Gwilliam, James P
Name: James Percival GWILLIAM
Born 12 June 1923
Hometown: Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia
Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 21
Died 11 August 2002 in Peth, New South Wales, age 79
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service ID: A432355
Service Rank: Flight Sergeant
Air Group: 78 Squadron
Airbase: Dishforth, Yorkshire, UK
Aircraft: Halifax bomber MZ692
Date shot down: 21 June 1944
Fate of crew: 7 evaded, 5 subsequently captured, 4 sent to Buchenwald (Gwilliam, JOHNSTON, K MILLS, and R MILLS)
Evasion summary: The four Australian airmen were staying with Countess de Baynast.
Date captured: 29 July 1944
Capture summary: They left the village in a truck, then a black sedan car driven by two men. They were arrested shortly after, and sent to Beauvais' prison, then Fresnes.
Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar #1 or #2
Buchenwald ID: 78423
Notes on Buchenwald internment:
Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, East Compound
Kriege ID: 8093
Notes on SLIII internment:
Subsequent transfer to: Marlag und Milag Nord
Notes on internment: Probably marched to Lubek with roughly 3000 other POWs.
Liberation: Liberated by British 2nd Army on 2 May 1945, airlifted to the UK by 15 May 1945.
Repatriation from ETO:
Notes on Post-War period: