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William Rudolph Irons

Military

Killed in action (KIA) on 19 March 1945. After returning from a bombing raid over industrial oil sites in Germany, poor weather over England encouraged the pilot to drop from formation, losing contact with the other aircraft of the group.

The aircraft was spotted flying low by residents of Reigate before it crashed at Coley Hill, after colliding with some trees. The entire crew were killed in the accident.

Service

People

  • Herbert Geller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in action (KIA) on 19 March 1945. After returning from a bombing raid over industrial oil sites in Germany, poor weather over England encouraged the pilot to drop from formation, losing contact with the other aircraft of the group. ...

  • Robert Griffin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in action (KIA) on 19 March 1945. After returning from a bombing raid over industrial oil sites in Germany, poor weather over England encouraged Griffin to drop from formation, losing contact with the other aircraft of the group. ...

  • Thomas Hickey

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in action (KIA) on 19 March 1945. After returning from a bombing raid over industrial oil sites in Germany, poor weather over England encouraged the pilot to drop from formation, losing contact with the other aircraft of the group. ...

  • Donald Jeffrey

    Military | Sergeant | Togglier | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in action (KIA) on 19 March 1945. After returning from a bombing raid over industrial oil sites in Germany, poor weather over England encouraged the pilot to drop from formation, losing contact with the other aircraft of the group. ...

  • Robert Manbeck

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in action (KIA) on 19 March 1945. After returning from a bombing raid over industrial oil sites in Germany, poor weather over England encouraged the pilot to drop from formation, losing contact with the other aircraft of the group. ...

  • Robert Marshall

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer, Top Turret gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in action (KIA) on 19 March 1945. After returning from a bombing raid over industrial oil sites in Germany, poor weather over England encouraged the pilot to drop from formation, losing contact with the other aircraft of the group. ...

  • Phillip Phillips

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Phillips was killed in action (KIA) on 19 March 1945. After returning from a bombing raid over industrial oil sites in Germany, poor weather over England encouraged the pilot to drop from formation, losing contact with the other aircraft of the group. ...

  • Royal Runyon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in action (KIA) on 19 March 1945. After returning from a bombing raid over industrial oil sites in Germany, poor weather over England encouraged the pilot to drop from formation, losing contact with the other aircraft of the group. ...

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Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-38752 Little Cinder

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 16/9/44; Grenier 30/9/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-O] Grafton Underwood 16/10/44; transferred with group to Istres for mapping duties, Salvaged 9AF Germany 10/12/45. LITTLE CINDER.

  • 43-38757 Peaslee's Payoff

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 16/9/44; Grenier 30/9/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-L] Grafton Underwood 6/10/44; crash landed Troston AD, Sfk, UK with Wallace Davidson 8/5/45, repaired; Returned to the USA Bradley 11/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 12/7/45; 4136 BU...

  • 43-39035

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 11/11/44; Dow Fd 3/12/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-F] Grafton Underwood 1/1/45; battle damaged Plauen, Ger 19/3/45 with Bob Griffin, crashed Reigate, Sry, UK; 9 KIA; Salvaged. ...

Missions

  • 835

    19 February 1945
    1,100 Heavies Hit Nazi Rails ...

  • 836

    20 February 1945
    "Continuing their offensive against the Nazi communications, 900 Fortresses of the 8th Air Force, attacking in two giant waves, thundered over Nuremberg yesterday to shower the cities huge railway yards and locomotive repair shops with more than 11,000...

  • 839

    21 February 1945

  • 841

    22 February 1945

  • 843

    23 February 1945

  • 845

    24 February 1945

  • 851

    27 February 1945

  • 854

    28 February 1945

  • 857

    1 March 1945

  • 881

    11 March 1945
    Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description ...

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Events

Event Location Date
Died Reigate, UK 19 March 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 August 2018 09:48:16 Emily Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=5931

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=i...

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