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Grenon, Leon T

Name: Leon Thomas GRENON

Born  16 April 1921

Birthplace: St. Anicet, Quebec

Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 23

Died 2 March 1994 in St. Jean, Quebec, age 72

Service: Royal Canadian Air Force

Service ID: R125304

Service Rank: Flight Sergeant

Duties: Gunner

Air Group: 433 Squadron

Airbase: Skipton-on-Swale, Yorkshire UK

Aircraft: Halifax bomber LW120

Date shot down: 5 July 1944

Fate of crew: 2 KIA, 5 evaded, 4 of those captured (Grenon, WATMOUGH, HETHERINGTON, and SCULLION).

Evasion summary: Taken to Picourt network, penetrated by Desoubrie.

Date captured: 14 July 1944

Capture summary: Desoubrie & Orsini came to Chateauneuf, possibly the same day as they picked up GIBSON and others. They were arrested two days later "on their way to Spain".Concussed by beating with luger at Fresnes Prison, had a metal plate put in his skull as a result.

Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar #3 with Richey, Bedford, Martini, Wilson, Carr, Pennell, Perry, Bastable, Gibson, High, Hodgson, Prudham, Sonshine, Robb, R Mills, Whellum, Spierenburg, Taylor, Allen, Harvie, Larson, McLaughlin, Moser, Petrich. Roberson, Stevenson, Vinecombe, Zeiser and, at train change, Lamason, Dauteuil, Watmough, Scullion, J Smith, Head, Watson, and C Hoffman. With Rowe, ordered to bury the French boy shot by the tracks.

Buchenwald ID: 78438

Notes on Buchenwald internment:

Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III

Kriege ID: 8092

Notes on SLIII internment:

Subsequent transfer to: Marlag und Milag Nord

Notes on internment:


Repatriation from ETO:


Veteran status:

Notes on Post-War period: Had a difficult time with the Veterans Compensation system, not treated well at all. See excerpts in Documents.


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