ROYAL AIR FORCES EX-POW ASSOCIATION
Over 10,000 airmen of the Royal Air Force naval and other service fliers became Prisoners of War (POW) during World War II.
The Association evolved in the 1950s from a small group of Kriegies [Kriegsgefangener = POW] who met occasionally at a pub in Holborn, London.
POWs from later conflicts are also members.
The treatment of prisoners in Europe was largely in accord with the Geneva Convention, but in the confused period towards the end of the war many suffered on forced marches as the Germans retreated.
Some ex-POWs today suffer from the effects of being captured and from the conditions of their imprisonment, especially those who were in camps in the Far East.
Members from more recent conflicts are active in maintaining the comradeship that POWs forge in adversity.
This website is hosted by 207 Squadron Royal Air Force History and edited by Frank Haslam
(in WW2 207 Squadron had 171 POWs including Great Escaper Denys Street).
Cal Younger, author, editor of The Kriegie, died on New Year's Day morning 2014.
His funeral took place at St Mary's, Gt Bedwyn, Wiltshire on 30th January 2014: see Obituaries