William A Singer

Military

Object Number - UPL 33358 - Second Lieutenant William A. Singer, Navigator, 384th Bomb Group

Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Mayen on 10/11/44 in B-17 'Hell On Wheels' #4297948
Called up in October 1942 he trained as a navigator and in May 1944 joined the 384thBG at Grafton Underwood. They were shot down on his 17th mission landing in a potato field where they were met by civilians with pitchforks but rescued by a German army patrol, one of whom gave them apples to eat! Wounded in his left leg Bill was held at Stalag Luft 111 and was in hospital for most of his internment. As the Russians moved closer the POWs were jammed into rail box cars without food or sanitary facilities, many of the men suffering from Diarrhea, then marched from Nurnburg, again with no food or shelter. Bill and two others escaped but got nowhere and handed themselves in at a nearby village where they were treated well and fed. A few days later they were freed by an American airborne unit and eventually flown to France. After his discharge he went to Law School and practiced as a lawyer until his retirement aged 79. He stayed in the Reserves, was active in the Korean War and served as Assistant Staff Judge Advocate at SAC HQ, retiring after 26 years with the rank of Colonel.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 384th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Hell on Wings
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 546th Bomb Squadron

Places

  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Stalag Luft III, Sagan, Germany

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Brooklyn, New York, USA

Other

Prisoner of War (POW)

Germany 11 October 1944
Ames, IA, USA

Revisions

Date5 May 2022 09:48:51
ContributorHelen
Sources

Iowans of the Mighty Eighth

Date15 May 2018 13:19:54
Sources

"Iowans of the Mighty Eighth", Chapter 22 "Biographies", by Charles D Taylor.

Date15 May 2018 13:18:31
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- http//384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=s...

Date27 Sep 2014 18:27:39
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 9479 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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