Hegarty, Patrick W
Name: Patrick William HEGARTY
Born 6 January 1915
Birthplace: Essex, West Ham
Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 29
Died January 2020, Tower Hamlets, London, age 105
Service: Royal Air Force
Service ID: 1894062
Service Rank: Flight Sergeant
Air Group: 51 Squadron
Airbase: Marham, Norfolk, UK
Aircraft: Halifax bomber LV880
Date shot down: 11 April 1944
Fate of crew: 4 KIA, 3 evaded, 2 later captured (Hegarty and FAIRCLOUGH)
Evasion summary: Sheltered in church, sheltered near Breteuil for ten weeks.
Date captured: 15 July 1944
Capture summary: The trap was organized by two French traitors working for the SD in Beauvais. More than ten airmen were stashed by this resistance cell. Robert Moulet (FFI) and his assistant collected Hegarty, DOWDESWELL, FAIRCLOUGH, and BENNETT, who were hiding in several places around Breteuil. The airmen were arrested soon after and sent to Beauvais' prison, then Fresnes.
Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar #1 or #2.
Buchenwald ID: 78421
Notes on Buchenwald internment:
Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III
Kriege ID: 8095
Notes on SLIII internment:
Subsequent transfer to: Stalag IIIA, Luckenwalde
Notes on internment:
Liberation: 22 April 1945 by units of the Red Army but held for negotiated release in mid-May.
Repatriation from ETO:
Notes on Post-War period: