MCCLANAHAN, John Howard
Name: John Howard MCCLANAHAN
Born 11 July 1920
Birthplace: Covington, Kentucky
Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 24
Died 31 May 1977 in Batesville, Indiana, age 56
Service ID: 15084076
Service Rank: Staff Sergeant
Air Group: 8th Air Force, 384th Bomb Group, 544th Bomb Squadron
Airbase: Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire UK
Aircraft: B-17G 42-97188
Date shot down: 14 June 1944
Fate of crew: 3 KIA, 3 captured on landing, 3 evaded; of those, one captured (McClanahan).
Date captured: 4 July 1944
Capture summary: Driven to Paris by Desoubrie and Orsini, taken to Hotel Picadilly, stayed for four days before pickup and delivery to Gestapo.
Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar #1 or #2
Buchenwald ID: 78348
Notes on Buchenwald internment: Mastoiditis, pleurisy, surgery performed; too sick to leave with the other airmen. Sent with the other survivors on 28 November 1944.
Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, West Compound
Kriege ID: 8924
Notes on SLIII internment:
Subsequent transfer to: Stalag XIIID, Nurnberg
Notes on internment: Forced march and boxcar to Stalag VIIA 2-16 April 1945.
Liberation: Liberated from SVIIA on 29 April 1945 by units of the 14th Armored Division from Patton’s Third Army.
Repatriation from ETO:
Notes on Post-War period: