Source = http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1942_5.html42-94773
(445th BG, 701st BS, *Our Gal Sal*) suffered mechanical failure during raid on Munich Jul 11, 1944 and was hit by AAA on return trip. Crashlanded in field near near Tournai, Belgium and 8 of 9 crew members made POW.
One escaped. MACR 6941.
S/Sgt James M Wagner (#1870) (Tail gunner of B-24 42-94773 Our Gal Sal) We crash-landed on 11 July (1944) near FROYENNES (2 miles NW of Tournai). The pilot tried to burn the plane and we all scattered. I ran to a house and a Frenchman there took me to the attic of a convent. He brought me a passport and a bicycle, then rode with me to LEERS-NORD (8 miles NW of Tournai). I stayed a month with ALFRED VAN WHUYS and a lady named THERESE. I worked on the farm of LEON DE CONTE (20) who had been a saboteur in Normandy and was then working as a terrorist. There were regular checks by the Gestapo. Here I filled out a form for the underground. The wife of a gendarme warned me to leave town, so I was taken to TEMPLEUVE where I stayed with the GUILBERT family for five days. The GUILBERTS had a daughter named ANNIE. My helpers gave me a Portuguese passport to replace my first one. Sgt Harry Blair [#1849] was also hiding at this house. We were told we would be evacuated by air. One day a man and a woman came in an automobile [FETISOFF & Mme WATTEAU] to take us to Bruxelles. We went through Mons where we picked up an English evader [Mason 2623]. In Bruxelles we went to 16 Rue de la Foret (sic) where we remained eight days. Here we met Sgt Spence [#1856] Sgt Holcomb [#1858] and two Russians.
When we arrived, we were introduced to several people and taken upstairs. There was no cause for suspicion. The people here were : EMILY – the cook, a homely person who wore horn-rimmed glasses. A very beautiful lady of about thirty-eight [GIRALT/DINGS] possibly GEORGE'S wife. Junior [SERGE] an overgrown kid of about fourteen, dark haired, surly. Called the lady "mother". GEORGE [DEZITTER aka George WINTER] a well travelled man, about 5ft 6ins, with dark grey hair, thick glasses and a dark complexion. He never wore a hat, and was well-dressed although his coats were long and his pants baggy. He spoke English and claimed to be a Belgian. A tall, dark, very handsome man who spoke Russian and supervised our meals [GRISTCHENKO]. Junior said he was George's wife's brother.There were a number of pets here – a police dog, two Scottish terriers, a wire-haired terrier and a black cat. For this reason we later referred to this set-up as the dog house.
Later : The White Army told us that they had rounded up the entire ring that had been betraying Allied evaders. They said that GEORGE was a captain in the Gestapo and that he was in St Gilles prison in Bruxelles. It was our opinion that the original helpers had turned us over to the Gestapo (sic) organization in good faith, thinking that it was a bona-fide proposition and a good chance to get us to Switzerland. (MIS-X #1870 Wagner account)
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