WARD, Robert Whitfield
Name: Robert Whitfield WARD
Born 18 June 1917
Birthplace: Boone, Iowa
Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 27
Died 8 July 2007 in Chandler, Arizona, age 90
Service ID: O-708382
Service Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Air Group: 8th Air Force, 91st Bomb Group, 323rd Squadron
Airbase: Bassingboum, Cambridgeshire UK
Aircraft: B-17G 42-97173
Date shot down: 8 July 1944
Fate of crew: 1 KIA, 2 captured immediately, 6 evaded; 5 of those captured destined for Buchenwald (BOWEN, FORE, Ward, SCHARF, and ZEISER).
Evasion summary: Were with Bowen & Zeiser at some point. Arrangement was made for them to go to Paris on July 9th. Desoubrie and Orsini took the group to 2 Square des Aliscamps or villa Voisin.
Date captured: 10 July 1944
Capture summary: Arrested with FORE and SCHARF.
Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar #1 or #2
Buchenwald ID: 78355
Notes on Buchenwald internment: Very ill, pleurisy, TB; too weak to leave with the rest.
Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, West Compound, arriving 28 November 1944.
Kriege ID: 8923
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: