The night of July 4-5 1944 , 419 squadron was on an operation to Villeneuve when three of their crews and aircraft were lost.
Leaving Middleton St. George at 2150 hours, shortly before KB727 (which was also lost on the same mission along with KB723) while over France at about 0145 on the morning of July 5th a night-fighter attacked the Lancaster
bringing the aircraft down near Chailly at the Fontainebleau Forest. The crew bailed out of the aircraft four of the crew became evaders there story is located on
our webpage from the links below.
The remainder of the crew became PoWs, F/S Hayes, F/S Reynolds. Sgt. High was originally imprisoned at the infamous and deadly Buchenwald Concentration Camp.
Set up as an extermination camp to hold Poles, Slovenes , Freemasons, Jewish prisoners from all over Europe and Soviet Union. But also and against the Geneva Convention were
about 168 airmen from US, British and British Dominions . They were held under charges of being spies, sometimes caught in disguises as civilians supplied by the French
underground in an attempt to evade the airmen's capture by the Germans. Some of the airmen were also listed on a death roll as "terror aviators"
who would have been ordered executed had they remained at Buchwald. The airmen were all abused and maltreated both at the camp and the journey there. Cramped into poorly ventilated
railway box cars , it the normal Nazi manner with little water or food, from the prisons they were held in to the concentration camp.
For some reason not explained Luftwaffe officers visited the camp and then reported to their superior officers and demanded the airmenís release to the Luftwaffe .
Sgt. High was sent to L3, he was not the only 419 squadron crewmen to have been at Buchenwald, four air man from Lancaster KB727 also were interned there before being transferred to
Stalag Luft III.