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