German POW in a camp near Ipswich

Discussion in 'Prisoners of War' started by HA96, Jan 3, 2018.

  1. HA96

    HA96 Member

    Can someone point me in the right direction to obtain details of this camp and possibly any POW registration documents. Hans came back home after 2 years and passed away in 1994 - RIP Hans.

  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Hi Stefan

    Heres a map to help start you on your search, there is one likely that is North east of Ipswich -
    Gdn ID: 320
    National Grid Reference (NGR ): TM 2287 5404
    OS sheet no.: 156
    Camp no.: 273 / 273a
    Name & Location, County, Country: Debach Airfield, Debach, Woodbridge, Suffolk, England
    County: Suffolk
    Country: England
    Cond’n: 5
    Type 1945: German Working Camp
    Comments: Former RAF Debach (Station 152). Precise location not identified, NGR given for approx centre of the numerous dispersed accomodation sites.

    but there are a couple of others locally

    Link - WWII prisoner of war camps - Google Fusion Tables
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  3. HA96

    HA96 Member

    Hi TD,
    my friend just corected me, it was a camp near Dodesdale East Suffolk.
  4. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Never heard of Dodesdale. However on TD's link there was a Camp, No. 56, at Botesdale, just southwest of Diss, Suffolk.
  5. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member


    Cant find a Dodesdale, and the camp above from timuk is more West Suffolk than East.

    Are there no official WW2 German based databases of German POW's and where they were captured and detained, which may provide some other details

    Similar to for example:
    UK, British Prisoners of War, 1939-1945
    Army Number: 111111111111
    Regiment: Royal Artillery
    POW Number: 9999999999
    Camp Type: Stalag
    Camp Number: VII-A
    Camp Location: Moosburg an der Isar, Bavaria
    Record Office: Royal Artillery (Field) Record Office, Foots Cray, Sidcup, Kent
    Record Office Number: 5

  6. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

  7. HA96

    HA96 Member

    thanks. I think I might have misunderstood my friend. He may have said Botesdale. So I will try to get documents from this camp.

  8. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  9. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

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  10. HA96

    HA96 Member

    Thanks a lot. That certainly helps a lot, I will pass on the tel. number to my friend.
  11. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    The Mere, or lake is centre of shot. The camp was in the field below the mere. It's about 25 miles from me.

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  12. HA96

    HA96 Member

    Thanks for the screen shot. I will pass it on. I am sure Hans and his family will visit the place one day.
  13. HA96

    HA96 Member

    Do you actually speak scotish?
    To impress my scotish fried at his 70th birthday, , I like to ask you for some phrases. He is from Cumbria (Carlisle)

  14. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    Afraid not, I'm a Suffolk boy born and bred, strong o' the arm and weak o' the head. SLAINTE = cheers in Scottish. and Slàinte mhath! (good health)

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