William Folk Evans

Military
media-31618.jpeg UPL 31618 DALY'S CREW
Pyote Air Base, Texas - September 1943

Front Row (L-R)
1 John Daly, Pilot
2 Robert Koerber, Copilot
3 William Evans, Navigator
4 Joseph Jennings, Bombardier

Back Row (L-R) - Gunners
1 Omer "Lyle" Young
2 Frank Hearne
3 John MacCallum
4 Adriel "Wayne" Langendoerfer
5 Howard Polizzo
6 Harvey Tuber

This ten-man crew earned the Air Medal on their second mission -- Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, where they bombed a Messerschmidt airplane factory.

edited to correct proper spelling of Pyote and generated link to it in "places".

Object Number - UPL 31618 - DALY'S CREW Pyote Air Base, Texas - September 1943 Front Row (L-R) 1 John Daly, Pilot 2 Robert Koerber, Copilot 3 William Evans, Navigator 4...

Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 17 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Sorau, Germany mission 11-Apr-44 'Tenny Belle' exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England. Sole survivor, blown out of A/C with chute. Wounded in Action (WIA) RTD. No MACR



Awards: AM (OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 379th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 525th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-805776
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 525th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35579373
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 525th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-755018
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier / Navigator / Bombardier Instructor
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 525th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 15103734 / O-692968
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 525th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37406828
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator

Aircraft

A B-17 Flying Fortress of the 379th Bomb Group in flight 16 March 1944. Image via Edmund H Lutz, 379th Bomb Group. Written on slide casing: 'Left wing man in flight B-17 525th Squad, 379th Bomb gp, 16 March 1944.'
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 525th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 91st Bomb Group 94th Bomb Group 324th Bomb Squadron 525th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Tenny Belle
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 525th Bomb Squadron
B-17 Flying Fortresses nicknamed "London Avenger", nicknamed "Bermondsley Battler", nicknamed "Rotherhithe's Revenge" and nicknamed "Bermondsley" of the 379th Bomb Group, 15 February 1944. Passed for publication 16 Feb 1944. Censor no: 305411. Handwritten caption on reverse: '16/2/44.' Printed caption on reverse: ' CHRISTENS U.S. FORTRESS BOMBER. Feb. 16th, 1944. As an appreciation of £800,000 raised during Bermondsey's Wings for Victory Week., the people of Bermondsey christened a U.S. Fortress bomber "
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: London Avenger
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 525th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 20 April 1944

Places

Related videos and documents

  • Media Type: Document
  • Object Number: Document 31109
  • Description: The Official Report of Aircraft Accident (A.A.F. Form No. 14) for B-17G 42-31083, Tenny Belle on 11 April 1944. Lists all crew members, reports from...

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Kinards, SC 13 June 1921 Son of S B Evans.

Based

Pyote Army Airfield 23 September 1943 - 8 December 1943 B-17 Flying Fortress crew training

Based

Kimbolton 20 February 1944 Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died

Columbus, GA 2 December 2005

Buried/ Commemorated

Woodlawn Memorial Park Greenville, Greenville County, SC 5 December 2005 Woodlawn Memorial Park Greenville, Greenville County, South Carolina

Based

Snettisham 19 February 1944 Intensive gunnery training

Revisions

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Joseph W Jennings Military Papers 1943-1945

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http://8thairforce.com/members/missionsflownby.asp?perIdentification=41…
379th Bombardment Group Anthology, Volume 2: November 1942-July 1945

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379th mission database

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379th mission database

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379th mission database

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personal records

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8th AF mission database

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Joseph W. Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

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Joseph W. Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

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Bibliography: [Betz, Frank L. and Kenneth H. Cassens editors]. 379th Bombardment Group (H) Anthology, Volume One: November 1942-July 1945. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, 2000, p. 302

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on-line database cross checked with serv no.

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avail/known data

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379th Bombardment Group (H) Anthology, 1942-45; p.160 and 302 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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