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David Lee Wilhite

Military

Assigned to 566BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by fighters near Orleans, France on 7-Jan-44 in B-24D 42-41013 'Trouble N' Mind' Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1853

Awards: SS, AM (2OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • George Caplinger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters near Orleans, FR on 7 January 1944 in B-24D #42-41013 'Trouble N' Mind' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles DeWitt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters near Orleans, FR on 7 January 1944 in B-24D #42-41013 'Trouble N' Mind' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Samuel Flatter

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters near Orleans, FR on 7 January 1944 in B-24D 42-41013 'Trouble N' Mind' Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 2Oak Leaf Cluster, PH

  • James McConnell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters near Orleans, FR on 7 January 1944 in B-24D #42-41013 'Trouble N' Mind' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James McConnell

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 389th Bomb Group

  • Harold Roodman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 566BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY to 9AF USAAF. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40738. ...

  • Harold Saunders

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters near Orleans, FR on 7 January 1944 in B-24D #42-41013 'Trouble N' Mind' Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 2Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Max Snyder

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters near Orleans, FR on 7 January 1944 in B-24D #42-41013 'Trouble N' Mind' Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 2Oak Leaf Cluster, PH

  • Robert Sweatt

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down by Egon Mayer, German ace pilot, near Orleans, FR on 7 January 1944 in B-24D #42-41013 'Trouble' Rescued by Kiebler Duplant, et. al., aided by French Underground. Only survivor of crew. Evaded (EVD)

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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. ...

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 566th Bomb Squadron

    566th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Constituted 566th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 19 Dec. 1942. Activated on 24 Dec. 1942. Inactivated on 13 Sept. 1945. Campaigns: Air Offensive, Europe; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air...

Aircraft

  • 42-41013 'Trouble' 'Trouble N Mind'

    B-24 Liberator
    Originally assigned to the 8th AF, the 44th BG, and the 506th BS. Piloted by Lt. Kenneth Caldwell, "Trouble' flew on the low-level Aug 1, 43 mission to bomb the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. Caldwell and the crew survived the mission and returned...

Associated Place

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Owensboro, Kentucky, USA 1 June 1920

Son of Edgar T and Anna Lee [Worthington] Wilhite.

Based Hethel 1943 – 7 January 1944

Assigned to 566BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Orleans, France 7 January 1944

Shot down by fighters near Orleans, France on 7-Jan-44 in B-24D 42-41013 'Trouble N' Mind' Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1853

Buried Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
Plot B Row 20 Grave 12

Buried Rosehill Elmwood Cemetery Owensboro, Daviess County, KY 1948

Memorialised
Rosehill Elmwood Cemetery
Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2021 15:36:41 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28692795
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763782
https://www.fold3.com/record/529915587/david-l-wilhite-american-battle-m...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56651458/david-lee-wilhite
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/207621982/david-l-wilhite
Removed # from A/C serial No. to aid clarity and consistency

Date Contributor Update
11 November 2016 18:01:36 LR-Smith Changes to events
Sources

Burial site noted in research provided by Arnaud Theron of Bouville, France.
Birth place and birth date provided by Capt. Wilhite's widow.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1853 / MACR 1853, 8th AF Losses, WWII Memorial / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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