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PAXTON, Stanley Keith

Name: Stanley Keith PAXTON

Born 8 May 1924

Birthplace: Sanger, California

Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 20

Died 24 June 2012 in Yakima, Washington, age 88

Service:  USAAF

Service ID: 39127836

Service Rank: Staff Sergeant

Duties: Gunner

Air Group: 8th Air Force, 493rd Bomb Group, 862nd Bomb Squadron

Airbase: Debach, Suffolk UK

Aircraft: B-24 42-52759

Date shot down: 22 June 1944

Fate of crew: 3 captured immediately, 6 evaded; of those, 3 were captured (HORRIGAN, J SMITH, and Paxton.

Evasion summary:

Date captured: probably 11 July 1944

Capture summary: Desoubrie and Orsini went first to Orgeres to find MARSHALL, and then went to Chartres to pick up the others. Back to Paris, and this time to the Villa Voisin. All were arrested the next day. HORRIGAN, J SMITH, MARSHALL, and WATMOUGH were definitely arrested then; Paxton would probably have been with them.

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

Buchenwald ID: 78320

Notes on Buchenwald internment:

Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, South Compound

Kriege ID: 8181

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:

PAXTON, Stanley Keith


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