COATS, Basil Arthur
Name: Basil Arthur COATS
Born 16 December 1919
Birthplace: Shelbyville, Texas
Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 24
Died 2 April 2008 in Thibodaux, Louisiana, age 88
Service ID: 18225893
Service Rank: Staff Sergeant
Air Group: 8th Air Force, 390th Bomb Group, 571st Bomb Squadron
Airbase: Framingham, Suffolk UK
Aircraft: B-17G 42-97473
Date shot down: 5 June 1944
Fate of crew: 2 KIA, 4 captured immediately, 3 evaded but captured (Coats, RICHEY, and LUDWIG).
Date captured: early August
Capture summary: Marcharet involvement.
Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar #1 or #2
Buchenwald ID: 78308
Notes on Buchenwald internment:
Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, South Compound
Kriege ID: 8165
Notes on SLIII internment:
Subsequent transfer to: Stalag VIIA, Moosburg, by train from Spremberg after forced winter march, 27-30 January, arriving 4 February 1945.
Notes on SVIIA internment:
Liberation: 29 April 1945 by units if the 14th Armored Division from Patton’s Third Army.
Repatriation from ETO: Assigned to M/V Monticello on 18 May 1945, proceeded via Southampton to New York Harbor, arriving 3 June 1945.
Notes on Post-War period: