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William B Byers


Flew 30 missions in 90 days, starting day after DDay. Most memorable mission: Over St. Lo, smokeline indicating where to drop bombs blew over American positions. Bomb group ahead of ours dropped bombs on American troops. We learned of mistake before dropping our bombs. Saddest mission occurred when 13 planes wre lost in raid over Munich. Most humorous mission when we were headed back to base and tail gunner thought we were lost. I asked him if he saw the red barn below on the right side. He said he did, and I told him 'well, we're just to the left of it'

DFC;Air Medal w 3/Oak Leaf Cluster


Units served with

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 508th Bomb Squadron


  • 36-149

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    The initial flight of the aircraft took place on 2-Dec-36, but with Stan Umstead, five days later nosed over during landed but was not too badly damaged. Delivered 49BS/2BG Langley 1-Mar-37; 4000 Base Unit Wright Fd 1938; transferred 19BG March Fd, Oct...


Event Location Date
Born Miami Missouri 24 April 1920


Date Contributor Update
16 June 2020 19:04:25 Hotelie1970 Changes to awards and aircraft associations

General Order # 326, Headquarters 1st Bombardment Division, Office of the Commanding General dated 13 September 1944

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:42 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self