Name: Robert BRYDEN
Born 16 April 1921
Birthplace: Dreghorn, Ayrshire, Scotland
Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 23
Died 2 November 1994 in Ayrshire, Scotland, age 73
Service: Royal Air Force
Service ID: 1825512
Service Rank: Flight Sergeant
Air Group: 76 Squadron
Airbase: Holme-on-Spalding Moor, Yorkshire UK
Aircraft: Halifax bomber MZ524
Date shot down: 16 July 1944
Fate of crew: 4 KIA, 3 evaded but captured (Bryden, PEIRSON, and HUGHES).
Evasion summary: Evaded with HUGHES, met PEIRSON by Noyers. Stayed with with 3 US airmen and one RAF airman. RAF airmen went to a small hotel in Paris and then to a nearby park.
Date captured: 2 August 1944
Capture summary: Bryden, Peirson, Hughes, Fernandez, Nuttall, Lucas, and C Hoffman met eight other airmen there, picked up by truck and taken to Gestapo HQ and later to Fresnes Prison. If there was an agent among the US airmen, it would have probably been Marcheret.
Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar #1 or #2
Buchenwald ID: 78365
Notes on Buchenwald internment:
Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, Belairia
Kriege ID: 8081
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 May.
Repatriation from ETO:
Notes on Post-War period: