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Stewart, James A

Name: James Alexander STEWART

Born 16 January 1922

Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 22

Died 17 April 2019 in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, age 97

Service: Royal Air Force

Service ID: 128449

Service Rank: Flight Lieutenant

Duties: Fighter pilot

Air Group: 609 Squadron

Airbase: Thorney Island, Sussex UK

Aircraft: Typhoon MN414

Date shot down: 13 May 1944

Fate of crew: Evaded, captured

Evasion summary: Stewart and COWAN sheltered at the Prevot/Rocher flat. Transfered to Hotel Picadilly for one night, where they met a Canadian (Ed Carter-Edwards?) and an Australian.

Date captured: 8 July 1944

Capture summary: Arrested with COWAN, credited to Marcheret

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

Buchenwald ID: 78416

Notes on Buchenwald internment:

Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, East Compound

Kriege ID: 8069

Notes on SLIII internment: Kept a detailed diary during his time in the POW camps.

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: Awarded DSC. Remained in the ETO to interrogate SS officers involved in the capture of evading airmen. Interviewed in the 1994 NFBC documentary, Buchenwald: The Lucky Ones.


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