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Wilmer Henry Clay Bassett

Military

Prisoner of War (POW)/ crashed on 8/1/43 while TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti Raid in B-24 'Pudgy' 42-40613 Prisoner of War (POW) in Rumania.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

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. ...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 330th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-40613 'Pudgy'

    B-24 Liberator
    Lost 1 Aug 43, Ploesti, Romania. Forced landing due to fire near Ogrezeni, damaged by enemy fighters. - 6 KIA, 5 POW - MACR 333

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B-24D 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...

Associated Place

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....

  • Mellaha

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born Upper Darby, Pennsylvania 6 June 1918

Son of Henry Clay and Florence Amelia [Dokenwadel] Bassett

Enlisted Camp Lee, VA 28 October 1941
Based Hardwick 1943 – 1 August 1943

Assigned to 330BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY to 9AF for Ploesti raid from Bengazi.

Prisoner of War (POW) Romania 1 August 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Romania.

Forced landing POW Vicinity Ploesti 1 August 1943

A/C shot up by enemy fighters, force landed and captured. 1-Aug-43 POW. MACR 333

Died Newtown Square, PA 26 January 1994
Buried Philadelphia Memorial Park, Frazer, PA February 1994

Interred
Philadelphia Memorial Park
Frazer, Chester County, PA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2018 11:37:28 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/20660436-wilmer-h-c-bassett
https://www.fold3.com/record/86769942-wilmer-h-c-bassett
https://www.fold3.com/image/38291536
https://www.fold3.com/image/38291534
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/144573529/wilmer-henry_clay-bassett

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2018 11:35:38 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, highest rank, biography, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/20660436-wilmer-h-c-bassett
https://www.fold3.com/record/86769942-wilmer-h-c-bassett
https://www.fold3.com/image/38291536
https://www.fold3.com/image/38291534
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/144573529/wilmer-henry_clay-bassett

Date Contributor Update
18 December 2018 14:52:45 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/20660436-wilmer-h-c-bassett
https://www.fold3.com/record/86769942-wilmer-h-c-bassett
https://www.fold3.com/image/38291536
https://www.fold3.com/image/38291534

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:57 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 333

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