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Willard Charles Bader

Military

Assigned to 731st BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. 9 x combat missions. Continuous attacks by fighters on the return from a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8-Mar-44, forced B-17G 42-31354 to make a forced landing SE of Magdeburg. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3191

Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Durward Sorensen

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 731st BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. 9 x combat missions. Continuous attacks by fighters on the return from a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8-Mar-44, forced B-17G 42-31354 to make a forced landing SE of Magdeburg. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3191 ...

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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. ...

  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 452nd Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deopham Green, Norfolk, from January 1944. The air crews hit strategic sites in Germany but also supported the movement of ground forces across Europe after D-Day. On 6 June 1944 itself, the Group...

  • 731st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31354 'Lounge Lizard' aka 'Dixie Jane'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/10/43; Walla Walla 10/11/43; Assigned 385BG Gt Ashfield 5/1/44; transferred 731BS/452BG Deopham Green 6/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/3/44 with Durward Sorensen, Co-pilot: Bob Evans, Navigator: Henry Hambrick, Bombardier:...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 252

    8 March 1944
    The VKF ballbearing factory at Berlin/Erkner is the primary target for 623 heavy bombers despatched by all three Air Divisions. Fighter opposition and anti-aircraft fire are intense. There are so many formation attacking that some divert to other...

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born New Brunswick, New Jersey 5 August 1923

Son of Margaret E Kirk.

Enlisted Camden, NJ 26 August 1942

Camden, New Jersey

Based Deopham Green 1944 – 8 March 1944

Assigned to 731st BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out POW SE of Magdeburg 8 March 1944

Continuous attacks by fighters on the return from a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8-Mar-44, forced B-17G 42-31354 to make a forced landing SE of Magdeburg. POW MACR 3191

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 8 March 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I. Liberated by Russians.

Died Indialantic, FL 20 May 2005

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 July 2019 11:46:31 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/37108837
https://www.fold3.com/record/15715282-willard-c-bader
https://www.fold3.com/record/83596667-willard-c-bader
http://www.merkki.com/PageB.htm
https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/floridatoday/obituary.aspx?n=grace-k-b...

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, MACR 3191, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces

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