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Willard Alineas Tressler


TSgt. Willard Tressler was assigned to 514BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF. Crewmember of B-24D, 41-11613, The Blue Streak, of 514th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF. A/C went on to survive 110 missions with the 376th bomb group and was sent home for a war bond tour.

Awards: AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 376th Bomb Group

    376th Bomb Group

    Constituted as 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942 and activated in Palestine on 31 Oct. Began combat immediately, using B-24 aircraft. Operated with Ninth AF from bases in the Middle East, Nov 1942-Sep 1943, and with Twelfth AF from Tunisia...

  • 514th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-11613 Florine JuJu - Liberandos - Teggie Ann - The Blue Streak

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 41-11613, named, Florine JuJu, The Blue Streak, Liberandos, and Teggie Ann, in the 376th Bomb Group, should not be mistaken for the B-24D Liberator bomber, 42-40664, also named, Teggie Ann, and flown as the Lead Aircraft, piloted by Col. K.K...


Event Location Date
Born 6 December 1915

Son of Dennis Albert and Emma Viola [Herwig] Tressler.

Enlisted Harrisburg, PA 16 September 1941

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Based 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 514BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 18 July 1945

Honourable discharge

Died Uniontown, PA 10 October 2004
Buried Country Oaks Cemetery Hico, Hamilton County, TX 13 October 2004

Country Oaks Cemetery
Hamilton County, Texas


Date Contributor Update
13 October 2021 06:49:28 Kickapoo Changes to role and biography

Black Sunday - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2021 19:41:42 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events and unit associations
Removed # from A/C serial No. to aid clarity and consistency.

Date Contributor Update
23 April 2020 02:49:04 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2015 17:24:39 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, firstname, nationality, highest rank, biography, unit associations, aircraft associations and media associations