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VINCENT, Edwin Lee

Name: Edwin Lee VINCENT

Born 2 October 1917

Birthplace: Fullerton, California

Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 26

Died 21 July 1998 in Palo Alto, California, age 80

Service: USAAF

Service ID: O-2043745

Service Rank: 1st Lieutenant

Duties: Bombardier

Air Group: 8th Air Force, 381st Bomb Group, 534th Bomb Squadron

Airbase: Ridgewell, Essex UK

Aircraft: B-17F 42-3227

Date shot down: 17 August 1943

Fate of crew: 5 captured, 5 evaded, one of them captured (Vincent).

Evasion summary: Crashed in Holland, sheltered in escape network run by the Germans. Tried to head South to reach another escape line.

Date captured: 19 March 1944

Capture summary:

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

Buchenwald ID: 78310

Notes on Buchenwald internment: Too sick to leave with the others, sent to SL III on 28 November 1944

Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, West Compound

Kriege ID: 8922

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:

VINCENT, Edwin Lee


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