Watmough, George F
Name: George Frank WATMOUGH
Born 18 June 1915
Birthplace: Greenwich, England
Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 29
Died 23 November 1994 in Plymouth, Devon, age 79
Service: Royal Air Force
Service ID: 1875536
Service Rank: Sergeant
Duties: Flight engineer
Air Group: 433 Squadron
Airbase: Skipton-on-Swale, Yorkshire UK
Aircraft: Halifax bomber LW120
Date shot down: 5 July 1944
Fate of crew: 2 KIA, 5 evaded, 4 of those captured (GRENON, WATMOUGH, Hetherington, and SCULLION).
Evasion summary: On July 10, Desoubrie and Orsini went first to Orgeres to find Marshall, and then went to Chartres to pick up Watmough, Horrigan, and J Smith. Back to Paris, and this time to Villa Voisin.
Date captured: 11 July 1944
Capture summary: The three were transferred to a truck with 15 airmen total, driven to Gestapo HQ.
Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar #1 or #2, transferred to #3 at train change with Lamason, Dauteuil, Scullion, J Smith, Head, Watson, and C Hoffman. 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, Vinecombe, and Zeiser wre already in that car.
Buchenwald ID: 78439
Notes on Buchenwald internment:
Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, East Compound
Kriege ID: 8120
Notes on SLIII internment:
Subsequent transfer to: Marlag und Milag Nord
Notes on internment: He was in the group of POWs marched out by the SS in early April 1945, headed to Lubek. The column was attacked repeatedly by Allied aircraft. Watmough is not on the list of POWs at Lubek, but that list is not comprehensive.
Liberation: liberated by the British 2nd Army on 2 May 1945.
Repatriation from ETO: Airlifted to the UK on 9 May 1945.
Notes on Post-War period: Not located after the war.