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MACR PILOT: 1Lt  Lindley L  Williamson  - O-753831

MACR: 05167 FICHE : 01852

ORGANIZATION

LOCATION: AAF Station #139 COMMAND: VIII AF GROUP: 100th Bomb Gp (H) AAF
SQUADRON: 350th BS DETACHMENT:  
     

DETAIL

DEPARTURE:AAF Station #139 INITIAL COURSE:  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Berlin    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: 10/10 low clouds over most of route - 8/10 over target    

GIVE

DATE: 1944-05-24 TIME: 11:15 LOCATION: Target area

SPECIFY:

Information not available

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy anti-aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 42-31941

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: SW-007880
B: SW-008508
C: SW-008382
D: SW-007899
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 652618
B: 949533
C: 726602
D: 727265
E: 272829
F: 727192
G: 726645
H: 240632
I: 72700
J: 727952
K: 727283
L: 726855

PERSONS BELOW ARE LISTED AS:

CASUALTY TYPE: Battle casualty  
NUMBER OF PERSONS ON BOARD:    
CREW: 10 PASS: 0 TOTAL: 10

PERSONNEL:

POSITION NAME RANK SERIAL
P1
P2 Lindley L  Williamson 1Lt O-753831
CP James G Dennis 2Lt O-816707
NAV (N) Barwick O Barfield 2Lt O-691680
BOM (B) William Carrillo 2Lt O-757695
RAD Lloyk K Kouns TSgt 35090841
ENG Charles B Sewell TSgt 13049902
BAL James O Townsend SSgt 34508071
WG (W) Walter Wisniewski SSgt 33379081
WG (W) Colbert W Graham SSgt 18105469
TG (T) Robert H Anderson SSgt 37161782

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

None who could positively identify A/C going down
   

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: OTHER:  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
   
   
Second Witness: No Data  
Report:

DESCRIPTION OF SEARCH EFFORT

DETAIL:No search made.

PREPARING OFFICER

PREPARED BY: Walter G. Burke 1st Lt., Air Corps Assistant Adjutant

DATE PREPARED: 1944-05-27

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

ON A COMBAT CREW ROSTER OF 7 MAY 44 AND ON THE FINAL MISSION, S/SGT WIENIEWSKI, AND COLBERT GRAHAM WERE ON THE CREW ON PLACE OF SULLIVAN & MARSHALL AND BOTH BECAME POWs. THIS WAS THE 13TH MISSION FOR THIS CREW.

ACCORDING TO STATEMENTS IN THE MACR, LT WILLIAMSON BELEIVED BOTH LT DENNIS AND SGT KOUNS WERE KILLED BY GERMAN CIVILIANS. GERMAN RECORDS INDICATE KOUNS DEAD AND RECOVERED AT CRASH AND BURIED IN VILLAGE CEMETERY KAMPEHL; GRAVE #1 ON 24 MAY 1944. OF DENNIS THE GERMAN REPORT STATES: "BURIED AT THE LOCAL CEMENTARY OF SEGELETZ, DISTRICT RUPPIN ON 24 MAY 1944 AT GRAVE #1 AT THE ELDER BUSH. " THIS REPORTS SMACKS OF A COVERUP AND IT IS LIKELY CIVILIANS KILLED THESE AIRMEN BEFORE THEY CAME UNDER GERMAN MILITARY CONTROL. THERE ARE ALL TOO MANY SUCH REPORTS. . . pw

SEE DAYS NOT FORGOTTEN BY MARILEE WILSHIRE BARFIELD IN THE 100TH FILES. THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST RESEARCHED AND WELL WRITTEN WORKS DEALING WITH POW LIFE AND THE EFFECT ON FAMILY AND LOVED ONES IN THE USA. IT INCLUDES GERMAN INTERROGATION REPORTS, AMERICAN INTERROGATION REPORTS TAKEN AT CAMP LUCKY STRIKE IN 1945, RED CROSS POW BULLETINS, NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, PERSONAL LETTERS FROM LT BARFIELD AND ALL OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS ISSUED BY THE WAR DEPARTMENT AND U. S ARMY AIR FORCE REGARDING LT BARFIELD.

THERE IS A DETAILED ACCOUNT OF THE EVENTS CAUSING THE LOSS OF THE AIRCRAFT AND INFORMATION CONCERNING THE FATE OF THE ENTIRE CREW. .