Duchess of Cornwall to attend dinner at RAF Henlow tonight to meet ex-prisoners of war

THE Duchess of Cornwall will attend the RAF Ex-Prisoners of War Association dinner and reception at RAF Henlow tonight and meet former RAF prisoners of war and serving RAF Henlow personnel. Over 10,000 RAF airmen became prisoners of war during World War I

THE Duchess of Cornwall will attend the RAF Ex-Prisoners of War Association dinner and reception at RAF Henlow tonight and meet former RAF prisoners of war and serving RAF Henlow personnel.

Over 10,000 RAF airmen became prisoners of war during World War II, including naval and other service flyers. The RAF Ex-Prisoners of War Association evolved in the 1950s from a small group who met occasionally at a pub in Holborn, London. They were later joined by prisoners of war from later conflicts.

After World War II the treatment of prisoners in Europe was largely in accordance with the Geneva Convention, but in the confused period towards the end of the war many suffered on forced marches as the Germans retreated. Some ex-POWs still suffer today from the effects of being captured and from the condition of their imprisonment.

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