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Name: Ralph H DEAREY

Born 5 August 1921

Birthplace: Grand Forks, North Dakota

Age at arrival in Buchenwald:  23

Died 16 December 1973 in Glendale, California, age 52

Service: USAAF

Service ID: O-696689

Service Rank: 2nd Lieutenant

Duties: Fighter Pilot

Air Group: 8th Air Force, 339th Fighter Group, 503rd Fighter Squadron

Airbase: Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire UK

Aircraft: P-51 42-106615

Date shot down: 19 June 1944

Fate of crew: Evaded, captured

Evasion summary: Sheltered near Lyon, then hid with man matching description of Desoubrie.

Date captured: 20 July 1944

Capture summary:  Arrested at road block with APPLEMAN; probably arranged by Desoubrie, who may have been at the road block.

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

Buchenwald ID: 78316

Notes on Buchenwald internment:

Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, North Compound

Kriege ID: [8134]

Notes on SLIII internment:

Subsequent transfer to: Stalag XIII-D, Nurnberg (referred to in deposition as "Stalag Luft III, Nurnberg."

Notes on internment: Escaped on 6 April 1945, recaptured, sent to SVIIA, Moosburg.

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

Repatriation from ETO: Assigned to M/V Monticello on 18 May 1945, arrived in New York Harbour via Southampton on 3 June 1945.


VA status:

Notes on Post-War period:



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