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William E Meade Jr


Survived a crash on 24 Feb 1945 in B-17 42-97873.


Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb 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


  • 42-106989 Miss Adventure

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/1/44; MacDill 14/2/44; Grenier 24/2/44; Assigned 563BS/388BG [Y] Knettishall 28/2/44; on mission to Liege 25/5/44 with Tracy Breed, Co-pilot: Don Duclos, Navigator: Harry Kroneberger, Bombardier: Charles Larsen, Flight engineer...

  • 42-97210 Jamaica Ginger

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/44; Kearney 27/2/44; Grenier 9/3/44; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 22/3/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 28/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 42-97542 City of Savannah

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/12/43; Rochester 11/1/44; Langley 13/1/44; Assigned 482BG (H2X) Alconbury 25/1/44; transferred 413BS/96BG [MZ-B] Snetterton 26/1/44; 563BS/388BG Knettishall 27/1/44; Missing in Action Chemnitz 5/3/45 with Ralph Kittle, John Watkins,...

  • 42-97873 Sack Happy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 22/5/44; Hunter 16/5/44; Grenier 29/5/44; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 1/6/44; crashed on take off Munich 24/2/45 with Maurice Radke, Co-pilot: Warren Headrick, Navigator: Bill Meade, Bombardier: ?, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 43-37685

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/56/44; Kearney 24/5/44; Dow Fd 6/6/44; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 7/6/44; battle damaged Frankfurt 9/3/45 with ?; force landed Belgium; 9RTD; Salvaged 1/4/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 30/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains...

  • 43-37724

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/5/44; Kearney 25/5/44; Dow Fd 6/6/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 7/6/44 OLD SILVER; battle damaged Nurnburg 3/10/43 with Chas Wallace, flak hit killed Co-pilot: Clarke; battle damaged Kassel 30/12/44 with ?; force landed...

  • 44-8437

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 18/9/44; Grenier 15/10/44; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 12/10/44; Missing in Action Nurnberg 17/2/45 with Capt Bob Gladstone, Bob Murphy, John Gardner, Paul Ballard, Clayton Hamilton, Chas Goldstein, John Grady, Joe Prokop, Ken...


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Date Contributor Update
23 November 2018 12:14:58 general ira snapsorter Changes to suffix, biography, events and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:56 AAM AAM ingest

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