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Vitz Archive: Allied Victims of Axis Murders


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GENEVA CONVENTION AS APPLICABLE TO 1939 - 1945 (Part 1 Article 2)
'Prisoners of war are in the power of the hostile Government, but not of the individuals or formation which captured them.
They shall at all times be humanely treated and protected, particularly against acts of violence, from insults and from public curiosity.
Measures of reprisal against them are forbidden.'


The data in this database is largely based on a list of Allied airmen murders collected by the late Willi Wachholz. He published his findings on a web site which is no longer available. Traugott Vitz found Mr Wachholz's list in the web archive when he co-authored a book on 'Hangmen At War' which included several airmen murder cases where the culprits were hanged. He then added to this list based on his own research using the 'Review and Recommendations' papers of the US war crime trials held at Dachau, and (British) National Archive files. These sources were also used to note and correct errors in Mr Wachholz's list. Researchers of airmen casualties within the borders of present-day Austria (which was incorporated into the German Reich in 1938) may perhaps appreciate the Memorial Book of all members of the American and British/Allied Air Forces killed in the air war in that area which was published by two Austrian researchers, in 2016, under the title 'Missing in Action - Failed to Return', freely downloadable in bilingual German/English.

In the course of our continuing research by Traugott Vitz and Ralph Snape it has become clear that the Archive should not restrict itself to air force personnel and accordingly we also cover cases involving other services as well as civilians.

Many cases are covered in more detail than in the Notes accompanying this database. A list of such cases may be found here. (Note that this list contains entries in the Pacific Theatre of Operations, which is outside the scope of the Vitz Archive.)
All Unknown Allied Air Force victims killed in Germany Search for ALLIEDGER
All British Army victims killed in Germany Search for BritArmyGER
All British Army victims killed outside Germany Search for BritArmyOUT
All Free French Air Force victims killed in Germany Search for FFAFGER
All Norwegian Air Force victims killed in Germany Search for NAFGER
All Polish Air Force victims killed in Germany Search for PAFGER
All Polish Air Force victims killed outside Germany Search for PAFOUT
All RAAF victims killed in Germany Search for RAAFGER
All RAAF victims killed outside Germany Search for RAAFOUT
All RAF victims killed in Germany Search for RAFGER
All RAF victims killed outside Germany Search for RAFOUT
All RCAF victims killed in Germany Search for RCAFGER
All RCAF victims killed outside Germany Search for RCAFOUT
All Royal Hellenic Air Force victims killed outside Germany Search for RHAFOUT
All RNZAF victims killed in Germany Search for RNZAFGER
All South African Air Force victims killed in Germany Search for SAAFGER
All South African Air Force victims killed outside Germany Search for SAAFOUT
All SOE killed outside Germany Search for SOEOUT
All USAAF victims killed in Germany Search for USAAFGER
All USAAF victims killed outside Germany Search for USAAFOUT
All US Army killed in Germany Search for USArmyGER
All US Army killed outside Germany Search for USArmyOUT

JURISDICTION
In the main trials were held under United States, British or Canadian jurisdictions. However, two were held under Federal Republic of Germany jurisdiction. These may be found through a Search for FedRepGer.

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#Name (↑)First NamesRankService NumberCategory Code (↑)CategoryUnit/Aircraft Number (↑)Trial By (↑)Case NumberDateOfDeath (↑)Place-of-DeathName(s) of Perpetrator(s)ExecutionDate (↑)PhotosRemarksLinks
1 CatanachJamesS/LdrAus/400364RAAFGER Member of Royal Australian Air Force, killed in Germany Great EscapeBritainWO 235/424-4321944-03-2924254 (Rumohr-)RotenhahnJohannes Post, Hans Kähler1948-02-26 50 Air Force officers, recaptured after escape from Stalag Luft III Sagan, were shot by Gestapo upon Hitler's personal orders. They are marked "Great Escape" instead of their former airplane number.
2 ClarkKevin GeorgeF/SgtAus.435185RAAFGER Member of Royal Australian Air Force, killed in Germany PB958 F2-PBritainWO 235/1251944-03-3122113 Oststeinbek [imprisonment. Chief suspect suicide] -.-
3 GreenwoodBruce FrederickP/O424584RAAFGER Member of Royal Australian Air Force, killed in Germany MZ348 MH-DBritainWO 235/821945-03-2248477 Dreierwalde Wilhelm Scharschmidt, Bruno Böttcher, Otto Bopf, Hermann Lommes, Ludwig Land, Emil Günther (plus Karl Amberger [WO 235/84]) 1946-05-15
4 HakeAlbert HoraceW/O403218RAAFGER Member of Royal Australian Air Force, killed in Germany Great EscapeBritainWO 235/5731944-03-3102826 Görlitz (vicinity)[2 accused: one death sentence, quashed on review; one acquitted] -.- 50 Air Force officers, recaptured after escape from Stalag Luft III Sagan, were shot by Gestapo upon Hitler's personal orders. They are marked "Great Escape" instead of their former airplane number.
5 HedleyVernon JamesF/O409303RAAFGER Member of Royal Australian Air Force, killed in Germany PB816 AR-E2NONEno trial found1945-0374592 (Kirchberg-)Lendsiedel[local Volkssturm man]-.-
6 KeeKevin AnthonyF/SgtA/430174RAAFGER Member of Royal Australian Air Force, killed in Germany PB853 IQ-PBritain Trials WO 235/205 and WO 235/153 1945-03-24 44803 (Bochum-)Laer or 44803 (Bochum-)Altenbochum Heinrich Ide (shot at Werl on 1947-01-06) or Friedrich Fischer (hanged at Hameln 1946-10-11) This man was one out of four crew members who were murdered that day in Bochum. It is not known who was the victim of whom.
7 MaloneyWilliam E.P/OAus/414715RAAFGER Member of Royal Australian Air Force, killed in Germany EJ662BritainWO 235/551944-09-1646446 EltenHans Renoth1946-03-08
8 MastersRobert LockyerF/SgtA/432681RAAFGER Member of Royal Australian Air Force, killed in Germany PB853 IQ-PBritain Trials WO 235/205 and WO 235/153 1945-03-24 44803 (Bochum-)Laer or 44803 (Bochum-)Altenbochum Heinrich Ide (shot at Werl on 1947-01-06) or Friedrich Fischer (hanged at Hameln 1946-10-11) This man was one out of four crew members who were murdered that day in Bochum. It is not known who was the victim of whom.
9 McGladriganNeil Francis DallawayF/SgtAUS/426895RAAFGER Member of Royal Australian Air Force, killed in Germany PD264 DX-KBritainWO 235/3951944-12-1035075 Gladenbach [Death sentence commuted to 20 years] -.-
10 MorrisPhilip HenryF/OA/423161RAAFGER Member of Royal Australian Air Force, killed in Germany PB853 IQ-PBritain Trials WO 235/205 and WO 235/153 1945-03-24 44803 (Bochum-)Laer or 44803 (Bochum-)Altenbochum Heinrich Ide (shot at Werl on 1947-01-06) or Friedrich Fischer (hanged at Hameln 1946-10-11) This man was one out of four crew members who were murdered that day in Bochum. It is not known who was the victim of whom.
11 ParadiseJohn EdwinF/O426148RAAFGER Member of Royal Australian Air Force, killed in Germany MZ348 MH-DBritainWO 235/821945-03-2248477 Dreierwalde Wilhelm Scharschmidt, Bruno Böttcher, Otto Bopf, Hermann Lommes, Ludwig Land, Emil Günther (plus Karl Amberger [WO 235/84]) 1946-05-15
12 WilsonDonald JohnFl/LtAUS/414286RAAFGER Member of Royal Australian Air Force, killed in Germany 130 Sqd Spitfire RM749BritainWO 235/339ff1944-12-0848432 Rheine [doubtful whether a case of murder; no conviction] -.-
13 NicholsonWilliamF/OAUS/423855RAAFGER Member of the Royal Australian Air Force, killed in Germany LV936 HD-Dno trial foundN/A1944-11-0442553 Velbert [main suspect known to historians, never tried] -.- Four crew members died that day; one is said to have been murdered. Researchers found the victim must be this man or his crew comrade Underwood. Research going on.
14 UnderwoodDavidF/SAUS/437236RAAFGER Member of the Royal Australian Air Force, killed in Germany LV936 HD-Dno trial foundN/A1944-11-0442553 Velbert [main suspect known to historians, never tried] -.-
Courtesy Paul Knott
Four crew members died that day; one is said to have been murdered. Researchers found the victim must be this man or his crew comrade Nicholson. Research going on.
15 BaillieWilliam John MilnePlt.Off.423585RAAFGERMember of Royal Australian Air Force, incident happening in GermanyRA515 PM-N-.-WO 309/19801945-02-24 [injured]Ettlingen [injury][4 unknown German civilians]-.-Attacked and injured by civilians while being escorted to see a physician.

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