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Walter James Collyer Jr

Military

Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Tail Gunner B-17 "I'll Get By" 42-102700, Shot down by flak and crashed near Lisieux on 2-Aug-44, Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 7701

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 412th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102700 "I'll Get By"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/3/44; Hunter 16/4/44; Dow Fd 3/5/44; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-Z] Horham 4/5/44; 22m, Missing in Action Paris 2/8/44 with Capt Bob Baber, Co-pilot: Jasper Kaylor, Navigator: Ray Dallas, Bombardier: Frank Sohm, Flight engineer/top...

Missions

  • 510

    2 August 1944

Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Brooklyn, New York, USA 19 September 1925
Lived in Brooklyn, NY, USA 1940
Based Horham 1944 – 2 August 1944

Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo, Poland 2 August 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV.

Shot down 14100 Lisieux, France 2 August 1944

Shot down by flak and crashed near Lisieux on 2-Aug-44, Prisoner of War (POW).

Died 16 January 2001
Buried Rocky Branch Cemetery, Rocky Branch, Union Parish, LA 19 January 2001

Rocky Branch Cemetery
Rocky Branch, Union Parish, Louisiana

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2020 22:18:51 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events and place associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/18954817/walter-james-collyer

Date Contributor Update
14 October 2020 20:59:59 jmoore43 Changes to nickname
Sources

Removed the "Possible DUPLICATE" flag in the Nickname field and then removed the duplicate person.
Copied "Born event" from a Duplicate person as part of a merge operation of dup people so the dup person can be deleted.

Date Contributor Update
14 October 2020 20:56:33 jmoore43 Changes to events and place associations
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Removed the "Possible DUPLICATE" flag in the Nickname field and then removed the duplicate person.
Added POW camp info to the POW event from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).
Added a connection to Stalag Luft 4 per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2020 00:46:12 jmoore43 Changes to nickname
Sources

Flagged as a "Possible DUPLICATE" in the Nickname field so an Admin can check out this person.

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2015 12:30:48 Al_Skiff Changes to service number
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://usaafdata.com/?q=search

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2015 12:13:11 Al_Skiff Changes to surname, middlename, suffix, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://usaafdata.com/?q=search

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:57 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 7701 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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