stirling
R9326 BU-G Minelaying L3-L6-L4
FS AHE Bamsey
583
27 September 1943
Stirling
EF402 BU-E Hannover L6-357
FS P Barkess
52666
25 August 1944
Fortress
HB763 BU-T Russelsheim 9C
Sgt H Barnes
NK
9 May 1941
Wellington
R1447 BU-? Mannheim NK
Sgt G A Barrow
27173
17 September 1942
Stirling
R9350 BU-T Essen 8B - 344
FS L C Beagles
306
11 June 1942
Stirling
R9326 BU-G Minelaying L3-L6-357
Sgt R G Bentley
269828
27 September 1943
Stirling
EF402 BU-E Hannover 4B-L3
Sgt G J Booth
914
28 November 1942
Stirling
R9194 BU-N Turin L1-L6-L4
FS Norman Bradley DFM
None
15 March 1945
Fortress
HB779 BU-K Bomber Support NK Baled out - pilot flew home alone.
FS C Brown
598
27 September 1943
Stirling
EF402 BU-E Hannover L6-357
Sgt J I Burbridge
18331
29 September 1941
Wellington
X9884 BU-? Stettin L6-8B-357 Also known as Burbage
Sgt B Burgess
NK
14 March 1945
Fortress
HB802 BU-O Lutzkendorf NK UK 26 April 1945
W/O L R Burgin
312
20 June 1942
Stirling
N3762 BU-C Emden L3-L6-L4
FS T W Burke RAAF
NK
3 February 1943
Stirling
R9282 BU-Q Hamburg 8B
P/O P M W Butler
42899
28 November 1942
Stirling
R9194 BU-N Turin L3
Sgt Jack G Cameron RCAF
42710
13 October 1942
Stirling
BK599 BU-R Kiel 9C-L6-357
Sgt W R Case RCAF
222579
31 August 1943
Stirling
EE970 BU-B Berlin 4B
F/S Ken Chapman
NK
24 August 1943
Stirling
EH895 BU-M Berlin NK Badly wounded and required leg amputation
Sgt J E Chisholm
222675
31 August 1943
Stirling
EE970 BU-B Berlin 4B
Sgt D J Connearn
27512
3 February 1943
Stirling
R9282 BU-Q Hamburg 8B-344
WO1 John F Coombs
424
7 December 1940
Wellington
R1246 Crashed at Sommery France DL-L1-L3-L6-L4 Captured in Rouen France
Sgt David F Cooper
9699
29 September 1941
Wellington
X9884 BU-? Stettin L6-8B-357
Sgt Maurice Charles Cooper
222583
24 August 1943
Stirling
EH895 BU-M Berlin 4B  
Sgt R J Cox
27105
17 September 1942
Stirling
R9350 BU-T Essen 8B - 344
P/O J Gordon Crampton
1632
14 July 1941
Wellington
R1613 BU-G Bremen 7C-L3
Sgt R F Crawley
27504
3 February 1943
Stirling
R9282 BU-Q Hamburg 8B-344
Sgt P J Curtis
697
25 August 1944
Fortress
HB763 BU-T Russelsheim L7
FS J L Cuttance RNZAF
NK
14 March 1945
Fortress
HB802 BU-O Lutzkendorf NK UK 8 May 1945
Sgt G Daulby
222586
31 August 1943
Stirling
EE970 BU-B Berlin 4B
Sgt C H Davidson
42
1 April 1942
Wellington
Z1052 BU-? Hanau L3-L6-357 Sole survivor of crew
Sgt G Davison
NK
5 September 1942
Stirling
BF337 BU-B Bremen NK
Sgt H M Diebel RCAF
222684
31 August 1943
Stirling
EE970 BU-B Berlin 4B
FS R O Douglas RNZAF
NK
14 March 1945
Fortress
HB802 BU-O Lutzkendorf NK UK 8 May 1945
Sgt R W G Elliot
222509
24 August 1943
Stirling
EH895 BU-M Berlin 4B  
Sgt J Follitt
9691
29 September 1941
Wellington
X9884 BU-? Stettin L6-8B-357
F/O Harold Frost DFM
None
15 March 1945
Fortress
HB779 BU-K Bomber Support None Baled out - pilot flew home alone. Murdered 17 March 1945.
P/O P Fussey
706
14 September 1942
Stirling
R9166 BU-H Bremen L3 Sole survivor of crew
Sgt J R Fry RNZAF
12
9 May 1941
Wellington
R1447 BU-? Mannheim 18A-L6-357
Sgt G B Gallagher
1067
16 April 1943
Stirling
BK653 BU-A Mannheim L1-L6-357
Sgt R Gamble
NK
14 March 1945
Fortress
HB802 BU-O Lutzkendorf NK UK 9 May 1945
FS F E Gatland RNZAF DFM
27404
28 November 1942
Stirling
R9194 BU-N Turin 8B-344-L3
Sgt J A E Giblin
222698
31 August 1943
Stirling
EE970 BU-B Berlin 4B
Sgt H E Y Gillies
25
9 May 1941
Wellington
R1447 BU-? Mannheim 18A-357
FS Thomas Duke Glenn
18
24 May 1944
Fortress
SR384 BU-A Special duties L7-S3A
Sgt Stanley George Goodey
39727
11 June 1942
Stirling
R9326 BU-G Minelaying 9C-L6-L4
Sgt AB Grainger
222407
2 August 1943
Stirling
EF409 BU-V Hamburg 4B
FS R F Gullick
155
14 May 1943
Stirling
R9242 BU-0 Bochum L6-357
FS Robert Yewen Gundy RNZAF
23
24 May 1944
Fortress
SR384 BU-A Special duties L7
F/O Gordon Hall
NK
15 March 1945
Fortress
HB779 BU-K Bomber Support None Baled out - pilot flew home alone. Murdered 17 March 1945.
Sgt Walter William Hallett
24
24 May 1944
Fortress
SR384 BU-A Special duties L7
Sgt Leslie Hancock
18328
29 September 1941
Wellington
X9884 BU-? Stettin L6-8B-357
P/O R C Hartwell
2268
24 August 1943
Stirling
EH895 BU-M Berlin L3  
Sgt E A Harvey
582
27 September 1943
Stirling
EF402 BU-E Hannover L6-357
P/O Dudley P Heal
None
15 March 1945
Fortress
HB779 BU-K Bomber Support Augsburg Baled out - pilot flew home alone.
FS Charles L Honeychurch RCAF
326
11 June 1942
Stirling
R9326 BU-G Minelaying L3-L6-357
Sgt W D Horne
327
11 June 1942
Stirling
R9326 BU-G Minelaying L3-L6-L4
W/O A R Irvine RAAF
NK
14 March 1945
Fortress
HB802 BU-O Lutzkendorf NK UK 8 May 1945
FS Instone
9697
14 July 1941
Wellington
R1613 BU-G Bremen 8B-L6-357  
W/O Douglas R Jennings RCAF
None
21 June 1944
Fortress
SR382 BU-B Scholven / Buer None Escaped from hospital
FS G J E Jennings DFM
NK
24 February 1945
Fortress
HB805 BU-C Special duties NK Should it be HB806?
Fl/Lt Marshall A Johnson RCAF
39260
14 July 1941
Wellington
R1613 BU-G Bremen

9C-L6-357

Sgt A N Jones
18329
29 September 1941
Wellington
X9884 BU-? Stettin L6-8B-L3-357
FS H E Jones
39271
14 July 1941
Wellington
R1613 BU-G Bremen 9C-357  
Sgt R Kent
None
14 July 1941
Wellington
R1613-BU-G Bremen Died 2 August 1941
Sgt J A Lawson
27509
3 February 1943
Stirling
R9282 BU-Q Hamburg 8B-344
Sgt R Leadbetter
267166
24 August 1943
Stirling
EH895 BU-M Berlin 4B  
W/O John R Lee
5291
25 August 1944
Fortress
HB763 BU-T Russelsheim L1
Sgt R F Lloyd
34
24 May 1944
Fortress
SR384 BU-A Special duties L7
Sgt E N Lovatt
35
24 May 1944
Fortress
SR384 BU-A Special duties L7
F/O W J Lovell-Smith RNZAF
NK
14 March 1945
Fortress
HB802 BU-O Lutzkendorf NK UK 8 May 1945
FS Raoul Trichon Lyall RAAF
36
24 May 1944
Fortress
SR384 BU-A Special duties L7
Sgt A D Mackintosh
NK
14 March 1945
Fortress
HB802 BU-O Lutzkendorf NK UK 8 May 1945
F/O Marcus M Marsh
1344
9 May 1941
Wellington
R1447 BU-? Mannheim 9AH-DL-9AH-L3 Wrote Racing with the gods
Flt/Lt Sidney C Matthews DFC
None
15 March 1945
Fortress
HB779 BU-K Bomber Support None Baled out - pilot flew home alone. Murdered 17 March 1945.
Sgt J E McCutchan
39
24 May 1944
Fortress
SR384 BU-A Special duties L7
Sgt A. A. R. McGarvey
1325
2 August 1943
Stirling
EF409 BU-V Hamburg L1-L6-357
F/O W Milne
472
11 July 1944
Fortress
SR382 BU-B Scholven / Buer L7 Captured several weeks after the aircraft came down.
F/O P H Milton
2277
24 August 1943
Stirling
Eh895 BU-M Berlin L3  
F/O A R Minton
472
14 May 1943
Stirling
R9242 BU-0 Bochum L3
F/O R M D Mitchell
295
20 June 1942
Stirling
N3762 BU-C Emden L3
Sgt G D Morton
342
11 June 1942
Stirling
R9326 BU-G Minelaying L3-L6-357
Sgt R Murray
24850
12 February 1942
Wellington
Z1081 BU-B Warships 8B-344 Sole survivor
Sgt J D Musgrove
597
27 September 1943
Stirling
EF402 BU-E Hannover L4-L6
Sgt K A Neilson
1661
26 June 1943
Stirling
BK767 BU-L Gelsenkirchen L3
F/O C D Noble DFC MBE RCAF
477
20 June 1942
Stirling
N3762 BU-C Emden L3 MBE 1/10/1946 for escaping activities
P/O D N Osborne
680
5 September 1942
Stirling
BF337 BU-B Bremen L3
Sgt G Parnell
502
22 September 1943
Stirling
EF393 BU-R Hannover L6-357
P/O Harold Johnstone Paterson DFC
NK
20 April 1941
L1-DL-L3
FS Ed Percival
None
15 March 1945
Fortress
HB779 BU-K Bomber Support None Baled out - pilot flew home alone. Murdered 17 March 1945.
Sgt Ken C Phelan
NK
7 March 1945
Fortress
KJ106 BU-G Jostle Patrol Harburg 10B To RAF Cosford hospital on return to UK
FS J E M Pitchford
754
25 August 1944
Fortress
HB763 BU-T Russelsheim L7
Sgt L J Pound
NK
14 March 1945
Fortress
HB802 BU-O Lutzkendorf NK UK 8 May 1945
Flt/Lt G P Pow DFC
NK
15 March 1945
Fortress
HB779 BU-K Bomber Support NK
Sgt Geoff H Ransome
353
11 June 1942
Stirling
R9326 BU-G Minelaying L3-L6-357
F/Lt Norman Rix
NK
14 March 1945
Fortress
HB802 BU-O Lutzkendorf NK UK 8 May 1945
Sgt G F Roughton
39233
7 July 1941
Wellington
T2992 Cologne 9C-L3 Sole survivor
P/O H T Sargeant RAAF
NK
14 March 1945
Fortress
HB802 BU-O Lutzkendorf NK UK 8 May 1945
FS Smith
720
25 August 1944
Fortress
HB763 BU-T Russelsheim L7
F/L John Gordon Smith DFC RCAF
681
5 September 1942
Stirling
BF337 BU-B Bremen L3
FS J A Smith
NK
16 April 1943
Stirling
BK653 BU-A Mannheim NK
Sgt Tom S. Sparks
414
8 July 1944
Fortress
SR382 BU-B Scholven / Buer L7-3A Captured in Antwerp several weeks after the aircraft came down.
WO Frederick J W Steele
448
7 December 1940
Wellington

R1246

Crashed at Sommery France L1-DL-L6-L2-357

Baled out in error from his aircraft when it hit a barrage balloon and taken POW.

During the Long Marches of 1945 he was one of 60 prisoners killed in "friendly fire" by RAF Typhoons at Gresse in Germany on 19 April 1945.

FS L Sutcliffe
10582
14 May 1943
Stirling
R9242 BU-0 Bochum L3
F/O Tom H Tate
None
15 March 1945
Fortress
HB779 BU-K Bomber Support NK Baled out - pilot flew home alone.
FS E G Taylor
261
26 June 1943
Stirling
BK767 BU-L Gelsenkirchen L6-357
Sgt K S Thompson
309
27 September 1940
Wellingtom
L7843 Mannheim L1-L6-357
Sgt. B.L. Tillotson
13
9 May 1941
Wellington
R1447 BU-? Mannheim 18A-L6-357
Sgt James Cheyne Todd
526
22 September 1943
Stirling
EF393 BU-R Hannover L6-357
Sgt. Len Tonkin RAAF
365
11 June 1942
Stirling
R9326 BU-G Minelaying L3-L6-357
FS A J Tyrell
27746
12 March 1943
Stirling
BF469 BU-M Stuttgart 8B-344
F/O James Vinnall
None
15 March 1945
Fortress
HB779 BU-K Bomber Support None Baled out - pilot flew home alone. Murdered 17 March 1945.
F/Lt Peter Fowler Walker
34
7 December 1940
Wellington
R1246 Crashed at Sommery France DL-L3-MM Captured near St Marie, northern France on 9 December 1940.Caught in tunnel awaiting escape from Sagan 24 March 1944, part of "The Great Escape". Moved from Stalag Luft 3 to Marlag-Milag in January 1945 when there was a massive Russian invasion.
Sgt C G Walton
1165
16 April 1943
Stirling
BK653 BU-A Mannheim L3-L6-357
Sgt W E Warren
584
27 September 1943
Stirling
EF402 BU-E Hannover L6-357
Sgt Douglas Wilmott Waters
736
13 March 1941
Wellington
N2746 BU-M Hamburg L1-L4-L6
Sgt W B Watt
27005
5 September 1942
Stirling
BF337 BU-B Bremen 8B-344
FS H. Whatton
423
8 July 1944
Fortress
SR382 BU-B Scholven / Buer L7-3A Captured in Antwerp several weeks after the aircraft came down.
Sgt T F Williams.
312
27 September 1940
Wellington
L7843 Mannheim L1-L6-357
Plt.Off. I.K. Woodroffe
1343
9 May 1941
Wellington
R1447 BU-? Mannheim 9AH-L3

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