MOSER, Joseph Frank
Name: Joseph Frank MOSER
Born 3 September 1921
Birthplace: Ferndale, Washington
Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 22
Died 2 December 2015 in Ferndale, Washington, age 93
Service ID: O-755999
Service Rank: 1st Lieutenant
Duties: Fighter pilot
Air Group: 9th Air Force, 474th Fighter Group, 429th Fighter Squadron
Airbase: St. Lambert, Normandy, France
Aircraft: P-38 43-28378
Date shot down: 13 August 1944
Fate of crew: Captured within 24 hours
Date captured: 14 August 1944
Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar #3 with BEDFORD, MARTINI, WILSON, CARR, PENNELL, PERRY, BASTABLE, GRENON, GIBSON, HIGH, HODGSON, PRUDHAM, SONSHINE, ROBB, R MILLS, WHELLUM, SPIERENBURG, TAYLOR, ALLEN, HARVIE, LARSON, MCLAUGHLIN, PETRICH. ROBERSON, STEVENSON, VINECOMBE, ZEISER and, at train change, LAMASON, DAUTEUIL, WATMOUGH, SCULLION, SMITH, HEAD, WATSON, and C HOFFMAN.
Buchenwald ID: 78369
Notes on Buchenwald internment:
Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, North Compound.
Kriege ID: 8148
Notes on SLIII internment:
Subsequent transfer to: Stalag XIIID, Nurnberg
Notes on internment: Marched to SVIIA 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: Interviewed in the 1994 NFBC documentary, Buchenwald: The Lucky Ones. Co-wrote the book "A fighter pilot in Buchenwald." Interviewed in the History Channel’s 2004 documentary Shot from the Sky about Buchenwald. His story is accessible online at https://www.sos.wa.gov/legacy/washington-remembers/stories/joe-moser/pdf/moser.pdf Appears in Lost Airmen of Buchenwald documentary (2021 release). One of two airmen who denied seeing any death or abuse in Buchenwald.