World War II prisoner of war camp - Stalag Luft I


World War II - Prisoners of War - Stalag Luft I 

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Lt. Orrin Heinrich- navigator 8th Air Force in WWII

Lt. Orrin H. Heinrich

Navigator - 8th Air Force

100th Bomb Group 349th Squadron

Stalag Luft I - South Compound - South - Barrack 1 - Room 6.

KGF # 3377





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On August 7, 1942 Orrin joined the United States Air Force.  During World War II he served as a navigator in 100th Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force, squadron 349, based at Thorpe Abbots, Norfolk, East Anglia, England.  During World War II he performed 16 missions in a B-17 Flying Fortress. His plane was shot down by German fighters on March 6, 1944.  He spent 14 and 1/2 months as a prisoner of war in Stalag Luft I, until the evacuation on 13 May 1945.  He was discharged from the Air Force with the rank of Captain in 1946. During his enlistment he received the three medals: Air Medal, Purple Heart and Prisoner of War.  Sadly he passed away several years ago.


Charlotte and Orrin Heinrich 1942

Charlotte and Orrin Heinrich 1942



Charlotte and Orrin Heinrich 1978

Charlotte and Orrin Heinrich 1978


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