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William Powell

Military

Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy'. Evaded / Prisoner of War (POW). See the full story of his evasion and capture at http://www.evasioncomete.org/fpowellwi.html

Service

People

  • Elmore Loveland

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy'. Evaded (EVD). Escape & Evasion Report E&E 1887. See the full story of his evasion at...

  • Arthur Pacha

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ralph Palmer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy. ' Evaded (EVD).

  • Allen Patterson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Staff Sergeant Allen D. Patterson was born January 20, 1921. His next of kin wee his mother, Alice Patterson, and his sister, Grace Lazuik. He was from New London, Connecticut. ...

  • Robert Piarote

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy' Evaded, arrested, evaded... (EVD). See the full story of his evasion at http://www...

  • Leo Reynolds

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy. ' Evaded (EVD).

  • Ryal Skaggs

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy. ' Evaded (EVD).

  • Frank Wieczerzak

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy. ' Evaded (EVD).

  • William Williams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 January 1944 in B-17 42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy'. Evaded capture for 6 months until caught in a trap set by the Gestapo and...

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Units served with

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 549th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30354 Hustlin' Hussy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/5/43; Smoky Hill 2/6/43; Gr Isle 3/6/43; Dow Fd 20/6/43; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-X] Gt Ashfield 1/7/43; Missing in Action Frankfurt 29/1/44 with Ralph H. Palmer, Navigator: William Powell, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 198

    29 January 1944
    The primary target for this mission was the railroad marshalling yards and industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. A combined force of 863 heavy bombers were despatched in three elements to make the attack. The combined bomber gunner claims on enemy...

Associated Place

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...

  • Buchenwald

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born 9 January 1917

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Lived in 1942

Waterbury, Connecticut

Enlisted 26 September 1942

Hartford, Connecticut

Bailed out 29 January 1944

of B-17 42-30354 over Belgium; landed near Lobbes, Hainaut, Belgium

Evaded capture then made prisoner 29 January 1944 – 3 August 1944

Helped by Belgian and French citizens and Résistance members, he managed to evade capture. Guided to France, he was arrested by the Gestapo in Paris on 3 August 1944, denounced by a French doctor, collaborating with the nazis.

Prisoner of War 3 August 1944 – 1945

Was detained at the Fresnes Prison near Paris; sent by train to the Buchenwald concentration camp; transferred to Stalag Luft 3, Poland; force-marched from there to Stalag 7A in Moosburg, Germany. Liberated there by US troops on 29 April 1945. NARA WWII POW records: "Returned to Allied Military Control 29 May 1945."

Buried 1997

William Powell rests at the Fayetteville National Cemetery in Fayetteville, Arkansas

Died 5 August 1997

Bella Vista, Arkansas

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 October 2018 14:50:55 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 2268
NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:32 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2268 / MACR 2268, 8th AF Losses / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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