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Lucas, Leslie J

Name: Leslie John LUCAS

Born 22 June 1921

Birthplace: Kent, England

Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 22

Died 28 February 2018 in Spalding, Lincolnshire, age 95

Service: Royal Air Force

Service ID: 1873332

Service Rank: Flight Sergeant

Duties: Flight engineer

Air Group: 5 Group, 106 Squadron

Airbase: Metheringham, Lincolnshire UK

Aircraft: Lancaster bomber ME789

Date shot down: 8 July 1944

Fate of crew: 3 captured immediately, 4 evaded; 3 of them captured (Lucas, WALDERAM, and CRAWFORD).

Evasion summary:

Date captured: 2 August 1944

Capture summary: Left Mrs Perdereau on Aug 1st (Noyers). Crossed the Seine river, then went to a garage. Desoubrie came and took them in the outskirts of Paris, probably 2 square des Aliscamps (some were moved to a hotel). Arrested with CRAWFORD, FERNANDEZ, HUGHES, BRYDEN, EC HOFFMAN, NUTTALL, and PEIRSON22.

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

Buchenwald ID: 78389

Notes on Buchenwald internment:

Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, Belaria

Kriege ID: 8080

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 to the British on 20 May 1945.

Repatriation from ETO:


Veteran status:

Notes on Post-War period:


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