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William J Watkins

Military

Assigned to 706BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. On noball mission to Wizernes, France in B24-H 42-7610 'Satan's Sister' suffered engine failure, salvoed bombs before attempt to land, crashed 1 mile West of Thorpe Abbotts. Killed in Action (KIA).

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • Clark Jensen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 706BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. On noball mission to Wizernes, France in B24-H 42-7610 'Satan's Sister' suffered engine failure, salvoed bombs before attempt to land, crashed 1 mile West of Thorpe Abbotts. Killed in Action (KIA). Picture of plane...

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. ...

  • 446th Bomb Group

    446th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 446th Bomb Group, who came to be known as "the Bungay Buckaroos" after the name of their Suffolk base, flew B-24 Liberators on strategic, support and interdictory missions over Europe. The Group led the Eighth Air Force and 2nd Bomb Division on the...

  • 706th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-7610 'Satans Sister'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 706BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wizernes, France suffered engine failure, salvoed bombs before attempt to land, crashed 1 mile West of Thorpe Abbotts, Lt Clark H Jensen. 2 x KIA.

Associated Place

  • Bungay

    Military site : airfield
    From late November 1943, the three bases of Bungay, Seething and Hardwick were the stations of the 20th Combat Wing of the Eighth Air Force. The base had previously housed individual squadrons of the 310th Bomb Group (Twelfth Air Force) and of the 93rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Holmes County, MS, USA 18 March 1921
Enlisted Building 82, Warehouse Ave, Hattiesburg, MS 39407, USA 20 August 1942

Camp Shelby
Mississippi

Based Bungay 27 April 1944

Assigned to 706BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died 1 mile W Thorpe Abbotts, Diss IP21 4JA, UK 27 April 1944

On noball mission to Wizernes, France in B24-H 42-7610 'Satan's Sister' suffered engine failure, salvoed bombs before attempt to land, crashed 1 mile West of Thorpe Abbotts. Killed in Action (KIA).

Buried 1635 Carrollton Ave, Greenwood, MS 38930, USA 1948

Oddfellowe cemetery
Greenwood, MS

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2018 18:48:35 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/87947635-william-j-watkins
https://www.fold3.com/image/310953065/?terms=William%20J%20Watkins
https://www.fold3.com/image/321120730?terms=William%20J%20Watkins

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.446bg.com/

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