As the investigation often begins with little information. The memory of the local memories, the speed of events in this period did not allow to know the fate of the man shot, killed one morning in July 1944.

The investigation first by the question from my friend Peter, you know the history of the airman shot by the militia and the Germans at St. Remi's Plain town north-east of Rennes.

A monument is located on the outskirts of town in the country, monument ents to the eight victims, seven resistant, and an American stranger. A resistance is also unknown as he is still in the cemetery.

It is too long to relate all the events related to the history of underground Broualan until the tragic day of July 7, 1944.

Remi Brown, scrub resistant to an edited book on the history of the bush and his men.

But our pilot was unknown for sixty-one years! but not unknown!

Consider an excerpt from the book Remi Brown, July 7, shortly after midnight thicket Broualan will be invested by 150 militiamen "Bezen Perrot," Militia Darnand Germans and the SD.

Several dozens of resisters were arrested and loaded onto buses and cars and head on Cuguen. It is about 6 o'clock in the morning. After several stops and stopped after a few men, the militia took the road of Trans.

At about 1.5 km from Saint Remi's Plain, the convoy stopped on the left side of the road bordering a field. Before stopping, planes flew over the convoy, causing a panic among the militiamen. A militia then said: "We're overloaded, we will reduce the vehicle.

Twenty prisoners were then disembarked from the bus and taken by the militiamen into the abandoned quarries of keys.

One by one the prisoners are gone before a militiaman called Sir Paul. It will sort the men and by eight side.

The eight detained men are tortured, and then placed on the edge of the hole in the careers they are executed with machine guns shots. After receiving the blow, their bodies are pushed to the bottom of the quarry.

The bodies were brought to the school girls of St. Remi. Two women liaison officers are responsible to reconnoitre the eight shot. Each raised one by one the sheets. They recognize the American. Several bodies are not immediately identifiable by the two women.

For the U.S. we know it was just recently become a paratrooper in the region. 6 at night he was rescued by Paul de Villepin, who went to look at Boussac. It gave him civilian clothes, had dinner at Jean Lebois, then the American has been led to Lopinière to spend the night.

September 2005, identifying the American.

As the search for two American aircraft spat in the northern department, my investigation led me to contact all municipalities in the north-west to north-east of Ille & Vilaine.

Stitches in my investigation leads me to meet many witnesses. One of those is conducted research on resistance in Canton Antrain.

For twenty five years the person has recovered important documents. This is the folder ID of the eight shot. Record set in the days following the tour of eight people in St Rémi's Plain, by the police, probably because one of the resisters were killed one of them.

Six men will then be identified, one of resistance remain nameless, and the American.

The American stranger, had no papers on him, just a woman's white glove in his pockets. On the glove, embroidered in red thread on behalf of Mary E. Abshire

Tall, brown hair, blue eyes, but he had on his left hand with a writing pad black ink: H-7411.

My aviator unknown, was now over for me totally unknown, the slopes were open now with this glove embroidered probably the name of his girlfriend or wife.

Despite a search on the name Abshire on internet and database American graves, the name came to nothing.

But I still have that famous mark, a registration number I come immediately to mind, but there is also no runway.

But that was American in this area, he was told that was recently dropped in Normandy, he probably wanted to join the maquis.

We tardions not find another crash, and specifically a few miles from where it was collected.

A few weeks after our excavation site in Saint George on one of Gréhaigne P-47Identified some as being dropped between June 6 and 31 July 44.

Our confidence going into this pilot P-47, as our unknown American, especially since according to witnesses, the pilot of St George was taken prisoner by German soldiers when he touched the ground after his parachute.

An idea crossed my mind, this famous stamp H-7411, this letter and its four-digit combination that it is common to American soldiers.

The question is quickly put on a forum linked to the fighting after the landing. A reply comes, however painfully, the issue was an aviator unknown, the webmaster did not see the benefit of placing the issue on his forum.

The answer comes with a user to listen more than others. The U.S. registration numbers were composed on the equipment's original name famile with - followed last 4 digits of SN ... So far it looks like the regimental soldier ...

His name would be "H ????..." and his number would end in 7411 ...

A quick search in the database of the American Battle Monuments Commission's, over 12 000 names, but the series of four digits spell.

Our pilot is identified, it is the Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, George E. Hendrickson, ASN (Army serial number) 1307411, from the 82nd Airborne Division, 505th Parachute Infantry Regt. Died July 7, 1944 and buried at Brittany American Cemetery St. James, France, Plot D Row 2 Grave 15.


The word parachute cited in the book Remi Brown had just aroused my suspicions, but that'd just do a parachutist in the region, an officer améraicain mission with the maquis Broualan? but why wear civilian clothes.

To date we expect the record of George E. IDPF Hendrickson, because we find that this soldier has been identified for over sixty years.

Information is never risen up in Saint Remi's Plain.

To commemorate the memorial of the shot of 7 July, we hope that in 2006 the name of George E. Hendrickson will be added to the six other men.

So what did George E. Hendrickson, a paratrooper in the famous 82nd Airborne Division, died in our department and, far from Normandy. Region where its soldiers have fought since Day Day.

In the present state of our information, we know that many American soldiers, including paratroopers present in Normandy between June 6 and June 30, were taken prisoner and ours from a prison camp in Rennes.

George E. Hendrickson is probably one of those who chose to escape, fate has placed the region in the wrong place at the wrong time.

August 2007

Record file IDPF's 2nd Lt. George E. Hendrickson, and the report of identifiacation French gendarmes July 8, 1944.

George E. Hendrickson, 82nd Airborne Division, 505th Parachute Infantry Regt. Died July 7, 1944.

Brittany American Cemetery St. James, France, Plot D Row 2 Grave 15.

U.S. Record on the circumstances surrounding the death and X-160 (St James).


Regarding the unknown American dead at St Remi's Plain: The following information was reported by Pierre Hubert, St. Remy du Plain, died since July 7, the stranger arrived in the community on or after July 4 1944. He was with the Maquis, the French Resistance, he was introduced to their gatherings as an American officer. He spoke fairly good French, though with a slight inflection in his voice.

Three days before an Allied aircraft had landed outside the village and then off to the arrival of villagers on the spot, so X-160 may have been a member of this aircraft.


Following the survey: Ju ly 7, 1944 at the career of Plain St Remy, the staff of the bush were captured by the Vichy militia, led by Pierre Monnier Emile Schwaller And Leneuf. Eight men, including X-160 were captured, handcuffed and machine-gunned to death.

Unfortunately all those killed were leaders of the underground section, only they could have have given more information about the unknown X-160. An attempt was made to hear the truth from Monnier, Schwaller and Leneuf, who are in prison awaiting execution, but they denied any knowledge of the case.


François Goude, gendarme Antrain, made an immediate search on the place of execution July 8, 1944. The seven bodies of local maquis were identified, while the unknown was recorded on X-160. He was identified by its new French clothes he wore. A check in the village does not indicate how, by whom he was dressed. The report of the policeman shows that X-160 was wearing a jacket, a little waistcoat and trousers of black cloth striped gray shirt with a small purple stripes. In a small pocket of his waistcoat, was a white woman's glove, wrist and scored inside with red thread "Mary E. Abshire, stamped in black ink on the inner palm of the hand of the man "H -7411.

A description of the man shows that he was aged 28 to 30 years to a height of 1.80 meters, a heavy build. Light brown hair, blue eyes, straight nose, oval face, shaved, average mouth.

Special marks: frontal balding, well-made nails. Safety of Objects (like weights) without chains on their wrists.


The remains of eight men were buried in the churchyard at St Rémy du Plain. In 1945, the remains of the unknown X-160 were transferred to St James Cemetery, Lot N, Row 8, grave 195.

Circular No. 063 dated September 19, 1944, General Secretariat of Veterans Affairs.

Saint Rémi of Plain grave No. 5, died July 7, 1944. Alleged lieutenant paratrooper. Shot by the militia.

Certificate of identification of the body X-160, dated November 20, 1946 at Carentan.

Two sub-brand American clothes. Marked on the vest, H-7411. Label stamped PHJL. Q.M, Deposit 43.

DRAWERS, COTTON, SHORTS: Size 40, G.E.H. marked H 7411.

Body definitively identified as of June 7, 1948.

Mail sent to the mother of George E. Hendrickson, a native of the town of Bergenfield, June 30, 1948, final report of investigation.

The 2nd Lt. George Hendrickson, Co "I", 3rd Bn. 505th Inf Prcht. born in 1918. Reported missing June 6, 1944 as of August 1, 1944.

According to his personnel file, Lt. Hendrickson has been captured by the Germans to 18h June 6, near St. Mother Church, was slightly wounded, he was transferred to=2 0a hospital near Fressville.

Then interned in a camp south of St. Lo, near La Chapelle-sur-Vire.

On June 28, 1944 while being transferred by bus to another camp for German prisoners, George Hendrickson and two other officers (The 1st Lt. Robert D. Keeler and 1st Lt. James Irwin) to escape their German captors. The three men remain so until July 2, 1944, when they separated and plan to join American forces. The two men who accompanied George Hendrickson were retrieved August 12, 1944 by U.S. forces.

On July 6 George Hendrickson arrives in the jungle of Broualan. the 7 juillet 44 to 04h00 he was captured by the militia and killed with seven other cowardly French.

Buried in the local cemetery of St Rémy du Plain in X-160, 2nd Lt paratrooper unknown.

George will definitely identified June 8, 1948, compared with the identification of French gendarmes, the woman's white glove, pad with a portion of his DSC and later with his DSC on his underwear ... etc.

 The seven resistant slaughtered St Rémi's Plain


COURIOL Mauritius


LAMBERT John, Cuguen.

Joseph Lemonnier. Born in St. Helen (35) 1/2/1923, shot by the militia in St-Remy-du-Plain on 7/7/1944.

PASQUET Armand. Born on 25.4.1924 Ferns, killed in Saint-Rémy-du-Plain.


UNKNOWN, Cemetery of St Rémi Plain.

The other died of Friday, July 7 to Broualan.

Jean Lebois.

Helen Bigue.

Joseph Hue.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Inauguration of plaque in memory of 2.Lt. George E. Hendrickson

Cemetery of St-Remi-Plain, tomb of unknown resitance
Cemetery of St-Remi-Plain, tomb of unknown resitance
Cemetery of St-Remi-Plain, tomb of unknown resitance
Cemetery of St-Remi-Plain, tomb of unknown resitance
The procession marching towards the minues of Bitonnerie.
The procession marching towards the minues of Bitonnerie.
The monument to the martyrs
The procession marching towards the monument of Bitonnerie.

The ceremony at the monument
The ceremony at the mo nument, President's speech Veterans
The ceremony at the monument, President's speech Veterans
The memorial ceremony, speeches by the mayor

The ceremony at the monument, speech of Garidou, president of French veterans and American

The ceremony at the monument, speech of Garidou, president of French veterans and American

The ceremony at the monument, speech of Garidou, president of French veterans and Americans.
Photo Group
Group Photo
Group Photo
The plaque in honor of 2.Lt. George E. Hendrickson
The plaque in honor of 2.Lt. George E. Hendrickson

Mrs. B, it flowers the tomb of 2.Lt. George E. Hendrickson. Godmother with Les fleurs de la mémoire



This picture from the newspaper from 1995, about 7 years after I was able to rename the parks and streets after our fallen vets. It is a picture of George Hendrickson his sister Alice and a friend in New York City.



ABSA 39-45

Traduction Eva De Maggio Gallione Bergenfield