Watson, Earl C
Name: Earl Carruthers WATSON
Born 1 November 1909
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario
Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 34
Died 4 March 1996 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, age 86
Service: Royal Canadian Air Force
Service ID: J/28858
Service Rank: Flight Officer
Air Group: 432 Squadron
Airbase: East Moor, Norfolk UK
Aircraft: Halifax bomber LW582
Date shot down: 8 June 1944
Fate of crew: 1 KIA, 6 evaded; 2 of them captured (Watson and C HOFFMAN)
Evasion summary: Sheltered with BARHAM and PENNEL in St Denis le Ferment.
Date captured: 7 August 1944
Capture summary: BARHAM, FIX, PENNELL were picked up by Desoubrie to pick up a German officer and then on to Gestapo HQ. Interrogated, sent to Fresnes Prison.
Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar #1 or #2, shifted to #3 after train change with Lamason, Dauteuil, Watmough, Scullion, J Smith, Head, Watson, and C Hoffman, joining 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.
Buchenwald ID: 78431
Notes on Buchenwald internment:
Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, East Compound
Kriege ID: 8072
Notes on SLIII internment:
Subsequent transfer to: Marlag und Milag Nord
Notes on internment: Approximately 3000 POWs were marched out by the SS in early April 1945, headed to Lubek. The column was attacked repeatedly by Allied aircraft. Watson is not on the list of POWs at Lubek, but it is not comprehensive (only around 200 names).
Liberation: POWs on the march to 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: