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William Earnest Fowler


Killed in Action (KIA) at Graft in B-24 #42110188



  • Byron Johnson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed at Graft on 6 Feb 45 in B-24 #42110188

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb 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


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...


Event Location Date
Born Aberdeen, SD 57401, USA 24 November 1923
466th BG Combat Tour Attlebridge Airfield, UK 5 September 1944 – 6 February 1945

Shot down on the crew's 26th mission

Died Graft, 30419 Hannover, Germany 6 February 1945

a/c was hit by four flak bursts. The two waist gunners and the tail gunner were seriously injured and were either dead or dying. Fowler, who evidently had not been injured, went down with the a/c while attempting to get the other injured gunners out of the plane.

Buried Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial

Plot A Row 27 Grave 19
Ardennes American Cemetery


Date Contributor Update
10 December 2020 23:11:58 466thHistorian Changes to middlename and events
"Attlebridge Arsenal" - Brassfield & Wassomn
page 142

Date Contributor Update
15 August 2016 00:02:14 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, role, awards, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:55 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 12220