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William Leroy Lauten


Assigned to 704BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 8 June 1944 in B-24 42-109830 'Daisy Mae Skraggs. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Edward Avena

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    17 missions May 1944 through September 1944; he was most proud of being part of lead group flying mission over Normandy beachhead on D-Day. ...

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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. ...

  • 446th Bomb Group

    446th Bomb Group

    The 446th Bomb Group, who came to be known as "the Bungay Buckaroos" after the name of their Suffolk base, flew B-24 Liberators on strategic, support and interdictory missions over Europe. The Group led the Eighth Air Force and 2nd Bomb Division on the...

  • 704th Bomb Squadron


Associated Place

  • Bungay

    Military site : airfield
    From late November 1943, the three bases of Bungay, Seething and Hardwick were the stations of the 20th Combat Wing of the Eighth Air Force. The base had previously housed individual squadrons of the 310th Bomb Group (Twelfth Air Force) and of the 93rd...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Chicago, Illinois, USA 1921

Son of Frank H and Louise A Lauten.

Enlisted Chicago, IL 20 August 1942
Based Bungay 1944 – 8 June 1944

Assigned to 704BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out Off Isle de Chausey 8 June 1944

Shot down 8 June 1944 in B-24 42-109830 'Daisy Mae Skraggs. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 8 June 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Died Chicago, IL 23 June 1982
Buried Saint Boniface Cemetery Chicago, IL July 1982

Saint Boniface Cemetery
Chicago, Cook County, IL


Date Contributor Update
14 November 2018 19:51:36 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, unit associations and place associations

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5482 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database