William Elmer Bohan

Military

May - July 1943. Co-pilot, Owen Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-29976 'Sad Sack' after attempted bombardment mission #12 on Hamburg, Germany (target: Focke-Wulf factory from 29 or 30,000 FT). MACR 128. Plane crashed near the Elbe River north east of Hamburg due to anti-aircraft fire to #3 engine and structural damage. Lead plane in third element before leaving formation. All crew bailed out. Lt Bohan was shot through the lung by a civilian upon parachute landing and attempting to surrender. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III and Stalag VIIA. Liberated May 1945.
Waukesha, WI

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Units served with

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

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 532nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39173560
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 532nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-735967
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 532nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 15330207
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 532nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 17054561
  • Highest Rank: Master Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 532nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 34799115 / O-403870
  • Highest Rank: Brigadier General
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Sad Sack
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 532nd Bomb Squadron

Missions

Places

  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Stalag Luft III, Sagan, Germany
  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Stalag 7a, Moosburg

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

1918-11-07

Enlisted

Oconomowoc, WI 1940-10-15

Based

Ridgewell 1943-07-25

Other

Prisoner of War

1943-07-25 - 1943-08-27 Lubec Hospital

Other

Prisoner of War

1943-08-28 - 1943-09-09 Dulag Luft

Other

Prisoner of War

Zagan, Poland 1943-09-11 - 1945-01-27 Stalag Luft III

Other

Prisoner of War

Moosburg, Germany 1945-02-03 - 1945-04-29 Stalag VIIA

Died

2003-03-26

Buried

Florida National Cemetery Section 1B Row 6C Site 6

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mro 2017-07-25 from post war officer debriefings

Date27 Sep 2014 18:27:54
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381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 128 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 128 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database