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William Norwood Latta Jr

Military

Assigned to 339BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Berlin in B-17 42-102482. Shot down, crashed west of Wolfenbuettal, Germany. 8-May-44 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4575

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • Leland Baker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 339BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Berlin in B-17 42-102482. Shot down, crashed west of Wolfenbuettal, Germany. 8-May-44 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4575 Awards: PH.

  • Leroy Chamberlain

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42102482. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Chase

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42-102482, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harold Eye

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 339BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Berlin in B-17 42-102482. Shot down, crashed west of Wolfenbuettal, Germany. 8-May-44 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4575 Awards: PH.

  • Joseph McElroy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42102482. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Jack McIlraith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Jack McIlraith served as a waist gunner with the 339th Bomb Squadron of the 96th Bomb Group. Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42102482. Prisoner of War (POW) at Dulag Luft Grosstychow Dulag 12. Flew on Harold Eye crew.

  • W Parnell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42-102482, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Pierson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42102482. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Carl Thinnes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42-102482, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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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. ...

  • 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. ...

  • 339th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102482

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/3/44; Gr Island 29/3/44; Dow Fd 7/4/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-A] Snetterton 8/4/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/5/44 with Harry Eye, Co-pilot: Leland Baker, Ball turret gunner: Bill Latta[died of wounds in hospital] (3 Killed in...

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 Durham, NC, USA 23 October 1915

Son of William Norwood Snr and Martitia Elizabeth [Dossett] Latta.

Lived in Trenton, NJ, USA 1941
Enlisted Camden, NJ, USA 23 September 1942
Based Snetterton Heath 1944 – 8 May 1944

Assigned to 339BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Wolfenbüttel, Germany 8 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Berlin in B-17 42-102482. Shot down, crashed west of Wolfenbuettal, Germany. 8-May-44 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4575

Buried 1946

Re-Interred
Ardennes cemetery

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 June 2020 22:08:26 mmc14 Changes to person associations and place associations
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added connections to fellow crew members
added connection to Ardennes American Cemetery

Date Contributor Update
13 September 2018 19:49:30 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
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https://www.fold3.com/record/529855278-william-n-latta-jr
https://www.fold3.com/image/29031482
https://www.fold3.com/record/83597208-william-n-latta-jr
https://www.fold3.com/image/310760069?terms=William%20N%20Latta
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56359340/william-n-latta

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2014 14:28:17 mmc14 Changes to events
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son of crewmember

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:32 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4575 / MACR 4575; Snetterton Falcons, pg 134 & 146 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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