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Sam R Wilkinson


Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 #41-29365, Prisoner of War (POW).




  • Daniel Harris

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 #41-29365, Prisoner of War (POW). Retired from a 31 year career in the USAF with the rank of Colonel.

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 787th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-29365

    B-24 Liberator
    Mission 291 350 B-24s are dispatched to aviation industry targets in Brunswick 1944-04-08 - MACR #: 3840 Notes:29365 (466th BG, 787th BS) lost Apr 8, 1944. MACR 3840


  • 510

    2 August 1944

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

  • Stalag XVII-B

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born League City, Texas 20 October 1924
466th BG Combat Tour Attlebridge Airfield, UK 22 March 1944 – 8 April 194
Prisoner of War (POW) Gneixendorf, Austria 8 April 1944 – 4 March 1947

Stalag 17b

Shot Down/Captured near Brunswick, Germany 8 April 1944

Attacked by German fighters, knocking out #2 engine and starting a large fire in the bomb bay. The fire had caused the bail out alarm to go off at which time Wilkinson bailed out along with two others. Eventually all the crew were forced to bail out. There was one KIA (Slager) among the crew

Died Galveston, Texas 28 February 1980


Date Contributor Update
15 May 2020 21:26:33 jmoore43 Changes to biography

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

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2018 23:54:14 466thHistorian Changes to events
"Attlebridge Arsenal" - Brassfield & Wassom, page 124

Date Contributor Update
15 January 2016 00:32:56 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, role, events, place associations, mission associations and media associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:55 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3840 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database