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William O Shank


Was Pilot of B-24 # 44-48854 of 445th BG/ 701st BS when it crashed attempting to land at Thorpe Abbotts on 6 April 1945.


Units served with

  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb Group

    The 445th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Tibenham, Norfolk. The crews' first mission was bombing U-boat installations at Kiel on 13 December 1943. The Group continued to hit strategic targets in Germany, including the aircraft components factory...

  • 701st Bomb Squadron


Associated Place

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...


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Date Contributor Update
23 August 2019 20:26:36 PGMorg Changes to service number, highest rank and role

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Date Contributor Update
26 December 2015 13:17:40 ED-BB Changes to biography, unit associations, place associations and media associations

Linked to # 44-48854

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:33 AAM AAM ingest

Birsic / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia