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Billy Clyde Lawrence

Military

Assigned to 569th 390BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 15-Aug-43 in B-17F 42-3306 baled out successfully. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 258.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Joseph Birdwell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 569th 390BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 15-Aug-43 in B-17F 42-3306 baled out successfully. Evaded (EVD). MACR 258. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Patrick Caron

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 569th 390BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 15-Aug-43 in B-17F 42-3306. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 258. Awards: PH.

  • Romaine Fiffe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 569th 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 2 x missions. Shot down 15-Aug-43 in B-17F 42-3306. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 258. Awards: PH.

  • Francis Harkins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Francis Harkins served as a bombardier with the 390th Bomb Group. He was part of crew number 18. On 15 August 1943, he was shot down in B-17 #423306. Francis evaded capture with the help of many different French people. The names of the people known to...

  • William Middledorf

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    William Middledorf served as a co-pilot with the 569th Bomb Squadron of the 390th Bomb Group. He flew bombing missions out of Framlingham, England. On 15 August 1943, he was shot down in B-17F 42-3306. He was able to evade capture, helped by French...

  • Peter Mrjenovich

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 569th 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 2 x combat missions. Shot down 15-Aug-43 in B-17F 42-3306 unable to bale out. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • William Murphy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 569th 390BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 15-Aug-43 in B-17F 42-3306 unable to bale out. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Walter Sentkoski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 569BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down in B-17 42-3306 'Phoenix' 15-Aug-43. Baled out successfully. Evaded (EVD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Bernard Stevens

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 569BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 15-Aug-43 in B-17F 42-3306 'Phoenix' unable to bale out. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

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Units served with

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

  • 569th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-3306 'Phoenix'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/5/43; Dow Fd 13/7/43; Assigned 569BS/390BG [CC-L] Framlingham 14/7/43; Missing in Action Vitry-En-Artois 15/8/43 with Bill Lawrence (Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Bill Middledorf, Navigator: Joe Birdwell, Bombardier: Francis Harkins...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 82

    15 August 1943
    German airfields in Holland and France are the targets for this mission. All of the attacks were made late in the afternoon just prior to sunset. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (20...

Associated Place

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Greenville, TX, USA 22 September 1918

Son of Mr C F and Mrs Lola [Little] Lawrence.

1930 Census Nueces County, TX, USA 1930

Census finds Billy living with his Mother Lola under his Grandfather John W Little's roof.

Enlisted 4783 Andrews Ave, San Antonio, TX 78236, USA 18 June 1941

Brooks Field
San Antonio
TX, USA

Flight training Stockton Metropolitan Airport, 5000 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206, USA 1942

Advanced flight training
Stockton AAF, CA.

Based Framlingham 1943 – 15 August 1943

Assigned to 569th 390BG, 8AF USAAF.

Shot down / baled out 59670 Bavinchove, France 15 August 1943

Shot down 15-Aug-43 in B-17F 42-3306 baled out successfully. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 258.

Evaded (EVD) France 15 August 1943 – 20 August 1943

Evaded (EVD) capture.

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 20 August 1943 – April 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III.

Captured Dunkirk, France 20 August 1943

Captured by German troops Dunkirk.

Died Fort Worth, TX, USA 23 January 1997
Buried Fort Worth, TX, USA February 1997

Greenwood Memorial Park and Mausoleum
Fort Worth
Tarrant County
Texas, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 May 2017 20:30:22 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

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https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=60212339

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:39 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 258 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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