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William J Van Meer

Military

Assigned to 828BS, 485BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 #42-52701 28-Jun-44; Shot down by E/A, bialed out. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 6820/8339

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war: Re-enlisted in USAF, serving in Korean conflict.

Service

People

  • John Crouchley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 485th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 828BS, 485BG, 15AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 42-52701 28-Jun-44; Shot down by E/A, held A/C stable to enable his crew to bale out, unable to escape himself. Killed in Action(KIA) MACR...

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Units served with

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force


    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 485th Bomb Group

    485th Bomb Group

    Group
    The wing was originally constituted as the 485th Bombardment Group (Heavy) and activated on 20 September 1943.[6] Its original squadrons were the newly activated 828th, 829th, and 830th Bombardment Squadrons, which were joined a few days later by the...

  • 828th Bomb Squadron

    828th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Activated as a B-24 Liberator squadron in late 1943. assigned to II Bomber Command for training in B-24 Liberators. Primarily trained in Nebraska and received deployment orders for the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO) in March 1944. ...

Aircraft

  • 42-52701 Miss Yankee Rebel

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 828BS, 485BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania 28-Jun-44; Attacked by E/A, starting fires in the #2 and #3 engines. 2Lt Crouchley then dove the A/C to put out the fires successfully. Crew continued to fight of attacks...

Associated Place

  • Venosa

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born Luray, Kansas 1 June 1922
Lived in Camdenton, Missouri 1942
Enlisted 7 December 1942
Based Venosa 10 May 1944 – 28 June 1944

485th BG Combat Tour.

Baled out POW Plovdiv, Bulgaria 28 June 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 42-52701 28-Jun-44; Shot down by E/A, baled out POW MACR 6820/8339

Prisoner of War (POW) Shumen, Bulgaria 28 June 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Shumen, Bulgaria.

Discharged USAAF 10 September 1945

Honourable discharge.

Enlisted 17 January 1951

Re-enlisted

Discharged USAF 31 October 1976

Honourable discharge.

Died Conway, Arkansas 12 August 2005

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2020 05:15:35 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2019 20:00:46 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29101743
https://www.fold3.com/record/66911477-william-j-vanmeer
https://www.fold3.com/record/529068930-william-vanmeer-1922
https://www.smith-masonfuneralhome.com/notices/John-CrouchleyJr
https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=466&mtch=1&cat=WR26&tf...

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2019 22:11:47 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.485thbg.org/Personnel/PDFs/Personnel.pdf
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=60901&h=2618139...
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=3693&h=76009390...
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2238&h=15876482...

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