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William Gail Mays

Military

Assigned to 815BS, 483BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Weiner Neustadt in B-17F 42-29856 flak hit, lost two engines and trailing fuel, crew baled out before aircraft exploded. Prisoner of War (POW). 10-May-44. MACR 4836.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

Units served with

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force


    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 483rd Bomb Group

    483rd Bomb Group

    Group
    'As part of the 15th Air Force in WWII, the 483rd Bombardment Group (H) played a significant role in the eventual defeat of Germany's forces. Its four combat squadrons, the 815th, 816th, 817th and 840th flew a total of 5,623 sorties from 12 April 1944...

  • 815th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29856 'Patches'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 27/2/43; Smoky Hill 22/3/43; Tinker 9/4/43; Nashville 13/4/43; Morrison 18/4/43; Assigned 346BS/99BG Navarin 5/5/43; Oudna 4/8/43; Tortorella 11/12/43; transferred 815BS/483BG Tortorella 31/3/44; Missing in Action Weiner Neustadt 10/5...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Greene County, TN, USA 14 March 1923

Son of George E and Nacca [Knight] Mays.

Lived in Afton, TN 37616, USA 1941
Enlisted Fort Oglethorpe, GA, USA 11 February 1943

Fort Oglethorpe
Georgia

Based Tortorella March 1944 – 10 May 1944

Assigned to 815BS, 483BG, 15AF USAAF.

Shot down / baled out Wiener Neustadt, Austria 10 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Weiner Neustadt in B-17F 42-29856 flak hit, lost two engines and trailing fuel, crew baled out before aircraft exploded. POW. 10-May-44. MACR 4836.

Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo, Poland 10 May 1944

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV.

Buried Greeneville, TN, USA December 2001

GreeneLawn Memory Gardens
Greeneville
Greene County
Tennessee, USA

Died Greeneville, TN, USA 16 December 2001

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 November 2016 10:57:39 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/88287995_william_g%20mays/details/
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-29856&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/page/50730596_william_g%20mays/details/
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=103649313

Date Contributor Update
23 November 2016 10:56:53 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, events and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/88287995_william_g%20mays/details/
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-29856&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/page/50730596_william_g%20mays/details/
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=103649313

Date Contributor Update
23 November 2016 09:39:47 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-29856&Submit6=Go

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