William Henry Turcotte

Military

Object Number - UPL 17142 - Photo taken 31 July 1943. Back, left to right : Rudolph A. Thigpen, Victor Ciganek, Gerald H. Tucker, James A. Bowcock, Jarvis Allen, Albert T....

Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3119. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29778. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft III, South Compound. Forced march and traveled in train box cars to Stalag VIIA, Moosburg. Liberated by V Armored Division, 7th Army attached to 3rd Army. Flown out in Goonie Bird on VE-Day. 4 return visits to England, last 50 years later to hour & day at Moosburg and all of VE-Day commemoration. Was a reputed taxidermist and birdsong expert (See https://www.mdwfp.com/see-visit/history.aspx )

AM/ ETO w/ 1 star/ POW/ WW II VM

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 322nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35430340
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 322nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32507462
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 322nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-671275
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 322nd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 322nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32392925
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Green Fury
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 96th Bomb Group 322nd Bomb Squadron 338th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Destiny's Tot
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 322nd Bomb Squadron

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Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Magee, Mississippi 1917-01-24

Died

Richland, Rankin County, Mississippi, United States 2000-11-05

Other

Prisoner of War (POW)

Żagań, Poland 1943-10-09 Interned at Stalag Luft 3 in Poland; forced march to Stalag 7A in Moosburg, Germany. NARA's WW II POW records :"Returned to Military control 18/7/1945"...

Enlisted

Jackson, Mississippi, United States 1942-03-14 as a Private in the Air Corps

Buried

Mount Salus Cemetery, Clinton, Mississippi, United States

Revisions

Date5 Nov 2020 17:43:28
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Added punctuation to the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date9 Aug 2015 09:39:22
ContributorED-BB
Sources

Linked also to aircraft 42-3119

Date27 Sep 2014 18:28:13
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 897 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / self; Roll of Honor; MACR 897; Contrails & Propwash December 2000, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Biship & Hey p. 192

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