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Wayne Roy Dennison


Completed 35 missions, first mission to Berlin plane shot down beside us on bomb run, bombed thru clouds plus overcast, 125 flak holes in our plane. No one hurt.

Air Medal w/3Oak Leaf Clusters; DFC

Wayne R. Dennison, Obituary - "Ellsworth American", Ellsworth, Maine

ELLSWORTH — Wayne R. Dennison, 89, died Nov. 12, 2013, at home in Ellsworth. He was born Aug. 21, 1924, in East Machias, the son of Roy K. Dennison and Wenona (Ward) Dennison.

Wayne graduated from Washington Academy, Class of 1942. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II as a ball turret operator on B-17 Flying Fortresses, assigned to the crew of “The Sherrif’s Posse.” He was the last surviving member of that crew. Wayne returned from England to marry his sweetheart, Winona Mitchell of Harrington, to whom he was married for 66 years, until her death in 2012. They both attended and graduated from Washington State Teachers College. They lived in East Machias, Howland, Surry, and then settled in Ellsworth. Wayne was principal of the Bryant Moore School in Ellsworth. Wayne was a member of Ellsworth’s First Congregational Church and a member of the 91st Bomb Group Memorial Assn. After his retirement, Wayne enjoyed camping, boating, woodworking projects and numerous other hobbies.

Wayne is survived by his three children, John W. Dennison of Bridgton, James W. Dennison of Bar Harbor, and Jane (Dennison) Butler of Bar Harbor; four grandchildren, Sarah W. Dennison, Joshua E. Dennison, Emily Butler, Christopher Butler; and one god-grandson, Johnny Osuna.

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at the First Congregational Church, Ellsworth.


Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 323rd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-97151 Sheriff's Posse

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Available: 1 February 1944 - Boeing Aircraft Co, Seattle, Washington ...


Event Location Date
Born East Machias, Maine 21 August 1924


Date Contributor Update
20 December 2016 22:52:04 Yorkshireman Changes to biography

Hutchinson & Cortright

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2016 22:43:37 Yorkshireman Changes to aircraft associations

Hutchinson & Cortright

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:14 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self