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
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:
Notes on Post-War period: