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William LeGrande Chamberlin


Commanding Officer of 561BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. On 5-Nov-43 B-17 42-30863 'My Devotion' returning from mission to Gelsenkirchen, Germany, with 2 damaged engines, crew baled out over North Suffolk, RTD. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Liege in B-17 42-31741 Thunderbolt. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5264.

Awards: PH.


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

    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...

  • 561st Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30863

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/8/43; Gr Isle 31/8/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 6/9/43; battle damaged Gelsenkirchen 5/11/43 with Bob Bohne, Co-pilot: Major Bill Chamberlain, Navigator: Harry Belmer, Bombardier: Bill Bangum, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-31741 Thunderbolt/Hi Fever

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/12/43; Kearney 30/12/43; RAF Nutts Corner 14/1/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 17/1/44; Missing in Action Liege 25/5/44 with Capt Jim Zengerle, Co-pilot: Albt Millin, Navigator: Walt Travis, Bombardier: Capt Wayne Barnett,...

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...


Event Location Date
Born Salt Lake City, Utah 27 June 1917
Died 8 miles NW Poix-de-Picardie, France 25 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Liege in B-17 42-31741 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5264.


Date Contributor Update
17 October 2017 10:04:01 Lucy May Changes to biography

Brought in source information from duplicate record:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5264 / MACR 5264, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I. by Bishop & Hey pp. 360-1 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
15 September 2017 15:25:52 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:29 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /