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Wallace Grady Bland

Military

Assigned to 83FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 49FS, 14FG, 12AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) strafing/bombing mission to Sicily, Italy in P-38G 43-2389 hit by flak with port engine smoking and losing power, lost control of A/C and baled out, chute did not deploy. Killed in Action (KIA). 10-Jul-43. MACR 100.

Awards: AM (4 OLC), PH.

Service

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. ...

  • 14th Fighter Group

    14th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 14th Fighter Group (USAAF) was a P-38 Lightning Group that fought in Tunisia and the Italian campaign, as well as providing bomber escorts for attacks across southern Europe. ...

  • 49th Fighter Squadron
  • 83rd Fighter Squadron

Associated Place

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Cullman County, AL, USA 1919
Lived in Hanceville, AL 35077, USA 1941
Enlisted Montgomery, AL, USA 26 September 1941
Based Duxford 1942 – 10 February 1943

Assigned to 83FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

Flight training Corsicana Airport, Corsicana, TX 75109, USA 1942

Flight training at Corsicana Airfield, Navaro County, TX, USA.

Crashed Hill Field Rd, Layton, UT 84041, USA 15 September 1942

Taxiing Accident Ground Loop Hill Field, UT Cat 4 damage 2Lt Wallace G Bland, 15-Sep-42.

P-38F 41-2236 - 83FS 78FG

Transferred El Battan, Tunisia 10 February 1943 – 10 July 1943

Transferred to 49FS, 14FG, 12AF USAAF.

Killed in action 95046 Palagonia CT, Italy 10 July 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) strafing/bombing mission to Sicily, Italy hit by flak with port engine smoking and losing power, lost control of A/C and baled out, chute did not deploy. Killed in Action (KIA). 10-Jul-43. MACR 100.

Buried 1945

Tablets of the Missing
Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial

Buried Hanceville, AL 35077, USA 1946

Memorialised
Hopewell Cemetery
Hanceville
Cullman County
Alabama, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2016 15:21:00 general ira snapsorter Changes to events
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- EAGLES OF DUXFORD, The 78th Fighter Group in WW2 by Fry, p133

Date Contributor Update
20 November 2016 11:22:25 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Bland%2C+Wallace+G
https://www.fold3.com/page/529924290_wallace_g%20bland/details/
https://www.fold3.com/page/83983397_wallace_g%20bland/details/
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmpilot.asp?Pilot=Bland%2C+Wallace+
https://www.fold3.com/image/29416904
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56306615
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=30693884
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txnavarr/war/corsicana_air_field/conta...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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