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RYHERD, William Henry

Name: William Henry RYHERD

Born 24 April 1920

Birthplace: Roscoe, Texas

Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 24

Died 22 August 2008 in Oceanside, California, age 88

Service: USAAF

Service ID: O-666356

Service Rank: 1st Lieutenant

Duties: Pilot

Air Group: 9th Air Force, 397th Bomb Group, 598th Bomb Squadron

Airbase: Rivenhall, Essex UK

Aircraft: B-26 43-34116

Date shot down: 4 August 1944

Fate of crew: 1 KIA, 2 captured on landing, 3 evaded, two of them later captured (Ryherd and VANCE.

Evasion summary:

Date captured:

Capture summary:  Arrested with VANCE, date unknown.

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

Buchenwald ID: 78358

Notes on Buchenwald internment:

Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, North Compound

Kriege ID: 8153

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:


VA status:

Notes on Post-War period: Obituary at

RYHERD, William Henry


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