Measures, Derek K

Name: Derek Kenneth MEASURES

Born 6 July 1922

Birthplace: Steyning, Sussex

Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 22

Died 9 December 1992 in Surrey, UK, age 70

Service: Royal Air Force

Service ID: 1320887

Service Rank: Flight Sergeant

Duties: Observer

Air Group: 77 Squsdron

Airbase: Elvington, Yorkshire

Aircraft: Halifax bomber HR949

Date shot down: 20 February 1944

Fate of crew: 5 captured quickly, 2 evaded, one of them captured (Measures).

Evasion summary:

Date captured: 6 April 1944

Capture summary: Denounced by local people while staying with Mrs Arsenie Bezayrie. Imprisoned for 7 days in Amiens, then transferred to Fresnes.

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

Buchenwald ID: 78413

Notes on Buchenwald internment:

Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III

Kriege ID: 8107

Notes on SLIII internment:

Subsequent transfer to: Marlag und Milag Nord

Notes on internment: Many POWs were marched out by the SS in early April 1945, headed to Lubek. The column was attacked repeatedly by Allied aircraft. Joyce is not on the list of POWs at Lubek, but it does not appear to be comprehensive.

Liberation: Those at 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:

Discharged:

Veteran status:

Notes on Post-War period:

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