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William F Doerner


Completed 25 missions; credited for destroying 2 enemy aircrafts (ME 109 & Macchi 202) whil on an operational mission over Foggia, Italy on 16 August 1943.

AM w/5 Oak Leaf Cluster; Distinguished Unit Citation, DFC w/Oak Leaf Cluster; EAME w/5 Bronze Stars; GC


Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 330th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24109 Ready & Willing/Silver Streak

    B-24 Liberator
    Flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti Mission with the 93rd BG, pilot John R Roche, returned safely to Libya. Returned to ETO. Assigned to the 466th BG to serve as their Assembly Ship.


  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57 B...


Event Location Date
Born Cleveland, Ohio 21 June 1923


Date Contributor Update
20 September 2019 11:55:10 general ira snapsorter Changes to nickname, aircraft associations and mission associations

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 93rd Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:59 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum Membership List, July 2000 & page 250 in the book 2ND AIR DIVISION by Turner Publishing Company, 1998, D790.A2S45