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    Default Sergeant G A Berry - POW

    Hi,
    I am researching the crew of my Uncle's ill fated 61 Squadron Lancaster ND867 (QR-V) that left RAF Skellingthorpe on 7th/8th July 1944. It was lost in the early hours of the 8th, over Moliens, France, returning from a raid on St. Leu d'Esserent.
    5 of the 7 crew were killed in the crash. The other two, Cliff Young evaded capture, and returned to England, while the other was captured after a couple of days and was then a POW at Stalag Luft 7
    His name was G A Berry - so far I have been unable to find out his forenames. His service number was 1891300 and I think his prisoner number 436.
    Would be great to get his full name and possibly which hut he was in at L7

    Any help/extra information/advice would be great

    Thanks
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    Neil, Hi
    If nobody comes up with an answer then you might have to go down the route of applying for his Service Record (you've got his Surname, Forename Initials, and Service Number - that should be sufficient to identify his Record.). His PoW Release Questionnaire should also be available from TNA (others on this forum will know how to access it!).
    Good luck!
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    Geoffrey Albert.

    He is listed in Oliver Clutton-Brock's "The Long Road" as being part of Trupp 21 (73 POWs), arriving at Bankau on 5 August, 1944. No hut listed.

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    Dave

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    Hi Neil,

    Dr Theo Boiten's book lists either Lt Siegfried Elsasser of Stab II./NJG2 for his first victory or Hptm Gerhard Raht of StabI./NJG2 for his 38th victory as having shot down 61 Sqn ND867.
    Elsasser was made a pow after being shot down on 6/7 August 1944 by a Mosquito MM566 of 410 Sqn. Raht on the other had survived the war with a total of 60 victories.

    Regards,

    John.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alieneyes View Post
    Geoffrey Albert.

    He is listed in Oliver Clutton-Brock's "The Long Road" as being part of Trupp 21 (73 POWs), arriving at Bankau on 5 August, 1944. No hut listed.

    Regards,

    Dave
    Dave (and others who replied) - many thanks for the name. What was a 'Trupp' ? It translates on Google Translate as either a Troop or Squad. I assume it was some sort of assembly of POW's moved by the Germans to the camps?

    Cheers
    Neil

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    I will see if he had a POW Liberation Questionnaire.

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    Nick
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    Quote Originally Posted by NickFenton View Post
    I will see if he had a POW Liberation Questionnaire.

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    Nick
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    Thank You Nick.
    I await your reply.

    Meanwhile - I note that it was nearly a month before Berry arrived at his POW camp. I assume that there were some intermediary 'holding' camps - presumably where the 'Trupp' was assembled.
    Is there any information as to where these might be?

    Thanks
    Neil
    Last edited by Neil Grantham; 12th January 2015 at 09:54.

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    Neil,

    He would have gone to Dulag Luft for interrogation first.

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    Nick
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    Quote Originally Posted by NickFenton View Post
    Neil,

    He would have gone to Dulag Luft for interrogation first.

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    Nick
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    Cheers Nick
    Just Googled that!

    Neil

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    Neil,

    you will see a bit about this on my web site.

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    Nick
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