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Wilmer Jacob Link

Military

Wilmer flew twenty-eight combat missions. His first mission on December 18, 1944, was a bombing raid on Koblenz. He flew seven missions in what remained of December. Eight missions were flown in January mostly in support of American troops during the Battle of the Bulge. In February their crew began flying as lead aircraft.

Wilmer included among his most memorable missions a January 13, 1945, raid on Mannheim, Germany. on January 13, 1945. In route their aircraft flew in “prop wash”. “We were bouncing all over the place. On the bomb run we didn’t drop our bombs and we had to make a second bomb run.” This exposed them to more accurate flak from German anti-aircraft batteries.

Service

Units served with

  • 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...

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 5 February 1921
Lived in Dubuque, IA, USA 1943
Enlisted 16 August 1943

Enlisted CP Dodge Herrold, Iowa

Transferred 1945

Wilmer, along with a B-17 bomber, was transferred to the 55th Fighter Group. Selected for duty as part of the occupational air forces at Kaufbeuren, Germany, Wilmer became a crew chief on a C-47 aircraft and transferred to the Ninth Air Force.

Died Dubuque, IA, USA 23 July 2004

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2021 23:28:32 decwriter Changes to service number, highest rank, awards and events
Sources

NARA file verified AM w/3 Oak Leaf Clusters. He earned at least one bronze star device on the EAME Campaign Medal and more than likely the Good Conduct Medal. His personnel records would verify any additional awards.

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2018 11:30:26 general ira snapsorter Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, role, biography, events and unit associations
Sources

Entry added with details from:
- "Iowans of the Mighty Eighth", Chapter 26 "Biographies", by Charles D Taylor.;
- http://www.379thbga.org/taps.htm;
- https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/69899089/wilmer-jacob-link

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