Smith, James A
Name: James Allan SMITH
Born 23 January 1922
Birthplace: Beaverton, Ontario
Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 22
Died 29 July 2013 in Belleville, Ontario, age 91
Service: Royal Canadian Air Force
Service ID: J28387
Service Rank: Flight Officer
Air Group: 419 Squadron
Airbase: Middleton St-George, Durham UK
Aircraft: Lancaster bomber KB727
Date shot down: 5 July 1944
Fate of crew: 7 evaded, one of them captured almost immediately, 5 captured later (GIBSON, HEAD, Smith, PRUDHAM, VINECOMBE, and STEVENSON).
Evasion summary: Sheltered by in the PICOURT network. Smith, BASTABLE, and HIGH were driven by Desoubrie and Orsini to Paris on 14-15 July.
Date captured: 19 July 1944
Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar #1 or #2, transferred to #3 at train change with Lamason, Dauteuil, Watmough, Scullion, Head, Watson, and C Hoffman, joining Richey, Bedford, Martini, Wilson, Carr, Pennell, Perry, Bastable, Grenon, Gibson, High, Hodgson, Prudham, Sonshine, Robb, R Mills, Whellum, Spierenburg, Taylor, Allen, Harvie, Larson, McLaughlin, Moser, Petrich. Roberson, Stevenson, Vinecombe, and Zeiser.
Buchenwald ID: 78428
Notes on Buchenwald internment:
Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, East Compound
Kriege ID: 8067
Notes on SLIII internment:
Subsequent transfer to: Marlag und Milag Nord
Notes on internment: Approximately 3000 POWs were marched out by the SS in early April 1945, headed to Lubek. The column was attacked repeatedly by Allied aircraft. Smith is not on the list of POWs at Lubek, but it is not comprehensive (only around 200 names).
Liberation: POWs on the march to 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: