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William Henry Yeager Jr

Military

William Yeager was the Commanding Officer of the 567th BS, 389th BG, 8AF USAAF. Bill William Yeager was taken as a Prisoner of War (POW) while on TDY to 9th Air Force for Ploesti raid (Operation 'Tidal Wave') on 1-Aug-43 in B-24 'Boomerang' 42-40115. He was the Command Pilot.

Awards: SS, AM, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Philip Ardery

    Military | Major General | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Silver Star/ 2 DFCs/ 4 Air Medals/ Croix de Guerre. ...

  • John Brooks

    Military | Brigadier General | Pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    Led 17 B-24s on the low level attack at Ploesti whilst with the 389th Bomb Group. ...

  • Kenneth Caldwell

    Military | Major | B-24D Co-Pilot - Command Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Lt. Kenneth M. Caldwell from the 8th Air force, the 389th Bombardment Group, and the 565th Bomb Squadron took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti with Col. Jack W. Wood, on 1 August 1943, flying a B-24D Liberator, 42-40629 named 'The...

  • Adelbert Cross

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Command Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40733.

  • Melvin Neef

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) while on TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid on 8/1/43 in B-24 'Boomerang' 42-40115.

  • Jack Wood

    Military | Major General | Chief of the British-American Air Component, Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Forces Mission to Franc | 389th Bomb Group
    Born in Fairbault, Minn., in 1907, we won his wings by 1929. He rose swiftly through the ranks achieving the rank of Colonel and took command of the 20th Combat Bomb Wing of the Eighth Air Force. The following November he was named executive of the...

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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. ...

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 566th Bomb Squadron

    566th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Constituted 566th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 19 Dec. 1942. Activated on 24 Dec. 1942. Inactivated on 13 Sept. 1945. Campaigns: Air Offensive, Europe; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air...

Aircraft

  • 42-40115 'Boomerang'

    B-24 Liberator
    Failed to Return - Ploesti oil refinery raid 1st Aug 1943, Pilot Melvin E Neef, MACR 159.

Missions

  • 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...

Associated Place

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

  • Berca

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born San Antonio, TX 13 August 1915

Son of William Henry Sr and Adeline [Small] Yaeger.

C/O of 567th Bomb Squadron 1943 – 1 August 1943

Assigned to 567BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Commanding Officer 567BS.

Prisoner of War [POW] Bucharest, Romania 1 August 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War [POW]. Romania.

Died San Antonio, TX 2 January 1962
Buried Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery San Antonio, Bexar County, TX 5 January 1962

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2021 22:49:58 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, biography, awards and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29417845
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/1351189/william-henry-yaeger

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2020 00:33:02 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2019 15:03:22 general ira snapsorter Changes to highest rank, biography and events
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 389th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2019 01:52:04 Dieterle Changes to person associations
Sources

Philip Ardery, Bomber Pilot: A Memoir of World War II (Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky: 1978) 99.

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2019 00:11:21 Dieterle Changes to person associations and place associations
Sources

Philip Ardery, Bomber Pilot: A Memoir of World War II (Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky: 1978) passim.

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2016 12:56:26 Lucy May Changes to biography, events, place associations and media associations
Sources

Brought in information from a duplicate record. Sources:
User 'bombercommand' referenced the Biographical Dictionary of the 8th Air Force 1942-1945
And:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Who's Who in the Eighth Air Force and/or Biographical Directory Command & Staff Officers Eighth Air Force 1942-45

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 13:24:24 Al_Skiff Changes to events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM Database.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:14 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 159

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