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Oscar Franklin Eshleman

Military

Killed in Action (KIA). B-17G #43-38926 'Weary Willy' Exploded in air after being hit by enemy aircraft fire.

Service

People

  • Benedict Andrew

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Flight Engineer | 487th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) when B-17G #43-38926 'Weary Willie' piloted by Lieutenant William J. Waldron was attacked by fighters.

  • George Ferenchak

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Radio Operator | 487th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17G #43-38926 'Weary Willy' piloted by Lieutenant William J. Waldron was attacked by fighters. Exploded in air after being hit by enemy aircraft. Crashed in Belgium AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Eugene Isley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    All but 3 crew members killed when B-17G AC#43-38926 'Weary Willy' piloted by Lieutenant William J. Waldron was attacked by fighters and crashed in Belgium. Isley, Russel Neu and Walron survived.

  • James Naughton

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) when B-17G #43-38926 'Weary Willy' piloted by Lieutenant William J. Waldron was attacked by fighters

  • Russell Neu

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 487th Bomb Group
    Survived when B-17G #43-38926 'Weary Willy' piloted by Lieutenant William J. Waldron was attacked by fighters and crashed near Chateau de Warnomont in Belgium. Rescued by 2 Belgians and picked up by Military Police Companys attached to armed division....

  • Joseph Shuster

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 487th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 24 December 1944. Killed in Action (KIA) when B-17G #43-38926 'Weary Willy' piloted by Lieutenant William J. Waldron was attacked by fighters and crashed in Belgium. AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • William Waldron

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 487th Bomb Group
    On 24 Dec 1944, B-17G #43-38926 'Weary Willy' piloted by Lieutenant William J. Waldron was attacked by fighters and crashed in Belgium near where a tank battle raged. Waldron and Russell Neu survived and returned. ...

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Units served with

  • 487th Bomb Group

    487th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 487th Bomb Group began operations as preparations for D-Day were reaching their crescendo and played their part by bombing airfields in northern France. Like the 486th Bomb Group, the 487th switched to B-17 Flying Fortress for missions from 1...

  • 836th Bomb Squadron
  • 838th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-38926

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 12/10/44; Grenier 22/10/44; Assigned 836BS/487BG Lavenham 2/12/44; Missing in Action Darmstadt 24/12/44 with ?; mid air coll with FW 190 en route target; crashed Belgium; Missing Air Crew Report 11675.

Associated Place

  • Lavenham

    Military site : airfield
    Lavenham was built as a standard USAAF bomber airfield, with fifty hardstandings, T2 hangars and 2,000 and 1,400 feet runways. John Laing and Son Ltd. carried out the work in 1943, and the airfield opened in April 1944. The 487th Bomb Group occupied...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Coatesville, Pennsylvania 15 August 1917
Graduated Flight Training Class 44-E Lubbock, TX, USA May 1944
Died Sprimont, Belgium 24 December 1944
Buried
Buried

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 July 2016 16:20:30 millebr Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

TogetherWeServed.com; Fields of Honor-Database; Fold3.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:53 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

ABMC, MACR 5224 / ABMC; http://www.487thbg.org/Photos/WaldronCrew.shtml / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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