WWII STALAG LUFT RESEARCH

Stalag Luft POW Camp

Here you will find the internets largest and most complete research on the WWII POW Stalag Lufts in Europe. This area of research also includes the history and first hand documentation of the 57 day, 500+ mile, forced "Death March" from Luft 4 of 6,000+ airmen.

We have focused our research on the seven German Stalag Lufts 1, 3, 4, 6, 7a, 13d and 17b. The information these sites contain are maps, photos, government records, first hand historal records and stories.

The German system separated officers from enlisted men and sent them out to the various camps, which were know as Stalag Lufts. These airmen's camps were administered by the German Luftwaffe and the Abwehr. Once inside the wire, the new Kriegesgefangenen or "Kriegie" was once more among his own. At Stalag Lufts I and III and VIIA, the Senior American Officer (SAO) was in charge. At Lufts VI, IV and Stalag 17b, enlisted airmen elected the Man of Confidence (MOC) as their top man.

In general, the camps were segmented by barbed wire into Compounds, each of which contained several Lagers or barracks. These were segmented into rooms which held upwards of 40 men in triple tier wooden bunks.

In early February, 1944, most camps were evacuated in the face of the Russian advance. Many thousands of prisoners were "on Road" for periods up to 86 days. Only Luft I remained intact, until liberated in May, 1945.

The story of how Air Corps prisoners organized themselves for survival while in the hands of the enemy, is surely, one of the greatest chapters in American history.

As a resource, you might find www.b24.net to be a help in finding data regarding those who served in the 8th AAF, 2nd AD, 392nd BG. All mission summaries, MACR's, oversea burials, casualties, aircraft dispositions, roll of honor, stories, maps, photos of crews, planes, support, base, etc. is there.

Dulag Luft
Dulag Luft, through which practically all Air Force personnel captured in German occupied Europe passed, was composed of three installations: the interrogation center at Oberusal; the hospital at Hohemark; and the transit camp ultimately Wetzlar
Stalag Luft 1
Stalag Luft 1 was situated at Barth, Germany (54-22N - 120421 3091 E), a small town on the Baltic Sea 23 kilometers northwest of Stralsund
Stalag Luft 3
Located 100 miles southeast of Berlin in what is now Poland. The POW camp was one of six operated by the Luftwaffe for downed British and American airmen.
Stalag Luft 4
Opened to Americans on May 12, 1944, this new camp is only one quarter completed. Its eventual capacity will be 6400.
Stalag Luft 6
The camp is near the old Prussian-Lithuanian border at Heydekrug, 40 kilometers Northwest of Tilsit. The camp has 3 compounds: one American another British and the third joint British-American. The Britons are all RAF NCO's.
Stalag Luft 7a
The camp is located 35 kilometers northeast of Munich, and one kilometer north of Moosburg. This was the camp for NCO's of the U.S. Air Force until 13 Oct. 1943, when all 1900 were transferred to Stalag 17B.
Stalag Luft 13d
Located near the city of Nuremburg. Conditions at Stalag13d, where POWs stayed for three months, were deplorable. on 3 April 1945, the Americans received notice that they were to evacuate the Nurnberg camp and march to Stalag 7a, Moosburg.
Stalag Luft 17b
located six kilometers northwest of Krems, Austria. On 13 October 1943, 1350 non-commissioned officers of the Air Force were transferred from Stalag 7A to Stalag 17B, which already contained PWs from France, Italy, Russia, Yugoslavia and various smaller nations.
Death March
from Luft 4
Say the phrase "death march," and most Americans respond with a single word: Bataan. Hundreds of Americans and thousands of Filipinos died in the five-10 day trek, one of the greatest atrocities ever perpetrated against American fighting men. But there was another death march inflicted upon American POWs during World War II -- a journey that stretched hundreds of miles and lasted nearly three months. It was in the heart of a terrible German winter fraught with sickness, death and cruelty. Though experienced by thousands of GIs, it was all but forgotten by their countrymen.