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William Francis Sears

Military

Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 42-30033 'Little America. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Earlier 10/14/43 on return from Schweinfurt mission, B17 42-5852 'The Natural' ' crashed at Oxfordshire with crew baling out near RAF Oakley. 5 of the crew were injured with all returning. Originally Sears was unaccounted for, but had slept at Magdalen College Oxford. 12 June 1943 involved in an accident on a formation training flight in B17 42-30131piloted by F. J. Witt.

POW

Service

People

  • Claude Leslie

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #4230033 'Little America. ' Evaded. 10/14/43 on return from Schweinfurt mission, B17#42-5852 'The Natural' ' crashed at Oxfordshire with crew baling out near RAF Oakley. 5 of the crew were injured with all returning.

Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30033 "Little America"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/4/43; Sioux City 13/4/43; Kearney 4/5/43; Bangor 20/5/43; Assigned to the 547BS/384BG [S0-G] Grafton Underwood 24/5/43, then the 546BS [BK-G]; Missing in Action Leverkusen 1/12/43 with Maj Maurice Stanley Dillingham, Co-pilot:...

  • 42-30131

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15-Apr-43; Gore 25-Apr-43; Sioux City 30-Apr-43; Kearney 4-May-43; Bangor 20-May-43; 9-Jun-43 Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-Q] Grafton Underwood; involved in mid-air collision over base with 42-30036 during practice flight 9-Sep-43 with...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 1 December 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2015 16:19:37 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and aircraft associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=4739;
Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
24 May 2015 19:31:58 bombercommand Changes to middlename
Sources

http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=4739

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1335 / MACR 1335, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey pp. 147, 341, 404 , http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=s... / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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