Whellum, Lesley K

Name: Lesley Keith WHELLUM

Born 23 June 1923

Birthplace: Kensington, South Australia

Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 21

Died 23 May 2003, age 79

Service: Royal Australian Air Force

Service ID: 417545

Service Rank: Flight Sergeant

Duties: Radioman [Wireless Air Gunner]

Air Group: 102 Squadron

Airbase: Pockington, Yorkshire UK

Aircraft: Halifax bomber NA502

Date shot down: 29 June 1944

Fate of crew: 2 KIA, 5 evaded, one of them captured (Whellum).

Evasion summary:

Date captured: 2 August 1944

Capture summary: Taken to Prevot house, then by car with Orsini, captured at roadblock

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, SPIERENBURG, TAYLOR, ALLEN, HARVIE, LARSON, MCLAUGHLIN, MOSER, PETRICH. ROBERSON, STEVENSON, VINECOMBE, ZEISER and, at train change, LAMASON, DAUTEUIL, WATMOUGH, SCULLION, J SMITH, HEAD, WATSON, and C 

Buchenwald ID: 78442

Notes on Buchenwald internment:

Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III

Kriege ID: 8123

Notes on SLIII internment:

Subsequent transfer to: Marlag Milag Nord 

Notes on internment: Probably marched to Lubek, Oflag X-C.

Liberation: Liberated by British 2nd Army on 2 May 1945, airlifted to the UK by 15 May 1945.

Repatriation from ETO:

Discharged:

VA status:

Notes on Post-War period:

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