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William H Ayer

Military

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF. Aircraft P-51 44-13375 struck by flak while strafing Praha-Kbely Airdrome. Was seen walking away from wreckage after crash landing north of the airdrome. POW. MACR 14126.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...

Aircraft

  • 44-13375 'Penny III' 'Man O War'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Aircraft struck by flak while strafing Praha-Kbely Airdrome. Pilot Lt. William H Ayer was seen walking away from wreckage after crash landing north of the airdrome. POW. MACR...

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Massachusetts, USA 1 July 1924
Lived in Egypt, Scituate, MA 02066, USA 1940
Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 17 November 1944 – 16 April 1945

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF.

Promoted Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 1 April 1945

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 16 April 1945 – 1945

Prisoner of War .

Shot down Prague 19, 197 00 Prague-Prague 19, Czech Republic 16 April 1945

Aircraft struck by flak while strafing Praha-Kbely Airdrome. Was seen walking away from wreckage after crash landing north of the airdrome. POW. MACR 14126.

Died Copake, NY, USA 13 December 2000

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2016 10:06:00 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, biography, awards, events and unit associations
Sources

http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/336_ay...

Date Contributor Update
09 April 2015 18:30:56 apollo11 Changes to role and place associations
Sources

Personal research & 'The Debden eagles' by Garry L. Fry.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:06 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 14126 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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