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William D Collins

Military

Assigned to 596BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to the railroad bridge at Eller, Germany on the Mosel River. Hit by direct flak hit, A/C came apart at the turret and crashed NE of St Vith. No chutes observed. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 11483.

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • Charles Estes

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 397th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 596BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to the railroad bridge at Eller, Germany on the Mosel River. Hit by direct flak hit, A/C came apart at the turret and crashed NE of St Vith. No chutes observed. Killed in...

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-96144 'Bank Nite Betty'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 596BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to the railroad bridge at Eller, Germany on the Mosel River. Hit by direct flak hit, A/C came apart at the turret and crashed NE of St Vith. No chutes observed. 7 x KIA (KIA)....

Missions

  • 757

    23 December 1944

Associated Place

  • Rivenhall

    Military site : airfield
    Originally allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a heavy bomber base, Rivenhall was built during 1943-44 but transferred to the Ninth Air Force before construction was complete. It had three concrete runways, 51 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Des Moines, IA, USA 1919
Lived in Iowa, USA 1941
Based Rivenhall 1944 – 23 December 1944

Assigned to 596BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF.

Died St Vith, Belgium 23 December 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to the railroad bridge at Eller, Germany on the Mosel River. Hit by direct flak hit, A/C came apart at the turret and crashed NE of St Vith. No chutes observed. KIA. MACR 11483.

Buried St. Louis, MO, USA 6 September 1950

Interred
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
St Louis
Missouri

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 February 2017 19:37:22 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmdate.asp?thedate=441223&Submit...
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