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William F Whitt


Killed in Action (KIA) Zudausques, France mission (rocket site) B-17 42-30237 'Stump Jumper' Captain Walter Smith's crew.


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. ...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30237 'Stump Jumper'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/5/43; Gore 13/5/43; Smoky Hill 14/5/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-V] Kimbolton 1/6/43; transferred 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 4/8/44; APH Knettishall, Crashed due to flak short of target [Oldenburg power station]...


  • 424

    19 June 1944

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....


Event Location Date
Born Virginia, USA 17 October 1917
Lived in Radford, Virginia 1940
Enlisted Richmond, VA, USA 30 June 1942
Died Zudausques, France 19 June 1944

Killed in Action (KIA) Zudausques, France mission (rocket site) B-17 'Stump Jumper'.

Buried West View Cemetery, South Hill, VA 23970, USA 1945

West View Cemetery
Radford, Radford City
Virginia, USA.


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Combat Chronology, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces vol 3 pg 660; 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 308 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia