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Mark Victor Wilson Jr

Military

Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. Failed to Return Abbeville 5-Jun-44. As he crossed the French coast over the English Channel, the Germans fired a rocket that hit his wingman. His wingman veered into my Father's plane destroying the nose, killing his navigator, bombardier and co-pilot. Realising that he could not make it back to England, he turned back to the French coast. He and his remaining crew bailed out. Both of my Father's legs were broken from shrapnel as he descended in his parachute. When he hit the ground a German soldier was there with a gun telling him that 'for you the war is over'. He spent about a year and one half as a Prisoner of War (POW). this happened on 5 June 1944 in B-17 42-107095. 'Shilayee' Prisoner of War (POW).

Awards: AM (3OLC), PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME, American Campaign, UN, Air Force Longevity (OLC).

Service

People

  • Cecil Davis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Wilson crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Abbeville in B-17 42-107095 'Little Bit' 5-Jun-44; mid air collision destroyed nose of A/C, baled out Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5384 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Johnston

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Wilson crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Abbeville in B-17 42-107095 'Little Bit' 5-Jun-44; mid air collision destroyed nose of A/C, Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5384 Awards: PH

  • Ralph Kroenke

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Wilson crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Abbeville in B-17 42-107095 'Little Bit' 5-Jun-44; mid air collision destroyed nose of A/C, Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5384 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH (OLC).

  • John McAuliffe

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Wilson crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Abbeville in B-17 42-107095 'Little Bit' 5-Jun-44; mid air collision destroyed nose of A/C, baled out Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5384 Awards: AM (3OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Moreland

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Wilson crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Abbeville in B-17 42-107095 'Little Bit' 5-Jun-44; mid air collision destroyed nose of A/C, baled out Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5384 Awards: Air Medal & 3 OLCs, POW Medal.

  • Glover Nall

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Wilson crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Abbeville in B-17 42-107095 'Little Bit' 5-Jun-44; mid air collision destroyed nose of A/C, baled out Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5384 ...

  • Donald Rohasek

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Wilson crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Abbeville in B-17 42-107095 'Little Bit' 5-Jun-44; mid air collision destroyed nose of A/C, baled out Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5384 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Donald Roth

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Wilson crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Abbeville in B-17 42-107095 'Little Bit' 5-Jun-44; mid air collision destroyed nose of A/C. Crashed into English Channel Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5384 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Eugene Sweeney

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Abbeville in B-17 42-107095 'Little Bit' 5-Jun-44; mid air collision destroyed nose of A/C, baled out Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5384 Awards: PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 349th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-107095

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 18/2/44; Gr Island 2/3/44; Grenier 3/4/44; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-F] Thorpe Abbotts 7/4/44; Missing in Action French A/Fds 5/6/44 with Mark Wilson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John McAuliffe, Radio Operator: Gene Sweeney, Ball...

Missions

  • 392

    5 June 1944

Associated Place

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Alamosa, California, USA 18 February 1924

Son of Mark V Sr and Gertrude [Hughes] Wilson.

Enlisted 7 April 1942
Based Thorpe Abbotts 1944 – 5 June 1944

Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 5 June 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III.

Baled out POW Vicinity of Hardelot, France 5 June 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Abbeville in 42-107095; mid air collision destroyed nose of A/C, baled out POW. MACR 5384

Discharged USAF 31 January 1966

Honourable discharge.

Died Ocala, Marion County, FL 12 April 1982
Buried Arlington Park Cemetery, Jacksonville, Duval County, FL 15 April 1982

Arlington Park Cemetery
Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 June 2020 12:26:48 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28650590
https://www.fold3.com/record/627404780-mark-wilson-1924
https://www.fold3.com/record/84786762-mark-v-wilson-jr
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/28664580/mark-victor-wilson

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:39 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5384 / MACR 5384/son / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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