PETRICH, Michael Robert
Name: Michael Robert PETRICH
Born 8 February 1920
Birthplace: Jerome, Arizona
Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 24
Died 23 April 2006 in Long Beach, California, age 86
Service ID: O-684039
Service Rank: 1st Lieutenant
Air Group: 8th Air Force, 391st Bomb Group, 575th Bomb Squadron
Airbase: Matching Green, Essex UK
Aircraft: B-26 42-107811
Date shot down: 5 July 1944
Fate of crew: 4 KIA, 1 captured, 1 evaded and captured (Petrich).
Evasion summary: Stayed in Sorel-Moussel, where Desoubrie took them to Paris
Date captured: 25 July 1944
Capture summary: Arrested with Beck.
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, MOSER, ROBERSON, STEVENSON, VINECOMBE, ZEISER nd, at train change, LAMASON, DAUTEUIL, WATMOUGH, SCULLION, J SMITH, HEAD, WATSON, and C HOFFMAN.
Buchenwald ID: 78325
Notes on Buchenwald internment:
Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, North Compound
Kriege ID: 8150
Notes on SLIII internment:
Subsequent transfer to: Stalag XIII-D, Nurnberg
Notes on internment: Forced march and boxcar to Stalag VIIA 2-16 April 1945.
Liberation: 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 History Channel’s 2004 documentary Shot from the Sky about Buchenwald. Interviewed about his experiences, transcript below.