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RITTER , Edwin William

Name: Edwin William RITTER

Born  24 April 1922

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 22

Died  25 June 1999 in Bonita Springs, Florida, age 77

Service:  USAAF

Service ID: 16070712

Service Rank: Staff Sergeant

Duties: Radioman/engineer

Air Group: 8th Air Force, 93rd Bomb Group, 328th Bomb Squadron

Airbase: Hardwick, Norfolk UK

Aircraft: B-24 42-95043

Date shot down: 1 April 1944

Fate of crew: 7 KIA, 1 injured, captured; 2 evaded, one of them captured later (Ritter).

Evasion summary: Baxter, McClenaghan & Reid were guided into Paris from a village near Pontoise. On the 8th of August, they met de Marcheret, at Prevot's flat. Ritter was already there. The next day, de Marcheret's assistant (Lallier) took them by car to the Gestapo HQ

Date captured: 9 August 1944

Capture summary: Arrested in Paris with BAXTER, REID, and MCCLENAGHAN.

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

Buchenwald ID:  78311

Notes on Buchenwald internment: Spoke Polish, useful as translator.

Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, South Compound

Kriege ID: 8187

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:

RITTER , Edwin William


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