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Clarke, John

Name: John CLARKE

Born 11 December 1922

Birthplace: Sheffield, South Yorkshire UK

Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 22


Service: Royal Air Force

Service ID: 1581581

Service Rank: Sergeant

Duties: Flight engineer

Air Group: 514 Squadron

Airbase: Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire UK

Aircraft: Lancaster bomber DS822

Date shot down: 7 June 1944

Fate of crew: 3 KIA, 4 evaded; of those, one captured immediately and one after several weeks (Clarke).

Evasion summary: Noutiers to Chevreuse, in the Picourt network.

Date captured: 19 July 1944

Capture summary: Four airmen (Clarke, ROWE, WARD, PHELPS) met in Paris, at the flat of a sculptor's studio. Georges Prevot took them to his own flat on the 17th of July, where they met De Marcheret. A dozen other airmen were already in the flat. Taken to hotel the next day, then arrested with those seen at Prevot's flat.

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

Buchenwald ID: 78385

Notes on Buchenwald internment:

Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III

Kriege ID: 8083

Notes on SLIII internment:

Subsequent transfer to: Milag-Marlag Nord.

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

Liberation: 2 May 1945 by British forces (2nd British Army).

Repatriation from ETO:


VA status:

Notes on Post-War period: Not located after the war.


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