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Robb, Ian A

Name: Ian Alexander ROBB

Born 20 February 1922

Hometown: Downham Market, Norfolk

Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 22

Died April 2001 in Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire, age 79

Service: Royal Air Force

Service ID: 1397341

Service Rank: Flight Officer

Duties: Navigator

Air Group: 218 Squadron

Airbase: Downham Market, Suffolk, UK

Aircraft: Stirling bomber BK650

Date shot down: 31 August 1943

Fate of crew: 4 KIA, 2 evaded, 1 of them captured (Robb).

Evasion summary: Landed in the Netherlands, shifted to Paris. Summarized at

Date captured: 31 December 1943

Capture summary: Questioned by DESOUBRIE posing as Special Operations agent, then taken by Orsini to Gestapo arrest with HARPER. Put in cell 416, Division 2, in Fresnes Prison with DOWDESWELL and RICHEY.

Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar #3 with Richey, Bedford, Martini, Wilson, Carr, Pennell, Perry, Bastable, Grenon, Gibson, High, Hodgson, Prudham, Sonshine, R Mills, Whellum, Spierenburg, Taylor, Allen, Harvie, Larson, McLaughlin, Moser, Petrich. Roberson, Stevenson, Vinecombe, Zeiser and, at train change, Lamason, Dauteuil, Watmough, Scullion, J Smith, Head, Watson, and C Hoffman.

Buchenwald ID: 78415

Notes on Buchenwald internment:

Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III

Kriege ID: 8114

Notes on SLIII internment:

Subsequent transfer to: Marlag und Milag Nord

Notes on internment: Robb was among the group of POWs marched to Lubek in April 1945.

Liberation: Liberated by British Army units near Lubek while on the march, 2 May 1945.

Repatriation from ETO:


VA status:

Notes on Post-War period:


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