Bloom, A J
Alfred J Bloom
Pte Alfred J Bloom (3098) was captured at Saint-Valéry-en-Caux on 12 June 1940 and sent to Stalag VIIIB at Lamsdorf. On 10 March 1941, Bloom escaped from the coal mine near Hindenburg with Pte Berry.
After crossing the river San, Bloom was arrested and sent to Przemysl where he was separated from Berry. In June, Bloom was moved to a prison at Sambor and escaped from there a few nights later. He was sheltered in Sambor (first in a convent and then with an American girl) until November 1941 when the American girl arranged to have him sent to Przeworsk where he joined the Polish Home Army. Bloom was recaptured by the Russians in January 1945 but escaped back to Lancut where he re-joined the Polish partisans until going to the British Embassy in Warsaw. Bloom was flown back to the UK in October 1945 and interviewed by MI9 in London on 23 November.
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