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: T'aint 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 18 February 1916 Cuyahoga County, Ohio

Enlisted

Cleveland, OH 24 March 1942 Cleveland, Ohio

Other

Prisoner of War (POW)

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

Died

Florida 15 July 1981

Buried

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

Based

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

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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