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Willard Frank Ehr

Military

Assigned to 546BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Walt Ramsey crew. 19 x combat missions. Killed in Action (KIA) near Duisburg in B-17 'Heavenly Body' 43-39053 Left formation at target on fire after aircraft received direct flak burst, setting #4 on fire and #2 started smoking; the aircraft lost 8-10,000ft in a spin, then exploded in mid-air; two to four chutes observed; crashed near Duisburg, Germany. MACR 13611

Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • Delmar Beesley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Duisburg in B-17 'Heavenly Body' 43-39053 on 23 March 1945.

  • John Hartman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | MOS 748 - Army Airplane Mechanic / Gunner, Flight Engineer | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 546BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Walt Ramsay crew. 27 combat missions. ETD ...

  • Joseph Kotys

    Military | Sergeant | MOS 611 Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Joseph Kotys served as a tail gunner with the 546th Bomb Squadron of the 384th Bomb Group. After the war, he was a successful gymnast for Kent State University. Olympic games 1948. Won 1949 & 1950 NCAA all-around titles & four apparatus titles. 1955...

  • Ray Lacey

    Military | Sergeant | MOS 611 - Aerial Gunner Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    42-38014 BK-G, LITTLE AMERICA II - Lead squadron. Crashed while landing at RAF Detling, Kent, on return from mission with battle damage. Struck obstructions including a hut, destroying aircraft. There were no personnel injuries. ...

  • Roy Marberg

    Military | Technical Sergeant | MOS 757 - Radio Operator / Mechanic / Gunner, AAF | 384th Bomb Group
    42-38014 BK-G, LITTLE AMERICA II - Lead Squadron. Crashed while landing at RAF Detling, Kent, on return from mission with battle damage. Struck obstructions including a hut, destroying aircraft. There were no personnel injuries. ...

  • Jacklin Mitchell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    42-38014 BK-G, LITTLE AMERICA II - Lead squadron. Crashed while landing at RAF Detling, Kent, on return from mission with battle damage. Struck obstructions including a hut, destroying aircraft. There were no personnel injuries. ...

  • John Mitchell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 1034 - Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Crash Landing Detling, Maidstone, Kent ME14, UK 1 January 1945 ...

  • Walter Ramsay

    Military | First Lieutenant | 1091 - Pilot, B-17 | 384th Bomb Group
    42-38014 BK-G, LITTLE AMERICA II - Lead squadron. Crashed while landing at RAF Detling, Kent, on return from mission with battle damage. Struck obstructions including a hut, destroying aircraft. There were no personnel injuries. ...

  • Harry Wahlstrom

    Military | First Lieutenant | 1091 - Pilot, B-17 Co-Pilot, Pilot | 384th Bomb Group

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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. ...

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 546th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-38013 "NEVADA AVENGER"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; New Castle 10/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-C] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; sal battle damaged 27/4/44. NEVADA AVENGER. ...

  • 42-38014 LITTLE AMERICA II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered to Cheyenne 14/11/43; Kearney 3/12/43; Presque Isle, Maine 9/12/43; Assigned to the 546th BS/384th BG [BK-G] at Station 106, Grafton Underwood on 6/1/44; (19/9/44 - struck by flak just before the IP; after dropping bombs on target left...

  • 43-39053 Heavenly Body

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 19/7/44; Dow Fd 29/11/44; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-D] Grafton Underwood 7/1/45; Missing in Action Coesfeld 23/3/45 with John Conner, Mack Robinette, Paul Bellavance, Claude Hollenbeck, Willard Earl, Hal Burke (6 Prisoner of War); Max...

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA 16 May 1917

Son of Paul Peter and Kathryn Ehr.

Enlisted Milwaukee, WI 24 November 1942

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Based Grafton Underwood December 1944 – 23 March 1945

Assigned to 546BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crash Landing Detling, Maidstone ME14, UK 1 January 1945

1/1/45 B-17 42-38014 - Crashed while landing at RAF Detling, Kent on return from mission with battle damage. Struck obstructions including a hut, destroying the aircraft. There were no personnel injuries. with Pilot - Walter E. Ramsay, Copilot - Harry L. Wahlstrom.
Accident Report #45-01-01-521

Died Duisburg, Germany 23 March 1945
Buried Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Re-Interred
Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial
Liege, Belgium
Plot B Row 28 Grave 15

Buried Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, WI 1948

Memorialised
Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum
Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 July 2020 09:52:30 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310952160
https://www.fold3.com/image/685830887
https://www.fold3.com/image/205428706
https://www.fold3.com/record/84441456-willard-ehr
https://www.fold3.com/record/529854187-willard-ehr
https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=5499
https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/SortieReport.php?SortieKey=10533
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56358021/willard-ehr
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/189868447/willard-ehr

Date Contributor Update
10 June 2017 20:38:14 bombercommand Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=1055
MACR #13611

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

AAIR 45-01-01-521 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 13611, http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=e... / MACR 13850 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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