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SGT  James O. TOWNSEND

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: BTG
SERIAL #: 34508071 STATUS: POW
MACR: 05167 CR: 05167

Comments1: 24 MAY 44 BERLIN (CREW 50 PL 31941) (EAC)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT LT LINDLEY L. WILLIAMSON                P POW   24 MAY 44 BERLIN
2ND LT JAMES G. DENNIS                             CP KIA   24 MAY 44 BERLIN
2ND LT BARWICK O. BARFIELD                     NAV POW 24 MAY 44 BERLIN (see DAYS NOT FORGOTTEN in 100th files)
2ND LT WILLIAM CARRILLO                       BOM POW 24 MAY 44 BERLIN
S/SGT LLOYD K. KOUNS                            ROG KIA   24 MAY 44 BERLIN
S/SGT A.L. SULLIVAN                              WG NOC
SGT JAMES O. TOWNSEND, JR.                    BTG POW 24 MAY 44 BERLIN
SGT JACK E. MARSHALL                              WG NOC
SGT CHARLES B. SEWELL                           TTE POW 24 MAY 44 BERLIN TAPS:25 FEB 1991
SGT ROBERT H. ANDERSON                         TG POW 24 MAY 44 BERLIN

350TH SQDN.. CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON 17 MAR 1944

ON A COMBAT CREW ROSTER OF 7 MAY 44 AND ON THE FINAL MISSION,  S/SGT WIENIEWSKI, AND S/SGT  COLBERT GRAHAM (from the crew of  LT JOHN LAUTENSCHLAGER) 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 BELIEVED BOTH LT DENNIS AND SGT KOUNS WERE KILLED BY GERMAN CIVILIANS. GERMAN RECORDS INDICATE KOUNS DEAD AND RECOVERED AT CRASH  AND BURIED IN VILLAGE CEMENTARY 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 TO MANY SUCH REPORTS…pw


SEE DAYS NOT FORGOTTEN  BY MARILEE WILSHIRE BARFIELD IN THE 100TH FILES. THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST REASEARCHED 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..
 
         MISSIONS OF 2ND LT BARWICK O. BARFIELD (mpf 2001)

1. 28/03/44 CHATEAUDUN, FR
      31/03/44 LUDWIGSHAFEN (SCRUBBED)
      01/04/44 LUDWIGSHAFEN (RECALL)
      07/04/44 QUAKENBRUCK (SCRUBBED)
2. 08/04/44 QUACKENBRUCK, GER
3. 10/04/44 MALDEGEM, FR
4. 13/04/44 AUGSBURG, GER
5. 18/04/44 BERLIN
6. 07/05/44 BERLIN
7. 08/05/44 BERLIN
8. 09/05/44 ATHIES, FR
9. 11/05/44 LIEGE, BELGIUM
10. 19/05/44 BERLIN
11. 20/05/44 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
12. 23/05/44 TROYES, FR
12. 24/05/44 BERLIN

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Berlin DATE: 1944-05-24  
AIRCRAFT: "Big Stoop" (42-31941) CAUSE: EAC  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  
ID: 5210