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PHELPS, Byron Forbes

Name:  Byron Forbes PHELPS

Born 5 May 1922

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 22

Died 10 January 2012 in Grand Junction, Colorado, age 89

Service: USAAF

Service ID: O-743083

Service Rank: 1st Lieutenant

Duties: Fighter pilot

Air Group: 9th Air Force, 367th Fighter Group, 393rd Fighter Squadron

Airbase: Stoney Cross, Hampshire UK

Aircraft: P-38 42-104211

Date shot down: 14 June 1944

Fate of crew: Evaded, captured.

Evasion summary: Phelps met WARD, ROWE, and CLARKE in Paris, at the flat of a sculptor's studio. Georges Prevot took them to his own flat on the 17th of July, where they met Marcheret. A dozen other airmen were already in the flat. Taken to hotel the next day, then arrested with those seen at Prevot's flat.

Date captured: 19 July 1944

Capture summary: Captured with WARD, ROWE, and CLARKE and numerous others.

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

Buchenwald ID: 78331

Notes on Buchenwald internment:

Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, North Compound

Kriege ID: 8151

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 from Patton’s Third Army.

Repatriation from ETO:


VA status:

Notes on Post-War period:

PHELPS, Byron Forbes


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