Bennett, Geoffrey

Name: Geoffrey BENNETT

Born 1924

Birthplace: Bletchley, England

Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 19-20

Died 30 October 2015 in Coventry, UK, age 91

Service: Royal Air Force

Service ID: 1578765

Service Rank: Flight Sergeant

Duties: Navigator

Air Group: 57 Squadron

Airbase: East Kirby, Lincolnshire UK

Aircraft: Lancaster bomber JB370

Date shot down: 8 July 1944

Fate of crew: 2 captured immediately, 5 evaded, one of them captured (Bennett)

Evasion summary:

Date captured: 27 July 1944

Capture summary: Robert Moulet (FFI) and his assistant collected the four men (Bennett, DOWDESWELL, HEGARTY, FAIRCLOUGH) who were hiding in several places around Breteuil. The trap was organized by two French traitors working for the SD in Beauvais. The airmen were arrested soon after and sent to Beauvais' prison, then Fresnes.

Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar #1 or #2

Buchenwald ID: 78344

Notes on Buchenwald internment:

Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III

Kriege ID: 8077

Notes on SLIII internment:

Subsequent transfer to: Marlag und Milag Nord

Notes on internment: Probably marched out by SS in early April 1945, headed to Lubek. The column was attacked repeatedly.

Liberation: On 27 April 1945 they were freed by the British Guards Armored Division.

Repatriation from ETO:

Discharged:

VA status:

Notes on Post-War period:

Documents:

Buchenwald file cards