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Stafford Wilbur Webb

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A 1941 graduate of Denison University, Stafford Webb had signed his draft registration card on 16 October 1940 in Greensboro, NC. He received his degree in library science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Orange County, NC and served with the staff of the New York public library before he enlisted in the Air Corps. In April 1942, he was a flying cadet at the Greenville, Mississippi Army Flying School and later took basic training at Maxwell Field, Alabama. A 2nd Lieutenant in the USAAF, he married Gertrude “Trudy”Grimes in Greensboro, NC in October 1942 before he was sent overseas as a B-17 pilot in the 92nd Bomb Group/407th Bomb Squadron. Among Stafford Webb’s 17 missions was the one to the German submarine pens at Lorient, France on 17 May 1943. He was killed in the loss of B-17 Serial 42-30726 during the 14 October 1943 Schweinfurt mission. During the war, his widow served as a Red Cross Recreation Director in military hospitals in the South. She remarried in 1945 and passed away in 2014.

Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • James Blackburn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    James Blackburn was a Navigator in the 92nd Bomb Group / 407th Bomb Squadron Participating in many operations, he was shot down on the 6 September 1943 mission to Stuttgart, Germany in B-17 42-3428 (camera ship) with Pilot Lt Robert W. Carlson. The...

  • George Caldon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    George Caldon served as Ball Turret Gunner in the 92nd Bomb Group / 407th Bomb Squadron. He was on board B-17 # 42-30726, shot down on the 14 October 1943 mission to Schweinfurt, Germany. Wounded, he was immediately captured and spent a few days in...

  • Joe Castillo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner serving as Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Joe Costello attended 4 years of High School in Texas and joined the Air Corps in 1942. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group / 407th Bomb Squadron as an aerial gunner. Serving as Bombardier on the 14 October 1943 Schweinfurt mission...

  • James Combest

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 407BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Took off from Goose Bay in YB-40 42-5732 en route to Meeks Field, Iceland but there was a severe storm in that area. Aiming toward an alternate base while dealing with the storm, the plane was running out of fuel....

  • Harold Cooke

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Harold Cooke had finished one year in college when he enlisted in the Air Corps in August 1942. Trained as a radio operator/gunner, he was sent overseas and assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group / 407th Bomb Squadron in England. He was RO/G on B-17 #42-30726...

  • Albert Drgon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Albert Drgon attended High School for 2 years before starting to work. He was working as a bar tender in his father’s hotel in Pittock,Pennsylvania in 1940. The hotel was the International Hotel. He registered on 16 October 1940 at the local draft...

  • Joseph Flory

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Joseph Flory had finished 3 years of High School in California and was working as an elevator operator in a public building in Oakland, CA in 1940. According to NARA WWII Enlistment records, he re-enlisted in the Air Corps as a Sergeant in July 1943...

  • Harry McIntosh

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    A graduate of Suffern High School, Harry McIntosh enlisted in the Air Corps in 1941. After receiving his Pilot wings, he was sent overseas and assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group / 407th Bomb Squadron. His son reports that he had been a pilot of another B...

  • Carl Ward

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Carl Ward had finished 3 years of High School when he enlisted in the Air Corps in November 1942. Trained as a gunner, he was sent overseas and assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group / 407th Bomb Squadron. Usually serving as a Tail Gunner, he had changed...

  • William Woodward

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Adapted from http://vetaffairs.sd.gov/sdwwiimemorial/SubPages/profiles/Display.asp?P=2112 : William Woodward was seventh in a family of eight children and attended school in Yankton, South Dakota dreaming of someday becoming a pilot in the Army Air...

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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. ...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 407th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30726

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 19 July 1943; Dalhart 17 August 1943; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY-X/S] Alconbury 16 September 1943; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14 October 1943; on leaving the target, attacked by enemy Fw110 aircraft. Last sighted at 13:40 in the...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...

Associated Place

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Washington, District of Columbia, United States 6 August 1919

The son of Stafford R and Jessie [Johnstone] Webb.

Education Greensboro, NC 1936

Graduated from Greensboro Senior High in 1936.

Further Education Denison University, OH 1940

Received his Bachelor's in history from Denison University in 1940.

Further Education University of North Carolina, NC 1941

Received his bachelor's in library science from University of North Carolina in 1941.

Enlisted Greensboro, NC September 1941

in the Air Corps

Lived in Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina, United States 1942
Pilot training Greenville, MS April 1942

Primary flight training - Greenville, MS Army Flying School.

Pilot training Maxwell Field, AL June 1942

Basic flight training - at Maxwell Field, AL

Graduated flight school Greensboro, NC August 1942

Graduated flight school, pilots wings and commissioned 2nd Lt.

Promotion Podington, UK March 1943

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Based Podington May 1943 – 14 October 1943

Assigned to 407BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF.

Overseas to ETO May 1943

To ETO May-43.

Air medal Podington, UK July 1943

Awarded Air Medal in July.

OLC to Air medal Podington, UK October 1943

Awarded OLC to Air Medal in 17-Oct .

Died near Kembach, Germany 14 October 1943

Killed in Action (KIA) - died in the plane, hit by a 20mm shell

Buried Kembach, germany 15 October 1943

Initially buried in the cemetery at Kembach near Wertheim, Germany

Air medal and PH November 1943

Awarded 2nd OLC toAir Medal and PH posthumously.

Buried 1948

His remains were brought after the war to the Lorraine Cemetery where he rests at Plot B Row 28 Grave 48.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2019 17:45:30 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/297871803
https://www.fold3.com/image/148473819?rec=148474162
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763749?rec=299456911
https://www.fold3.com/record/529892398-stafford-w-webb
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56652045/stafford-wilbur-webb

Date Contributor Update
02 November 2016 09:36:29 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 846
Some biographical data from http://archive.org/stream/alumnaenewsnov1942unse/alumnaenewsnov1942unse_...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 846 / MACR 846, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey pp. 330, 502, ABMC / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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