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Name: Lovell O’MASTERS

Born 11 August 1909

Birthplace: Garlock, California

Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 35

Died 25 December 1971 in Sacramento, California, age 62

Service: USAAF

Service ID: 39412000

Service Rank: Staff Sergeant

Duties: Gunner

Air Group: 8th Air Force, 457th Bomb Group, 751st Bomb Squadron

Airbase: Glatton, Cambridgeshire UK

Aircraft: B-17G 42-31594

Date shot down: 27 May 1944

Fate of crew: 2 KIA, 7 evaded, 4 of those captured quickly, 2 captured after weeks (McLaughlin and O’Masters).

Evasion summary:

Date captured: 4 July 1944

Capture summary: Arrested with MCLAUGHLIN and SUDDOCK.

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

Buchenwald ID: 78290

Notes on Buchenwald internment:

Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, South Compound

Kriege ID: 8179

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:



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