Tazwell B Wingfield


Object Number - UPL 29773 - Tazwell Birk Wingfield, Flight Officer and B-17 Navigator, from Beckley, WV and Baltimore, MD

INT Had mechanical failure and landed in Switzerland on 7/12/44 in B-17 'Gloria' #42102457

My father enlisted because he didn't want to be drafted. He had worked at a newspaper and liked to paint and draw cartoons. While a Swiss internee, he learned German, was involved in a Methodist church, painted, and ice skated a lot. He later used the GI bill to obtain 2 college degrees in education from Florida Southern College and Stetson University. He had a career as an elementary school teacher and principal in central Florida. After retirement, he had a vegetable garden, researched his family tree (whose Wingfields actually originated in Suffolk, England--where he flew from), and joined the Swiss internees association. He was a Sunday School superintendent in the Methodist Church in Tavares, Florida for 36 years. If not for WWII, he would not have met my mother while on R&R in Miami for just two weeks. His last station was in Texas (San Antonio, I believe) and while there, wrote to propose marriage--she also accepted by letter. They were married during a hurricane on September 15, 1945 in Miami.


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Units served with

A bomber crew of the 94th Bomb Group stand with their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-30200) nicknamed "Slo Time Sally" and a bomb inscribed 'Special delivery to Hitler'. Inscription on bomb reads: 'Special delivery to Hitler, From Peggy of St. Louis.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 94th Bomb Group 410th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 94th Bomb Group 410th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner


A B-17G Flying Fortress (GL-R, serial number 42-102457) of the 410th Bombardment Squadron, 94th Bombardment Group, is inside a hangar at Bury St. Edmunds (Rougham). Official caption on image: "900 (44) WPU. 4-27-44. Rougham. B17-G. 42-102457. FA-FSAD." Handwritten caption on reverse of print: '94th Bomb Group, [damaged, 4th?] Combat Wing, 3rd Air Div.'
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Filthy Hag, Gloria
  • Unit: 94th Bomb Group 410th Bomb Squadron




Event Location Date Description


Pax, WV, USA 22 October 1920 Born in Pax, WV. Enlisted while living in Beckley, WV; later address of parents changed to Baltimore, MD.



Miami, FL, USA 15 September 1945


Interned (INT)

Eustis, FL, USA 15 April 1995 - 12 July 1944 Died in Eustis, Florida. Buried in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell.


6502 SW 102nd Ave, Bushnell, FL 33513, USA


Date18 Sep 2017 10:27:24
ContributorLucy May
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Added location pins to events described

Date29 Aug 2017 02:54:49
ContributorTaz's girl
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I am his daughter.

Date29 Aug 2017 00:56:38
ContributorTaz's girl
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I am Tazwell's only child.

Date6 Apr 2015 21:32:43
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From personal records kept by crew.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:25:33
ChangesAAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7510 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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