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S/SGT  Walter WISNIEWSKI

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: WG

 Walter J. Wisniesky, who was flying as the right waist gunner on the Lindley Williamson crew when it went down on the 24 MAY 44 Berlin mission. Walter became a POW. (Photo courtesy of Jack O'Leary) Williamson crew information 

SERIAL #: 33379081 STATUS: POW
MACR: 05167 CR: 05167

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

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                              TTE NOC
SGT JAMES O. TOWNSEND, JR.                BTG POW 24 MAY 44 BERLIN
SGT JACK E. MARSHALL                           WG NOC
SGT CHARLES B. SEWELL                         WG 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 WALTER J. WISNIEWSKI AND COLBERT GRAHAM (FROM THE JOHN LAUTENSCHLAGER CREW) WERE ON THE CREW IN PLACE OF SULLIVAN & MARSHALL AND BOTH BECAME POWs.  THIS WAS THE 13TH MISSION FOR THIS CREW.
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The above statement is unclear: Wisniewski was on board, according to the MACR and Casualty Report, but he was not from the Lautenschlager crew. His original crew is unknown.
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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 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..

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: 5613