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CHESSHIR, Douglas Murrell

Name: Douglas Murrell CHESSHIR

Born 31 October 1922

Birthplace: Talco, Texas

Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 21

Died 28 March 2010 in Palestine, Texas, age 87

Service: USAAF

Service ID: 18190919

Service Rank: Staff Sergeant

Duties: Flight engineer

Air Group: 8th Air Force, 489th Bomb Group, 845th Bomb Squadron

Airbase: Station 365, Halesworth, Suffolk UK

Aircraft: B-24 43-95249

Date shot down: 25 June 1944

Fate of crew: 1 captured immediately, 7 evaded but captured later (Chesshir, CARR, COFFMAN, FIX, MAUK, ALEXANDER, and PECUS)

Evasion summary: Sheltered together, moved from place to place.

Date captured: 7 August 1944

Capture summary: Betrayed by Desoubrie, arrested with FIX.

Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar #1 or #2

Buchenwald ID: 78285

Notes on Buchenwald internment:

Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, Center Compound

Kriege ID: 8164

Notes on SLIII internment:

Subsequent transfer to:

Notes on internment:

Liberation: From SVIIA, 29 April 1945 by units of the 14th Armored Division from Patton’s Third Army.

Repatriation from ETO:


VA status:

Notes on Post-War period:

CHESSHIR, Douglas Murrell


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