Peirson, Frank

Name: Frank PEIRSON

Born 28 April 1922

Birthplace: York, England

Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 22

Died November 1993 in Darlington, Durham, age 71

Service: Royal Air Force

Service ID: 1549847

Service Rank: Flight Sergeant

Duties: Radioman

Air Group: 76 Squadron

Airbase: Holme-on-Spalding Moor, Yorkshire UK

Aircraft: Halifax bomber MZ524

Date shot down: 16 July 1944

Fate of crew: 4 KIA, 3 evaded but captured (Bryden, PEIRSON, and HUGHES).

Evasion summary: Landed near Gisors, went to Noyers by bicycle, met BRYDEN and HUGHES; stayed with with 3 US airmen and one RAF airman. US airmen told to leave (suspected infiltration). RAF airmen went to a small hotel in Paris and then to a nearby park.

Date captured: 2 August 1944

Capture summary: Met 11 other airmen in the park, picked up by truck and taken to Gestapo HQ and later to Fresnes Prison. If there was an agent among the US airmen, it would have probably been MARCHARET.

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

Buchenwald ID: 78362

Notes on Buchenwald internment:

Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, Belaria

Kriege ID: 8110

Notes on SLIII internment:

Subsequent transfer to: Stalag III-A, Luckenwalde

Notes on internment:

Liberation: 22 April 1945 by units of the Red Army but held for negotiated release in mid-May.

Repatriation from ETO:

Discharged:

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