WATSON, John Pershing Jr
Name: John Pershing WATSON Jr
Born 1 April 1918
Birthplace: Blairsville, Pennsylvania
Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 26
Died 15 November 2016 in Crossville, Tennessee, age 98
Service ID: 13057737
Service Rank: Staff Sergeant
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: Went to Paris by train, met Pelletier and Henneman, but were later separated. They stayed with Mr Pavin, 27 rue Duret, until Georges Prevot took them to his flat. Next day at Square des Aliscamps.
Date captured: 19 July 1944
Capture summary: Arrested with HEIMERMAN.
Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar #1 or #2
Buchenwald ID: 78333
Notes on Buchenwald internment:
Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, South Compound
Kriege ID: 8196
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:
Notes on Post-War period: