FREEMAN, Elmer Clayton
Name: Elmer Clayton FREEMAN
Born 8 June 1922
Birthplace: Guilford, North Carolina
Age at arrival in Buachenwald: 22
Died 2 August 2012 in Niceville, Florida, age 90
Service ID: O-805432
Service Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Air Group: 9th Air Force, 397th Bomb Group, 596th Squadron
Airbase: Rivenhall, Essex UK
Aircraft: B-26 42-96143
Date shot down: 8 May 1944
Fate of crew: 6 evaded, 3 captured quickly, one after more than a month (Freeman).
Evasion summary: Evaded for 10 weeks, involved with Picourt, whose resistance cell was penetrated by Desoubrie.
Date captured: late July 1944
Capture summary: Arrested in Paris after Desoubrie took him to Prevot house.
Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar #1 or #2
Buchenwald ID: 78359
Notes on Buchenwald internment:
Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, North Compound
Kriege ID: 8138
Notes on SLIII internment:
Subsequent transfer to: Stalag XIII-D, Nurnberg
Notes on internment: Marched to SVIIA 6-16 April 1945.
Liberation: 29 April 1945 by units of the 14th Armored Division from Patton’s Third Army.
Repatriation from ETO:
Notes on Post-War period: