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William W Rice

Military

Shot down on 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30010. Evaded (EVD). Helped by French citizens and members of the Résistance, he was among the 19 evaders (2 from the RAF, 11 from the USAAF and 6 from the Royal Navy) who boarded a Royal Navy Motor Gun Boat (MGB-318) from Brittany, France on 26 December 1943, arriving the following day in England.

Service

People

  • Colman Asher

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down on 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30010. Killed in Action (KIA). "On the mission to Stuttgart, Lt. Asher called for permission to pull out of the formation to check a smoke problem in his bomb bay. He slid to his left about 300 feet and all...

  • John Chapman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down on 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4230010. Killed in Action (KIA). on the mission to Stuttgart, Lt. Asher called for permission to pull out of the formation to check a smoke problem in his bomb bay. He slid to his left about 300 feet and all...

  • George Francis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down on 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4230010. Killed in Action (KIA). on the mission to Stuttgart, Lt. Asher called for permission to pull out of the formation to check a smoke problem in his bomb bay. He slid to his left about 300 feet and all...

  • James Jones

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down on 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4230010. Killed in Action (KIA). on the mission to Stuttgart, Lt. Asher called for permission to pull out of the formation to check a smoke problem in his bomb bay. He slid to his left about 300 feet and all...

  • George Maerki

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down on 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30010, Killed in Action (KIA). "On the mission to Stuttgart, Lt. Asher called for permission to pull out of the formation to check a smoke problem in his bomb bay. He slid to his left about 300 feet and all...

  • Otto Pfannebecker

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down on 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4230010. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harvey Plyler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down on 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4230010. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harvey Protsman

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down on 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4230010. Killed in Action (KIA). on the mission to Stuttgart, Lt. Asher called for permission to pull out of the formation to check a smoke problem in his bomb bay. He slid to his left about 300 feet and all...

  • James Wilson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down on 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4230010. Evaded.

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Units served with

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 407th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30010

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/3/43; Smoky Hill 4/4/43; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY-X] Alconbury 25/4/43; Missing in Action Stuttgart 6/9/43 with Coleman Asher, Co-pilot: Harvey Protzman, Navigator: George Francis, Bombardier: John Chapman, Flight engineer/top...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 91

    6 September 1943
    This mission was planned as massive attack of 338 B-17s on the industrial areas of Stuttgart, Germany and would be supported by a formation of 69 B-24s flying a diversion. This would be the first action from the UK for the B-24 Groups that had recently...

Associated Place

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 1 September 1921

Missouri

Evaded France 6 September 1943 – 27 December 1943
Lived in

Marchfield, Missouri

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 July 2020 13:34:02 ED-BB Changes to media associations
Sources

Associated Media

Date Contributor Update
17 July 2020 13:33:34 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 739
Escape & Evasion Report 297

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:52 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 739 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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