Studiegroep Luchtoorlog 1939-1945


Evader chart: E0950
SGLO Date crash Aircraft
T5264 16-02-45 B-24 Liberator
MilRank First Name(s) Name
F/O. William John Caselton
Milregnr. Nationality Born
T-132852 American
Returned Y/N Evader Fate Date Captured/Liberated Place Captured/Liberated Escape Line
No EVD-POW 17/18 Mar 45 Ter Apel -
Evader Story
						F/O. William J. Caselton was the navigator of B-24 42-95080 ‘Super Wolf’ that crashed near Valthe in the province of Drenthe on 16 February 1945. After bailing out, he landed near the crash site and was found by A. Lampe, the local commander of the Marechaussee (Dutch Military Police) in Nieuw-Weerdinge. Caselton stayed at his home for one night. The next day Lampe brought the airman, together with his colleague Homburg, to teacher Raap in Nieuw-Weerdinge. At this address he stayed in hiding for five days. When it became unsafe at this address, he was moved to Ter Apel where he hid in the house of a teacher of the HBS, Roorda. In the night of 17 on 18 March, the German Sicherheits Dienst (SD), assisted by Landwachter Jan Alssema, raided the house and arrested Caselton, Roorda and his son Koos. First, they were brought, together with some other men from Ter Apel, to the barracks of the Marechaussee (Dutch Military Police) in Stadskanaal. Caselton was sent - via Stadskanaal and Groningen - to a PoW Camp near Lubeck where he was liberated on 7 April 1945 by the Russians. Roorda was brought to the infamous Scholtenhuis, the local headquarters of the SD in the center of the city of Groningen and was finally taken to the Huis van Bewaring, also in Groningen, where he was liberated by Allied troops, half April 1945. His son Koos ended up in the Huis van Bewaring in Hoogezand where he was liberated on 13 April 1945 by Canadian troops.						
* G. Groenhuis, Emmen in bezettingstijd. Een grensgemeente kort voor en tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog (Emmen 1990), page 186
* Peter Smit and Jaap Spanninga, Van Veensoldaat tot Pools bevrijder. Ter Apel 1940-1945 (Bedum 1995), page 81-83