6 January 1999, 01:41 AM
In answer to your quirey about Carisella and MvR's burial site......
Mr C went to Bertangles in 69 and called in to see an old friend, a Mr Marcel Cavillon, a farmer. He was there in 1925 when the Germans came and exhumed MvR's body. His testimony claims that the Germans did not remove the coffin, but only took off the lid and removed the skull, placing it in a small square box. They then threw the lid back in the hole and filled it in.
Mr C felt confident that this had to be wrong. At this time he was after the plaque that was on the coffin. He obtained an order to exhume the grave. This he did on Sat. April 26th, 1969.
He did'nt find the plaque, but he claims to have found the body of MvR! Minus the head, of course.
These he took to the German consulate in Paris and handed them over to the German military attache, asking that they be forwarded to Bolko von Richthofen.
For anyone who cares to follow it up here is a list of the people involved.....
Mr. Marcel Cavillon French farmer, Bertangles area
Mr. Clermont Tonnerre Mayor of Bertangles 1969
Michele Destomles Grave digger
Mr. Etienne Legagneur Public works offical 1969
Luftwaffe colonel, Military Air Attache, Paris 1969.
Hope this helps.