William John Grupp

Military
media-53787.png UPL 53787 The crew of "Iron Ass" 42-39823 – 351st BG, 510th BS

From left to right : Robert Wilcox, Harold Freeman, Marvin Bender, William Grupp.
Kneeling : Lawrence Anderson, Francis Rollins, Robert Plumkett (replaced by Levi Collins for 31st December mission,
Francis Anderson, Harold Long and Veikko Koski.

Object Number - UPL 53787 - The crew of "Iron Ass" 42-39823 – 351st BG, 510th BS From left to right : Robert Wilcox, Harold Freeman, Marvin...

Assigned to 510BS, 351BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 31-Dec-43 in B-17 42-39823 'Iron Ass'. Prisoner of War (POW).





Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME



Post War: Professor of Spanish Language and Literature and Chairman of the Spanish and Portuguese Department, University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 351st Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 351st Bomb Group 510th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14084440
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Engineer / Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 351st Bomb Group 510th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-801590
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 351st Bomb Group 510th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37316172
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 351st Bomb Group 510th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-679428
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Iron Ass
  • Unit: 351st Bomb Group 510th Bomb Squadron

Places

  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Dulag Luft Grosstychow Dulag 12
Prisoners of war, including Colonel Hubert Zemke of the 479th Fighter Group at Stalag Luft I.
  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Stalag Luft I, Barth, Germany

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Rochester, NY 3 July 1922

Enlisted

Rochester, NY 19 August 1942 Rochester, New York

Died

Palm Springs, CA 16 November 2005

Buried/ Commemorated

Green Mountain Cemetery Boulder, Boulder County, CO 19 November 2005 Green Mountain Cemetery Boulder, Boulder County, Colorado

Other

Prisoner of War (POW)

Barth, Germany 31 December 1943 Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Based

Polebrook 31 December 1943 Assigned to 510BS, 351BG, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date
Contributorjmoore43
Changes
Sources

Added S/N and POW camp information from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date
Contributorjmoore43
Changes
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date
ContributorAAM
Changes
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1983 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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