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Ambrose Willard Reese

Military

Ambrose Willard Reese was born August 4, 1923, in Kingston, Pa., to the late Ambrose and Marjorie (Walters) Reese and moved to Palm Coast from Scotch Plains, N.J., in 1986. He was an Army Air Corps veteran serving as a B-17 pilot in World War II, flying 30 missions with the 457th Bomb Group. Mr. Reese received many medals including The Presidential Unit Citation.

As the first member of his family with a college degree (Lehigh University), he had over 30-years as a professional engineer in New Jersey.

He was a member of the 457th Bomb Group Association and was the Webmaster for their web site: www.457th bomb group.org, which he started in 1998. This site is dedicated to the memory of the men who served during World War II as members of the Eighth Air Force, First Division, 94th Combat Wing, 457th Bomb Group.They were the men who flew in the B-17 Flying Fortress.

He has recorded his experiences and some of the events of World War II, as well as anecdotes and mission details, and these can be found in the attached documents kindly provided by his daughter, Diane Elizabeth Reese.

In Memoriam

A donation has been made to the American Air Museum in Britain in memory of A Willard 'Hap' Reese by Yolanda A Cillo with the following memorial message: 'In Memory of A. Willard 'Hap' Reese'.

Service

Units served with

  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

  • 715th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • 685

    22 October 1944

  • 691

    28 October 1944

  • 693

    30 October 1944

  • 698

    2 November 1944

  • 702

    5 November 1944

  • 704

    6 November 1944

  • 705

    8 November 1944

  • 707

    9 November 1944

  • 715

    16 November 1944

  • 720

    21 November 1944

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Associated Place

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Kingston, PA, USA 4 August 1923
Lived in Kingston, PA, USA 1923 – 1941
Lived in Baltimore, MD, USA 1941 – 1942

Aircraft inspector at Glenn L. Martin Company; inspected complete operation and installation of hydraulic systems on B-26 medium bombers.

Enlisted February 1943

Aviation Cadet, Feb 1943 - Mar 1944.

Based Glatton 12 March 1944 – 3 August 1945

Pilot. Flew 30 combat missions in European Theatre as B-17 pilot, having had several squadron and deputy group leads. Participated in bombings of Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, Bremen, Merseberg. Had total of 1030 flying hours, 230 of which were in combat. Qualified as instrument pilot.

Lived in Scotch Plains, NJ, USA 1945 – 30 June 1986

Various other locations lived included Bethlehem PA, Roselle Park NJ, Colonia NJ before moving to Scotch Plains NJ.

Lived in Palm Coast, FL, USA 1 July 1986 – 12 March 2008

Home in retirement.

Died Palm Coast, FL, USA 12 March 2008
Buried Craig-Flagler Palms Funeral Home 17 March 2008

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2015 11:23:38 general ira snapsorter Changes to middlename, firstname, biography, events, unit associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

Mission Connections added courtesy of Diane Elizabeth Reese, from "751st Bombardment Squadron, 457th Bomb Group, Office of the Operations Officer. Lt. Reese Record of Combat Missions 26 March 1945". Signed by Franklin D. Rollins, Capt, Air Corps., Operations officer.

Personal and biographical details added courtesy of Diane Elizabeth Reese.

Biographical information added from http://www.flaglercountyfamilies.com/obits-hope-reese-a-willard.html

Images added courtesy of Diane Elizabeth Reese from 457th Bomb Group Mission Documents. http://www.457thbombgroup.org/

Merged duplicate entry to include information drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.457thbombgroup.org/roster/Rnames.html

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2015 16:25:09 PhillWray Changes to memoriam
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In memoriam message added from donation record.

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2014 20:29:53 dereese Changes to events
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Wording fix to clarify. (2 Dec 2014, Diane E Reese, daughter)

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2014 20:00:05 dereese Changes to awards and events
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Service discharge records (2 Dec 2014, Diane E Reese, daughter)

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2014 19:54:38 dereese Changes to events
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family history paperwork (2 Dec 2014, Diane E Reese, daughter)

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2014 19:51:27 dereese Changes to events
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Army Air Force discharge paperwork and personal family records (02 Dec 2014, Diane E Reese, daughter).

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2014 18:05:07 dereese Changes to awards
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Service discharge records (2 Dec 2014, Diane E Reese, daughter)

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2014 16:44:15 dereese Changes to middlename and firstname
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2 Dec 2014, edit by daughter (Diane E. Reese)

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2014 11:18:53 Lucy May Changes to nickname and place associations
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Personal details: http://www.457thbombgroup.org/New/Recollections/stories.html

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self

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