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Shepherd, Ernest G

Name: Ernest George SHEPHERD

Born 25 February 1923

Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario

Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 21

Died 6 March 1954 in Toronto, Ontario, age 31

Service: Royal Canadian Air Force

Service ID: J23637

Service Rank: Flight Officer

Duties: Navigator

Air Group: 640 Squadron

Airbase: Leconfield, Yorkshire UK

Aircraft: Halifax bomber LW434

Date shot down: 3 June 1944

Fate of crew: 5 KIA, 2 evaded and later captured (Shepherd and WILLIS).

Evasion summary: Evaded with WILLIS.

Date captured: 19 June 1944

Capture summary: Shepherd and WILLIS were arrested while hiding with Mr Bluteau. The Gestapo was looking for a resistance chief (Capt. Benoist) and found the two airmen with him.

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

Buchenwald ID: 78372

Notes on Buchenwald internment:

Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III

Kriege ID: 8066

Notes on SLIII internment:

Subsequent transfer to: Stalag IIIA, 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:


Veteran status:

Notes on Post-War period:


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