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William R Gilliat


Interned in Turkey on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in plane 42-40744.

Shot down by fighters and crashed near Luxembourg, Belgium on a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24 42-100280 'Lil Audrey'. Prisoner of War (POW).



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    Military | Captain | Pilot / Co-pilot | 389th Bomb Group
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Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 565th Bomb Squadron



  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57 B...


Event Location Date
Born Kansas City , Missouri, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 24 February 1944


Date Contributor Update
25 October 2019 10:16:22 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events, aircraft associations and mission associations

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 389th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2016 20:18:13 Gene Cole Changes to biography

Gene Cole

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:37 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 243 &MACR 2942, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / MACR 2942 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database