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William F Morris

Military

Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-24 #427544. Plane crashed into Channel. Prisoner of War (POW).

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Service

People

  • James Akins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    James Akins was Co-Pilot of B-24 # 42-7544 of 44th Bomb Group / 67th Bomber Squadron when it was shot down by Flak and went low on fuel on return from the 1 December 1943 mission to Solingen. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 1382. Akins initially managed...

  • Arthur Bayer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-24 #427544. Plane crashed into Channel. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Dolgin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-24 #427544. Plane crashed into Channel. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Henry Dzwonkowski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in 'Seed of Satan' B-24 #427544. Plane crashed into Channel. Evaded. Earlier October 1, 1943, on a mission to Weiner Neustadt, ac# 41-23779 '4-Q-2' was attacked by fighters. Lost #3 engine, radio and electric systems. Pilot...

  • Jack Foard

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-24 #427544. Plane crashed into Channel. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Knoll

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-24 #427544. Plane crashed into Channel. Prisoner of War (POW). Mission he was on was a raid to the Ruhr Valley. All men bailed out and were POW's at Stalagluft 3 in Germany. POW

  • Miles McCue

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-24 #427544. Plane crashed into Channel. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Stamos

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On 4 October 1943, B-24 #42-72873 "Raggedy Ann II" was attacked head on by enemy fighters. Badly damaged, the plane begin to spin down and when Stamos gave the order to bail out, Navigator John A. Must and Bombardier Donald G. Campbell jumped out and...

  • Edward Taylor

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-24 #427544 'Seed of Satan'. Plane crashed into Channel. Evaded. Earlier October 1, 1943, on a mission to Weiner Neustadt, ac# 41-23779 '4-Q-2' was attacked by fighters. Lost #3 engine, radio and electric systems....

  • Edward Wojcik

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Aerial gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    RTD 4 October 1943. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-24 #42-7544. Plane crashed into Channel. Prisoner of War (POW).

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Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 67th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-72873 Raggedy Ann II, Star Spangled Hell

    B-24 Liberator
    A) On 4 October 1943, B-24D Serial #42-72873 of 44th Bomb Group, 67th Bomb Squadron was flying a Diversion over the North Sea, feigning attacks toward Wilhelmshaven and Emden. The purpose was to draw German fighters from the B-17 formations on their...

  • 42-7544

    B-24 Liberator

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 108

    4 October 1943
    This mission is composed of five elements. The first element is a combined force of 104 B-17s from: 306BG (16); 92BG (17); 395BG (17); 303BG (19); 379BG (18) and 384BG (17) despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. 77 aircraft are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 145

    1 December 1943
    This mission was directed at the industrial areas of Leverkusen and Solingen, Germany. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 221 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (27); 92BG (18); 303BG (17);...

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Chadwick, New York, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) English Channel 1 December 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2015 16:02:50 ED-BB Changes to biography, events and person associations
Sources

MACR 5149
MACR 1382

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2015 15:52:16 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 5149
MACR 1382

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1382 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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