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Sonshine, Joseph

Name: Joseph SONSHINE

Born 11 October 1920

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 23

Died 13 March 2005 in Toronto, Canada, age 84

Service: Royal Canadian Air Force

Service ID: J80256

Service Rank: Warrant Officer Class 2

Duties: Navigator

Air Group: 1 Group, 12 Squadron

Airbase: Wickenby, Lincolnshire UK

Aircraft: Lancaster bomber ND424

Date shot down: 28 June 1944

Fate of crew: 7 evaded, 3 captured (Sonshine, GUILFOYLE, and JORDIN)

Evasion summary: Sheltered by FFI, taken to Prevot house in Paris.

Date captured: 19 July 1944

Capture summary: Arrested with P CHAPMAN and LITTLE.

Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar #3 with Richey, Bedford, Martini, Wilson, Carr, Pennell, Perry, Bastable, Grenon, Gibson, High, Hodgson, Prudham, Robb, 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: 78393

Notes on Buchenwald internment:

Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, East Compound

Kriege ID: 8930

Notes on SLIII internment: Too sick to leave SLIII when it was evacuated, left in hospital. 

Subsequent transfer to: Subsequent transfer to Stalag XIII-D, Nurnberg.   

Notes on Stalag internment: Forced march and boxcar to Stalag VIIA, 2-16 April 1945.

Liberation: 29 April 1945 by Patton’s Third Army.

Repatriation from ETO:


Veteran status:

Notes on Post-War period:


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