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Billy Paul Decherniss

Military

Retired from the USAF with the rank of Lt. Colonel

Service

People

  • Robert Parker

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Jammie Philpott

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Lieutenant General Jammie M. Philpott was vice commander in chief, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, with headquarters at Lindsey Air Station, Wiesbaden, Germany. ...

  • Cary Savage

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Halcott Thomas

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    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

Aircraft

  • 42-97961

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/4/44; 1SAG Langley 5/6/44; Grenier 28/6/44; Assigned as (PFF) 336BS/95BG [ET-K] Horham 29/6/44; 31m, Missing in Action Mannheim, Ger. 21/1/45 with C. L. Savage; lost to severe weather conditions, crash landed Nancy A/fd, Fr; 9RTD;...

  • 44-8040

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 14/5/44; Dallas 14/6/44; Langley 6/7/44; Grenier 3/8/44; Assigned PFF 335BS/95BG [OE-N] Horham 5/8/44; 412BS [QW-N]; 36m, sal 8/6/45. 13TH JINX.

  • 44-8144 Hell's Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 27/6/44; Langley 27/7/44; Dow Fd 4/8/44; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-O] Horham 10/8/44; 336BS [ET-O], then 412BS [GW-O]; with W.V. Owen force landed Framlingham afb, Sfk 25/12/44; battle damaged Hamburg 30/3/45 with E.R. Parrish[wia];...

  • 44-8179 'CADET NURSE' aka 'YANKEE WOLF'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 30/6/44; Langley 27/7/44; Dow Fd 22/8/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-L] Horham 25/8/44; 335BS [OE-T]; 344BS [BG-S] battle damaged Cologne 17/10/44 with John Miller, Bombardier: Art Scroggins, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Manuel...

  • 44-8210 Sweetheart of Seattle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 11/7/44; Langley 8/8/44; Dow Fd 12/9/44; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-Z] Rougham 14/9/44; transferred 335BS/95BG [OE-J] Horham 11/44; with L.W. Jensen, Radio Operator: Paul Rupard, Waist gunner: - Olson [2wia] 24/2/45; 53m, RetUS,...

  • 44-8230

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 17//7/44; Langley 18/4/44; Hunter 10/9/44; Grenier Fd 18/9/44; Assigned PFF 334BS/95BG [BG-M] Horham 20/9/44; 41m, transferred 349BS/100BG [XR-A] Thorpe Abbotts, then 418BS [LD-Q]; sal 6/5/45; RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation ...

  • 44-8364

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 25/8/44; Langley 4/9/44; Grenier 10/10/44; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-W] Horham 12/10/44; 21m, Salvaged 9AF Germany 10/5/46.

Missions

  • 725

    26 November 1944

  • 745

    10 December 1944

  • 772

    31 December 1944

  • 785

    7 January 1945

  • 789

    10 January 1945

  • 801

    20 January 1945

  • 803

    21 January 1945

  • 814

    1 February 1945

  • 824

    9 February 1945

  • 847

    25 February 1945
    "The Aerial Sledgehammer fashioned by bombers of the 8th and 15th Air Forces and the RAF fell on German communications and fuel supplies for the forth day in a row yesterday as 1,150 Fortresses and Liberators of the 8th hit railyards, airfields, an oil...

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Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Washington, DC 13 December 1919
Lived in Washington, DC 1940

1435 Spring Road NW
Apt. 203

95th BG Combat Tour Horham Airfield, UK 26 November 1944 – 11 April 1945
Died Okaloosa County, FL 6 September 1985
Buried Pensacola, FL 10 September 1985

Barrancas National Cemetery
Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA
Plot
35, 0, 2880

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 November 2020 23:08:31 jmoore43 Changes to surname and highest rank
Sources

Updated Highest Rank and surname per Find-a-grave Memorial ID 569028.
Source: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/569028/billy-paul-decherniss

Date Contributor Update
19 July 2020 21:30:33 466thHistorian Changes to surname, middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/person/1585

https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/2238/images/44004_10_00...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:40 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://95thbg.org/95th_db_pages/left_formation_code/gethonoroll.php

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