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William J Franke

Military

Involved in a mid-air collision during form-up on a mission to Brunswick, GA on 29 Mar 1944 and crashed at Henham, Suffolk in B-24H #41-110033. Killed in Action (KIA).

Service

Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    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

Aircraft

  • 41-110033 Arizona Rambler

    B-24 Liberator
    29 March 1944, two B24s collided over Henham, a few miles from Halesworth airfield. 9 Crew of the 41-110033 died, and 7 of the 41-28590. During the rescue operations the bomb load of one of the Liberators exploded, killing 6 men from Halesworth.

Associated Place

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Brooklyn, New York 2 January 1923
Died 29 March 1944

KIA when, on 29 March 1944, two B24s collided over Henham, a few miles from Halesworth airfield. 9 Crew of the 41-110033 died, and 7 of the 41-8590. During the rescue operations the bomb load of one of the Liberators exploded, killing 6 men from Halesworth.

Buried Queens County, NY, USA

Calvary Cemetery
Woodside
Queens County
New York, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2015 15:53:14 usxpat Changes to service number, biography, events, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Find A Grave Memorial# 130750589
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http://eastangliamemorials.blogspot.co.uk/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:17 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces

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