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Lewis A Ashton




  • Harley Wilds

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 416th Bomb Group

  • Robert York

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 416th Bomb Group

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Associated Place

  • Wethersfield

    Military site : airfield
    Planned in 1942 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Wethersfield was then supposed to be loaned to the RAF in 1943, but was re-allocated to the Ninth Air Force by the time it was complete. Built during 1943-44, it had three concrete runways, 49 loop...

  • Stalag Luft IV

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  • Melun

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Danville, PA 17821, USA 5 February 1923
First 416th BG Combat Mission Creil, France 5 May 1944
Shot Down/Captured near Julich, Germany 29 September 1944

Three planes, all from the 671st Bomb Sq (L), were knocked down, and almost simultaneously, at the target. All three were in the same flight. ... The plane piloted by Lt R.W. York with Staff Sergeants L.A. Ashton and H.J. Wilds as gunners was seen at the target, diving and losing altitude.

Prisoner of War Tychowo, Poland 1 October 1944 – May 1945

Stalag Luft IV

Died Danville, PA 17821, USA 12 December 2003
Buried Danville, PA 15 December 2003

Odd Fellows Cemetery
Danville, Montour County, Pennsylvania, USA


Date Contributor Update
13 April 2021 01:06:24 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, role, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2017 15:38:55 general ira snapsorter Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

New entry added with details from:
- 9th Air Force Association - 1996 Membership Directory;
- MACR 9275