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William See Jr

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After fighter attacks set fire to the left wing on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G 42-38024 crashed near Oldenburg, GR after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW).

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  • Michael Russell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    After fighter attacks set fire to the left wing on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-38024 crashed near Oldenburg, GR after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 336th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30167 Destiny's Tot, Angel Pumpkin

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/4/43; Tinker 27/4/43; Smoky Hill 5/5/43; Tinker 12/5/43; Lincoln 20/5/43; Bangor 23/5/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-H] Framlingham; Horham 15/6/43; ...

  • 42-3462 San Antonio Rose

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 29/6/43; Dow 14/7/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-B] Horham 18/7/43; battle damaged by enemy aircraft Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with L.L. Kerr, 7RTD; Waist gunner: Robert Roy, Waist gunner: Steve Smierksi,Tail gunner: Bob Crawford (3 Prisoner...

  • 42-3529

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hill 23/7/43; Ephrata 4/8/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-F, then T] Horham 6/10/43;Tail gunner: Vic Walek [wia] 13/12/43; 26m, Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Francis Frantz, Co-pilot: Ray Wilson, Navigator: Chas McDonald, Flight engineer...

  • 42-37988

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 5/11/43; Kearney 14/11/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-M] Horham 3/12/43; 27m, Missing in Action Berlin 29/4/44 with John Vilberg, Navigator: Adrien Caignon, Bombardier: Bill Weston, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ralph McCleod, Radio...

  • 42-38024

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/11/43; Kearney 7/12/43; Presque Is 8/12/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-Q] Horham 16/12/43; with J.O. Crutchfield force landed RAF Martlesham 10/2/44; Missing in Action [13m] Berlin 6/3/44 with Mike Russell, Co-pilot: Bill Bate,...

  • 42-38151

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/12/43; Kearney 12/1/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-L] Horham 6/2/44; 4m, severe battle damaged Berlin 16/3/44 with Dave Norred, Co-pilot: Harry Olsen, Navigator: Ellsworth Van Fleet, Bombardier: Frank Balestrine, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-97495

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 1/12/43; Kearney 16/12/43; Presque Is 23/12/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-C] Horham 24/12/43; 17m, Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Jim Conley, Co-pilot: Col Lewis Palmer, Navigator: Bob Fogarty, Bombardier: Antonio Savoca, Flight...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 200

    30 January 1944
    This mission has the aviation industry at Brunswick, Germany as the primary target. The mission is composed of a combined force pf 777 heavy bomber aircraft despatched in three elements: 1st Bomb Division; 2nd Bomb Division and 3rd Bomb Division. The...

  • 8th Air Force 210

    5 February 1944
    German airfield in France are the targets for this mission. All three Bomb Divisions despatch aircraft. The combined bomber gunner's claims of all three Bomb Divisions were 5-0-5 (displayed with Chateauroux element of 1BD). Summary as follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 212

    6 February 1944
    German airfields and V-Weapon sites in France are the primary targets of this mission. A combined force total of 642 heavy bombers are depatched from 8th Air Force 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions. The primary targets of 1st Bomb Division were the...

  • 8th Air Force 221

    13 February 1944
    17 V-Wepons sites in France are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is divided into two separate forces: one force of B-24s from 2nd Bomb Division and one force of B-17s from 3rd Bomb Division. Mission summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 226 BIG WEEK - DAY 1

    20 February 1944
    This mission is the opening salvo of the Allied Combined Bomber Offensive known officially as "Operation Argument" but remembered in 8th Air Force History as "BIG WEEK". The immediate strategic objective of this six-day operation is the degradation of...

  • 8th Air Force 230 BIG WEEK - DAY 3

    22 February 1944
    The German aircraft industry is again targeted in Day 3 of BIG WEEK. A combined total od 789 bombers (maximum effort) are despathed from 1st 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. Fighter opposition is heavy and bomber losses in 1st Air Division are massive - 39...

  • 8th Air Force 233 BIG WEEK - DAY 5

    24 February 1944
    BIG WEEK resumes with full intensity against the German aircraft industry. Bomber tactics are changed slightly in that each Air Division will be directed at more widely dispersed primary targets whoch it is thought will frustrate concentration...

  • 8th Air Force 235 BIG WEEK - DAY 6

    25 February 1944
    On this final operation of BIG WEEK, Day 6, a combined force of 754 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Regensburg, Augsburg, Stuttgart and Furth, Germany. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 247

    4 March 1944
    The industrial areas in the suburbs of Berlin, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. All three Air Divisions despatch formations. However, the despatch from 2nd Air Division aborted the mission because of severe weather in the assembly area...

  • 8th Air Force 250

    6 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Berlin and Genshagen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A combined force of 730 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The despatch from 3rd Air Division bombs Targets of Opportunity in...

Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Vallhalla, NY 14 December 1920
Lived in Armonk, NY 14 February 1942
95th BG Combat Tour Horham Airfield, UK 29 January 1944 – 6 March 1944
Shot Down/Captured near Colnrade, Germany 6 March 1944

Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16

POW Tychowo, Poland 15 March 1944 – May 1945

Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-

Died Bangor, ME 29 July 2005

OBITUARY :
WILLIAM SEE, JR., 84, died after a short illness, July 29, 2005 at a Bangor, ME hospital surrounded by his family.
He was born December 14, 1920 at Valhalla, NY, a son of William and Caroline (Hill) See, Sr.

A Veteran of World War II, he served as a Flight Engineer with the 8th Air Force, 95th Bomb Group. He was shot down March 6, 1944 and was a prisoner of war for 17 months.

After the war he owned Seemoor Nursing Home in Bedford, NY for 20 years before moving to Maine.

William was predeceased by his first wife, Barbara (Davis) See.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Sheila (Burke) See of Fort Myers Beach, FL, and Palmyra, ME, a son Dan and wife Nancy of Bucksport, ME; daughter Martha and husband Willis Millett of Pittsfield, ME, a son Mark of King Ferry ,NY, 2 grandsons, Wesley and Tyler Millett, both of St. Albans, ME; a greatgranddaughter, Alexis; as well as nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Crosby & Neal Funeral Home, 117 Main Street, Newport, ME, from 6 to 8 PM Tuesday, August 2.

Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home 1 PM, Wednesday with Pastor Al H. Worden officiating. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery.

Buried Arlington National Cemetery 9 September 2005

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 August 2020 01:10:10 466thHistorian Changes to role, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

hhttps://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2238&h=30273929...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/43230874/william-see
https://ancexplorer.army.mil/publicwmv/#/arlington-national/search/resul...

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2020 01:44:58 jmoore43 Changes to service number and events
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Added S/N and POW camp information from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2020 01:39:50 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations
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Added a connection to A/C #42-38024 mentioned in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2020 01:35:03 jmoore43 Changes to nickname
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Added the words "Possible DUPLICATE" in the nickname field so an admin can check out this person.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:25 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2984, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air forces

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