Oscar Watts Gills Jr

Military

Assigned to 533BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 20-Sep-44 in 42-31570 'Lucky Me'. Prisoner of War.



Awards: AM (2OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 381st Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 533rd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 533rd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 533rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-?
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 533rd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 533rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16122309
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner

Aircraft

B-17 Flying Fortresses, (serial number 42-31614), (VP-P, serial number 42-32025) nicknamed "Dreambaby", and (VP-W) of the 381st Bomb Group fly in formation during a practice mission.
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Lucky Me
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 533rd Bomb Squadron

Places

  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Dulag Luft Grosstychow Dulag 12
Prisoners of war, including Colonel Hubert Zemke of the 479th Fighter Group at Stalag Luft I.
  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Stalag Luft I, Barth, Germany

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Bedford, VA 5 December 1922 Son of Oscar Watts Gills Sr and Reba Councill.

Other

Prisoner of War (POW)

Barth, Germany 20 September 1944 Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Died

Roanoke City, VA 29 June 2020

Buried/ Commemorated

Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, Virginia Court 11, Section CC, Column 5, Niche 3

Based

Ridgewell 20 September 1944 Assigned to 533BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF.

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Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Assoiciation, March 1999, MACR 10203 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia