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  • Lester W. Hauck: Army Air Corp, 1st Lieutenant European Theater
    B-26 Marauder operators - The main user of the Martin B-26 Marauder was the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) (and its predecessor the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC), renamed in 1941); it would operate for the USAAF and other US military air arms until the end of World War II. During this period the B-26 Marauder in its many variants was also operated by the Free French Air Force, the South African Air Force and the Royal Air Force; serving with many units and in many different theaters of conflict on several continents.
    Stalag Luft III, a large prisoner of war camp near Sagan, Silesia, Germany (now Zagan, Poland), was the site of a spectacular escape attempt (later filmed as The Great Escape). On March 24, 1944, 76 Allied prisoners escaped through a 110 m (approx 360 feet) long tunnel. 73 were recaptured within two weeks. 50 of them were executed by order of Hitler in the Stalag Luft III murders.
    The largest German World War II prisoner of war camp was Stalag VII-A at Moosburg, Germany. Over 130,000 Allied soldiers were imprisoned there. It was liberated by theU.S. 14th Armored Division following a short battle with SS soldiers of the 17th SS Panzer Grenadier Division on 29 April 1945.[1] Stalag III-C is notable for the escape of US paratrooper Joseph Beyrle, who subsequently joined a Soviet tank battalion commanded by Aleksandra Samusenko, which returned to liberate the camp.
  • Holocaust Trains - were railway transports run by the Deutsche Reichsbahn national railway system on supervison of the German Nazis and their collaborators, for the purpose of forcible deportation of the Jews interned in the ghettos as well as other victims of the Holocaust to the German Nazi concentration, forced labour, and extermination camps.[2]

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