WILSON, Paul James

Name: Paul James WILSON

Born 17 December 1918

Hometown: New Boston, New Hampshire

Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 25

Died 30 April 1991 in Tavares, Florida, age 72

Service: USAAF

Service ID: 31013843

Service Rank: Sergeant

Duties: Gunner

Air Group: 9th Air Force, 391st Bomb Group, 574th Bomb Squadron

Airbase: Matching Green, Essex UK

Aircraft: B-26 42-95827

Date shot down: 27 May 1944

Fate of crew: 5 captured immediately, 1 evaded and subsequently captured (Wilson)

Evasion summary: Sheltered in Hacqueville by Max Raulin.

Date captured: 5 August 1944

Capture summary: Driven to Paris by Desoubrie and Orsini, with MARTINI and MACPHERSON. Taken to Le Prelude, Hotel Picadilly, picked up and delivered to Gestapo HQ, interrogated and sentenced to death, transferred to Fresnes Prison.

Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar #3 with RICHEY, BEDFORD, MARTINI, CARR, PENNELL, PERRY, BASTABLE, GRENON, GIBSON, HIGH, HODGSON, PRUDHAM, SONSHINE, ROBB, R MILLS, WHELLUM, SPIERENBURG, TAYLOR, ALLEN, HARVIE, LARSON, MCLAUGHLIN, MOSER, PETRICH. ROBERSON, STEVENSON, VINECOMBE, ZEISER  nd, at train change, LAMASON, DAUTEUIL, WATMOUGH, SCULLION, J SMITH, HEAD, EC WATSON, and C HOFFMAN.

Buchenwald ID: 78297

Notes on Buchenwald internment:

Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, South Compound

Kriege ID: 8198

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:

Discharged:

VA status:

Notes on Post-War period:

WILSON, Paul James

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