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Wayne W Church

Military

Assigned to 559BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Bastogne attacked by Me109's, hit in the tail area, causing severe damage to flight control surfaces. Baled out of spinning A/C Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 11403.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Harold Wagoner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co pilot | 387th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 559BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Bastogne attacked by Me109's, hit in the tail area, causing severe damage to flight control surfaces. Baled out of spinning A/C Wounded badly and suffering from burns baled...

Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 387th Bomb Group

    387th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 387th Bomb Group flew just under thirty missions with the Eighth Air Force before being transferred to the Ninth Air Force in October 1943. The Group remained at Chipping Ongar, Essex after being reassigned and continued to hit targets in France....

  • 559th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-107577 'Duffy' 'Hot Garters #2'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 559BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. 95 x combat mission. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Bastogne attacked by Me109's, hit in the tail area, causing severe damage to flight control surfaces. 4 x crew baled out of spinning A/C 3 x POW, 1 x...

Missions

  • 757

    23 December 1944

Associated Place

  • Chipping Ongar

    Military site : airfield
    The air base was constructed by the 831st Engineer Battalion (Aviation) in late August 1942. The 387th Bomb Group were the only American group to be based there, flying B-26 Marauders in strategic missions over France, first for the Eighth and then for...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born New Haven County, CT, USA 31 March 1921

Son of Kenneth Trou and Leone A [Meronde] Church.

Lived in South Meriden, Meriden, CT 06451, USA 1941
Enlisted Hartford, CT, USA 17 December 1941
Based Chipping Ongar 1944 – 23 December 1944

Assigned to 559BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF.

Shot down Bastogne, Belgium 23 December 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Bastogne attacked by Me109's, hit in the tail area, causing severe damage to flight control surfaces. Baled out of spinning A/C POW. MACR 11403.

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 23 December 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Buried Meriden, CT, USA November 1986

Saint Stanislaus Cemetery
Meriden
New Haven County
Connecticut, USA

Died Meriden, CT, USA 9 November 1986

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 January 2017 13:24:08 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmdate.asp?thedate=441223&Submit...
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https://www.fold3.com/page/83372774_wayne_w%20church/details/
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=154460556

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