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William Joseph Connor

Military

Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Alerbert Powell crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Rechlin in B-17 44-6085 25-Aug-44; flak hit #3 & 4 feathered, on descent losing a wing before disintegrating, crashed Schwabach-Schwankenheim, near Stettin, Germany Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 8279.

Awards: AM, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Albert Powell

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Rechlin in B-17 44-6085 25-Aug-44; flak hit #3 & 4 feathered, on descent losing a wing before disintegrating, crashed Schwabach-Schwankenheim, near Stettin, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR...

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Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-6085 Lili of the Lamplight

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    For the book (An Aviator’s Dream - The Man From Painted Woods) Mostly photos and articles on my father, Lt Ernest Anders Erickson, I am assembling, have spent a lot of time researching the fate of his last ship. ...

Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Pasadena, CA 30 March 1919

Son of Charles and Florence Connor.

Based Horham 1944 – 25 August 1944

Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out POW Schwabach, Germany 25 August 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Rechlin in B-17 44-6085 25-Aug-44; flak hit #3 & 4 feathered, on descent losing a wing before disintegrating, crashed Schwabach-Schwankenheim, near Stettin, Germany Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 8279.

Evaded EVD 25 August 1944 – 30 August 1944

Evaded capture for five days.

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 30 August 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III.

Died 26 October 2017
Buried Sacramento Valley National Cemetery Dixon, CA 29 October 2017

Sacramento Valley National Cemetery
Dixon,
Solano County, CA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2020 18:10:08 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/631342555
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/190282484/william-joseph-connor

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2020 04:43:00 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2020 16:55:47 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28681176
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/190282484/william-joseph-connor

Date Contributor Update
16 February 2020 20:40:19 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28681176
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/190282484/william-joseph-connor

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2020 21:47:02 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8279 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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