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William H Greenhaw

Military

I (daughter) have my father's mission diary for 27 missions. He was an artist and painted bomber jackets. He earned enough money painting jackets for the down payment on his first home after the war. He was waist gunner in 'Peder's Parade', pilot Peder Larson . AC #33877.

Service

Units served with

  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 493rd Bomb Group was the last Eighth Air Force Group to become operational, flying their first combat mission from Debach, Suffolk, on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The Group was known as "the Fighting 493rd", named by their Commanding Officer Colonel Elbert...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 863rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-38777 Peder's Parade

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 20/9/44; Grenier 6/10/44; Assigned 482BG Alconbury 11/10/44; transferred 338BS/96BG [BX-W] Snetterton 12/10/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 1/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 3/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold...

Associated Place

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Mountain View, Oklahoma 26 November 1917
Died 7 March 1987
Buried Roswell, New Mexico

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:07 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit History, http://493bgdebach.co.uk/roster_list.php / daughter; Snetterton Falcons, pg 211

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