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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.


Veteran status:

Notes on Post-War period: Not located after the war.


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