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Wilbur J Derr


For meritorious achievement in connection with military operations against the enemy from 4 Jan 1944 to 8 May 1945

Bronze Star


Units served with

  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb Group

    The 452nd Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deopham Green, Norfolk, from January 1944. The air crews hit strategic sites in Germany but also supported the movement of ground forces across Europe after D-Day. On 6 June 1944 itself, the Group...

  • 730th Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • Deopham Green

    Military site : airfield
    Deopham Green was another air base constructed after America's entry into the war to Class A standards for use by the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber. When the 452nd Bomb Group arrived in January 1943 they found a main runway of 2,000 yards, two...


Event Location Date
Born Tamaqua, PA, USA 9 July 1921
Enlisted Philadelphia, PA, USA 4 August 1941
Based Deopham Green 4 January 1944 – 26 June 1945
Died Brandywine Hospital, Coatesville, PA 19320, USA 15 May 2002


Date Contributor Update
04 December 2016 23:01:24 keatinglyn Changes to awards and events

awards from "Enlisted Record and Report of Separation Honorable Discharge"

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:20 AAM AAM ingest

1999 Unit Roster

son/ Special Orders #1164 dated 24 June 1945  3rd AD / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia