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SHEARER, Donald Ray

Name: Donald Ray SHEARER

Born  21 March 1922

Birthplace: Charleston, West Virginia

Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 22

Died 21 February 2019 in Annapolis, Maryland, age 96

Service: USAAF

Service ID: 15118030

Service Rank: Tech Sergeant

Duties: Radioman

Air Group: 9th Air Force, 391st Bomb Group, 573rd Bomb Squadron

Airbase: Matching Green, Essex UK

Aircraft: B-26 42-107834

Date shot down: 5 July 1944

Fate of crew:  3 KIA, I in custody, hospitalized, 2 evaded, one of them captured (Shearer).

Evasion summary:  Sheltered in Picourt network in Eure, penetrated by Desoubrie.

Date captured: 19 July 1944

Capture summary: 14 days in hiding, when Desoubrie came to Vert en Drouais to take him to Paris by car. Maybe with FULSHER and KAY, but no confirmation

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

Buchenwald ID: 78332

Notes on Buchenwald internment:

Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, South Compound

Kriege ID: 8192

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:

SHEARER, Donald Ray


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