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Willard P Behm


Assigned to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. EOW.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. The 78th FG flew each of the three US built principal fighters of the AAF in the ETO. In their Thundetbolts, the 78th FG ...

  • 84th Fighter Squadron


  • 42-30298 Ragin Red II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/5/43; Gore 24/5/43; Smoky Hill 29/5/43; Dow Fd 3/6/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-M] Kimbolton 13/6/43 TENDER TIT TILLIE, then RAGIN' RED II; transferred 837BS/487BG [4F] Lavenham 15/7/44; 78th Fighter Wing 24/10/44; transferred...

Associated Place

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...


Event Location Date
Born Dane County, WI, USA 27 August 1921

Son of Paul J and Mary M Behm.

Enlisted Madison, WI, USA 15 October 1940

Madison, Wisconsin.

Lived in Waupaca, WI 54981, USA 1942
Based Duxford 11 March 1945 – May 1945

Assigned to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Duxford, Cambridge CB22, UK 24 April 1945

Taxiing Accident Duxford/Sta 357 Cat 3 damage 1 Lt. Willard P. Behm, 24-Apr-45

B-17F 42-30298 66FW 8AF

End of War (EOW) Europe May 1945

End of War (EOW).

Crashed Airport Blvd, Lake Charles, LA 70607, USA 12 June 1953

Take Off Accident Lake Charles AFB, LA Cat 4 damage 1 Lt. Willard P. Behm, 12-Jun-53.

C-45F 44-47651 - 3627MS 3625MSG ATRC

Died 27 September 1980
Buried Mountain View Cemetery Reno, Washoe County, NV October 1980

Mountain View Cemetery
Washoe County, Nevada


Date Contributor Update
20 May 2021 21:30:51 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, highest rank, events and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2016 10:34:05 general ira snapsorter Changes to events

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- Unit roster on page 135 in 'Eagles of Duxford' book by Fry

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2016 18:48:55 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:28 AAM AAM ingest

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