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William J Bauchens


Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Neustadt on 9/28/44 in B-17 #446463


Units served with

  • 487th Bomb Group

    487th Bomb Group

    The 487th Bomb Group began operations as preparations for D-Day were reaching their crescendo and played their part by bombing airfields in northern France. Like the 486th Bomb Group, the 487th switched to B-17 Flying Fortress for missions from 1...

  • 839th Bomb Squadron


  • 44-6463

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Kearney 11/8/44; Grenier 22/8/44; Assigned 839BS/487BG [R5-T] Lavenham 5/10/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 28/9/44 with Clarry Lamason, Co-pilot: Kelvin Pierce, Navigator: Ray Kathary, Bombardier: Howard McIntyre, Flight engineer/top turret...

Associated Place

  • Lavenham

    Military site : airfield
    Lavenham was built as a standard USAAF bomber airfield, with fifty hardstandings, T2 hangars and 2,000 and 1,400 feet runways. John Laing and Son Ltd. carried out the work in 1943, and the airfield opened in April 1944. The 487th Bomb Group occupied...


Event Location Date
Born Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
POW Germany 28 September 1944


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:15 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 9421 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database