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William B Nance


Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #4230355 'Dallas Rebel. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW).




  • Norville Gorse

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    B-17 #42-29752 ditched into North Sea 13 May 1943. Gorse and pilot Rogers made a valiant effort to control the plane. Returned to base. ...

  • Robert McGinniss

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group

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Units served with


  • 42-30355 Dallas Rebel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/5/43; Gr Isle 4/6/43; Dow Fd 1/7/43; Assigned 337BS/96BG [AW- ] Snetterton 4/7/43; Missing in Action Warnemunde 28/7/43 with Bill Nance, Co-pilot: Norville Gorse, Navigator: Joe Hudson, Bombardier: R.H. McGuiness, Flight engineer...


  • VIII Bomber Command 78

    28 July 1943
    The German aircraft industry at Kassel (Fieseler works) and Oscherleben, Germany are the primary targets of this mission. 182 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (24); 351BG (21); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are...

  • VIII Fighter Command FO-83 BOMBER ESCORT

    28 July 1943
    A combined force of 123 P-47s from: 4FG; 56FG; and 78FG are despathed to escort the VIII Bomber Command mission #78 against Kassel and Oschersleben, Germany. The escort encounters approximately 45 German fighters attacking the bomber stream. These P...

Associated Place

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...


Event Location Date
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 28 July 1943


Date Contributor Update
04 December 2015 00:57:56 jgorse Changes to service number, highest rank, place associations and mission associations

MACR 141 AFHRA/RSA Maxwell AFB, AL 27 Apr 2007

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:43 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 141 / MACR 141; Snetterton Falcons, pg 43 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database