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William Wade Witham

Military

Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 mission club. 22 x combat mission. ETD.

Alarms: DFC, AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME

Service

People

  • Melvin Bleakman

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Squadron Assistant Operations | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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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. ...

  • 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...

  • 526th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29886 "Scheherazade"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 3/3/43; Sioux City 16/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Selfridge 16/4/43; Dow Fd 19/4/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-H] Kimbolton 23/4/43; Missing in Action Frankfurt 29/1/44 with Harry Moses, Co-pilot: Sam Giorgianni, Navigator: Bill Lordan,...

  • 42-29889

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/3/43; Sioux City 20/3/43; Kearney 9/4/43; Dow Fd 13/4/43; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-H] Kimbolton 22/4/43; then 525BS [FR-E]; while under groundcrew maintainance burnt out base 23/2/44, Salvaged 2 SAD Lt Staughton 24/2/44. ROCKY.

  • 42-29901

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/3/43; Sioux City 18/3/43; Kearney 9/4/43; Dow Fd 13/4/43; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-K] Kimbolton 22/4/43; Missing in Action Nantes 16/9/43 with Walt Euwer, Co-pilot: Len Brown, Navigator: Sten Evans, Bombardier: Ed Connolly, Flight...

  • 42-29905

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 6/3/43; New Castle 6/4/43; Metropolitan 15/4/43; New Castle 21/4/43; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-K/Z] Kimbolton 21/5/43; AFSC 7/4/44; Returned to the USA Rome 29/8/44; Hobbs 11/9/43; Kirtland 7/1/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation ...

  • 42-29934

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/3/43; Cheyenne 17/3/43; Walla Walla 2/4/43; Metropolitan 13/4/43; Selfridge 27/4/43; Dow Fd 30/4/43; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-G] Kimbolton 6/6/43; Missing in Action Nantes 16/9/43 with Don Murray, Co-pilot: Bob McGraw, Navigator:...

  • 42-29997

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/3/43; Smoky Hill 3/4/43; Brookley 12/4/43; Smoky Hill 16/4/43; Dow Fd 19/4/43; Assigned 94BG Bassingbourn 24/4/43; Earls Colne 12/5/43; transferred 527BS/379BG [FO-A] Kimbolton 20/5/43; then 526BS [LF-A]; AFSC 7/4/44; Returned to...

  • 42-30237 'Stump Jumper'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/5/43; Gore 13/5/43; Smoky Hill 14/5/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-V] Kimbolton 1/6/43; transferred 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 4/8/44; APH Knettishall, Crashed due to flak short of target [Oldenburg power station]...

  • 42-30298 Ragin Red II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/5/43; Gore 24/5/43; Smoky Hill 29/5/43; Dow Fd 3/6/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-M] Kimbolton 13/6/43 TENDER TIT TILLIE, then RAGIN' RED II; transferred 837BS/487BG [4F] Lavenham 15/7/44; 78th Fighter Wing 24/10/44; transferred...

  • 42-3300

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/4/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-F] Kimbolton 11/6/43; transferred 526BS [LF-F]; Missing in Action Evreux 3/9/43 with Julius Kraft {all 524bs crew}, Ball turret gunner: Frank Frydryk, Waist gunner: Don Armstrong (3...

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 Sanford, VA 9 July 1917
Enlisted Philadelphia, PA 18 September 1940

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Lived in Philadelphia, PA 1941
Based Kimbolton May 1943 – October 1943

Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Smithfield, NC 11 July 2010
Buried Brier Creek Memorial Gardens, Raleigh, Wake County, NC 15 July 2010

Brier Creek Memorial Gardens
Raleigh,
Wake County, NC

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 August 2019 20:41:06 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/541650221
https://www.fold3.com/record/83721414-william-w-witham
https://www.fold3.com/record/282788434-william-w-witham
http://8thairforce.com/members/missionsflownby.asp?perIdentification=2414
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/161204994/william-w-witham

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 / Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum Membership List, July 2000

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