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Reuben F Baganz

Military

Killed in Action (KIA) when B-17G #43-38926 'Weary Willy' piloted by Lieutenant William J. Waldron was attacked by fighters on 24 Dec 1944.

Service

People

  • 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

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.

Missions

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 Kewaunee, WI 54216, USA 1 August 1925
Lived in Brodhead, WI 53520, USA 1940
Lived in Milwaukee, WI, USA 1942

2902 North 27th Street

Died Rouvreux, 4140 Sprimont, Belgium 24 December 1944

On December 24, 1944, the 8th Air Force launched mission #760, the largest aerial mission of the war, which involved more than 2000 heavy bombers. The mission was to bomb German airfields and supply lines, to stem the German offensive in the Ardennes known as the Battle of the Bulge. The 487th Bomb Group led the entire 8th Air Force that day. Lt Waldron's crew flew B-17G 43-38926 in the number nine position in the Low Squadron of the 487th Bomb Group formation. The Group's target was the airfield at Babenhausen, Germany, but the formation was attacked by German fighters before reaching the target. S/Sgt Baganz and five of his crew mates were killed in action when their aircraft was shot down by German fighters south of Liege, Belgium. Three men were blown clear and survived when the aircraft exploded in the air. The B-17 crashed near Rouvreux, Belgium, about 15 miles south of Liege

Buried Springfield, IL, USA 1949

Camp Butler National Cemetery
Springfield
Sangamon County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Section 3, Site 855-J1

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 August 2016 17:55:08 466thHistorian Changes to service number, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=2550257

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:18 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / The History of the 487th BG Roll of Honor pp. 302-5 and account pp 197-8 MACR 11675 / http://www.487thbg.org/Photos/WaldronCrew.shtml ,

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