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William Michael Doyle

Military

Shot down by fighters and crashed near Kemme, 10km Northeast of Hildesheim (SE of Hannover), Germany, on return from a mission to Brunswick on 10 February 1944 in B-17G #42-31338 'Hard To Get'. Killed in Action (KIA).

Service

People

  • Kenneth Burns

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Kemme, near Hildesheim, Germany on return from a mission to Brunswick on 10 February 1944 in B-17G #42-31338 'Hard To Get'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Harvey Fleming

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Kemme, 10km Northeast of Hildesheim (SE of Hannover), Germany, on return from a mission to Brunswick on 10 February 1944 in B-17G #42-31338 'Hard To Get'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Charles Hacic

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Kemme, 10km Northeast of Hildesheim (SE of Hannover), Germany, on return from a mission to Brunswick on 10 February 1944 in B-17G #42-31338 'Hard To Get'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Floyd Holman

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Kemme, 10km Northeast of Hildesheim (SE of Hannover), Germany, on return from a mission to Brunswick on 10 February 1944 in B-17G #42-31338 'Hard To Get'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Roy Morris

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Kemme, 10km Northeast of Hildesheim (SE of Hannover), Germany, on return from a mission to Brunswick on 10 February 1944 in B-17G #42-31338 'Hard To Get'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Russell Moss

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Kemme, 10km Northeast of Hildesheim (SE of Hannover), Germany, on return from a mission to Brunswick on 10 February 1944 in B-17G #42-31338 'Hard To Get'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • John Nightingale

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Kemme, 10km Northeast of Hildesheim (SE of Hannover), Germany, on return from a mission to Brunswick on 10 February 1944 in B-17G #42-31338 'Hard To Get'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Nixon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Kemme, 10km Northeast of Hildesheim (SE of Hannover), Germany, on return from a mission to Brunswick on 10 February 1944 in B-17G #42-31338 'Hard To Get'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Kenneth Smith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Kemme, 10km Northeast of Hildesheim (SE of Hannover), Germany, on return from a mission to Brunswick on 10 February 1944 in B-17G #42-31338 'Hard To Get'. Prisoner of War (POW).

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Units served with

  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 452nd Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deopham Green, Norfolk, from January 1944. The air crews hit strategic sites in Germany but also supported the movement of ground forces across Europe after D-Day. On 6 June 1944 itself, the Group...

  • 728th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31338 Hard To Get

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/10/43; Walla Walla 10/11/43; Assigned 728BS/452BG Deopham Green 1/1/44. Missing in Action Brunswick 10 February 1944 with Pilot Kenneth D. Smith, Co-pilot: Robert R. Nixon, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Charles W. Hacic, Ball...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 216

    10 February 1944
    This mission is a despatch of two separate formations. One formation is a combined force of 169 B-17Fs from 3rd Bomb Division: 94BG; 95BG; 96BG; 100BG; 385BG; 388BG; 390BG; 447BG; and 482BG despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Brunswick, Germany....

Associated Place

  • Deopham Green

    Military site : airfield
    Deopham Green was another air base constructed after America's entry into the war to Class A standards for use by the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber. When the 452nd Bomb Group arrived in January 1943 they found a main runway of 2,000 yards, two...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 26 June 1915

Manistique, Schoolcraft County, Michigan

Lived in October 1940

Chicago, Illinois

Enlisted 9 April 1942

Chicago, Illinois

Killed In Action (KIA) 10 February 1944

Kemme, 10km Northeast of Hildesheim (SE of Hannover), Germany

Buried 11 February 1944

in the Kemme cemetery

Buried

after the war his remains were brought to a Temporary American Cemetery in Neuville-en-Condroz, Belgium

Buried

William Doyle’s remains were repatriated to the USA and they rest in a common grave with Roy Morris and John Nightingale at the Rock Island National Cemetery in Rock Island, Illinois

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2020 10:19:56 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 2540
NARA WWII Enlistment records
WWII Draft Card
VA Gravesite Locator

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:30 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2540 / MACR 2540, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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