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William E Douthit


On 15 February 1943 in B-24D 41-23794 'Railway Express'while serving as Nose Gunner his aircraft was damaged by flak over the target of Dunkirk, France and crashed into the English Channel near the target. Killed in Action (KIA).


Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 67th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-23794 Railway Express

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D 41-23794 "Railway Express" 44BG/67BS was despatched on 15-Feb-43 to bomb the port facilities and Dunkirk, France. The aircraft was damaged by flak over the target and crashed into the sea off the coast at Dunkirk, France. 11KIA MACR 16003. ...


  • VIII Bomber Command 35

    15 February 1943
    The port area of Dunkirk, France and any merchant vessels there are designated as the primary target of this mission. A total of 23 B-24s are despatched: 44BG (17) and 93BG (6). 21 are effective on the target, but 2 from 44BG are listed MIA and another...

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...


Event Location Date
Born Ellijay, Georgia 28 March 1905
Killed in Action (KIA) Dunkirk, France 15 February 1943

Killed when the aircraft was damaged by flak over the target of Dunkirk, France and crashed into the sea. His remains have never been recovered.

Commemorated Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7PH, UK 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery.


Date Contributor Update
17 February 2015 17:53:07 Lee8thbuff Changes to role, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 17-Feb-2015. Confirmed SN and added KIA event per MACR 16001; Added decorations and Commemorated event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; Made connection to Place and Mission within existing website data; Edited Biography per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 16003 / MACR 16003, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey, p.76, 44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties by Lundy p.47, NARA enlistment records / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database