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William Albert Armstrong

Military

Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Bill Trimble crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux-Mérignac airfield in B-17 42-40002 19-Jun-44; force landed Le Pouyau. Evaded capture (EVD) - MACR 6001. Liberated at Angoulême, France on 1 September 1944.
See the page with details about his evasion at
https://www.evasioncomete.be/farmstrwa.html
Awards: AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

Service

People

  • William Trimble

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Crashed near Lesperre on 19-Jun-44 in B-17 42-40002 'Breezing Home'. Evaded EVD. See the page with details about his evasion at https://www.evasioncomete.be/ftrimblww.html ...

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Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 615th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-40002 'Breezing Home'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 1/11/43; Cheyenne 16/11/43; Kearney 19/11/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-D] Deenethorpe 29/12/43. Involved in parking accident at Little Staughton on 1 January 1944. 42-40002 lost brake hydraulic pressure while taxiing and struck...

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 22 July 1911

Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa, United States

Lived in 1942

Saint Joseph, Missouri, USA

Based Deenethorpe January 1944 – 19 June 1944

Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Evaded Le Pouyau, France 19 June 1944 – 1 September 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux-Mérignac airfield in B-17 42-40002 19-Jun-44; force landed Le Pouyau. Evaded capture (EVD) MACR 6001

Died June 1979

Saint Joseph, Missouri, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2022 08:44:24 ED-BB Changes to middlename, biography and events
Sources

Added address for his page at website www.evasioncomete.be

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2021 11:25:57 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

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https://www.fold3.com/record/706254582/blank-us-wwii-hospital-admission-...
https://www.fold3.com/record/706254581/blank-us-wwii-hospital-admission-...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:34 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 6001 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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