Name: John CRAWFORD
Born 8 March 1922
Birthplace: Parksville, British Columbia
Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 22
Died 12 October 2007 in Tacoma, Washington, age 85
Service: Royal Canadian Air Force
Service ID: R221922
Service Rank: Flight Sergeant
Air Group: 5 Group, 106 Squadron
Airbase: Metheringham, Lincolnshire UK
Aircraft: Lancaster bomber ME789
Date shot down: 8 July 1944
Fate of crew: 3 captured immediately, 4 evaded; 3 of them captured (LUCAS, WALDRAM, and Crawford).
Evasion summary: Waldram and Crawford were sent to Paris, where they stayed in various places.
Date captured: 2 August 1944
Capture summary: Went to Prevot’s appartement, where 4 American were staying at the time. Lallier took them to the Conciergerie, where they were arrested.
Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar #1 or #2
Buchenwald ID: 78406
Notes on Buchenwald internment:
Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, Belaria
Kriege ID: 8080
Notes on SLIII internment:
Subsequent transfer to: Marlag und Milag Nord
Notes on internment: Roughly 3000 of the POWs were marched out by the SS in early April 1945, headed to Lubek. The column was attacked repeatedly by Allied aircraft.
Liberation: POWs at Lubek were freed by the British Guards Armored Division on 27 April 1945. Those remaining at Marlag-Milag were liberated by the British 2nd Army on 2 May 1945, and airlifted to the UK by 15 May 1945.
Repatriation from ETO:
Notes on Post-War period: