Louie Frank Tillery

Military

Object Number - UPL 33777 - Second page of letter sent to my father (Stanley Vitkavage, the pilot) with a request for him to contact all of the next of kin of his crew on the...

Louie Tillery was Top Turret Gunner on board of B-24 42-51506 on the 27 February 1945 mission to the Halle Marshalling Yards, Germany. Crashed Betzenhausen, 1,5km NW of Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

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Units served with

A pathfinder B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-51681) of the 453rd Bomb Group flies in formation with a fellow Liberator of the 453rd and and a pathfinder Liberator of the 445th Bomb Group. Image via Alan Rowsell.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 445th Bomb Group 701st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39911604
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Nose Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 445th Bomb Group 701st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 33728946
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 445th Bomb Group 701st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35331002
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 445th Bomb Group 701st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-2072788
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator / Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 445th Bomb Group 701st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36758482
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Unit: 445th Bomb Group 701st Bomb Squadron

Missions

Places

Signal Squares on the airfield at Tibenham, B-24 Liberators of the 398th Bomb Group are visible in the background. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Tibenham Signal Squares.'
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Tivetshall

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Cottonwood, Alabama, USA 1923-01-05 the son of William O. and Lilla Bell (Bruner) Tillery
Cottonwood, Houston County, Alabama

Enlisted

1943-04-03 Fort McClellan, Alabama

Other

captured

1945-02-27 in the immediate vicinity of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, after he baled out of B-24 42-51506

Other

Prisoner of War (POW)

1945-02-27 Interned in Germany. NARA WWII POW records : “Returned to Military Control 17 October 1945.”

Other

Honorably discharged

1945-11-07

Died

2010-05-08

Buried

Louie Tillery rests at the Columbia Cemetery in Columbia, Houston County, Alabama

Revisions

Date30 Mar 2019 13:26:16
ContributorED-BB
Sources

MACR 12778
NARA WWII Enlistment records
WWII Draft cards
US Census 1930
NARA WWII POW records
Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File
VA Gravesite Locator

Date27 Sep 2014 18:19:05
ContributorAAM
Sources

Birsic MACR 12778 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 12778 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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