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Gordon Lee Willits


Killed in Action (KIA) Hit trees and crashed near Bad Zwischenahn in P-47 #4222768


Units served with

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 352nd Fighter Squadron


  • 42-22768

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-8531 Butch II

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47 Thunderbolt Serial 42-8531 assigned to the 353rd Fighter Group/ 352nd Fighter Squadron was flown on D-Day, 6 June 1944 by Lt Clifford F. Armstrong.


Event Location Date
Born 22 May 1920

Grand Island, Hall County, Nebraska, USA

Enlisted 27 September 1941

Fort Crook, Nebraska, USA

Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 8 April 1944
Died 8 April 1944

Claude C. Willits
unknown - 1969
Mary L. Mendenhall Willits


Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Lincoln County, Nebraska, USA
Plot Q,04
Memorial ID 1331963


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2018 21:40:04 Will Willits Changes to middlename and events

Added by: Loren Bender on 4 Sep 2013

Date Contributor Update
27 August 2018 18:28:38 Will Willits Changes to events

USA WW2 Enlistment Records
Grave Stone - Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Nebraska, USA

Date Contributor Update
27 August 2018 18:07:49 Will Willits Changes to awards

Omaha World Herald May 14 1944

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:38 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3625 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list