Fort Niagara's P.O.W. Camp

Fort Niagara's P.O.W. Camp (HM19V7)

Location: Youngstown, NY 14174 Niagara County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 15.411', W 79° 3.002'

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Fort Niagara became a
prisoner of war (POW) camp

on June 12, 1944, to house Axis captives fromincreased Allied victories in World War II.One of 500 such camps in the United States,Fort Niagara became the central command postfor 13 branch camps throughout westernand central New York. Although the campcould hold up to 3,000 prisoners, there werenever more than 2,200 here at one time.

Prisoners were put to work on farms and in food processingplants to combat labor shortages. Fort Niagara prisoners were treated fairly. They were allowed to organize their own school, orchestra, choir, sports activities, and pursue artistic interests. Fort Niagara began to release prisoners in late 1945, some stayed until 1946.

Ernst Wills was born on September 28, 1916. He was captured by Canadian forces on D-Day, June 6, 1944, during the Allied invasion of France in World War II. While a prisoner of war at Fort Niagara, he painted a mural entitled American History for the Bachelor Officer Quarters. He also painted portraits of officers and inmates at Fort Niagara. After the war he had great success as an artist in Europe. American culture, especially jazz music, influenced his painting style.
HM NumberHM19V7
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Date Added Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 11:31am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 658276 N 4791184
Decimal Degrees43.25685000, -79.05003333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 15.411', W 79° 3.002'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 15' 24.66" N, 79° 3' 0.12" W
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Area Code(s)716
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 18-86 Scott Ave, Youngstown NY 14174, US
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