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