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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: USAAF

Service ID: O-805432

Service Rank: 2nd Lieutenant

Duties: Pilot

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:


VA status:

Notes on Post-War period:

FREEMAN, Elmer Clayton


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