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Billy Bruce Freeman

Military

Operational mission to Solingen in B-17F 42-30408 'Sharon Belle', mission was scrubbed due to weather, A/C was seen to explode at the nose, crashed near Astwell Castle with all crew lost, including Billy, 30-Nov-43. Killed in Action (KIA).

Awards: AM, PH.

Service

People

  • William Holland

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Killed on 24th or 25th mission. Operational mission to Solingen in B-17F 42-30408 'Sharon Belle', mission was scrubbed due to weather, A/C was seen to explode at the nose, crashed near Astwell Castle with all crew lost, including William, 30-Nov-43....

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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. ...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 327th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30408 Sharon Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/5/43; Gore 9/6/43; Dalhart 27/6/43; Tinker 7/7/43; Gr Isle 28/7/43; Presque Is 4/8/43; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX-Q] Alconbury 14/8/43; detailed Solingen but blew up near RAF Silverstone, crashed Astwell Castle, Helmdon,...

Associated Place

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Bellevue, KY 4 February 1920

Next of Kin on draft registration - H W Freeman.

Enlisted Fort Thomas, Newport, KY 29 October 1941
Lived in Dayton, KY 1942
Based Podington 1943 – 30 November 1943

Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF.

Based Podington 1943 – 30 November 1943

Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Astwell Castle Farm, UK 30 November 1943

Solingen mission in B-17F 42-30408 'Sharon Belle'; A/C was seen to explode at the nose, crashed near Astwell Castle with all crew lost, 30-Nov-43. KIA.

Buried Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, KY 1948

Re-Interred
Zachary Taylor National Cemetery
Louisville,
Jefferson County, KY

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 March 2019 20:20:13 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/650424267
https://www.fold3.com/record/84163190-billy-b-freeman
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763845?rec=299474673
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/3299179/billy-bruce-freeman

Date Contributor Update
20 March 2019 22:10:17 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:39 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Chronology, Losses of Eighth and Ninth Air Forces Vol I by Bishop & Hey p. 394-5 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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