William F Galey

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

Originally assigned to 303BG/359BS as Communications Officer 15-Apr-42 at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. However he was reassigned to the 97BG prior to the 303BG's deployment to Molesworth in September 1942. Date of reassignment not determined.



Shot down 21 October 1942 in B-17F 41-24344 while serving as Co-Pilot. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Units served with

Official emblem of the 303rd Bomb Group approved 7 November 1942.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
Ground personnel of the 97th Bomb Group reservice a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 41-9023) nicknamed "Yankee Doodle", following the raid on Rouen. Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for Publication 18 Aug 1942.' [stamp], 'Air=SER (Boeing).' [written annotation] and '216112.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'U.S FLYING FORTRESSES RAID ROUEN IN DAYLIGHT. Associated Press Photo Shows: No sooner had one of the huge Fortresses landed after the raid than ground crew im
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 97th Bomb Group 414th Bomb Squadron

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Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Weiser, Idaho, USA

Other

Killed in Action (KIA)

Plouescat, France 21 October 1942 Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 15352 only indicates that he was MIA. However, testimony from 1Lt. Robert E. Jackson, in that MACR record, said that a German officer showed him the ID tags of 5 of the 8 KIAs in this crew and indicated that three others were unidentified but claimed that all the KIAs from the crew had been buried.

Buried/ Commemorated

Weiser, ID 83672, USA The MACR is annotated on the Next of Kin page with the information that he was buried by the Germans in the cemetery of Plouescat, France on 27-Oct-1942 and that he was re-interred after the war at Brittany American Cemetery, St. James, France in Plot O, Row 5, Grave 106. However, the American Battle Monuments Commission's website does not have a listing, which would indicate that his remains were probably repatriated to the United States to his home state of Idaho.

Revisions

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Lee Cunningham 19-Nov-2014. Assignment to 303BG was determined from the ingest of data in a DUPLICATE entry from the personnel records furnished by the Eighth Air Force Museum in Savannah, Georgia. Statement of 303BG association and disposition confirmed by Mr. Gary Moncur, website historian of 303BG, http://www.303rdbg.com/ via inquiry by e-mail of Mr. Cunningham with Mr. Moncur.

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Lee Cunningham 14-Nov-2014 Combined information from a duplicate entry drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roster; and MACR 15352.

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Lee Cunningham 18-Nov-2014. Added Navigator Jackson to Burial description.

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Lee Cunningham 18-Nov-2014. Added KIA event and Burial event per MACR 15352.

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Lee Cunningham 28-Oct-2014. Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 15352.

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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15352 / MACR 15352, Losses of the 8th and 9th AF Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey, p. 38 S / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database