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William W Meikle

Military

Killed in Action (KIA). Pilsen, Czechoslovakia 25 April 1945. Mid-air collision. Only death on 'Thumper'.

Service

Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 525th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-38272 Thumper

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/7/44; Kearney 24/7/44; Grenier 8/8/44; Assigned 379BG Kimbolton 27/8/44; battle damaged Pilsen 25/4/45 with tail gunner Bill Meikle (Killed in Action); pilot Jim Blain, Grant White, Sid Messeri, John Brooks, Cliff Lager, Duffy...

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Tacoma, Washington
Died 25 April 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 September 2016 13:59:16 Lucy May Changes to biography, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Changed aircraft name from 'Seattle Sue' to 'Thumper'.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:51 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 342 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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