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    Hello,

    Captured airmen were given a prisoner of war number. Whas it the Red Cross that adjudged these numbers , or the Germans ?

    Regards from Belgium

    Bruno

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    I too have wondered how P.O.W.'s numbers were assigned.

    My father Walter Henry Layne was shot down over Mannheim 23/9/43 and his P.O.W. number was 605.

    Clutton-Brock's excellent book "Footprints On The Sands Of Time" on page 342 lists under "Comments" that my father's (Layne WH) "Camp & POW no. are curious." I am inquisitive to know why Clutton-Brock think so. Any suggestions?

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    Hi Gents,

    PoW numbers were assigned by each PoW camp to their charges.

    Usually in arrival order.

    However as each camp went through periodic purges things changed. New arrival PoWs may have kept their old camp number if that was not in use in the new camp.

    New Pows from the Dulag (i.e. not transferred from other camps) would be given a freed number from a previous PoW purge.

    Confusing to say the least.

    My PoW listings give a snapshot as of May/Nov 1944 and their a quite a few duplicate numbers.

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    Thanks Ross

    Both interesting - and confusing, as you say. At least this explains why my great uncle, shot down at the end of August 1941, received the POW No. 30! I did wonder how that came to be.

    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
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    Thanks for interesting post Ross.
    I was trying to sort it out several times for Czechoslovak airmen but never was able to find any global rule so your post explain this.

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
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    Thanks for the info !

    Bruno

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