William Prochaska

Military

Object Number - UPL 51414 - Bill Thomas crew, 334BS, 95BG. Rear L-R: William Prochaska (B), William K Thomas (P), James B Stapleton (CP), Collis Haynes (N). Front L-R:...

Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 23 x combat missions.

7-Apr-43, B-17 42-3090 'Taint-a-bird' force landed near Clonakilty, County Cork Ireland. Crew was safe. RTD

B-17 42-3267 ditched in Bay of Biscay out of fuel 28-Jun-43. All on board returned. WIA.

8-Oct-43 B-17 42-30342 'Miss Flower III' Returned to base. RTD

Shot down 14-Oct-43 in B-17 42-30135 'Trouble Shooter'. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 855

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

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Units served with

The insignia of the 95th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-?
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Wilder Nell II
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few 95th Bomb Group 326th Bomb Squadron 334th Bomb Squadron 525th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Trouble Shooter
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Taint A Bird II
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 95th Bomb Group Base Air Depot 1 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Taint A Bird
  • Unit: 351st Bomb Group 95th Bomb Group Base Air Depot 2 334th Bomb Squadron 359th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Harley Charley
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Parma, Ohio, USA 1916-02-18 Cuyahoga County, Ohio

Other

Prisoner of War (POW)

Moosburg, Germany 1943-10-14 Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag VIIa Moosburg then moved to work camps ending in the Munich area.

Enlisted

Cleveland, OH 1942-03-24 Cleveland, Ohio

Based

Horham 1943-10-14 Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died

Florida 1981-07-15

Buried

Pinecrest Cemetery Lake Worth, Palm Beach County, FL 1981-07-18 Pinecrest Cemetery Lake Worth, Palm Beach County, Florida

Revisions

Date27 Sep 2014 18:27:32
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 855 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Roll of Honor; MACR 855, , Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey pp. 101, 169, 339 April 7, 1943, B17 42-3090 'Taint-a-bird' force landed near Clonakilty, County Cork Ireland. Crew was safe. B-17 #42-3267 ditched in Bay of Biscay out of

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