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Warren Spencer Wiggins

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Assigned to 358 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 x combat missions. Shot down 20-Dec-43 in B-17 42-29664 'Jersey Bounce Jr'. Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to duty (RTD). Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Schweinfurt, 24-Feb-44 in B-17G 42-31562. Shot down near Koblenz. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2762

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

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    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Remained in USAF, serving in Korean and Vietnamese conflicts rising to rank of Lt Colonel.

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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. ...

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29664 Jersey Bounce Jr.

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 30/1/43; Salina 12/2/43; Morrison 28/2/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-C] Molesworth 21/3/43; Missing in Action Bremen 20/12/43 with John Henderson, Co-pilot: Capt Merle Hungerford, Navigator: Warren Wiggins, Bombardier: Woodrow Monkres,...

  • 42-31562

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 24/11/43; Kearney 11/12/43; Romulus 19/12/43; Presque Is 20/12/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-A] Molesworth 13/1/44; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 24/2/44 with John Henderson, cp-Ken Crook, Navigator: Warren Wiggins, Bombardier: Woodrow...

  • 42-5264 Yankee Doodle Dandy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 2/11/42; Saline 15/12/42; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-J] Molesworth 1/2/43; landing accident with Bob O’Connor 31/5/43; battle damaged over Oschersleben 11/1/44 with John Henderson, Co-pilot: Walter Ames, Navigator: Warren Wiggins,...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Hollis, New York, USA 27 November 1921
Enlisted Fort Jay, Governors Island, NY 17 July 1942

Fort Jay, Governors Island, New York

Based Molesworth December 1943 – 24 February 1944

Assigned to 358 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Ditched in Channel RTD English Channel 20 December 1943

Shot down 20-Dec-43 in B-17 42-29664 'Jersey Bounce Jr'. Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to duty (RTD).

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 24 February 1944 – May 1945

Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12

Baled out POW Koblenz, Germany 24 February 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Schweinfurt, 24-Feb-44 in B-17G 42-31562. Shot down near Koblenz. POW MACR 2762

Died Vero Beach, FL 17 June 1994
Buried East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, NY 20 June 1994

Long Island National Cemetery

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 October 2019 22:27:22 jmoore43 Changes to role and events
Sources

Added pow camp info per National Archives. Added burial location.

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2019 14:36:23 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28739325
https://www.fold3.com/record/86244482-warren-s-wiggins
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/1321014/warren-spencer-wiggins

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2762 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Roll of Honor; MACR 2762, Losses of the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces, Losses of the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces Vol. I, p. 425

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