Blackham, Thomas H

Name: Thomas Henry BLACKHAM

Born 11 July 1922

Birthplace: Dunoon, Scotland UK

Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 22

Died 6 April 2003 in Cornwall, UK, age 80

Service: Royal Air Force

Service ID: 124992

Service Rank: Flight Lieutenant

Duties: Pilot

Air Group: 50 Squadron

Airbase: Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire UK

Aircraft: Lancaster bomber LM480

Date shot down: 4 May 1944

Fate of crew: 5 KIA, 2 evaded, one of those captured (Blackham)

Evasion summary: Sheltered in Troyers

Date captured: 22 July 1944

Capture summary: Suffered head injury when the plane exploded and had a swollen infected leg. Taken to an apartment in Paris. Description of “British agent” and “Canadian” resemble Marcheret and Brandstetter. Taken by car to Getapo HQ with MUTTER.

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

Buchenwald ID: 78380

Notes on Buchenwald internment: Senior British officer.

Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, East Compound

Kriege ID: 8044

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

Repatriation from ETO:

Discharged:

VA status:

Notes on Post-War period: Interviewed in the 1994 NFBC documentary, Buchenwald: The Lucky Ones.

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