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William Kenneth Aunspaugh

Military

Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshafen 30-Dec-43 in
B-17 42-31149 'My Day'; ditched in Channel 30-Dec-43, Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3139

Awards: AM, PH

Service

People

  • Phillip Comella

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshafen 30-Dec-43 in B-17 42-31149 'My Day'; ditched in Channel 30-Dec-43, Killed in Action. MACR 3139 Awards: AM, PH

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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. ...

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 560th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31149

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/9/43; Gr Island 9/10/43; Love Fd 12/10/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 15/10/43; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 30/12/43 with Phil Comelia, Co-pilot: Guy Claypool, Navigator: Bill Aunspaugh, Bombardier: Curtis Bellfy, Flight...

Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Gothenburg, Custer County, NE 13 March 1919

Son of George H and Lilly C Aunspaugh.

Based Knettishall 1943 – 30 December 1943

Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died English Channel off Isle of Wight 30 December 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshafen 30-Dec-43 in
B-17 42-31149 'My Day'; ditched in Channel 30-Dec-43, KIA. MACR 3139

Buried Cambridge American Cemetery 1946

Tablets of the Missing
Cambridge American Cemetery
Coton, Cambs, UK

Buried Gothenburg Cemetery Gothenburg, Dawson County, NE 1948

Memorialised
Gothenburg Cemetery
Gothenburg, Dawson County, Nebraska

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2021 09:28:49 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
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https://www.fold3.com/record/529901070/william-k-aunspaugh-american-batt...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/74455777/william-kenneth-aunspaugh
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56287459/william-kenneth-aunspaugh

Date Contributor Update
24 November 2021 22:09:49 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C tail # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

ABMC; MACR 3139 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3139 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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