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Fred Willard Van Sant


Shot down on 16-Aug-44 in B-17G #43-38012 while serving as Co-Pilot, Aircraft was shot down by fighters and crashed at Witzenhausen, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 8180


Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Home of the Memphis Belle


  • 43-38012

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17G 43-38012 was delivered Cheyenne 15-Jun-44; Kearney 27-Jun-44; Dow Fd 9-Jul-44; Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-L] Bassingbourn 23-Jul-44. Attacked on 16-Aug-44 by German fighters while on a mission to bomb the aircraft factories at Halle, Germany. Attack...


  • 8th Air Force 556

    16 August 1944
    Aircraft factories and oil refineries are the primary targets for this mission. A total of 1090 heavy bombers are despatched. See Mission Details for particulars. ...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...


Event Location Date
Born Seattle, Washington, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Moosburg, Germany 16 August 1944 – 14 June 1945

Held at Stalag 7A, Moosburg, Bavaria. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 14-Jun-45


Date Contributor Update
05 March 2020 02:31:00 bombercommand Changes to middlename and biography

MACR 8180

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2020 05:23:38 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2014 22:01:21 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events

Lee Cunningham 17-DEc-2014. Corrected typos in POW event and biography.

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2014 21:57:01 Lee8thbuff Changes to surname, middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 17-Dec-2014. Added SN per MACR 8180, Added camp and map location to POW event per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII Database; made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data; crafted biography per "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces" Stan Bishop & John A Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:22 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 8180 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database