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
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).
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:
Notes on Post-War period: