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William G Lynn Jr


First American airman of the Eighth Air Force who went down while flying in RAF Boston over occupied territory. Mission was to Holland and was first mission from England for the 8th AAF. This happened on 4 July 1942 and we have no record of his MACR Killed in Action (KIA)/On 4 July 1942 t/o from Swanton Morley at 0714 hrs. Shot down by flak and broke up in air north of Bergen-aan-Zee, Holland.


Units served with

  • VIII Bomber Command

    VIII Bomber Command

    VIII Bomber Command was constituted and activated in 1942. It oversaw heavy bombardment operations until February 1944, when it was redesginated as the 8th Air Force.

  • 15th Bomb Squadron

    15th Bomb Squadron

    The 15th Bomb Squadron was the first US bomb unit sent to UK. Flying personnel arrived at Newport without aircraft on 13 May 1942. ...




Event Location Date
Buried Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, The Netherlands

Netherlands American Cemetery, Plot B, Row 5, Grave 10.


Date Contributor Update
12 November 2014 20:08:55 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events

Lee Cunningham 12-Nov-2014, Edit to description.

Date Contributor Update
17 October 2014 19:14:16 Lee8thbuff Changes to events

Lee Cunningham 17-Oct-2014, Service number and burial location from American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) records.

Date Contributor Update
17 October 2014 19:10:33 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number and awards

Lee Cunningham, 17-Oct-2014, Service number from American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) records.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:04 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / History, The Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron. Eighth Air Force/Losses of the 8th & 9th