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William R Payne


Shot down 17 April 1943 in B-17 #423034. Aircraft crashed in North Sea and was not recovered. Killed in Action (KIA).

Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart


Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 368th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-3034

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 26/1/43; Assigned 368BS/306BG [BO- ] Homestead 5/3/43; Thurleigh 12/3/43; Missing in Action Bremen 17/4/43 with Capt Bill Smiley, Co-pilot: Avey Ewan, Navigator: Wilbur Breuing, Bombardier: Martin Strauss, Flight engineer/top turret...


Event Location Date
Born Kentucky
Killed in Action (KIA) North Sea 17 April 1943
Died 17 April 1943


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:39 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15518 / MACR 15518, Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces Vol. 1 p. 105 by Bishop and Hey, First Over Germany pp. 86-88 by R. Strong, ABMC / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database