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William Allen


Shot down 17 April 1943 in B-17 #425171. On mission to Bremen, led 2nd element of the low squadron. Hit by flak, tried to join 423rd BS when German fighters noticed gunners were out of ammo and shot out an engine. Plane caught fire and bail out order given. A/c crashed near Wiessens and all crew members became Prisoner of War (POW)s.



Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 368th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-5171

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 5/10/42; Presque Is 27/11/42; Assigned 368BS/306BG [BO- ] Thurleigh 1/1/43; Missing in Action Bremen 17/4/43 with Fred Gillogly, Co-pilot: Don Whipple, Navigator: Carl Jones, Bombardier: John Brown, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...


Event Location Date
Born San Francisco, California
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 17 April 1943


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:29 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15524 / MACR 15524, Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces Vol. 1 p. 105 by Bishop and Hey, First Over Germany pp. 88-89 by R. Strong. / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database