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William John Gee Jr

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Flew 30 missions over enemy held territory and was highly decorated.

26 April 1944 Paderborn, Germany, 458th Gp, 754th Sqdn. B-24-H S/N 41-28738, 5.20 hours.
Mild flack, no enemy fighters.

27 April 1944 Blainville, France, B-24-H, 42-95005, 5.20 hours.
Mild flack no enemy fighters.

29 April 1944 Berlin, Germany, B-24-H, 42-95018 7.45 hours.
Intense accurate flack, heavy enemy fighter opposition.

1 May 1944 Pas De Calais, France. No bombs dropped, weather. B-24-H 42-95018, 5.20 hours.
Intense accurate flack, no enemy fighter opposition. Saw first "scare crow flack.

1 May 1944 Leige, Belgium. No bombs dropped, weather. B-24-H 42-95018, 4.25 hours.

4 May 1944 Brunswick, Germany, recalled because of contrails. B-24-H 42-95018, 4.45 hours.

6 May 1944 Cherbourg, France. Aborted at English, #3 engine failed. B-24-H, 41-25682

7 May 1944 Osnabruck, Germany. B-24-H, 41-28738, 5.15 hours.
Intense flack, no enemy fighter opposition.

8 May 1944 Brunswick, Germany. B-24-H, 41-28738, 6.30 hours
Intense flack, heavy enemy fighter opposition

9 May 1944 St. Tronds, France. B-24-H, 42-95018, 5.30 hours.
No flack, no enemy fighters.

10 May 1944 Drummer Lake, Germany. B-24-H, 42-95018. Recalled because of contrails.

13 May 1944 Tutow, Germany, FW-190 factory. No bombs dropped, weather. B-24-H, 42-95018,
3.45 hours.

Transferred to pathfinder Gp 44, 66th Sqd

29 May 1944 TutoW, Germany, FW-190 factory. No flack, no enemy fighter. 44th Gp, 66th Sqd,
pathfinder for 466th Gp.B-24-H, 41-28690, 8.20 hours.
No flack, no enemy fighter opposition.

31 May 1944 Brussels, France. Marshalling yards. B-24-H, 41-28767, 4.00 hours.
Mild flack, no enemy fighters.

3 June 1944 Pointe Haut, France. Coast gun installations. B-24-H, 41-28767 4.55 hours.
No flack, no enemy fighters.

5 June 1944 Boulogne, France. Coast gun installations. B-24-H, 41-28772, 4.30 hours.
Mild flack no enemy fighter opposition.

"D" day "H" hour 06:30

6 June 1944 Port en Bassin France. Gun installations. B-24-H, 41-28772, 6.40 hours.
No flack, no enemy fighter opposition.

6 June 1944 Pontduboult, France. Bridge, B-24-H, 41-28772, 6.50 hours.
No flack, no fighters.

11 June 1944 Blais, France. Bridge, B-24-H, 41-28772, 6.50 hours.
Target destroyed.

18 June 1944 Wesermunde, Germany. Lead for 458th Gp, and 96th Wing. B-24-H, 41-28794, 7.40
hours. Very intense accurate flack, no fighters.

20 June 1944 Politz, Germany. Synthetic oil refinery. Lead for 492nd Gp. B-24-H, 41-28772, 9.30
hours. Intense accurate flack, heavy fighter opposition

21 June 1944 Berlin, Germany. Fredrickstrass Station. Lead for 467th Gp. B-24-H, 41-28772, 8.40
hours. Intense accurate flack, no fighter opposition.

28 June 1944 Saarsbrucken, Germany. Marshelling yards. Lead for 392ne Gp. B-24-H, 41-28772,
6.40 hours. Little flack, no enemy fighter opposition.

29 June 1994 Madgeburg, Germany. Aircraft Factory. Lead for 467th Gp & 96th combat wing.
Aborted, #1 engine failure. B-24-H, 41-28700. 2.45 hours.

Transferred to 466th Gp, 784th Sqd

11 July 1944 Munich, Germany. Lead for 467th Gp, 2nd devision. B-24-H, 41-28910. 9.15 hours.
Intense accurate flack, no enemy fighter opposition.

24 July 1944 Koblenz, Germany. Lost #3 engine over the target. Lead for 458th Gp, 96th
wing. 7.30 hours. Intense accurate flack, no enemy fighter opposition.

4 Aug 1944 Rostock, Germany. Heinkel III aircraft works. Lead for 458th Gp, 96th wing, 2nd
division. B-24-H, 42-51134. 7.15 hours. Moderate accurate flack, no fighter
opposition.

6 Aug 1944 Hamburg, Germany. Oil refinery. Lead for 466thGp, "B" section, 96th wing. B-24-H,
42-95557, 7.00 hours. Intense accurate flack, no enemy fighter opposition.

9 Aug 1944 Saarsbrucken, Germany. Marshalling yards. Lead for 458th Gp, 2nd division. B-24-H,
42-95557, 6.30 hours. Moderate accurate flack, no enemy fighter opposition.

24 Aug 1944 Hannover, Germany. Oil refinery. Lead for 458th Gp, 96th wing. B-24-H, 42-51141,
7.00 hours. Moderate accurate flack, no enemy fighter opposition.

25 Aug 1944 Lubeck, Germany. DO-217 aircraft factory. Lead for 458th Gp, "B" section, 96th wing.
B-24-H, 42-51141, 7.50 hours. Moderate accurate flack, no enemy fighter opposition.

27 Aug 1944 Berlin, Germany. Airfield. Lead for 458th Gp, "B" section, 96th wing.B-24-H, 41-
28910, recalled for towering cumulous clouds. 5.40

Service

People

  • Morris Englehardt

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

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Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 66th Bomb Squadron
  • 754th Bomb Squadron
  • 784th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-28738 'Meat Around the Corner'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. 19 missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Epinal. Left formation at target salvoed bombs, 1 x engine feathered and some control lost of rudders, 11-May-44. Headed for and crashed Jegenstorf, Switzerland. Crew...

  • 42-95005

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-95018

    B-24 Liberator

  • 41-25682

    B-24 Liberator

  • 41-28690 'Missouri Sue'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 482nd BG, 389th BG, 66BS, 44th BG, 8AF USAAF. Lead ship on 5-Jun-44 mission to Boulogne-Sur-Mer, despite orders to the contrary, led formation back over the target after the bomb release failed during the critical point of the initial pass....

  • 41-28767

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 66BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Madgeburg. Crash landed Kent 29-Jun-44. Salvaged.

  • 41-28772 'El Capitan'

    B-24 Liberator
    Flew to the UK by the northern route. On 18-Mar-44, it made a precautionary landing at RAF Connel (Oban), Scotland, en route from Iceland to Prestwick, Scotland. It ran off the end of the runway, was repaired and flew on to Prestwick. Assigned to 482BG...

  • 41-28794

    B-24 Liberator

  • 41-28700 'Y.M.C.A. The Flying Service'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 577BS, 392BG, 8AF USAAF. 8 x missions. Transferred to 858BS, 492BG, 8AF USAAF. Returned USA Jun-45, 1st Lt William T Montgomery Crew plus 10 x passengers.

  • 42-95557

    B-24 Liberator

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Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Illinois, USA 1920
Lived in Chicago, IL, USA 1942

2443 W. Washburn Avenue

Enlisted San Antonio, TX, USA 10 January 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 July 2016 23:54:21 466thHistorian Changes to events and media associations
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http://www.ww2enlistment.org/index.php?page=directory&rec=1212756

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2014 12:13:09 grahamkipping Changes to role
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Family data

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2014 12:12:27 grahamkipping Changes to middlename
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Family data

Date Contributor Update
19 October 2014 18:02:07 grahamkipping Changes to awards
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Data from copies of citations held by City of Norwich Aviation Museum.

Date Contributor Update
19 October 2014 17:26:49 grahamkipping Changes to biography
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From Log book held by City of Norwich Aviation Museum

Date Contributor Update
19 October 2014 17:10:41 grahamkipping Changes to biography, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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From log book and citations held by City of Norwich Aviation Museum.

Date Contributor Update
19 October 2014 16:53:30 grahamkipping Changes to service number, highest rank and role
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Service records from Dick Gee his son

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 / http://8thairforce.com/44thbg/search/perlastname.asp

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