Name: Franck VRATNY
Born 31 October 1917
Birthplace: Lehigh, Iowa
Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 26
Died 5 September 2005 in Lehigh, Iowa, age 87
Service ID: O-743141
Service Rank: 1st Lieutenant
Air Group: 8th Air Force, 487th Bomb Group, 838th Bomb Squadron
Airbase: Lavenham, Suffolk UK
Aircraft: B-24 41-29468
Date shot down: 11 May 1944
Fate of crew: All 11 crewmen evaded, 7 captured; included HEIMERMAN, Vratney, PELLETIER, and WATSON.
Evasion summary: A helper in Vincennes (an old cobbler) and his wife turned Vratny to another team inside Paris… Girard confirmed that Vratny was turned over to Prevot
Date captured: 19 July 1944
Capture summary: Other crew members were captured on 5 August 1944.
Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar #1 or #2
Buchenwald ID: 78328
Notes on Buchenwald internment:
Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, North Compound
Kriege ID: 8158
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: