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William Roy Aggers


Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Baled out during navigation mission when visual contact with leader was lost in overcast in P-47 41-6401 31-Dec-43. Returned to Duty RTD. Transferred to 495FTG 8AF USAAF.

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.



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    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 56th Fighter Group

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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. ...

  • 495th Fighter Training Group

    495th Fighter Training Group

    The 495th Fighter Training Group, which operated in England from December 1943, trained P-47 Thunderbolt pilots. These pilots, who had received the basic training in the USA would be assigned to a training group to practise ETO operational procedures...

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 61st Fighter Squadron


  • 42-26646

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-75154 'Sad Sam'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 61st FS, 56th FG, 8th AF, transferred to 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron. New code 5F-I [42-75154W] W = War Weary.

  • 42-25864

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Gabreski's aircraft from May 1944 - Early June 1944.

Associated Place

  • Atcham

    Military site : airfield
    Atcham, at some remove from other American Air Force bases in Shropshire, was used by USAAF to train pilots from June 1942, several months before the American Eagle Squadrons were combined to form the 4th Fighter Group. Pilots here were mainly trained...

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...

  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...


Event Location Date
Born Ohio, USA 25 January 1922

Son of Arthur G and Estella Aggers.

Lived in Hubbard, OH 44425, USA 1940
Based Boxted, Colchester, Essex, UK 15 September 1943 – 18 August 1944

Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF

Baled out Henley-on-Thames, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9, UK 31 December 1943

Baled out during navigation mission when visual contact with leader was lost in overcast in P47 41-6401 RTD. 31-Dec-43.

Promotion Boxted, Colchester, Essex, UK 3 July 1944

Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant.

Promotion Boxted, Colchester, Essex, UK 18 August 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Transferred Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK 19 August 1944

Transferred to 495FTG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Craven County, NC, USA 19 September 2004
Buried Garber UMC Columbarium New Bern Craven County NC 22 September 2004

Garber UMC Columbarium
New Bern
Craven County
North Carolina, USA.


Date Contributor Update
15 August 2021 19:04:45 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards and events

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15 August 2021 18:24:00 jmoore43 Changes to biography

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

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27 June 2016 12:56:19 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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27 September 2014 18:28:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol.  I, p. 459 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list