||Scheidhauer||Bernard William Martial||Sous-lieutenant||Pilot Officer||30649||28th August 1921 in Landau, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.||French||Pilot||FFAF||Fighter||131 Sqn||1942-11-18||Spitfire||Vb||EN830||NX:X||RAF Westhampnett, West Sussex||14:10||Rhubarb along the Bayeux-Cherbourg railway||See archive report for details||PoW No. 832 / Murdered||Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery, Coll. Grave 9.A. Collective Grave||Sub-Lieutenant Bernard Scheidhauer, French pilot of 131 Sqnd RAF, performs a Rhubarb mission along the Bayeux-Cherbourg railway. Victim of technical problems with his Spitfire, certainly caused by a Flak hit received in the Carentan sector on the way back, he landed urgently in Jersey, where he was captured by the Germans.
Detained in Stalag Luft III in Sagan, he was one of the protagonist officers of 'The Great Escape' on March 24, 1944. Taken back the following March 24, he was murdered by two Gestapo officers (*).
(*) Identified after the war, these two murderers were judged. The first, a Lieutenant-Colonel, will be condemned to death and executed, the second, a Sub-Lieutenant, sentenced to life imprisonment.||Read Archive Report