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War Crimes ?

Discussion in 'Prisoners of War, MIA, & Internees' started by Airwar, Aug 5, 2017.

  1. Airwar

    Airwar Well-Known Member

  2. RSwank

    RSwank Well-Known Member

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  3. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

    OSS Czechoslovakia mission narrative here http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org...ith-agents-executions-in-mauthausen-1944-1945

    Lt. James Holt Green, USN, Company B, 2677th Regiment OSS, "Dawes Team" Leader, findagrave https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=14835981

    This other Lt. Green findagrave page https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56370733 offers links to the other OSS team members executed by the Nazis.

    Likely not a war crime as these OSS team members (including Morton) were acting as spies out of uniform not protected under the Geneva Convention.

    Edit: Some maps which may help understand where these events took place.

    OSS Banská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia; Op area, withdraw, capture map
    OSS Banská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia; Op area, withdraw, capture map.jpg

    Overview OSS Banská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia 1944-45 and prison camp.
    Overview OSS Banská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia 1944-45.jpg

    Battle lines map 01 Jan 1945, days after capture. On this map these events would be taking place about 70 miles south of Krakow, Poland shown on this map. The Soviet Army was advancing from the east, however seemed to delay advance in this region for unclear reasons.
    01 January 1945GerWW2BattlefrontAtlas.jpg
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  4. Airwar

    Airwar Well-Known Member

    Thanks Rolland & Scott. . In one of the files is an Capt. Emer mentioned. Eny ideas,

  5. RSwank

    RSwank Well-Known Member

    I think it was this man, Captain Wallace Nathan Emmer. He was promoted to Captain on 15 January 1944. He achieved Ace status on 14 May 1944 when he shot down two Me109 fighters. Promoted ad interim 353rd Squadron Commander after the death of Major Don Merril Beerbower on a morning mission on 9 August 1944, Wallace Emmer was shot down himself in the afternoon of the same day on a 9th Air Force mission to the Reims area in France. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 8149.

    He died from myocarditis at Dulag Luft-Wetzlar on 15 February 1945.
    Wallace Emmer is credited with 16 aerial victories (2 of which shared, 1 probable).


    More details on his death are here, not a war crime:

    Here is a book about the DAWES Mission:

    A 4 page excerpt here:
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  6. Airwar

    Airwar Well-Known Member

    Good research Rolland,Thank you.
  7. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

    More on the Joe Morton "War Correspondent" story in this publication

    https://books.google.com/books?id=2XnP3ypSH6MC&lpg=PT84&dq=In response to the letter of condolence, Joe Morton's wife&pg=PT84#v=onepage&q=In response to the letter of condolence, Joe Morton's wife&f=false

    Book available "Inappropriate Conduct: Mystery of a Disgraced War Correspondent" by Don North (2013)

    Updates offered to Joe Morton's findagrave memorial https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=93790018

    Joe Morton at his typewriter WW II
    Joseph Morton, Jr., A.P. correspondent.jpg

    Letty and Joe Morton, the war years...
    Letty and Joe Morton.jpg
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  8. seesul

    seesul New Member

    A very good book about this OSS secret mission "OSS Tragedy In Slovakia" was written by Jimmy Downs. Banska Bystrica is 3 hours drive away from me. I was there a week ago.
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  9. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

  10. seesul

    seesul New Member

    Oh, I'm sorry, I must have overlooked it.
    I was in touch with the author of this book for years. A very kind man. Jim passed away last year.
  11. tothfzs

    tothfzs Member

    I bought this book a couple of years ago: https://www.amazon.com/Maria-Gulovich-Heroine-World-Schoolteacher/dp/0786438320
    Related to story: MACR:#15908 (1st Lt. Lane H. Miller)

    He was a member of the team: 1st Tibor K. Keszthelyi: https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56373455
    Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) her mother took over:
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  12. seesul

    seesul New Member

    A big part of my life is turning around the air battle over White Carpathians from Aug. 29, 1944. 10 heavy bombers went down close to my born town, 41 US airmen were killed, 1 airman was hidden by a Czech family where he stayed by the and of the war and 3 guys managed to escape to Slovakia, Slovak people brought them to Banska Bystrica where they were picked up by 2 B-17G (OSS mission) and brought back to Italy. The rest was captured and spent the rest of the war in the POW camps. This is how I got interested in this OSS mision and in touch with Jim Downs, author of the book.
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