ZEISER, James Frederick

Name: James Frederick ZEISER

Born 29 April 1915

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio

Age at Arrival in Buchenwald: 29

Died  7 February 1975 in Sheridan, Wyoming, age 59

Service: USAAF

Service ID: 35142619

Service Rank: Staff Sergeant

Duties: Gunner

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: Bowen and Zeiser driven to Paris with Jacques, a Belgium and a red-haired lady (and a young kid). Went to Versailles, and then straight to Gestapo HQ

Date captured: 11 July 1944

Capture summary: In Paris, credited to Desoubrie.

Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar #3 with RICHEY, BEDFORD, MARTINI, WILSON, 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  and, at train change, LAMASON, DAUTEUIL, WATMOUGH, SCULLION, J SMITH, HEAD, E WATSON, and C HOFFMAN.

Buchenwald ID: 78322

Notes on Buchenwald internment:

Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, South Compound

Kriege ID: 8199

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:

ZEISER, James Frederick

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