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    Has any member any knowledge as to how the numbering of RAF prisoners of war took place. I am researching an Sgt Air Gunner who was captured on the 16th May 1941, taken to Dulag Luft then to Wolfsberg XVIIIa in Austria and subsequently five other camps during his pow service.

    My subject received the pow number 2. Was that allocated at the Dulag or first camp received at, in any instant how was he to be issued such a low number in 1941.

    As ever it is my hope the forum will provide an answer. Thank you.

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    Colin,
    Can't be of much help - but if you should ever get any info on J/15379 Plt Off (Fg Off - promoted in captivity!!) Carlyle Edgar Heggtveit, RCAF, at Stalag Luft 3/L3 Sagan/Beleria, PoW Number 651, then I would be grateful for the 'heads-up'.
    This is the Spitfire AB131 problem, landed at St Trond on 1 Sep 42, pilot. He was repatriated Sep/Oct 44 on the Swedish SS Gripsholm.
    There's a lot of folk not answering questions - and, moreover, not saying why they won't answer!
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    Hi Colin

    This has been dicussed previously, here http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3282, which might answer your query.

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    Last edited by Steve Brew; 5th January 2009 at 19:30. Reason: I can't spell
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    Thanks Steve.

    I will presume my man was allocated pow No. 2 at the Dulag, however thay would have had a running account with pows arriving processed and moved, and never been in a position to re allocate. Must confess I dont understand this one, no doubt a complicated issue.

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    My father was shot down 23 September 1943 and was allocated POW number 605.

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