Spierenburg, Splinter A
Name: Splinter Adolph SPIERENBURG
Born 17 May 1920
Birthplace: The Hague, Holland
Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 24
Died April 1997 in Newcastle-on-Tyne, UK, age 76
Service: Royal Air Force
Service ID: 171436
Service Rank: Pilot Officer
Air Group: 582 Squadron
Airbase: Little Staughton, Huntingdonshire UK
Aircraft: Lancaster bomber ND921
Date shot down: 29 July 1944
Fate of crew: 3 KIA, 4 evaded, one of them captured (Spierenburg).
Date captured: 14 July 1944
Capture summary: Mrs Preux took him to Paris by train on July 3rd, and passed him to her mother (Mme Nicot) in Montreuil. Went to Prevot's flat where he met de Marcheret, then to a hotel until capture.
Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar #3 with Richey, Bedford, Martini, Wilson, Carr, Pennell, Perry, Bastable, Grenon, Gibson, High, Hodgson, Prudham, Sonshine, Robb, R Mills, Whellum, 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: 78443
Notes on Buchenwald internment: Important translator, fluent in German
Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III
Kriege ID: 8068
Notes on SLIII internment:
Subsequent transfer to: Marlag und Milag Nord
Notes on internment: The SS marched a large group of POWs to Lubek in early April 1945, and Spierenburg is listed as being on the march. He is also listed among those believed to have escaped en route. A separate account indicates that he escaped from a wood-dathering party and, after evading for five days, he was returned to Marlag und Milag and liberated from there three weeks later.
Liberation: Marlag und Milag was liberated on 27 April 1945 by the British Guards Armored Division, which is the date indicated on his debriefing report.
Repatriation from ETO: 10 May 1945