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William Benjamin Gatlin


Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mijenaleck on 8/15/44 in B-24 #42-52597 'Lady Lighting'




  • John Suchiu

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mijenaleck in B-24 'Lady Lighting' #42-52597

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 787th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-52597 Lady Lightning

    B-24 Liberator
    Our pilot (Arthur Kraft) picked the plane up at the Willow Run factory and had to sign a $50,000 voucher. We were a new group. In February 1944 we took off from West Palm Beach, FL, stopped in Trinidad and then on to Belem, Brazil. From there we went...

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...


Event Location Date
Born Atlanta, GA, USA 30 July 1922
Lived in Atlanta, GA, USA 1942

332 Hopkins Street SW

Shot Down 8351 Wapserveen, Netherlands 15 August 1944
POW Zagan, Poland September 1944 – May 1945

Stalag Luft 3
(was Sagan, Germany during the war)


Date Contributor Update
18 March 2020 20:10:19 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
10 July 2015 18:24:42 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, role, events, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:43 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8428