William Harry Blanchard

Military

Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. Meriwether Jones crew. 20+ combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 41-28640 'Raunchy'; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4387

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 455th Bomb Group 742nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-448999
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Raunchy
  • Unit: 455th Bomb Group 742nd Bomb Squadron

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Millersburg, IN 6 July 1921 Son of Ora D and Ida Sophia [Weaver] Blanchard.

Enlisted

Toledo, OH 26 August 1942 Toledo, Ohio

Other

Baled out POW

Dracesti, Romania 21 April 1944 Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 41-28640 'Raunchy'; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 POW MACR 4387

Other

Prisoner of War (POW)

21 April 1944 Prisoner of War (POW)

Died

Edwardsburg, MI 1 March 2012

Buried

Woodland Cemetery, Wolcottville, Lagrange County, IN 4 March 2012 Woodland Cemetery Wolcottville, Lagrange County, Indiana

Based

San Giovanni 21 April 1944 Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF.