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Gordon Lee Willits

Military

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

Service

Units served with

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    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

Aircraft

  • 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.

Events

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
Parents

Claude C. Willits
unknown - 1969
Mary L. Mendenhall Willits
1871-1978

Buried

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

Revisions

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

Added by: Loren Bender on 4 Sep 2013
https://www.findagrave.com/user/profile/47060026

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

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
Sources

Omaha World Herald May 14 1944

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

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

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