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William J Gise Jr


He was an original crew member of group. He flew on John Olsen crew. He was shot down on the 1st mission flown by the 306th. Shot down 9 October 1942 in B-17 41-24510 'Snoozy II ' while serving as Navigator. Evaded. Plane attacked by fighters which killed pilot Olsen and copilot Cox. Assigned target Lille I/A, France. Plane crashed near Nechin, Belgium. 2 crew members evaded and 1 Prisoner of War (POW).


Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24510 Snoozy II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 367BS/306BG Westover 16-Aug-42; to Thurleigh 27-Sep-42; Missing in Action Lille 9-Oct-42 shot down by hptm Priller (III/JG26), crashed railway line Tournai, near Nechin (Menen), Belgium; (first aircraft loss of group) MACR 6706. SNOOZY II....

Associated Place

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...


Event Location Date
Born Yoakum, Texas
Evaded Capture Néchin, 7730 Estaimpuis, Belgium 9 October 1942 – 6 March 1943

Evaded capture and returned to England on 6-Mar-43 His evasion is recorded on Escape & Evasion Report #15 which my be viewed at:


Date Contributor Update
14 November 2014 22:25:49 Lee8thbuff Changes to mission associations

Lee Cunningham 14-Nov-2014. Eliminated mission connection

Date Contributor Update
14 November 2014 19:40:14 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events

Lee Cunningham 14-Nov-2014. Added evasion event and minor edit to Summary Biography for format.

Date Contributor Update
24 October 2014 18:46:10 Lee8thbuff Changes to place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 24-Oct-2014 Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 6706. National Archives Records Administration (NARA) Escape & Evasion Report # 15

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

306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition; MACR 6706 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia