Name: William POWELL
Born 9 January 1917
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 27
Died 5 August 1997 in Bella Vista, Arizona, age 80
Service ID: O-808137
Service Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Air Group: 8th Air Force, 385th Bomb Group, 549th Bomb Squadron
Airbase: Great Ashfield, Suffolk UK
Aircraft: B-17F 42-30354
Date shot down: 29 January 1944
Fate of crew: 1 KIA, 9 evaded, 6 recaptured, 4 of them sent to Buchenwald (Powell, WILLIAMS, REYNOLDS, and PACHA.
Evasion summary: Stayed in Recquignies (Nord) after they left Belgium. Then went to Pacy sur Eure, where they stayed with M Poulailler. Mr Gresser gave them to Letonsorer, who gave them to Desoubrie.
Date captured: 3 August 1944
Capture summary: Arrested with PACHA, W WILLIAMS, REYNOLDS, and VALLEE.
Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar #1 or #2
Buchenwald ID: 78296
Notes on Buchenwald internment:
Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, North Compound
Kriege ID: 8152
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 1994 NFBC documentary Buchenwald: The Lucky Ones.
Deposition on executions
News article 1995