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William Robert Francis Dunlop Jr

Military

Crashed at Sederitz on 14 Jan 45 in P-51 #44-15370, Prisoner of War (POW).

Service

Units served with

  • 357th Fighter Group

    357th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 357th Fighter Group was the first P-51 Mustang Group in the Eighth Air Force, training with them from November 1943 at Raydon, England and entering combat with them in the February of the following year from their new base at Leiston. The Group was...

  • 363rd Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

Events

Event Location Date
Born Detroit, MI, USA 3 November 1923
Horten, Norway 14 September 1944

"For reasons obscure, Dunlop decided it would be great to make an aerial tour of Norway. Therefore on the 14th of September he asked his operations section to put him on the mission as a spare. All went well, so not needed as a fill in he set off on a NE heading, alone, on his way to the coast of Norway, across 400 miles of very cold water.
As would be expected, the weather gods did not cooperate and he struggled through a variety of nasty conditions. Undaunted he finally arrived at an unknown point on the Norwegian coast. He then spent an hour or so frolicking among the coastal fjords, finally arriving another 100 miles north at the town of Horten, a bit south of Oslo.
There he found several juicy targets including an He115 seaplane and several Dornier flying boats. To make the trip worthwhile, he made one strafing run, albeit with only 1/2 his guns working. Although one of the Dorniers shows up clear on his gun camera film, it is not likely he did much damage....
He might have gotten away with the "I got lost" excuse if he had not asked for the appropriate maps the day before! - Merle Olmsted "To War With The Yoxford Boys"

Dunlop made it safely back to an RAF airfield in Crail, Scotland with 4 gallons of fuel on board. He was grounded for a week, but was back flying 4 days later on the "Market Garden" missions.

Prisoner of War (POW) Stendal, Germany 14 January 1945 – 22 June 1945

Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia Bavaria (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11

Died Mill Valley, CA 94941, USA 23 November 2004
Buried Bolinas, CA 94924, USA 27 November 2004

Burial:
Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic Church Cemetery
Bolinas
Marin County
California, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 May 2020 21:44:06 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
19 May 2020 21:42:58 jmoore43 Changes to service number and events
Sources

Updated POW camp info for the POW event and a S/N from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
02 August 2016 04:28:40 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, nickname, events, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

Merle Olmsted "To War With The Yoxford Boys"
page 130

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11870

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