PENNELL, Samuel Alexander
Name: Samuel Alexander PENNELL
Born 4 January 1923
Birthplace: Columbus, Georgia
Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 21
Died 16 February 1983 in Columbus, Georgia, age 60
Service ID: 34684485
Service Rank: Staff Sergeant
Duties: Waist Gunner
Air Group: 8th Air Force, 93rd Combat Bombardment Wing, 385th Bomb Group, 551st Bomb Squadron
Airbase: Great Ashfield, England
Aircraft: B-17G 42-31762 “Junior,” aka “Crashwagon III”
Date shot down: 12 June 1944
Fate of crew: 1 KIA, 7 captured after parachuting, 2 evaders (MARTINI and Pennell)
Evasion summary: Sheltered in St. Denis le Ferment with WATSON and BARHAM. Within Picourt network penetrated by DESOUBRIE.
Date captured: 7 August 1944
Capture summary: Arrested with WATSON and BARHAM. Driven by DESOUBRIE to pick up a German officer, then on to Gestapo HQ.
Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar 3 with MARTINI, PERRY, BASTABLE, GIBSON, HIGH, HODGSON, PRUDHAM, SONSHINE, ROBB, R MILLS, WHELLUM, SPLINTER SPIERENBURG, R TAYLOR, ALLEN, HARVIE, LARSON, CARR, MCLAUGHLIN, MOSER, PETRICH, ROBERSON, STEVENSON, VINECOMBE, and ZEISER. After transferring to another train, the men were joined by LAMASON, WATMOUGH, SCULLION, JA SMITH, HEAD, WATSON, and C HOFFMAN.
Buchenwald ID: 78289
Notes on Buchenwald internment: Dysentery, malnutrition, extreme weight loss. Received experimental injections. Witnessed executions in crematorium basement.
Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, Center Compound
Kriege ID: 8184
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 Patton’s Third Army.
Repatriation from ETO:
Notes on Post-War period: Denied any recognition as having been in Buchenwald, not included in Army list of Buchenwald airmen because his name had been overwritten by that of a prisoner arriving much later, who was assigned the same number. See papers below.