CROUCH, Marshall Combs Jr

Name: Marshall Combs CROUCH, Jr

Born 2 October 1918

Birthplace: Casper, Wyoming

Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 25

Died 26 August 1975 in Fairbanks, Alaska, age 67

Service: USAAF

Service ID: O-744050

Service Rank: 1st Lieutenant

Duties: Navigator

Air Group: 8th Air Force, 392nd Bomb Group, 579th Bomb Squadron

Airbase: Wending, Norfolk UK

Aircraft: B-24 42-7484

Date shot down: 29 January 1944

Fate of crew: 2 KIA, 2 captured immediately, 7 evaded, only one captured (Crouch).

Evasion summary: Sheltered in the south of France, then passed through Paris.

Date captured: 15 May 1944

Capture summary: Picked up at a roadblock with STEWART while trying to reach an evasion route in the Pyrenees.

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

Buchenwald ID: 78277

Notes on Buchenwald internment:

Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, North Compound

Kriege ID: 8132

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Subsequent transfer to:

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Liberation:  Liberated from SVIIA on 29 April 1945 by units of the 14th Armored Division from Patton’s Third Army.Returned to where he was captured to arrest the gendarme who betrayed him to the Gestapo.

Repatriation from ETO:

Discharged:

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CROUCH, Marshall Combs Jr

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