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Introduction

Following the escape of 76 air force officers from Stalag Luft II during the night of 24-25 March 1944, it was decided to kill 50 of them in cold blood. This was contrary to the laws and usage's of war, and resulted in two war crimes trials. This page explains which Gestapo agent murdered which one of the 50 escapees that were captured and subsequently murdered.

Who killed which person

The following table list all 50 murdered airmen, together with their rank, date of death, their age, murderer's name and what ultimately happened to the murderer. In some cases, the murderer's details are not known, and this is represented by a question mark.

Those shown as "Hanged Hamelin 27/2/48" were sentenced to death by hanging at the 1st of 2 UK War Crimes trials that were held concerning the murder of the 50 air force officers.

Name

Rank

Died

Age

Murderers' Name

Murderers' Fate

Birkland

Flight Lieutenant

31/03/44

25

Lux

Killed in fighting 1945

       

Scharpwinkel

Disappeared in Soviet Zone

Brettell

Flight Lieutenant

29/03/44

29

Bruchardt

Death (Comm. To Life)

Bull

Flight Lieutenant

29/03/44

?

?

?

Bushell

Squadron Leader

29/03/44

33

Schulz

Hanged Hamelin 27/2/48

Casey

Flight Lieutenant

31/03/44

?

Lux

Killed in fighting 1945

       

Scharpwinkel

Disappeared in Soviet Zone

Catanach

Squadron Leader

29/03/44

22

Post

Hanged Hamelin 27/2/48

Christensen

Flight Lieutenant

29/03/44

21

Post

Hanged Hamelin 27/2/48

Cochran

Flying Officer

31/03/44

23

Priess

Hanged Hamelin 27/2/48

       

Herberg

Hanged Hamelin 27/2/48

Cross

Squadron Leader

31/03/44

25

Lux

Killed in fighting 1945

       

Scharpwinkel

Disappeared in Soviet Zone

Espelid

Lieutenant

29/03/44

23

Post

Hanged Hamelin 27/2/48

Evans

Flight Lieutenant

31/03/44

24

Lux

Killed in fighting 1945

       

Scharpwinkel

Disappeared in Soviet Zone

Fugelsang

Lieutenant

29/03/44

?

Post

Hanged Hamelin 27/2/48

Gouws

Lieutenant

29/03/44

24

Schneider

Hanged Hamelin 27/2/48

Grisman

Flight Lieutenant

06/04/44

29

Lux

Killed in fighting 1945

Gunn

Flight Lieutenant

06/04/44

24

?

?

Hake

Warrant Officer

31/03/44

27

Lux

Killed in fighting 1945

       

Scharpwinkel

Disappeared in Soviet Zone

Hall

Flight Lieutenant

30/03/44

?

Lux

Killed in fighting 1945

       

Scharpwinkel

Disappeared in Soviet Zone

Hayter

Flight Lieutenant

06/04/44

23

Schimmel

Hanged Hamelin 27/2/48

Humphreys

Flight Lieutenant

31/03/44

29

Lux

Killed in fighting 1945

       

Scharpwinkel

Disappeared in Soviet Zone

Kidder

Flight Lieutenant

29/03/44

29

Zacharis

Hanged Hamelin 27/2/48

       

Knippelberg

Disappeared in Soviet Zone

Kierath

Flight Lieutenant

29/03/44

29

?

?

Kiewnarski

Major

31/03/44

45

Lux

Killed in fighting 1945

Kirby-Green

Squadron Leader

29/03/44

?

Zacharis

Hanged Hamelin 27/2/48

       

Knippelberg

Disappeared in Soviet Zone

Kolanowski

Flying Officer

31/03/44

30

Lux

Killed in fighting 1945

       

Scharpwinkel

Disappeared in Soviet Zone

Krol

Flying Officer

14/04/44

27

Lux

Killed in fighting 1945

Langford

Flight Lieutenant

31/03/44

24

Lux

Killed in fighting 1945

       

Scharpwinkel

Disappeared in Soviet Zone

Leigh

Flight Lieutenant

31/03/44

25

Lux

Killed in fighting 1945

       

Scharpwinkel

Disappeared in Soviet Zone

Long

Flight Lieutenant

13/04/44

?

Lux

Killed in fighting 1945

McGarr

Lieutenant

06/04/44

?

Lux

Killed in fighting 1945

McGill

Flight Lieutenant

31/03/44

?

Lux

Killed in fighting 1945

       

Scharpwinkel

Disappeared in Soviet Zone

Marcinkus

Flight Lieutenant

29/03/44

?

Bruchardt

Death (Comm. To Life)

Milford

Flight Lieutenant

06/04/44

?

Lux

Killed in fighting 1945

Mondschein

Flying Officer

29/03/44

35

?

?

Pawluk

Flying Officer

31/03/44

27

Lux

Killed in fighting 1945

Picard

Flight Lieutenant

29/03/44

?

Bruchardt

Death (Comm. To Life)

Pohe

Flying Officer

31/03/44

29

Lux

Killed in fighting 1945

       

Scharpwinkel

Disappeared in Soviet Zone

Scheidhauer

Sous-Lt

29/03/44

22

Spann

Killed in Air Raid 25/4/45

Skanzikas

Pilot Officer

30/03/44

22

Lux

Killed in fighting 1945

Stevens

Lieutenant

29/03/44

24

Schneider

Hanged Hamelin 27/2/48

Stewart

Flying Officer

31/03/44

33

Lux

Killed in fighting 1945

       

Scharpwinkel

Disappeared in Soviet Zone

Stower

Flight Lieutenant

31/03/44

?

?

?

Street

Flight Lieutenant

06/04/44

21

Lux

Killed in fighting 1945

Swain

Flight Lieutenant

31/03/44

?

Lux

Killed in fighting 1945

       

Scharpwinkel

Disappeared in Soviet Zone

Tobolski

Flying Officer

02/04/44

38

Lux

Killed in fighting 1945

Valenta

Flight Lieutenant

31/03/44

?

Lux

Killed in fighting 1945

       

Scharpwinkel

Disappeared in Soviet Zone

Walenn

Flight Lieutenant

29/03/44

28

Bruchardt

Death (Comm. To Life)

Wernham

Flight Lieutenant

30/03/44

27

Lux

Killed in fighting 1945

Wiley

Flight Lieutenant

31/03/44

?

Lux

Killed in fighting 1945

       

Scharpwinkel

Disappeared in Soviet Zone

Williams

Squadron Leader

29/03/44

24

Lux

Killed in fighting 1945

Williams

Flight Lieutenant

06/04/44

26

?

?

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