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William C Jaeger

Military

Crashed at Osnabruck in B-24 'Off Limits Again' #42-94974, Killed in Action (KIA).

Note: There were two 8th AF airmen named William C. Jaeger who were KIA in 1944. Both are buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery. The other William C. Jaeger was in the 379th BG and was KIA in August 1944

Service

People

  • Quinton Bailey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Quinton Bailey served as a pilot with the 466th Bomb Group. He was Killed in Action (KIA) when his aircraft, B-24 'Off Limits Again' #42-94974, was hit by flak and crashed at Osnabruck on 12 October 1944. ...

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 786th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-94974 Off Limit's Again

    B-24 Liberator
    Hit by flak. Witnesses described the aircraft as "one solid mass of flame from the leading edge of the wing all the way to the tail." A wing came off and the plane nosed into a spin. Then the broke off at the rear bomb bay wall. Witnesses said the crew...

Missions

  • 674

    12 October 1944
    Black Week

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Syracuse, New York, USA
466th BG Combat Tour Attlebridge Airfield, UK 3 October 1944 – 12 October 1944

Jaeger was KIA on his 4th mission when his B-24 took a direct hit in the bomb bay, lost a wing, went into a spin and crashed. There were no survivors.

Killed in Action (KIA) Osnabrück, Germany 12 October 1944

saw the #6 ship in the lead squadron go down. One second they were flying along, the next second they were a mass of flames from the leading edge of the wing back to the tail. The wing came off and the plane nosed over into a spin and then the tail broke off at the rear bomb bay. I don't think anyone could have possibly gotten out unless maybe the navigator did. It looked like flames might have been in the cockpit as well. Maybe it's not so bad to get knocked down if you have a chance to bail out, but those boys had no chance. Most of them had been burned to death before they knew what hit them. - Paul W Perry flying squadron lead in the squadron behind Bailey's a/c witnessed the Bailey Crew being shot down.

Buried 1945

Plot O Row 21 Grave 5
Netherlands American Cemetery

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 September 2021 14:38:31 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C tail # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
07 January 2019 23:57:30 466thHistorian Changes to biography and events
Sources

"Attlebridge Arsenal" - Brassfield & Wassom
page 37

Date Contributor Update
10 September 2016 18:14:03 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, role, events, person associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

https://www.abmc.gov/node/531991#.V9Q_aWcm4qQ
Attlebridge Arsenal - Brassfield & Wassom - page 37

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:46 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 9488 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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