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Taylor, Ralph J

Name: Ralph John TAYLOR

Born 18 April 1921

Birthplace: Tamil Nadu, India

Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 23

Died 27 February 2013 in Orillia, Ontario, age 91

Service: Royal Air Force

Service ID: 146434

Service Rank: Flight Officer

Duties: Pilot

Air Group: 10 Squadron

Airbase: Melbourne, Yorkshire UK

Aircraft: Halifax bomber LV870

Date shot down: 29 June 1944

Fate of crew: 1 KIA, 2 captured immediately, 4 evaded; one of them captured (Taylor).

Evasion summary:

Date captured: 28 July 1944

Capture summary: Taylor and CLARK met at Prevot's flat, with Lamason and Chapman. Clark and Taylor went to La Madeleine with Y. Lallier, and were driven to the Gestapo HQ

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

Buchenwald ID: 78376

Notes on Buchenwald internment:

Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, East Compound

Kriege ID: 8071

Notes on SLIII internment:

Subsequent transfer to: Stalag IIIA, Luckenwande

Notes on internment:

Liberation: 22 April 1945 by units of the Red Army. Released to the British on 2 May 1945.

Repatriation from ETO:


Veteran status:

Notes on Post-War period: Designed the KLB Club pin. Interviewed in the 1994 NFBC documentary, Buchenwald: The Lucky Ones.


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