Camp Papago Park
|Type||Â Â Â||Prison Camp|
|Historical Name of Location||Â Â Â||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseCamp Papago Park was a prisoner of war camp located in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. It consisted of five compounds, four of which were for enlisted men and one for officers, most of whom were German submariners. In Dec 1944, 25 prisoners escaped, via a 176-foot tunnel, into the surrounding desert. They would all be returend to the camp, either voluntarily (after experiencing the harsh desert climate) or by force, by the end of Jan 1945. The escapees were punished by being placed on a bread and water diet for the number of days they had been on the run. The land that had held the camp during the war was later divided between the Arizona National Guard (as the Papago Park Military Reservation), a park, and various commercial and residential properties.
Last Major Update: Apr 2017
Camp Papago Park Timeline
|23 Dec 1944Â||25 German prisoners of war escaped from Camp Papago Park in Phoenix, Arizona, United States.|
|24 Dec 1944Â||Guards at the Camp Papago Park in Phoenix, Arizona, United States realized that 25 prisoners of war had escaped on the previous day.|
|1 Jan 1945Â||A group of German prisoners of war, having escaped from Camp Papago Park in Phoenix, Arizona, United States, were captured 30 miles north of the US-Mexico border.|
|28 Jan 1945Â||Captain Jurgen Wattenberg, a German prisoner of war at Camp Papago Park in Phoenix, Arizona, United States, was captured in Phoenix.|
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