Harvie, John D
Name: John Dalton HARVIE
Born 3 September 1923
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 20
Died 5 January 2011 in Montreal, Quebec, age 87
Service: Royal Canadian Air Force
Service ID: J/27573
Service Rank: Pilot Officer
Air Group: 433 Squadron
Airbase: Skipton-on-Swale, Yorkshire UK
Aircraft: Halifax bomber LW123
Date shot down: 5 July 1944
Fate of crew: 6 KIA, 1 evaded and later captured (Harvie).
Date captured: 14 July 1944
Capture summary: Desoubrie & Orsini came to Chateauneuf, possibly the same day as they collected the group in Chartres (Gibson, Head, Prudham). Captured two days later "on their way to Spain”. Put graffiti all over the walls of his cell in Fresnes Prison;
Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar #3 with Richey, Bedford, Martini, Wilson, Carr, Pennell, Perry, Bastable, Grenon, Gibson, High, Hodgson, Prudham, Sonshine, Robb, R Mills, Whellum, Spierenburg, Taylor, Allen, Larson, McLaughlin, Moser, Petrich. Roberson, Stevenson, Vinecombe, Zeiser and, at train change, Lamason, Dauteuil, Watmough, Scullion, J Smith, Head, Watson, and C Hoffman.
Buchenwald ID: 78412
Notes on Buchenwald internment:
Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, East Compound
Kriege ID: 8049
Notes on SLIII internment:
Subsequent transfer to: Marlag und Milag Nord
Notes on internment: Harvie was among the 3000 POWs were marched out by the SS in early April 1945, headed to Lubek. The column was attacked repeatedly by Allied aircraft. They were liberated while still on the road.
Liberation: The group Harvie was with was freed by the Montgomery’s 11th Armored Division on 2 May1945.
Repatriation from ETO: By air on 6 May 1945 from Diepholz to London via Brussels.
Notes on Post-War period: Co-wrote the book "Missing in Action" about Buchenwald, ISBN 0-7735-1350-7.