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William Henry Simpkins Jr

Military

Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29664 'Jersey Bounce Jr'. Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base. Flew 15 missions. Returned from rocket attack during an operational mission on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-5264 'Yankee Doodle Dandy'. RTD. Apparently shot down near Koblenz on a mission to Schweinfurt, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31562. Prisoner of War (POW) 15 months.

DFC/ PH/ AM/ POW

Service

Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29664 Jersey Bounce Jr.

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 30/1/43; Salina 12/2/43; Morrison 28/2/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-C] Molesworth 21/3/43; Missing in Action Bremen 20/12/43 with John Henderson, Co-pilot: Capt Merle Hungerford, Navigator: Warren Wiggins, Bombardier: Woodrow Monkres,...

  • 42-31562

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 24/11/43; Kearney 11/12/43; Romulus 19/12/43; Presque Is 20/12/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-A] Molesworth 13/1/44; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 24/2/44 with John Henderson, cp-Ken Crook, Navigator: Warren Wiggins, Bombardier: Woodrow...

  • 42-5264 Yankee Doodle Dandy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 2/11/42; Saline 15/12/42; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-J] Molesworth 1/2/43; landing accident with Bob O’Connor 31/5/43; battle damaged over Oschersleben 11/1/44 with John Henderson, Co-pilot: Walter Ames, Navigator: Warren Wiggins,...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Hammonton, New Jersey 26 June 1924
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 24 February 1944 – 23 July 1945

Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 August 2020 20:54:56 jmoore43 Changes to middlename
Sources

Added Middle Name per MACR 2762 at Fold3.com. Source: https://www.fold3.com/image/28739322

Date Contributor Update
28 August 2020 20:53:38 jmoore43 Changes to events
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Added a location to the POW event per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
28 August 2020 20:51:56 jmoore43 Changes to events
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Added POW event per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2020 03:26:24 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
19 September 2017 15:27:57 Lucy May Changes to place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.ww2pow.info/index.php?page=directory&rec=114646

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:12 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self, MACR 2762, Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol.  I, p. 425

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