Willis, Calvin E
Name: Calvin Erskine WILLIS
Born 2 June 1916
Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario
Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 28
Died 17 December 2014 in Ottawa, Ontario, age 98
Service: Royal Canadian Air Force
Service ID: J/25541
Service Rank: Flight Officer
Air Group: 640 Squadron
Airbase: Leconfield, Yorkshire UK
Aircraft: Halifax bomber LW434
Date shot down: 3 June 1944
Fate of crew: 5 KIA, 2 evaded and captured (Willis and SHEPHERD).
Date captured: 3 June 1944
Capture summary: Arrested with SHEPHERD.
Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar #1 or #2
Buchenwald ID: 78342
Notes on Buchenwald internment:
Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, East Compound
Kriege ID: 8073
Notes on SLIII internment:
Subsequent transfer to: Winter march to Stalag Luft IIIA, Luckenwalde.
Notes on internment:
Liberation: 22 April 1945 by units of the Red Army but held for negotiated release in mid-May.
Repatriation from ETO: War Claims papers indicate repatriation on 26 May 1945
Discharged: 3 October 1945
VA status: No pension awarded.
Notes on Post-War period: Extended battle to get per diem compensation for time at Fresnes and Buchenwald (see file).