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Tazwell B Wingfield

Military

INT Had mechanical failure and landed in Switzerland on 7/12/44 in B-17 'Gloria' #42102457

My father enlisted because he didn't want to be drafted. He had worked at a newspaper and liked to paint and draw cartoons. While a Swiss internee, he learned German, was involved in a Methodist church, painted, and ice skated a lot. He later used the GI bill to obtain 2 college degrees in education from Florida Southern College and Stetson University. He had a career as an elementary school teacher and principal in central Florida. After retirement, he had a vegetable garden, researched his family tree (whose Wingfields actually originated in Suffolk, England--where he flew from), and joined the Swiss internees association. He was a Sunday School superintendent in the Methodist Church in Tavares, Florida for 36 years. If not for WWII, he would not have met my mother while on R&R in Miami for just two weeks. His last station was in Texas (San Antonio, I believe) and while there, wrote to propose marriage--she also accepted by letter. They were married during a hurricane on September 15, 1945 in Miami.

Service

People

  • Byron Long

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    INT Had mechanical failure and landed in Switzerland on 7/12/44 in B-17 'Gloria' #42102457

  • Michael Rodman

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    INT Had mechanical failure and landed in Switzerland on 7/12/44 in B-17 'Gloria' #42102457

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Units served with

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 410th Bomb Squadron

    410th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

Aircraft

  • 42-102457 Filthy Hag, Gloria

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/3/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Dow Field 4 March 1944; Assigned 410BS/94BG [GL-R] Rougham 6 April 1944. Nicknamed "FILTHY HAG". Was hit by Flak at an altitude of 23,000 feet on the 22 April 1944 mission to Hamm, Germany. It caught fire, 2...

Missions

  • 468

    12 July 1944

Associated Place

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

  • Dubendorf

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born Pax, WV, USA 22 October 1920

Born in Pax, WV. Enlisted while living in Beckley, WV; later address of parents changed to Baltimore, MD.

Married Miami, FL, USA 15 September 1945
Died Eustis, FL, USA 15 April 1995 – 12 July 1944

Died in Eustis, Florida. Buried in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell.

Buried 6502 SW 102nd Ave, Bushnell, FL 33513, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2017 10:27:24 Lucy May Changes to events
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Added location pins to events described

Date Contributor Update
29 August 2017 02:54:49 Taz's girl Changes to nickname
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I am his daughter.

Date Contributor Update
29 August 2017 00:56:38 Taz's girl Changes to nickname, biography and events
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I am Tazwell's only child.

Date Contributor Update
06 April 2015 21:32:43 klindenb Changes to media associations
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From personal records kept by crew.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:33 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7510 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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