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Wilfred P Conlon


Shot down 21 February 1944 in B-17 42-3073 'Lightning Strikes'. As a prisoner of war he was held at Stalag Luft 1 for fifteen months.

Earlier, 31 December 1943 returned from mission to Bordeaux in B-17 AC 41-24484 'The Bad Egg'. Because of the severe damage to the plane, as it touched down on the runway, it ploughed into a jeep. 10 RTD. H. Evers crew

Post war Conlan studied law, was admitted to the Bar in 1949, and went on to become senior partner in the law firm of Conlan & Phillips. In 1989 he received the State Bar Association Service award and in 1990 was the Parade Marshal at the St. Patrick's Day parade. He
died on his 50th wedding anniversary 15th May 1996.



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...

  • 401st Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24484 'The Bad Egg'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-C] Bangor 31/8/42; Bassingbourn 1/10/42; on return from Cognac 43+m 31/12/43, diverted through weather to Gt Dunmow, Andrews Field, then Hunsdon Afd, with Hilary Evers, Co-pilot: Paul McDuffee, Navigator: Frank Keneley,...

  • 42-3073 Lightning Strikes

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/2/43; Assigned 410BS/94BG Bangor 13/4/43; delivered UK, transferred 401BS/91BG [LL-A] Bassingbourn 22/4/43; Missing in Action 23m Leipzig 21/2/44 with Bill Gibbons, Co-pilot: Clyde McCallum, Navigator: Don Shea, Bombardier: Wilf...

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...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location


Event Location Date
Prisoner of War (POW) 21 February 1944


Date Contributor Update
11 March 2020 11:40:59 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and events

MACR 2463;
"Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Bishop & Hey.

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2020 11:38:23 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and place associations

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

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2020 02:46:57 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:24 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2463 / MACR 2463, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol.  I, p. 456 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database