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FRIEL, Edward Joseph

Name: Edward Joseph FRIEL

Born 3 March 1922

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts

Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 22

Died 23 August 1993 in Josephine, Oregon, age 71

Service: USAAF

Service ID: 31294305

Service Rank: Staff Sergeant

Duties: Gunner

Air Group: 8th Air Force, 491st Bomb Group, 852nd Bomb Squadron

Airbase: Metfield, Suffolk UK

Aircraft: B-24 42-95310

Date shot down: 2 June 1944

Fate of crew: 2 KIA, 2 captured immediately, 5 evaded; one of those captured (Friel)

Evasion summary:

Date captured: 5 August 1944

Capture summary:

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

Buchenwald ID: 78309

Notes on Buchenwald internment:

Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, South Compound

Kriege ID: 8169

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 of the 14th Armored Division from Patton’s Third Army.

Repatriation from ETO:


VA status:

Notes on Post-War period:

FRIEL, Edward Joseph


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