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Truman C Wilder Jr

Military

Assigned to B-17F 41-24510, 'Snoozy II' 306BG/419BS as a Waist Gunner; KIA 9-Oct-42 while on a mission to bomb the aircraft plants at Lille, France. The aircraft was shot down by enemy fighters and crashed near Nechin, Belgium.

Service

Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24510 Snoozy II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 367BS/306BG Westover 16-Aug-42; to Thurleigh 27-Sep-42; Missing in Action Lille 9-Oct-42 shot down by hptm Priller (III/JG26), crashed railway line Tournai, near Nechin (Menen), Belgium; (first aircraft loss of group) MACR 6706. SNOOZY II....

Associated Place

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Dallas, TX, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Néchin, 7730 Estaimpuis, Belgium 9 October 1942

Killed in fighter attack

Buried Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, NE 69151, USA 1945

Originally buried in the Southern Cemetery of Lille, France. After the war his remains were repatriated to the United States for Group Burial at the Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Nebraska

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 November 2014 22:52:03 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, events and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Nov-2014. Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 6706; "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; Reconciliation of duplicate entry by data ingest.

Date Contributor Update
24 October 2014 18:10:15 Lee8thbuff Changes to surname, middlename, suffix, service number, biography, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Oct-2014. Missing AIr Crew Report (MACR)6706. Burial information "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 6706 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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