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Russell C Neu


Survived when B-17G #43-38926 'Weary Willy' piloted by Lieutenant William J. Waldron was attacked by fighters and crashed near Chateau de Warnomont in Belgium. Rescued by 2 Belgians and picked up by Military Police Companys attached to armed division. Returned to Allied lines in a jeep attacked by snipers. Neu and pilot Waldron were the only survivors of the crew.



  • Oscar Eshleman

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot, Co-Pilot | 487th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17G #43-38926 'Weary Willy' Exploded in air after being hit by enemy aircraft fire.

  • William Waldron

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 487th Bomb Group
    On 24 Dec 1944, B-17G #43-38926 'Weary Willy' piloted by Lieutenant William J. Waldron was attacked by fighters and crashed in Belgium near where a tank battle raged. Waldron and Russell Neu survived and returned. ...

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Units served with

  • 487th Bomb Group

    487th Bomb Group

    The 487th Bomb Group began operations as preparations for D-Day were reaching their crescendo and played their part by bombing airfields in northern France. Like the 486th Bomb Group, the 487th switched to B-17 Flying Fortress for missions from 1...

  • 836th Bomb Squadron


  • 43-38926

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 12/10/44; Grenier 22/10/44; Assigned 836BS/487BG Lavenham 2/12/44; Missing in Action Darmstadt 24/12/44 with ?; mid air coll with FW 190 en route target; crashed Belgium; Missing Air Crew Report 11675.

Associated Place

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born 28 July 1923
Died Crystal City, MO, USA 28 August 1912

Beloved husband of the late Marcella Christine (nee Heider) Neu, loving father of Russell (Rosemary) Neu Jr, Nancy (Charlie) Stringer, Richard (Susan) Neu and Robert (Cindy) Neu. Dear grandfather of Trevor (Candy) Fowler, Todd (Tiffany) Fowler, Mark Stringer, Adam (Natasha) Stringer, Stephen (Christina) Neu, Daniel (Jasmine) Neu, Bethany Neu, Caleb Neu, Joshua Neu, and Michael Neu. Great grandfather of Gavin Fowler, Allison Abadir, Johnathan Fowler; Emily Abadir; Haylie Stringer and Lydia Neu. Beloved brother of the late Ed Neu Jr; Marge DeMay; and Lu Mulderig; our dear uncle and friend to many. A WWII veteran, Russ will be remembered for many things besides his love for his family, including his work at McDonnell/Boeing; Emerson and National Vendors. Russ was an amateur radio operator with call sign WB0CEI.

Shot Down - Survived Rouvreux, 4140 Sprimont, Belgium 24 December 1944

"...I realized our plane was starting to nose down. I looked to the right and saw that our entire wing was on fire. I reached down to the floor, grabbed my chest pack chute and said to the navigator, "let's go Joe!"
I hooked the chute to my harness but had only just slid back up hill a few feet towards the hatch when the plan started to spin. Centrifugal force pinned me to the floor and I could no longer move. I knew that was it.
Then there was a blinding flash (no noise) and although semi-conscious I remember nothingness around me. Somehow though, I must have managed to pull the rip cord. The sudden popping of the chute to full open jerked me back to full consciousness momentarily. Before passing out again from lack of oxygen, I remember seeing bodies falling past me..." - Russell C. Neu

Buried Jefferson Barracks, Lemay Township, MO 63125, USA 31 August 2012

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA


Date Contributor Update
05 August 2016 23:27:39 466thHistorian Changes to person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

"The History of the 487th BG" - Ivo De Jong
page 197

Date Contributor Update
05 August 2016 23:26:18 466thHistorian Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
05 August 2016 23:24:12 466thHistorian Changes to events

"The History of the 487th BG" - Ivo De Jong
page 197-198

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:46 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / The History of the 487th BG Roll of Honor pp. 302-5 and account pp 197-8 MACR 11675 /