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William E Davis Jr

Military

Killed in Action (KIA) 5 December 1943
AM/ PH
Listed as "photographer" on the crew list on the mission he was KIA. Davis appears to have flown his previous missions as a waist gunner.

Service

People

  • Robert Bernard

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Wendell Hulcher

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Harry Joho

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Paul Todd

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 December 1943 in B-17 #4230837 'Ole Basser. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 563rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30205 Battlin' Betsy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Sioux City 11/5/43; Smoky Hill 9/6/43; Dow Fd 12/6/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 14/6/43; on non-operational flight 13/10/43 crashed just off runway; with Rodney Due, Co-pilot: Pete Musulin, Navigator: Fred Bergman,...

  • 42-30625 Joho's Jokers

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Amarillo 1/7/43; Love 4/7/43; Dallas 19/7/43; Kingman 6/8/43; Geiger 8/8/43; Pendleton 12/8/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 3/9/43; Salvaged n/battle damaged 15/7/45. JOHO'S JOKERS.

  • 42-30837

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/8/43; Gr Isle 14/8/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 5/9/43; Missing in Action Bordeaux 5/12/43 with Paul Todd, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Simco (2 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Roland Bowman, Bombardier: Ray Lull,...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 90

    3 September 1943
    German airfields in France and the Caudron-Renault works at Paris are the targets for this mission. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 168 B-17s from: 91BG (14); 351BG (19); 381BG (22); 92BG (19); 305BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 92

    7 September 1943
    Two German airfields, one at Brussels, Begium and the other at Bergen, Holland, and the V-Weapons sites around Watten, France are the primary targets for this mission. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 94 OPERATION STARKEY

    9 September 1943
    This mission has been named OPERATION STARKEY. It is planned as a coordinated attack of multiple bomber elements upon multiple targets and incorporates fighter escort as a rehearsal of what may be required to support an invasion of the Continent. It is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 95

    15 September 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a formation of 93 B-17s from: (1BG (19); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (19); and 381BG (19) despatched to bomb the German air deport at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. 87 aircraft are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 111

    8 October 1943
    The shipyards and industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission, but cloud cover causes some formations to bomb targets of opportunity. The attacking elements have been summarized below: ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 114

    10 October 1943
    This mission was intended to be a massive attack of 307 B-17s on the railroad facilities and waterway (canals) at Munster, Germany. This attack was to be supported by a diversion 39 B-24s. The formation was attacked by hundreds of German fighters which...

  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...

  • VIII Bomber Command 127

    11 November 1943
    This mission is composed of two element. The first element is a combined force of 167 B-17s of 3rd Bomb Division including: 94BG (21); 95BG (20); 96BG (42-double force); 100BG (20); 385BG (23) and 390BG (21) dispatched to bomb the railroad marshaling...

  • VIII Fighter Command FO-192

    29 November 1943
    This mission is composed of two fighter elements despatached to escort B-17 formations attacking at Bremen, Germany. The first element is a force of 38 P-38s (includes some from 20FG/77FS) from 55FG. 7 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 5KIA 2POW. The...

  • VIII Bomber Command 149

    5 December 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 216 B-17 from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (10); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (21); 351BG (35); 379BG (21); 381BG (30); 384BG (20); and 301BG (20)...

Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

Events

Event Location Date
Born New York, USA 1923
Enlisted Philadelphia, PA, USA 29 September 1942
Died 16100 Cognac, France 5 December 1943

Lt. Todd, in a/c 42-30837 "Ole Bassar" left the formation north of the Target with #1 Engine feathered and was shot down by FW 190's.

Buried 1945

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial • Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France
Plot Plot B Row 4 Grave 31

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2017 01:24:42 466thHistorian Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=388-M043&dat...

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2017 01:23:03 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=388-M043&dat...
http://www.ww2enlistment.org/index.php?page=directory&rec=735573
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56643784/william-e-davis

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:54 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

ABMC, Combat Sup,

href="http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=388-I-DAV03-...">http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=388-I-DAV03-...> / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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