Paratroopers murdered in Herouvillette

Discussion in 'Prisoners of War' started by roodymiller, Oct 10, 2009.

  1. roodymiller

    roodymiller Senior Member

    I noticed today on the After The Battle website that one of their quarterly magazines covers these murders.
    Cheers Drew.

    It was written by Carl Rymen. I am now in contact with Carl and he has passed on alot of info to me about the 6th Airborne, including a pdf of the article he wrote. If you want a copy I will send it to you.
     
  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Thanks for the offer but all though I'm interested in War Crimes against British Soldiers mine interest is during 1940.

    Can you post the pdf on here for other members or is that naughty? ;)

    Andy
     
  3. sapper

    sapper WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Herouvillette, where we harboured after crossing quietly, ready for Goodwood offensive. There we met the deadliest enemy. Mosquitoes in their thousands and they caused great damage. The enemy knew we had arrived for they shelled the area that night. spot on.Though they did not do a lot of damage.

    The murder of our men was not an isolated instance. I am sure that their actions caused even more casualties amongst their own men.
    Sapper
     
  4. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

  5. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

  6. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

  7. roodymiller

    roodymiller Senior Member

    Interesting stuff Drew. I don't suppose we will ever find out who the paratroopers were....
     
  8. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

    Im not sure that the grave numbering gives any clues, as there is a mix of battalions across the 11 graves

    Grave 1. MEIKLEJOHN, MUNRO, 8th Bn.
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    Grave 2. LANGDON, RAYMOND WILLIAM, 8th Bn.
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    Grave 3. WALTON, SYDNEY STRINGER, 8th Bn.
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    Grave 4. ISAACS, JOHN, 8th Bn.
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    Grave 5. BURGESS, EDWARD JAMES 12th (10th Bn. The Green Howards [Yorkshire Regt.]) Bn.
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    Grave 7. RUSSON, DENNIS, 8th Bn.
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    Grave 8. O'SULLIVAN, DAVID, 12th (10th Bn. The Green Howards [Yorkshire Regt.]) Bn.
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    Grave 9. HOWE, RONALD, 12th (10th Bn. The Green Howards [Yorkshire Regt.]) Bn.

    Grave 10. HOWARD, THOMAS, 12th (10th Bn. The Green Howards [Yorkshire Regt.]) Bn.
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    Grave 10A. LEADBETTER, ROBERT, 7th Bn.
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    Grave 12. COOPER, CHARLES ANTHONY PAUL, 8th Bn.
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    Grave 17. HUISH, WILLIAM LOADER, 7th Bn.
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    SOURCE: Paras War Graves
    This is them in Phils post
     
  9. Paul Isaacs

    Paul Isaacs Junior Member

    Have just coe acrosss this site and found this thread. I am the grandson of CQMS John Isaacs who is buried in Herouvillette (KIA 6 June 1944). Does anyone have any information linking his death to the murders of allied servicemen in Herouvillette?
     
  10. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Paul,

    Hello and welcome to the forum.

    Lets hope that a member can help you when they see your post.

    There are many airborne experts here that I am sure would value any posts showing your Grandfather.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  11. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Hi Paul and welcome to the forum.

    I have some of the War Crime Investigation Units files somewhere on my hard drive on these murders. I'll have a look later tonight for him but drop me a message in a few days if I've not got back to you.

    Cheers
    Andy
     
  12. Paul Isaacs

    Paul Isaacs Junior Member

    Tom

    Thanks for getting in touch! I know it was a long time ago but if anyone is able to shed some light on events in/around Herouvillette on 6 June 1944 I would be very grateful. I have just returned from a visit to the graves in Herouvillette with my father (also John Isaacs, the son of CQMS John Isaacs) and although he tried to do his own research years ago, pre internet, he has never got to the bottom of it. My father is now 80 and I know he would like to see if anyone could shed any light on events in Herouvillette on 6 June 1944.

    Paul Isaacs






    Paul,

    Hello and welcome to the forum.

    Lets hope that a member can help you when they see your post.

    There are many airborne experts here that I am sure would value any posts showing your Grandfather.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  13. Paul Isaacs

    Paul Isaacs Junior Member

    Hi Paul and welcome to the forum.

    I have some of the War Crime Investigation Units files somewhere on my hard drive on these murders. I'll have a look later tonight for him but drop me a message in a few days if I've not got back to you.

    Cheers
    Andy
    Andy

    Many thanks. I would be extremely grateful for anything you could come up with.

    Paul
     
  14. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Paul,

    Just out of curiosity (A long shot) did you go to Catford Boys School in SE London?

    Cheers
    Andy
     
  15. Paul Isaacs

    Paul Isaacs Junior Member

    Cheers Drew.

    It was written by Carl Rymen. I am now in contact with Carl and he has passed on alot of info to me about the 6th Airborne, including a pdf of the article he wrote. If you want a copy I will send it to you.
    Could someone send me a copy of this article from After the Battle (Issue 145 I think) re the Herouvillette murders? Many thanks
     
  16. Paul Isaacs

    Paul Isaacs Junior Member

    Paul,

    Just out of curiosity (A long shot) did you go to Catford Boys School in SE London?

    Cheers
    Andy
    Sorry, not me! Not sure I've ever been to Catford! Schooled in Sussex and the Midlands
     
  17. roodymiller

    roodymiller Senior Member

    Paul,

    Just emailed you all the info you need. I emailed Carl as well to pass on anything else he may have. The article mentions your Grandad.

    Glad to help.

    Andrew
     
  18. maggimoon

    maggimoon Junior Member

    Thanks for that Drew. Just looked at casualties in Herouvillette. 11 paras there, all down as 6th june deaths. Does anyone have the names of the alleged murdered men?

    Hi - My father was Private Dennis Russon killed and buried at Herouvillette, and believe it or not I have only recently found out about all of this action. My mother would never talk about the war so I could never seem to find out exactly what happened. My son Neal is very interested in WW1 and WW2, especially as his grandfather Dennis has been talked about by myself for so many years. He is trying to find out more information and seems to be having more success than me and seems to think that my father was one of the five in the car. although I was always under the impression that he was killed in the air. I don`t know !!! I am absolutely gobsmacked at the information we have gleaned so far, and we will keep trying to find more, so I would be more than pleased to hear from anyone who has more information.

    This is spooky !!!!!

    Many thanks - Maggi
     
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  19. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Hi Maggi and welcome to the forum. Do you have any pictures of your father in unifrom that you could share on here?

    Regards
    Andy

    <note to self: look through files on my hard drive>
     
  20. roodymiller

    roodymiller Senior Member

    Hi - My father was Private Dennis Russon killed and buried at Herouvillette, and believe it or not I have only recently found out about all of this action. My mother would never talk about the war so I could never seem to find out exactly what happened. My son Neal is very interested in WW1 and WW2, especially as his grandfather Dennis has been talked about by myself for so many years. He is trying to find out more information and seems to be having more success than me and seems to think that my father was one of the five in the car. although I was always under the impression that he was killed in the air. I don`t know !!! I am absolutely gobsmacked at the information we have gleaned so far, and we will keep trying to find more, so I would be more than pleased to hear from anyone who has more information.

    This is spooky !!!!!

    Many thanks - Maggi
    Maggi

    I will email you the pdf file by Carl Rymen, your father is mentioned in there.

    Andrew
     

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