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Kinnis, Arthur G

Name: Arthur George KINNIS

Born 5 April 1915

Birthplace: Trail, British Columbia

Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 29

Died 20 January 2011 in Victoria, British Columbia, age 95

Service: Royal Canadian Air Force

Service ID: J/26316

Service Rank: Flying Officer

Duties: Bombardier

Air Group: 5 Group, 106 Squadron

Airbase: Metheringham, Lincolnshire UK

Aircraft: Lancaster bomber ME668

Date shot down: 8 July 1944

Fate of crew: 4 KIA, 2 captured on landing, one evaded and later captured (Kinnis).

Evasion summary: Entered PICOURT network.

Date captured: 26 July 1944

Capture summary: Driven by Desoubrie to Picadilly Hotel in Paris on 22 July 1944. Probably questioned by Marcheret and Brandstetter. Arrested with Dauteuil. Right eardrum was ruptured from beating at Fresnes Prison.

Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar #1 or 2

Buchenwald ID: 78391

Notes on Buchenwald internment:

Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, East Compound

Kriege ID: 8055

Notes on SLIII internment:

Subsequent transfer to: Stalag IIIA, Luckenwalde

Notes on SIIIA internment:

Liberation: 22 April 1945 by units of the Red Army. Released to British forces 2 May 1945.

Repatriation from ETO:


Veteran status:

Notes on Post-War period: Co-wrote the book "168 Jump into Hell" about Buchenwald. Active in re-establishing the KLB Club in the late 1980s.


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