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Quilla D Reed


Shot down 26 November 1944 in B-17 43-37913 'Seattle Sleeper. ' Evaded. for 91 days in Holland.

In May 1945 - some six months after he had been shot down and while he was on the run in Holland - he had been awarded the DFC. Interviewed by the 'Decateur Daily' in 1989 he preferred not to talk about his time as an evader, 'two or three people lost their lives taking care of me. It's only by the Grace of God and the good Dutch people that I am alive today'. He was finally given his medal in 1989 at Maxwell AFB and even later - in 1995 - some surviving members of the first Dutch family to shelter him all those years ago paid him a visit.


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...

  • 323rd Bomb Squadron


  • 43-37913 Seattle Sleeper

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/6/44; Hunter 13/6/44; Presque Is 28/6/44; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-T] Bassingbourn 29/6/44. ...


Event Location Date
Born Lansing, Michigan, USA 8 July 1922
Enlisted 2 July 1942

Enlisted at Fort McClellan, Alabama.

Evaded Germany 26 November 1944
Died 7 December 2006


Date Contributor Update
08 December 2020 13:51:26 decwriter Changes to service number, awards and events

NARA files verified DFC, ASN upon entry and as a POW. He earned at least one bronze star on the EAME Campaign Medal. More than likely he earned the Good Conduct Medal. He would be eligible for the Prisoner of War Medal upon application.

Date Contributor Update
06 March 2020 12:22:55 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography

Biography completed by historian Helen Millgate. Information sourced from newsletters of the 91st Bomb Group related to the service of Quilla reed

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2019 11:33:00 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events and media associations

Jaap de Boer from his website :

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:34 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 10837 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database