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Ordway B Gates Jr.


Damaged by flak and had mechanical failure. Crashed near Trier on 7/21/44 in B-17 #42-97120, Evaded (EVD).


Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 336th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-97120

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/1/44; Gr Island 15/2/44; Kearney 29/2/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-E] Horham 3/3/44; {47m}, Missing in Action Regensburg 21/7/44 with Henry Laird, Co-pilot: Fred Clark, Navigator: Bill Gifford, Bombardier: Ordway Gates, Radio...


Event Location Date
Born Chesterfield, Virginia 1 December 1921
Evaded Luxembourg 21 July 1944


Date Contributor Update
06 June 2021 22:33:57 rvgates Changes to media associations

Personal photo.

Date Contributor Update
06 June 2021 22:24:27 rvgates Changes to highest rank and biography

Personal knowledge. Service member was my Father.

Date Contributor Update
11 May 2020 05:15:15 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:48 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7410 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Wall of Valor MACR 7410