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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.

"Footprints on the sands of time" by Oliver Clutton-Brock

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"


Prisoner of War camps

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
L1 Barth Germany Jul-40 2 May 1945 Liberated by Red Army. POWs flew out on 13 May in USAAF B-17s from Barth airfield
L2 Lodz (Litzmannstadt) Poland June/July 1941
L3 Sagan (Zagan) & Belaria Germany Mar/Apr 1942 28-Jan-45
MM Marlag-Milag Nord (Naval prisoners) Germany Oct-41 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 appalling. POWs that were being removed from the camp were liberated near Lubeck by British Army on 2 May 1945.
L4 Gross Tychow Poland Sep-39 23-Apr-45
L5 Groditz (Gorlitz?) Germany Not known Not known
L6 Heydekrug (Silute) Lithuania Jun-43 Jul-44
L7 Bankau (Bakow) Poland 06-Jun-44 19-Jan-45
S Sudauen (Suwalki) Poland Not known Not known

STALAG NAME COUNTRY OPENED CLOSED
3A Luckenwalde Germany Jan-45 22 April 1945 Liberated by Red Army
4B Muhlberg am der Elbe Germany Not known 23 April 1945 Liberated by Red Army but POWs not released until 22 May 1945
7C Laufen Austria Not known Not known
8A Gorlituz Poland Not Known Not Known
8B Lamsdorf (Lambinowice) Germany Not Known 1943 - became 344
8B Teschen (Cieszyn) Poland 1943 Not known
9B Bad Orb Germany November 1939 1945
9C Bad Sulza / Muhlhausen Germany Not known Not known
10B Sandbostel Germany Not known Not known
18A Wolfsberg / Spittal am der Drau Austria Not known Not known
21B Turs / Frankenthal Poland 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 16 April 1945 Liberated by British Army

OFLAG NAME COUNTRY OPENED CLOSED
9A/H Spangenberg bei Kassel Germany Not known Not known
11B Szubin Poland Oct-42 May-43

DULAG NAME COUNTRY OPENED CLOSED
DL Dulag Luft (Oberursel) Interrogation Centre Germany Dec-39 Mar-45
DLF Dulag Luft (Frankfurt am Main) Germany Sep-43 May-44
DLW Dulag Luft (Wetzlar, Klosterwald) Germany May-44 Mar-45

HOSPITAL NAME COUNTRY OPENED CLOSED
HO Hohemark (Oberursel) Germany 1940 1945
KH Kloster Haina Germany 1940 1944
OB Obermassfeld No. 1249 Germany 1940 1945

Source : "Footprints on the sands of time" by Oliver Clutton-Brock


No 214 Squadron Prisoners of War

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 9698 29 September 1941 Wellington X9884 BU-? Stettin 357 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 Harold Baines (shown as Barnes) 0003 9 May 1941 Wellington R1447 BU-A Mannheim DL-18A-L2-8B-L3-L6-357P-357G
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 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 W L Clements 83657 24 July 1943 Stirling EE902 BU-P Hamburg 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-Z 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 H C Fairhall 25072 23 July 1942 Stirling W7567 BU-S Duisburg 8B-344
F/O G W Findlay RCAF 82 19 September 1942 Stirling R9356 BU-B Munchen 21B-L3
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 Philip Fussey 706 14 September 1942 Stirling R9166 BU-H Bremen DL-L3-11B Sole survivor of crew, author of "From crash to camp"
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 Allan James Goldson NK 7 March 1945 Fortress KJ106 BU-G Jostle Patrol Harburg NK
Sgt Stanley George Goodey 39727 11 June 1942 Stirling R9326 BU-G Minelaying 9C-L6-L4
FS G Gosling 83662 24 July 1943 Stirling EE902 BU-P Hamburg 4B
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.
W/O John Henderson NK 7 March 1945 Fortress KJ106 BU-G Jostle Patrol Harburg NK
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?
Flt/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
FS John Vincent Mathews NK 7 March 1945 Fortress KJ106 BU-G Jostle Patrol Harburg NK
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
WO P J McNamara 1327 19 September 1942 Stirling R9356 BU-B Munchen L1-L6-L4
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 William Peter Mulhall NK 7 March 1945 Fortress KJ106 BU-G Jostle Patrol Harburg NK
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
Flt/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
F/S W M Thompson RCAF 42807 19 September 1942 Stirling R9356 Munchen #-L6-L4
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.
Flt/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

Source : "Footprints on the sands of time" by Oliver Clutton-Brock and many other sources



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