Name: John Ralph McClenaghan
Born 14 September 1922
Hometown: Bethune, Saskatchewan
Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 21
Died 17 September 1984 in Regina, Saskatchewan, age 62
Service: Royal Canadian Air Force
Service ID: R163578
Service Rank: Warrant Officer-2
Air Group: 514 Squadron
Airbase: Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire UK
Aircraft: Lancaster bomber LL716
Date shot down: 3 August 1944
Fate of crew: 3 captured immediately, 7 evaded, 3 of those captured (BAXTER, REID, and McClenaghan.
Evasion summary: Sheltered in Hedouville.
Date captured: 9 August 1944
Capture summary: Baxter, McClenaghan and Reid were guided into Paris from a village near Pontoise. On the 8th of August, they met Marcheret, at Prevot's flat. Ritter was already there. The next day, de Marcheret's assistant (Y.Lallier) took them by car to the Gestapo HQ,
Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar #1 or #2
Buchenwald ID: 78373
Notes on Buchenwald internment:
Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, East Compound
Kriege ID: 8104
Notes on SLIII internment:
Subsequent transfer to: Marlag und Milag Nord
Notes on internment: Approximately 3000 POWs were marched out by the SS in early April 1945, headed to Lubek. The column was attacked repeatedly by Allied aircraft. McClenaghan is not on the list of POWs at Lubek, but it is not comprehensive (only around 200 names).
Liberation: POWs on the march to Lubek were freed by the British Guards Armored Division on 27 April 1945. Those remaining at Marlag-Milag were liberated by the British 2nd Army on 2 May 1945, and airlifted to the UK by 15 May 1945.
Repatriation from ETO:
Notes on Post-War period: