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Wilbur Claude Lauer

Military

Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin 7-May-44 in B-17 42-39943 'Lassie Come Home'; shot down by flak, crashed Hohnebostel, seven miles SE of Celle Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4587

Award: PH.

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  • Browning Grimmett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin 7-May-44 in B-17 42-39943 'Lassie Come Home'; shot down by flak, crashed Hohnebostel, seven miles SE of Celle Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4587 Award: PH.

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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. ...

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 612th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Lusinda, Pennsylvania 16 December 1923

Son of Norman Harold and Beatrice Eleanor [Henry] Lauer.

Enlisted Chicago, IL 3 December 1942

Chicago, Illinois

Based Deenethorpe April 1944 – 7 May 1944

Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Hohnebostel, Germany 7 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin 7-May-44 in B-17 42-39943 'Lassie Come Home'; shot down by flak KIA MACR 4587

Buried Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Re-Interred
Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial
Liege, Belgium

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 October 2021 09:41:54 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310763823
https://www.fold3.com/image/655457773
https://www.fold3.com/record/84490223/wilbur-c-lauer-wwii-army-enlistmen...
https://www.fold3.com/record/529854929/wilbur-c-lauer-american-battle-mo...
https://www.fold3.com/record/704296713/lauer-wilbur-c-us-wwii-hospital-a...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56359341/wilbur-claude-lauer

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2016 13:44:15 Lucy May Changes to biography, awards, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Brought in information from duplicate record. Source:
MACR 4587 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:20 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4587, http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1255

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