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Compton, G A Edwin

Name: George Alexander Edwin COMPTON

Born 16 August 1922


Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 22

Died 28 October 2009, age 87

Service: Royal Canadian Air Force

Service ID: R124448

Service Rank: Warrant Officer-2

Duties: Gunner

Air Group: 424 Squadron

Airbase: Skipton-on-Swale, Yorkshire UK

Aircraft: Halifax bomber LW121

Date shot down: 13 June 1944

Fate of crew: 4 captured immediately, 3 evaded and captured; one of them sent to Buchenwald (Compton).

Evasion summary: Hiding in Mesnil-St-Firmin

Date captured: 12 August 1944

Capture summary: Betrayed by locals and arrested.

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

Buchenwald ID: 78434

Notes on Buchenwald internment:

Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, East Compound

Kriege ID: 8079

Notes on SLIII internment:

Subsequent transfer to: Stalag IIIA, Luckenwalde

Notes on internment:

Liberation: 22 April 1945 by units of the Red Army but held for negotiated release in mid-May. However, Compton left the camp on his own between 22 April and 8 May, when he was listed as missing on a summary report. 

Repatriation from ETO:


Veteran status:

Notes on Post-War period:


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