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Wilmer George Raesly


Assigned to 358BS, 303BS, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 41-24629. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1032

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), BSM, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.


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. ...

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24629 Not named

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-O] Cheyenne 13/9/42; Thurleigh 23/1/43; transferred 358BS/303BG Molesworth [VK-G] 25/9/43; 4m Missing in Action Duren 20/10/43 with John Hendry, Navigator: Bernie McNamara, Bombardier: Dick Webster Wounded in Action, Flight...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

  • Stalag XVII-B

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Scranton, PA 26 May 1919

Son of Frank Sherman and Alma Louise [Sontag] Raesly.

Based Molesworth 1943 – 20 October 1943

Assigned to 358BS, 303BS, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Krems, Gneikendorf 20 October 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag 17b.

Baled out POW Valenciennes, France 20 October 1943

Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 41-24629. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1032

Died Scranton, PA 3 July 1946
Buried Dunmore Cemetery, PA August 1946

Dunmore Cemetery
Lackawanna County, PA


Date Contributor Update
23 December 2018 13:41:23 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, firstname, service number, biography, events, unit associations and place associations

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

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