Cullen, Malcolm F

Name: Malcolm Ford Cullen

Born 22 December 1918

Hometown: Mangaturoto, New Zealand

Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 25

Died 5 September 2002, age 83

Service: Royal NZ Air Force

Service ID: NZ421963

Service Rank: F/Lt

Duties: Fighter Pilot

Air Group: 257 Sq

Airbase: Northolt, UK

Aircraft: Typhoon MN367

Date shot down: 24 May 1944

Evasion summary: Stayed 71 days in hiding. Was taken to Paris, where he was taken care of by Prevot, with other airmen.

Date captured: 15 or 19 July 1944 [3 August?]

Capture summary: Credited to Marcheret.

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

Buchenwald ID: 78388

Notes on Buchenwald internment:

Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, East Compound

Kriege ID: 8047

Notes on SLIII internment:

Subsequent transfer to: Stalag III-A, Luckenwalde

Notes on internment:

Liberation: 22 April 1945 by units of the Red Army but held for negotiated release. He was released to British control on 20 May 1945.

Repatriation from ETO: By air on 24 May 1945

Discharged:

Veteran status:

Notes on Post-War period: Wrote a personal history of the 12 months prior to repatriation while he was waiting for a flight home. The manuscript, called “Twelve Month Story” was published in 1994 by his family and the Kauri Museum, near his home in Northland, New Zealand. It is available from the Museum.

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