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Bill C Gilfillan


Had an Agricultural deferment that would have kept him out of the war. Went to the Marine recruiter to enlist but they were out to lunch. The Army Air Corps recruiter happened to be in so he joined the Army Air Corps instead. Was orginally part of Woodrow Lien's crew. Lien was disciplined for not landing on the first third of the runway and reassigned to Wee Willie as copilot. Gilfillan was above and in front of Wee Willie and watched it as it was shot shot down.


Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 322nd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-107027 Hikin' For Home

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 1/2/44; Grenier 27/2/44; ...

  • 44-6596 Sweet Dish

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 19/9/44; Grenier 7/10/44; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-L/P/F] Bassingbourn 4/11/44; battle damaged Berlin 5/12/44 with Bob Roach, John Temple, Gus Mantia, Joe Canellas, Bill Hogan, Roland Michel (6 Returned to Duty); George Alexander,...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...


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Date Contributor Update
14 October 2018 23:08:44 Gilwlg Changes to highest rank and biography

Related to his son in conversation

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2016 09:59:14 Lucy May Changes to aircraft associations

Removed connection to B-17 43-38861 as this aircraft was not flown by 91st Bomb Group crews.

Date Contributor Update
21 October 2016 02:46:37 Gilwlg Changes to nickname, biography, awards, place associations and aircraft associations

as told to me by my father

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:36 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum Membership List, July 2000; Wall of Valor form