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William B Harper


Assigned to 358BS, 303BS, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 41-24629. Killed in Action (KIA).

Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), PH.


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

    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...


  • VIII Bomber Command 116

    20 October 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the industrial areas of Duren, Germany. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined formation of 103 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that includes: 91BG (3); 92BG (14); 303BG (19);...

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...


Event Location Date
Born Jacksonville, FL 1916
Enlisted Jacksonville, FL 31 May 1942
Based Molesworth 1943 – 20 October 1943

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

Died Valenciennes, France 20 October 1943
Buried Valenciennes, France 21 October 1943

Valenciennes cemetery

Buried 1946

Plot B Row 22 Grave 33
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial


Date Contributor Update
22 December 2018 16:51:07 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
06 December 2016 13:52:43 Lucy May Changes to service number, awards, events and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:43 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1032 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database