MITCHELL, Gerald Earnest
Name: Gerald Earnest MITCHELL
Born 7 May 1921
Birthplace: Clinton, Arizona
Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 23
Died 30 July 2005 in Monroe, Louisiana, age 84
Service ID: O-699945
Service Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Air Group: 8th Air Force, 801st Bomb Group, 850th Bomb Squadron
Airbase: Harrington, Northamptonshire UK
Aircraft: B-24 42-95317
Date shot down: 5 July 1944
Fate of crew: 2 KIA, 6 evaded, only 1 of them captured (Mitchell).
Evasion summary: Evaded with CHALOT, see deposition.
Date captured: 10 July 1944 (but 19 July 1944 on POW card)
Capture summary: Credited to Desoubrie. CHALOT, LIGHT, and JACKSON were arrested on 10 July; likely Mitchell was arrested at the same time but not certain.
Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar #1 or #2.
Buchenwald ID: 78307
Notes on Buchenwald internment:
Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, North Compound
Kriege ID: 8147
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:
Notes on Post-War period: Odd disconnect between his account of Buchenwald and that of airmen other than MOSER. Was he coached on responses or repressing memories?