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ex-POW executed by germans in italy, 1944

Discussion in 'Prisoners of War, MIA, & Internees' started by Micky, Dec 16, 2016.

  1. Micky

    Micky New Member

    I am investigating about the killing of an ex prisoner of war, maybe coming from the PG49 at Fontanellato or from the camp for "enemy aliens" at Traversetolo, where there were also some Allied officers.

    On the 3rd of April 1944, German parachutists belonging to the scout unit of the Fallshirm-Panzer-Division 1 "Hermann Goering" occupied the Belleo, Gombio and Villaberza villages in the Reggio Emilia province looking for a partisan unit that had been flagged in that zome. Parachutists in civilian dresses, pretending to be ex Russian POW, met a couple of ox POW. One managed to run away, the other, "John Gull", was killed by guns at Villaberza. According to partisan testimonies, the two were allegedly English and/or American officers; according to local testimonies one was an american airmen officer, whose name was JOHN GULL from Ohio. Neither the CWGC, nor the American ABMC report a JOHN GULL (or GOULE, or GOULD, or a similar surname) killed on that day.
    Massimiliano Villa, a partisan leader, wrote a book of memories after the war (Dal Ventasso al Fuso). He met the two fugitives in the winter 1943-1944. Villa stopped at Gombio in his journey to another partisan held area. The two "british pow" believed him a fascist spy and threatened him with a gun, but Villa was able to give proof of his identity.
    Would it be possible that in the files of some allied war criminal investigations team there is any mention of that episode? Where else could I look for it?

    Thank you.
  2. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

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  3. Micky

    Micky New Member

    Hello 25kingman, the "British officer" thesis has been proved wrong. So, as stated by some villagers, "gull" must have been american from Ohio...

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