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Willard G Spangler


Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed near Pierrelay in B-17 Fourth Term 42-97171




  • Arthur Read

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Pierrelay on 8/2/44 in B-17 'Fourth Term' #42-97171, Prisoner of War (POW). ...

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Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 563rd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-97171

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/2/44; Kearney 24/2/44; Grenier 8/3/44; Assigned 563BS/388BG [L] Knettishall 12/3/44; Missing in Action Paris 2/8/44 with Don Balboni (Killed in Action); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ernie Fufaro (evaded capture); Co-pilot:...

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Event Location Date
Born Big Cabin, Oklahoma, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) 68-100 Zagan, Poland 2 August 1944
Lived in Everly, IA 51338, USA


Date Contributor Update
15 May 2018 13:28:54 general ira snapsorter Changes to events and place associations

"Iowans of the Mighty Eighth", Chapter 22 "Biographies", by Charles D Taylor.

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7745 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database