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William W Anstead


Wounded on B-17 42-31495, 24 April 1944, 8th Air Force mission #315. 29 combat missions.



  • John Yokie

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 2nd Bomb Group
    Transferred from the 15th Air Force 2nd BG 20th BS and assigned to the 384th BG 544th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #38 dated 26 February 1944, as crew pilot. He flew 30 combat missions with the 15th Air Force in Italy prior to being assigned...

Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 544th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31495 Wabbit Twacks

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/11/43; Kearney 1/12/43; Romulus 9/12/43; Presque Is 16/12/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-R] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; Missing in Action Sottevast, France 8 May 1944 with James Foster, Co-pilot: Clifford Johnson, Navigator: Joseph...


  • 315

    24 April 1944

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...


Event Location Date
Born Indiana, USA 1921
Enlisted Indianapolis, IN, USA 14 October 1942

Residence: Vigo County, Indiana
Private, Branch Immaterial


Date Contributor Update
09 February 2016 22:09:32 bombercommand Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:29 AAM AAM ingest

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