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LT  James G. DENNIS

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: CP

James G. Dennis   350th   CP   Arizona   KIA   24 May 44   Berlin   Lindley L. Williamson Crew   (100th Photo Archives)

SERIAL #: O-816707 STATUS: KIA
MACR: 05167 CR: 05167

Comments1: 24 MAY 44 BERLIN

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:

Believed he parachuted safely, but was killed by Civilians.

Dear madam or sir,
today I hit upon a German document in a Fold3.com folder which throws
some light on the death of 2nd Lt. James G Dennis.

The document is here: https://www.fold3.com/image/1/233805055
It is in German and it originates with the PoW Inspectorate of the
German Army. Should you require a translation, I'll be happy to furnish it.

In short, Lt Dennis was taken PoW and, while accompanied by two Home
Guard men to the village mayor, was shot by an SS MajGen by the name of
Berndt. (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Ingemar_Berndt)

While Berndt presented himself to the Home Guard men as belonging to the
RSHA (Reich Security Head Office, or perhaps the Home Guard men just
understood him saying that), he was in fact just a propaganda bigwig in
Goebbels' ministry.

Yours respectfully,
Traugott Vitz


Torgau a.E.
20/3/1945
Az. 2 f 24.74 AWA/Insp.Kriegsgef. (AIIb)?         xxxxxxxxx 933, App. 128
                              No. 503/45 g
 
To
Head of Sipo and SD
B e r l I n
 
Reference: IV B 1 b – 2731/44 of 2/3/1945
Subject:      Shooting of US airman Dennis
 
1) On 17/6/44 the following letter was addressed to you:
“We received the following report:
On Hamburger Chaussee at place Segeletzt.
On 24/5/44 at 12.30 the US-American 2nd lieutenant James G. Dennis, dog tag number O-816707, parachuted from a shot down aircraft. D. was taken prisoner by forest supervisor Meier from Nachel and handed over to Home Guard men Buenger and Schoenbeck, from Segeletzt, to be delivered to the village mayor.
When being led away, prisoner was overtaken by Brigadeführer Berndt of the Reichssicherheitshauptamt, driving in automobile IA 990. B. stopped, alighted from the car and was informed about the nature of the transport. He said: “He’ll be bumped off.” The Home Guard men refused to tolerate that. Bernd went to the car in which a female was sitting, took out his pistol and said: “I am the Brigadeführer of the Security Head Office Berlin and I’m taking responsibility. He called on the  Home Guard men to make room, since otherwise they’d be in danger to be shot themselves. The prisoner had both his hands raised.
Berndt brought down the prisoner with three shots, and drove away. The occurrence was observed by civilians and several prisoners of war (Frenchmen, Poles). After a considerable time Sturmbannführer Kunze, Reichssicherheitshauptamt Berlin, arrived and ordered the body to be transported to Segeletzt. At 22 hours, Kunze fetched clothes and private property from village mayor Segeletzt. After establishing the facts of the occurrence Dennis was buried at the Segeletzt cemetery on 26/5/44 by (a) Receiving Detail (from) Fl.H.Kdtr. Neuruppin.”
Since the Protective Power is likely to take measures, this office is in need of an explanation which is hereby requested ahead of time.”
2) 1st reminder sent 21/7/1944
3) 2nd reminder sent 2/9/1944
4) On 3/10/1944:
“There was no reply to the above mentioned letter(s). Early settlement is requested.”
-2-
Page 2
5) Your reply as of 26/10/1944:
“IV B 1 b 7637/44 g
                 2731/44
Re: Shooting of a US flier
Reference: Your letters Az. 2 f 24.77 Kriegsgef.Allg (Dia) dated 17/6, 21/7, 2/9 and 3/10/44
 
Ministerialdirektor  B e r n d t, last working with the Reich Propaganda Ministry, made a declaration here. According to this, he used a firearm because the prisoner made a move to flee.
?By order
?     / s / Clemens
6) Further letter by OKW dated 13/11/44 :
“It is requested to report the whereabouts of the effects of the American PoW Lieutenant Dennis who was shot on 24/5/44 near Segeletzt, which were picked up by Sturmbannführer Kunze on 24/5/44, 2200 hrs, at the village mayor's at Segeletzt.“
7) Telephone call by Kriminalkommissar Mohr requesting to clarify what the matter is about.
8) Letter by OKW dated 25/11/44 :
“Reference: OKW Az. 2 f 24.74 Kriegsgef. (IIb) Nr.2645/44 g dated 13/11/44
Further re above letter it is communicated that “Aircraft Crash“ has been reported as cause of death by the Airfield Commander's Office 25/III Neuruppin to the Wehrmachtauskunftstelle. It is requested to take note of this in any further communications.
The effects are to be sent to Wehrmachtauskunftstelle as per regulations. It is requested to communicate what has been initiated.“
9) Reminder on 5/1/45
10) Attached letter dated 16/2/1945.
Early settlement is requested.
      ?By order
?(Signature missing)
1 attachment

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

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

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: B ROW: 12  
GRAVE: 12 CEMETERY: Ardennes, Neuville-en-Cond, Belgium  

PHOTOS:

Alfred-Ingemar Berndt (born 22 April 1905 in Bromberg (West Prussia); died 28 March 1945 at Veszprém, Hungary) was a German journalist, writer and close collaborator of Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. He is responsible for the murder of Lt James G. Dennis

In late spring 1944, the leaders of Nazi Germany devised a plan to lynch captured Allied airmen. Goebbels talked about the matter with Hitler. On 25 May 1944 in the Völkischer Beobachter, the propaganda minister published an article which stated that the government would not act against anyone lynching Allied airmen who had fired on civilians. Goebbels hoped that this article would set off a massive hunt for Allied pilots and deter airmen from flying missions against Germany. The result was 350 lynchings of Allied airmen. Berndt took part in the murders. On 24 May 1944, when the Western Allies landed in Normandy (Operation Overlord), Berndt halted his car where a captured US Flight Lieutenant named Dennis was being held, and shot him dead in the street

Lindley L. Williamson Crew (left to right)
Standing: Lt. Williamson (P), Lt. Dennis (CP), Lt. Barfield (NAV), Lt. Carillo (BOM)
Kneeling: S/Sgt. Sullivan (WG), Sgt. Marshall (WG), S/Sgt. Kouns (ROG),
Sgt. Anderson (TG), Sgt. Sewell (TTE), Sgt. Townsend (BTG)
Photo courtesy of Denise Normandin, Sgt. Anderson's daughter.
Photo ID by Bill (Red) Carrillo - On 1/2/2005, Red Carrillo stated that Sullivan was a WG and Sewell was the TTE

 

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