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    Those known to have been held in or employed at

    Stalag17

    during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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    Frank Rollow tail gunner

    I am looking for any information on my grandfather, Frank Rollow who was in the United States Army Airforce. He was shot down and captured in World War II. He was a tail gunner. He was in Stalag 17 for three years. He passed away in 1996. I am trying to get any information available. Also, I would like to know if the prison camp still exists.

    Jessica Salkeld



    S/Sgt. George J. Smith 703rd Bomb Squadron

    My father, SSgt George J. Smith was in the 703rd and was shot down on 1 April 1944 over Ludwigshaven. Five of the crew perished. My dad survived, was captured and spent the rest of the war in Stalag 17.

    I noticed a SSgt Hugh D. Watt in the 703rd who died on 1 April 1944, I am wondering if anyone had any other information about SSgt Watt and whether he went down over Ludwigshaven?

    Mary Smith Amberg



    Joseph Jacobs Royal Engineers

    My late father Joseph Jacobs, like many men, never talked about his wartime experiences. I visited the National Archive and looked through the Questionnaires completed by POW's when liberated by the British Military only to find that there wasn't one for him.

    What I do know are his German POW details after capture and holding by the the Italians: Full name Joseph Jacobs Service Number: T/279560 Army Service Corps then Royal Engineers. German Prison of War Number 154744. He was held prisoner in Stalag XVIIa then Stalag XVIIb - both near Vienna, modern day Austria and was repatriated to London in May 1945.

    John Jacobs



    Capt. Michael Efthyvoulos Cyprus Regiment

    Captain Michael Efthyvoulos

    Captain Michael Efthyvoulos meets with Prince Phillip.

    My grandfather, Captain Michael Efthyvoulos, served in WW I prior to his service in WW II. He rejoined the Cyprus Regiment with his two sons, Leonidas and Dimitri, at the outbreak of war. Michael Efthyvoulos was captured in 1941 in Greece in the Peloponnese campaign.He was at HQ when the unit was over-run by the Germans and was captured returning from HQ to be with his men. He spent time as a Prisoner of War at Stalag 4B and also I believe at Stalag 17. He also mentioned going to Colditz Castle.

    Michael P. Efthyvoulou



    Pte. Harold Percy Spencer 1st Btn. Sherwood Foresters

    Harold Spencer served with the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in Palestine in 1939 and in Cyprus in 1940. He was taken prisoner by the Germans at Tobruk, North Africa on 20th June 1942. He was held in various POW camps, but the last known was Stalag 17a at Kaisersteinbruck bei Bruck. Harold was repatriated in 1945.

    My great-uncle never recovered, emotionally, from his experiences as a POW and never once told his family about what happened. My mum says that he had been a very outgoing man, always playing with his nieces and nephew before the war, but was definitely a changed man when he returned home. He was single when he joined up and remained a bachelor his whole life. He died on 14th January 2004.

    Denise Wynn



    Pte. William Facer Royal Marines

    My father joined the Royal Marines in 1938 just before the outbreak of the 2nd World War. Some of his service was aboard HMS Cumberland and he was based in Gibraltar when war with Germany was declared.

    During the Battle for Crete he was captured and taken as a prisoner of war and was incarcerated in Stalag 17, from where he was eventually freed in 1945.

    Dennis Facer



    Zivoijin Milutinovic

    My father, Milutinovic Zivoijin, was a POW at Stalag 17 from when Yugoslavia surrendered in 1941 until 1945 when the Americans liberated the camp. The Germans used him for his farming skills. He was beaten and suffered greatly when he accidentally spilled mlik while milking a cow. He escaped twice, but was not killed. He only escaped to tell the German officers in command at the next camp that the POWs were not being treated fairly by certain German officers. They favoured my father and quickly shot the officer accused of abusing the POWs at my father's camp. He learned seven or more languages by ear in the four years he was a POW. He survived by eating black bread (small black insects mixed in with the bread), sometimes broth (rarely) and water. Absurd living conditions. After the war he joined the US Army and stayed in a DP [Displaced Persons] camp for two more years until a home was found for him. He later went to Ohio and then to California, where he married my mother and had four children.

    M. Patricia Machado







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