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WWII Prisoners of War

DAYTON, Ohio -- WWII Prisoners of War exhibit in the World War II Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- WWII Prisoners of War exhibit in the World War II Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

During World War II, 124,079 U.S. Army personnel were captured by the enemy, of these 41,057 were members of the Army Air Forces, most of whom were in airplanes that were shot down while in aerial combat over hostile territory. Germany and its European Allies captured 35,621 Americans while Japan captured 5,436.

Click on the following links to learn more about prisoners of war during WWII.

AAF Prisoners of the Germans
AAF Prisoners of the Japanese
Railroad to the Reich: French "Forty and Eight" Railroad Car
A Mission Remembered
POW-Made Jacket, Cap and Gloves

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