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    Default POW Repatriation

    I am currently doing some research on POW from Stalag Luft I and I understand that when the camp was liberated, prisoners were flown out from Barth Airfield.

    Are there any records that (a) confirm that all POW at the camp were repatriated via this route (b) show which UK airfields received these aircraft.

    Going one step further, are there any known listings of ships that departed from the UK carrying RCAF POW back to Canada?

    Your usual help would be much appreciated

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    Pete
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    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Some 10,000 POWs were flown from Barth back to the UK via USAAF B17s between 13-15 May 1945. Operation Revival.

    I am aware of several POWs who returned to Allied lines on foot. There are also records in NARA showing several USAAF NCO ex-POWs were picked up by the Russians and held in Rostock. The name S/Sgt Anthony Sherg rings a bell.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOZvFZZbXWM

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXFHHD0gBlQ

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGFDlMhfwgs

    I was asked last night about a No. 35 Sqn F/O who was a POW at Barth. I looked him up again and he appears in a Montreal Gazette article dated 21 May 1945 entitled "Liberated Quebeckers" but no detail as to ship, only home address.

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    Dave

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    Thanks, as always, for your responses.

    Dave: I think I may have been asked about the same POW, due to my interest in 35 Squadron, and my subsequent research triggered the query (one of the problems of an enquiring mind)

    I have responded to the original enquirer, but I will continue to research this matter as I am currently working on 35 Squadron POW and I have become interested in their movements from camp to camp

    Regards

    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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