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Wilton Everett Gease

Military

Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 18 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-37784 24-May-44; enemy aircraft attack caused collision with 42-38082, crashed Melchow, Ger. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5322

Despite remaining at the controls to allow his crew to bale out, he was the sole survivor from both A/C.

Awards: AM, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • John Amalfitano

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 15 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-37784 24-May-44; enemy aircraft attack caused collision with 42-38082, crashed Melchow, Ger. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5322 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Robert Chesnut

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 17 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-37784 24-May-44; enemy aircraft attack caused collision with 42-38082, crashed Melchow, Ger. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5322 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Roger Egan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 18 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-37784 24-May-44; enemy aircraft attack caused collision with 42-38082, crashed Melchow, Ger. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5322 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Edward Fenity

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 17 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-37784 24-May-44; enemy aircraft attack caused collision with 42-38082, crashed Melchow, Ger. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5322 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Carl Fetterolf

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 17 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-37784 24-May-44; enemy aircraft attack caused collision with 42-38082, crashed Melchow, Ger. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5322 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Lucien Gastineau

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 17 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-37784 24-May-44; enemy aircraft attack caused collision with 42-38082, crashed Melchow, Ger. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5322 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Robert Lorentz

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 16 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-37784 24-May-44; enemy aircraft attack caused collision with 42-38082, crashed Melchow, Ger. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5322 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Richard O'Neal

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 7 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-37784 24-May-44; enemy aircraft attack caused collision with 42-38082, crashed Melchow, Ger. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5322 Awards: PH.

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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...

  • 525th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31228 London Avenger

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/10/43; Gr Island 17/10/43; Romulus 24/10/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-G] Kimbolton 22/11/43; with Keith Phinney crash landed into Duxford base quarters, 4 CREW & 5 EM killed 21/1/45; Salvaged 2 SAD Lt Staughton 25/1/45. LONDON...

  • 42-37784 The Old Fox

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 27/8/43; Scott 29/9/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-P] Kimbolton 19/10/43; Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Wilton Gease (Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Luciano Gastineau, Navigator: Bob Lorentz, Bombardier: Dick O’Neal, Flight engineer...

Missions

  • 367

    24 May 1944

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....

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Los Gates, California, USA 23 May 1916

Son of Mrs Godfrid Gease.

Enlisted Berkeley, CA 9 May 1942

Berkeley, California

Baled out POW Melchow, Germany 24 May 1942

Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-37784 24-May-44; enemy aircraft attack caused collision with 42-38082, crashed Melchow, Ger. POW MACR 5322

Based Kimbolton 1944 – 24 May 1944

Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 24 May 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 June 2019 16:10:33 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and awards
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28640236
https://www.fold3.com/image/631709804
https://www.fold3.com/record/84979402-wilton-e-gease
379th Bombardment Group Anthology, Volume 2: November 1942-July 1945
http://www.8thairforce.com

Date Contributor Update
29 June 2019 08:41:37 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28640236
https://www.fold3.com/image/631709804
https://www.fold3.com/record/84979402-wilton-e-gease
379th Bombardment Group Anthology, Volume 2: November 1942-July 1945
http://www.8thairforce.com/members/missionsflownby.asp?perIdentification...

Date Contributor Update
29 June 2019 08:40:04 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28640236
https://www.fold3.com/image/631709804
https://www.fold3.com/record/84979402-wilton-e-gease
379th Bombardment Group Anthology, Volume 2: November 1942-July 1945
http://www.8thairforce.com/members/missionsflownby.asp?perIdentification...

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2019 19:20:45 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28640236

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:58 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5322 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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