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William R Betz

Military

Killed in Action (KIA). May 17, 1943, in B26 41-17982 on mission to a power station in Holland, plane hit by flak and crashed in sand dunes west of Rozenburg, Holland. 3 Killed in Action (KIA) and 3 Prisoner of War (POW). See Pilot Robert Stillman's page for details.

Service

People

  • Morgan Freeman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 322nd Bomb Group
    Morgan Freeman was Engineer/Gunner on B26 41-17982 on the 17 May 1943 mission to a power station in Holland, plane hit by flak and crashed in sand dunes west of Rozenburg, Holland. 3 Killed in Action (KIA) and 3 Prisoner of War (POW). He was one of the...

  • Edward Hagetter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 322nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). May 17, 1943, in B26 41-17982 on mission to a power station in Holland, plane hit by flak and crashed in sand dunes west of Rozenburg, Holland. 3 Killed in Action (KIA) and 3 Prisoner of War (POW). See Pilot Robert Stillman's...

  • Ellis Resweber

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 322nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). May 17, 1943, in B26 41-17982 on mission to a power station in Holland, plane hit by flak and crashed in sand dunes west of Rozenburg, Holland. 3 Killed in Action (KIA) and 3 Prisoner of War (POW). See Pilot Robert Stillman's...

  • Robert Stillman

    Military | Major General | Pilot; Commanding Officer | 322nd Bomb Group
    Robert Stillman from High School at Pueblo, Colorado in 1929 and attended Colorado College in Colorado Springs for 2 years. Graduating from the US Military Academy on 12 June 1935, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Field Artillery. He soon...

  • Clyde Willis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner | 322nd Bomb Group
    Clyde Willis was Radio Operator/Gunner on B26 41-17982 on the 17 May 1943 mission to a power station in Holland, plane hit by flak and crashed in sand dunes west of Rozenburg, Holland. 3 Killed in Action (KIA) and 3 Prisoner of War (POW). He was one of...

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Units served with

  • 322nd Bomb Group

    322nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 322nd Bombardment Squadron (Medium) was activated on 19-Jun-1942 at MacDill Field, Florida with B-26B Marauder aircraft. In late September 1942 the unit moved to Drane Field, Florida. The Ground echelon sailed for the UK aboard the Queen Elizabeth...

  • 452nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-17982

    B-26 Marauder
    B-26B 41-27982 was shot down by AA fire on 17-May-1943 while on a mission to bomb a power station at Ilmuiden, Holland. The aircraft crashed into the sand dunes at Rozenburg, Holland. 3KIA, 3POW. MACR 15539.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 58

    17 May 1943
    VIII Bomber Command launches another operation against German U-Boat facilities with three elements. The first element is a formation of 100 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (24); 92BG (10); 303BG (21); 305BG (21) and 306BG (24) to attack the German U-Boat...

Associated Place

  • Andrews Field

    Military site : airfield
    The base was known as Great Saling when construction – by US Army engineers – began in 1942 but was renamed Andrews Field in honour of the memory of Gen. Frank M. Andrews, who was killed when the B-24 he was travelling in crash-landed in Iceland on 3...

Events

Event Location Date
Born New Jersey
Died west of Rozenburg, The Netherlands 17 May 1943

in the crash of B-26 Serial 41-17982

Buried

William Betz rests at Plot I, Row 7, Grave 16

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 December 2017 15:45:27 ED-BB Changes to biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 15539
ABMC website

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 125, MACR 15539, ABMC

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