Booker, Stanley A
Name: Stanley Albert BOOKER
Born 25 April 1922
Hometown: Gillingham, Kent UK
Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 22
Died [alive as August 2021]
Service: Royal Air Force
Service ID: 51872
Service Rank: Flight Officer
Air Group: 10 Squadron
Airbase: Melbourne, Yorkshire UK
Aircraft: Halifax bomber MZ630
Date shot down: 2 June 1944
Fate of crew: 2 KIA, 1 captured immediately, 4 evaded; three of those captured (Booker, OSSELTON, and GOULD).
Evasion summary: Hiding with OSSELTON, HOFFMAN, and HASTIN in Picourt network.
Date captured: 1 July 1944
Capture summary: With HOFFMAN, OSSELTON, and HASTIN driven by Desoubrie and Orsini to Hotel Picadilly, then arrested in the parked car. Sustained broken nose and two lost teeth in interrogations. Sent to Fresnes Prison.
Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar #1 or #2
Buchenwald ID: 78370
Notes on Buchenwald internment:
Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, East Compound
Kriege ID: 8045
Notes on SLIII internment:
Subsequent transfer to: Stalag III-A, Luckenwalde
Notes on SIIIA internment:
Liberation: 22 April 1945 by units of the Red Army but held for negotiated release in early May.
Repatriation from ETO:
Notes on Post-War period: Accounts of experiences discounted or ignored for decades. Awarded MBE in 1965. Had an honorary Spitfire Flypast on V-E Day in May 2020. Appointed Chevalier in the Ordre National de la Region d’Honeur by the President of France in December 2020.