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Taffy James Williams

Military

Technical Sergeant Taffy J. Williams was Radio Operator on B-24 #42-95240 on a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity on 24 March 1945. The plane was hit by groundfire shortly after dropping the supplies in the Wesel area, Germany. The plane flew at 300 ft and after being hit the B-24 nosed straight down into the ground and exploded. Taffy Williams and the eight other crew members on board were killed instantly.

Service

People

  • Theodore Bartle

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    Theodore Bartle was Navigator on B-24 #42-95240 on a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity on 24 March 1945 (American and British forces crossing the Rhine). The plane was flying at 300ft when it was hit by ground fire...

  • Gerrald Crotty

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Nose Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Gerrald Crotty was Nose Gunner on B-24 #42-95240 on a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity on 24 March 1945 (American and British forces crossing the Rhine). The plane was flying at 300ft when it was hit by ground fire...

  • Trenton Gard

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Trenton Gard was Co-Pilot on B-24 #42-95240 on a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity on 24 March 1945 (American and British forces crossing the Rhine). The plane was flying at 300ft when it was hit by ground fire shortly...

  • John Jollimore

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    John Jollimore was Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-24 #42-95240 on a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity on 24 March 1945 (American and British forces crossing the Rhine). The plane was flying at 300ft when it was...

  • Martin Kaufmann

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Martin Kaufmann was Tail Gunner on B-24 #42-95240 on a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity on 24 March 1945 (American and British forces crossing the Rhine). The plane was flying at 300ft when it was hit by ground fire...

  • Harvey Mosher

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Harvey Mosher was Pilot of B-24 #42-95240 on a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity on 24 March 1945 (American and British forces crossing the Rhine). The plane was flying at 300ft when it was hit by ground fire shortly...

  • Richard Sheraski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner (Nose Gunner on his last mission) | 389th Bomb Group
    Staff Sergeant Richard Sheraski was born September 16, 1924. His next of kin were his father, John C. Sheraski and his mother Blanche Sheraski, née Konieczka. He had 3 brothers, Frank, Edward and Carl, and 3 sisters, Susan, Sophie and Theresa (Sheraski...

  • Jack Snider

    Military | Private | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Pvt Jack Snider was Left Waist Gunner on B-24 #42-95240 on a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity on 24 March 1945 (American and British forces crossing the Rhine). The plane was flying at 300ft when it was hit by ground...

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Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 564th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-95240 The Old Veteran

    B-24 Liberator
    On supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity (American and British forces crossing the Rhine). The plane, flying at 300 ft, was hit by ground fire shortly after dropping the supplies. After being hit the B-24 nosed straight...

Missions

Associated Place

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 20 June 1924

China Grove, North Carolina, USA, the son of James B. and Rosa

Lived in 1943

Concord, Cabarrus County, North Carolina

Enlisted 30 March 1943

at Camp Croft, South Carolina

Died 24 March 1945

in the loss of “The Old Veteran,” B-24 tail #42-95240 when it went down over Wesel, Germany. The entire crew was killed in the crash.

Buried

Taffy Williams rests at the US Military Cemetery at Margraten, Holland. Plot D Row 1 Grave 25

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 March 2019 13:12:37 ED-BB Changes to middlename, biography, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

Completed Bill Beigel's page (many of them on this site lack details and connections...)
NARA WWII Enlistment records
WWII Draft Cards for North Carolina
MACR 13543

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2017 10:16:08 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography, awards, events and place associations
Sources

https://abmc.gov/node/533339#.WXXIdhuWzcs

Date Contributor Update
01 March 2015 03:04:59 WW2 Researcher Bill Beigel Changes to biography, events and aircraft associations
Sources

IDPF and/or crash report researched by Bill Beigel. IDPF donated to American Air Museum by Bill Beigel. For more information about this flyer, you may contact http://ww2research.com.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:33 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / taffy williams website

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