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First Lieutenant Ernest F. Witham--flew 18 missions in the B-24 "Bit-o-Lace" and switched to B-17 "Problem Child" and flew 16 more trips into Germany with the last flight on September 22, 1944. Lt. Witham was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with three oak clusters as a veteran of aerial bombardment missions to Nazi industrial targets.




  • Ernest Witham

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Lt. Ernest F. Witham entered active service on August 30, 1943. Stationed in Lavenham with the 487th BG, 839th Squadron he was a pilot on 34 missions in the ETO, half on a B-24 (42-94969) and half on a B-17 (43-37918). He taught new pilots inLockbourne...


  • 42-94969

    B-24 Liberator

  • 43-37918

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/6/44; Kearney 19/6/44; Grenier 30/6/44; Assigned 839BS/487BG [R5-Q] Lavenham 2/7/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 12/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 13/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 9/12/45.

  • 43-38882

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/10/44; Wright 9/12/44; Hunter 28/2/45; San Francisco 6/4/44; Oahu (Haw) 5/8/45; converted as B-17H but lost at sea 31/7/45.


  • Lavenham

    Military site : airfield
    Lavenham was built as a standard USAAF bomber airfield, with fifty hardstandings, T2 hangars and 2,000 and 1,400 feet runways. John Laing and Son Ltd. carried out the work in 1943, and the airfield opened in April 1944. The 487th Bomb Group occupied...


Date Contributor Update
04 February 2017 21:37:23 Christine Keller Changes to aircraft associations

Lt. Witham flew missions on B-24 42-94969 from May 7, 1944 through July 20, 1944 in Europe, switching to
B-17 43-37918 August 3, 1944 through September 22, 1944
He flew B-17 43-38882 for 14 missions while serving in the 4th Squadron Air Sea Rescue in the Pacific May 5, 1945 through June 26, 1945.

Date Contributor Update
29 January 2017 03:57:41 Christine Keller Changes to person associations

Christine Keller, Daughter of Ernest F. Witham

Date Contributor Update
29 January 2017 03:51:22 Christine Keller Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Daughter of Ernest F. Witham