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William C Berry


Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and Crashed near Hinter-Henbach on 7/16/44 in B-17 42-102476. Reported Prisoner of War (POW) 19 Sept 1944.

Interred Stalag Luft I in Barth. Returned to Active Duty. Has four children. Died in a crash of a B-47 in 1955. Wife, Jeanne Berry, did not remarry. She passed away on June 10, 2011. Both buried in Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery.



Units served with

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allies...

  • 603rd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-102476

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/3/44; Kearney 5/4/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44; Assigned 603BS/398BG [N7-B] Nuthampstead 28/4/44; (18m) Missing in Action Munich 16/7/44 with Ray Gallagher, Co-pilot: Harry Castleman, Navigator: Bill Berry, Bombardier: Wendell Davis, Flight...

Associated Place


Event Location Date
Born Berea, KY, USA
Prisoner of war Germany 16 July 1944
Died 6 January 1955
Buried Dayton, Ohio


Date Contributor Update
23 July 2017 16:48:33 billberry64 Changes to nickname, highest rank and awards

William L Berry (Son)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:45 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7242 / MACR 7242; 398th History, Vol II / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database