POW Camp Movements

RESEARCH NOTES

The following shows some of the POW Camp Movements relating to RAF personnel during WWII

Stalag Luft I, Barth (June 1940 to May 1945)

  • July 1941: 50 Officers transferred to Oflag X-C
  • September 1941: NCO transferred to Stalag VIII-B
  • March 1942: 100+ Officers transferred to Stalag Luft III
  • April 1942: 700 NCO transferred to Stalag Luft III
  • July 1942: 150+ NCO transferred to Stalag Luft III
  • October 1942: 200 NCO arrived from Stalag Luft III
  • October 1943: 1200 NCO transferred to Stalag Luft VI
  • December 1943: All Officers and NCO moved from South to West Compound
  • April 1945: Liberated by Red Army (30th April)
  • May 1945: Prisoners flown out by B-17 (C-46 for sick) from Barth Airfield 13th – 15th May 1945 (Operation Revival)

Stalag Luft II, Litzmannstadt

  • September 1944: Personnel transferred to Stalag Luft III

Stalag Luft III, Sagan (From 1942 to January 1945)

  • 21/03/1942: East Compound (RAF Officers and Orderlies) opened 100+ arrived from Stalag Luft I
  • April / May 1942: Personnel arrived from other camps
  • By Summer 1942: Centre Compound (NCO) opened
  • 24/07/1942: 150+ NCO arrived from Stalag Luft I
  • October 1942: 200 NCO transferred to Stalag Luft I
  • 01/04/1943: North Compound (for Officers) opened (East Compound Officers transferred)
  • 20/06/1943: 1000 (from Centre Compound) transferred to Stalag Luft VI
  • January 1944: 500 transferred to Belaria
  • September 1944: Personnel arrived from Stalag Luft II
  • 27/01/1945: Evacuated
  • January / February 1945: Long Marches (3000 to Stalag III-A, Luckenwalde and 2500 to Marlag und Milag Nord, Westertimke)

Stalag Luft IV, Gross Tychow (July 1944 to January 1945)

  • Late 1944: 900 arrived from Stalag Luft VI
  • February 1945: Evacuated.
  • February 1945 / April 1945: “Black March” to Stalag 357

Stalag Luft V, Halle

Stalag Luft VI, Heydekrug (June 1943 to July 1944)

  • 20/06/1943: 1000 NCO arrived from Centre Compound, Stalag Luft III
  • October 1943: 1200 NCO arrived from Stalag Luft I
  • July 1944: Evacuated, most to Stalag 357, Thorn; 900 prisoners were taken to the port of Memel, where they were put aboard the merchant ship Insterburg for a 60-hour journey to Swinemünde. After another train journey, the men were force marched from Kiefheide to Stalag Luft IV, Gross Tychow

Stalag Luft VII, Bankau (June 1944 to January 1945)

  • 19/01/1945: 1565 NCO Evacuated
  • 19/01/1945 to 08/02/1945: March to Stalag III-A

Stalag IV-B, Muhlberg (August 1943 to May 1945)

  • August 1943: 105 arrived from Stalag VII-A (diverted from Stalag VIII-B due to a typhus outbreak there)
  • 22/04/1945 to 22/05/1945: Liberated [some via Halle to Rheims (C-47 Dakota) to Bicester (Lancaster), majority via Halle to Brussels (C-47 Dakota) to one of UK designated airfields]

Stalag VIII-B, Lamsdorf (May 1940 to January 1945) renamed Stalag 344 in 1943)

  • April / May 1942: RAF prisoners transferred to the newly opened Stalag Luft III
  • 1943: Personnel transferred to Stalag VIII-C, Sagan and Stalag VIII-D, Teschen (renamed Stalag 344 at this time)
  • 22/01/1945: Camp Evacuated (03/02/1945 arrived Stalag VIIIA, Gorlitz / 27/02/1945 Column Attacked / 01/03/1945 split to Stalag IX-B, Stalag IX-C or Stalag IX-A)
  • 06/03/1945: Sick Evacuated

Stalag 357, Thorn (July 1944 to August 1944)

  • July 1944: Arrivals from Stalag Luft VI
  • August 1944: Relocated to Fallingbostel

Stalag 357, Oerbke (Fallingbostel)

  • 10/08/1944: Arrivals from Stalag 357, Thorn
  • April 1945: Evacuated
  • April 1945 / May 1945: Long March
  • April 1945: Column involved in Gresse Incident

Stalag 383, Hohenfels