Vinecombe, Frederick S
Name: Frederick Samuel VINECOMBE
Born 16 December 1914
Birthplace: Plymouth, England
Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 29
Died 27 January 2021, age 106
Service: Royal Air Force
Service ID: 1179317
Service Rank: Sergeant
Duties: Flight engineer
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).
Date captured: 14 July 1944
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, Spierenburg, Taylor, Allen, Harvie, Larson, McLaughlin, Moser, Petrich. Roberson, Stevenson, Zeiser and, at train change, Lamason, Dauteuil, Watmough, Scullion, J Smith, Head, Watson, and C Hoffman.
Buchenwald ID: 78377
Notes on Buchenwald internment:
Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, East Compound
Kriege ID: 8117
Notes on SLIII internment:
Subsequent transfer to: Marlag und Milag Nord
Notes on internment: Assigned to Block 3. Not on list of POWs arriving at Lubek after forced march, but list is not comprehensive.
Liberation: Those at 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: Interviewed in 2018, on his 104th birthday. Story is at https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/world-war-two-hero-who-13776497