Squadron Prisoners of War :

The majority of POW's from the squadron flew on D-day in one of two aircraft. 

Dakota C47 Chalk No.358 of 512 Squadron RAF Broadwell- which was destined to drop paratroopers at Merville Battery. One paratrooper was killed in action within 48 hours. 14 were held POW, some having been captured soon after landing, others evading capture for a few days before being taken as POWs.

Stirling EF295-J chalk No. 160 of 620 Squadron RAF Fairford- due to drop paratroopers at drop zone 'N', to clear the first two Glider Landing Zones. It was hit by flak,  caught fire and crashed in the grounds of the Chateau de Grangues . The second Stirling to crash in the grounds that night. Of the 5 paratroopers who jumped from the burning aircraft before it crashed, 4 survived the jump, 3 were captured POW and one evaded the enemy for neary 4 weeks in an epic and utimately successful bid to make his way back to his squadron. Of those remaining onboard, 9 initially survived the crash (some with injuries), 1 Officer was taken away for interrogation and became a POW, one died next day of wounds received in the crash, one injured was taken POW and liberated at the end of the war, and 6 were held as POWS and executed within hours of their capture.

There is a plan of the grounds of the Chateau estate on the Grangues Index page for Aircraft crashes (Click) it shows where EF295-J came down in relation to the other estate buildings and roads etc.

There were at least 3 of the squadron who were dropped near the hamlet of La Perruque, and who eventually surrendered to the enemy after they had expended all their ammunition. These men were held captive at gun point in Amfreville Square as a battle between the Allied Commandos and German Army raged about them. The Commandos won and liberated the POWs after several hours of fighting. These liberated POWs rejoined their squadron late in the evening.

Name (Service No.)

Aircraft No.

D-day Destination/Task

Prison

Prisoner No. 

 

Spr H. Barrett
(14305385)

Dakota C47 No.358 of 512 Squadron RAF Broadwell

Parachute assault on Merville Battery

Stalag VIII-C, Konin Zaganski, Zagan, Poland

70111

Liberated
1945

Spr C.M.Bartlett
(5669776)

Stirling EF295-J chalk no. 160 of 620 Sqdn RAF Fairford

Parachute clearing Glider Landing Zones

Stalag IV-B. Muhlberg/Elbe, Brandenburg

82080

Liberated
1945

Lieut K.H. Best
(277760)

Dakota C47 No.358 of 512 Squadron RAF Broadwell

Parachute assault on Merville Battery

Oflag 79, Brunswick or Braunschweig, Lower Saxony

450

Evaded for two weeks -Liberated 1945 

Spr J. Blyth
(12035231)

Dakota C47 No.358 of 512 Squadron RAF Broadwell

Parachute assault on Merville Battery

Stalag IV-B. Muhlberg/Elbe, Brandenburg

80958

Liberated 1945 

Spr J. Bowman
(5682527)

Dakota C47 No.358 of 512 Squadron RAF Broadwell

Parachute assault on Merville Battery

Stalag VIII-C , Konin Zaganski, Zagan, Poland

70124

Liberated 1945 

L/Cpl K.W. Branston (1878189)

Stirling EF295-J chalk no. 160 of 620 Sqdn RAF Fairford

Parachute clearing Glider Landing Zones

Stables at
Chateau de Grangues

n/a

Killed
6 June 1944

Spr T.C. Carter
(1946440)

Dakota C47 No.358 of 512 Squadron RAF Broadwell

Parachute assault on Merville Battery

Stalag IV-B, Muhlberg/Elbe, Brandenburg

80956

Liberated 1945 

Capt G.F. Davidson
(166499)

./.

Parachute clearing Glider Landing Zones

Amfreville Square with two colleagues. 

n/a

Liberated by invading commandos 6th June 1944

Spr K.H. Fisher
(14376722)

Dakota C47 No.358 of 512 Squadron RAF Broadwell

Parachute assault on Merville Battery

Stalag IV-B, Muhlberg/Elbe, Brandenburg

80937

Liberated 1945 

L/Sjt S. Forrest
(2092173)

Dakota C47 No.358 of 512 Squadron RAF Broadwell

Parachute assault on Merville Battery

Stalag IV-B Muhlberg/Elbe, Brandenburg

81877

Liberated 1945 

L/Cpl T.A. Fraser
(882124)

Stirling EF295-J chalk no. 160 of 620 Sqdn RAF Fairford

Parachute clearing Glider Landing Zones

Stables at
Chateau de Grangues

n/a

Killed
6 June 1944

L/Cpl P.S. Hitchcock
(1947393)

Dakota C47 No.358 of 512 Squadron RAF Broadwell

Parachute assault on Merville Battery

Stalag IV-G, Oschatz, Saxony, Germany, 

82128

Liberated 1945 

Capt. A.F. Jackson
(251680)

Dakota C47 No.358 of 512 Squadron RAF Broadwell

Parachute assault on Merville Battery

Oflag 79, Brunswick or Braunschweig Lower Saxony

378

Liberated 1945 

Cpl W.A. Kelly
(1944972)

Stirling EF295-J chalk no. 160 of 620 Sqdn RAF Fairford

Parachute clearing Glider Landing Zones

Stables at
Chateau de Grangues

n/a

Killed
6 June 1944

Spr C.T. Law
(14504398)

Stirling EF295-J chalk no. 160 of 620 Sqdn RAF Fairford

Parachute clearing Glider Landing Zones

Dulag Luft, Wetzlar, Hesse, Germany

34

Liberated 1945 

Spr O.C.D. Mitchell
(417397)

./.

Parachute clearing Glider Landing Zones

Stalag IV-B, Muhlberg/Elbe, Brandenburg

80933

Liberated 1945 

Lieut A.B. Oliveira
(277794)

Stirling EF295-J chalk no. 160 of 620 Sqdn RAF Fairford

Parachute clearing Glider Landing Zones

Oflag V-A, Weinsberg, Baden Wurttenberg, Germany

3424

Liberated 1945 

L/Cpl J. Reardon-Parker (1455003)

Stirling EF295-J chalk no. 160 of 620 Sqdn RAF Fairford

Parachute clearing Glider Landing Zones

He died of injuries received in Sterling crash, while in German Custody. He was not evacuated to military hospital.

n/a

Died 7 June 1945

Spr J. Reed
(14635191)

Dakota C47 No.358 of 512 Squadron RAF Broadwell

Parachute assault on Merville Battery

reported as POW, but unable to locate any records as to where

./.

./.

Spr A.W. Ross
(1953786)

Dakota C47 No.358 of 512 Squadron RAF Broadwell

Parachute assault on Merville Battery

Stalag IV-B
Muhlberg/Elbe,
Brandenburg

80152

Liberated 1945 

Spr P.C. Sutcliff
(1938781)

Dakota C47 No.358 of 512 Squadron RAF Broadwell

Parachute assault on Merville Battery

Stalag IV-B
Muhlberg/Elbe,
Brandenburg

80951

Liberated 1945 

Spr G. Thompson
(14283438)

Stirling EF295-J chalk no. 160 of 620 Sqdn RAF Fairford

Parachute clearing Glider Landing Zones

Stables at
Chateau de Grangues 

n/a

Killed
6 June 1944

Cpl R.W. Torrins
(19411938)

Dakota C47 No.358 of 512 Squadron RAF Broadwell

Parachute assault on Merville Battery

Stalag 357, Oerbke, Lower Saxony, Germany

80927

Liberated 1945 

Spr J.F. Veitch
(1876707)

Dakota C47 No.358 of 512 Squadron RAF Broadwell

Parachute assault on Merville Battery

Stalag IV-B, Muhlberg/Elbe, Brandenburg

80974

Liberated 1945 

Spr D.H. Wheeler
(14537569)

Stirling EF295-J chalk no. 160 of 620 Sqdn RAF Fairford

Parachute clearing Glider Landing Zones

Stables at
Chateau de Grangues 

n/a

Killed
6 June 1944

Spr F. Wolfe
(14422902)

Stirling EF295-J chalk no. 160 of 620 Sqdn RAF Fairford

Parachute clearing Glider Landing Zones

Stables at
Chateau de Grangues

n/a

Killed
6 June 1944

Maj P.A. Wood
(41207)

Stirling EF295-J chalk no. 160 of 620 Sqdn RAF Fairford

Parachute clearing Glider Landing Zones

Oflag 79, Brunswick or Braunschweig, Lower Saxony

395

Liberated 1945 

Spr J. Trouesdale (14393414)

N/A

At Celle, Germany, he took his motorbike down the wrong road and disappeared for a week. He was captured and escaped and made his way back to the Unit.

Unknown

Unknown

Escaped 1945

Oflag 79 was liberated 12th April by the advancing US 9th Army.

Stalag 8C - the prisoners were force marched from 8th Feb 1945 to 10th March 1945 to Stalag 9B over 300 miles on foot in Winter. Stalag 9B was liberated on 2nd April 1945 by the American Forces.

Stalag 4B Russian Army arrived at the camp on 23rd April, but it took a month before British POWs were officially released.

Stalag 4G was a labour or work camp, one of the last to be liberated.

Stalag 357 In April 1945 12,000 POWs were evcuated on foot, they got as far as Lauenburg and were met by the British 6th Airborne.

Dulag Luft was opened 29 March 1945

Oflag 5A was liberated in March 1945

The POWs killed at Chateau de Grangues, were interred there by the staff of the Chateau, who reported this to the Red Cross and eventually after a war crimes enquiry, during which the bodies were exhumed for autopsy and re-interred there, they were eventually removed to Ranville War Cemetery in the spring of 1945 along with the buried casualties of the other crashed aircraft in Grangues. 


Lt. Best, Capt. Jackson and Major Wood were in Oflag 79.


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