Name: Laurie WESLEY
Born 19 July 1922
Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 22
Died October 1969 in Birmingham, England, age 47
Service: Royal Air Force
Service ID: 1581817
Service Rank: Sergeant
Air Group: 207 Squadron
Airbase: Spilsby, Lincolnshire UK
Aircraft: Lancaster bomber ND556
Date shot down: 4 May 1944
Fate of crew: 2 KIA, 5 evaded, one of them captured (Wesley).
Evasion summary: Spent 8 weeks evading, met 2 USAAF airmen and McClanahan, taken to Paris by Desoubrie and Orsini.
Date captured: 4 July 1944
Capture summary: Taken to Hotel Picadilly, waited four days and questioned with fake Red Cross cards. Wesley and McClanahan were then taken by car to Gestapo HQ.
Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar #1 or #2
Buchenwald ID: 78399
Notes on Buchenwald internment:
Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III
Kriege ID: 8122
Notes on SLIII internment:
Subsequent transfer to: Marlag und Mirlag Nord
Notes on internment: Given location of liberation, he must have been in the group of 3000 POWs marched out by SS on 2 April 1945.
Liberation: He reported being liberated in Trendorst, Lower Saxony, by the British Army on 2 May 1945. This is well to the SW from Lubek, but he is not on the list of POWs believed to have escaped during the march.
Repatriation from ETO:
Notes on Post-War period: