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William Edward Futchik


Crew chief on aircraft 42-5306. Returned to the states December 1943 and attended Officer Candidate School. He later returned to Europe as an engineering officer.

Awards: LOM, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Noel Shoup

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bois-Coquered in B-17F 42-5306; Shot down by flak and crashed SW of Abbeville 28-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2863 Awards: AM (2OLC), PH

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-5306

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 16/11/42; New Castle 9/12/43; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY-P] Thurleigh 1/1/43; in taxi accident at base with Warren Grey 27/6/43; transferred 359BS/303BG [BN-Q] Molesworth 25/9/43; Missing in Action Pas De Calais 28/2/44 with Noel Shoup,...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...


Event Location Date
Born Sault Sainte Marie, MI 11 March 1918

Son of John and Anna Futchik.

Enlisted Camp Roberts, CA 30 September 1941

Camp Roberts California

Released USAAF 26 May 1944

Release Date:
26 May 1944

Enlisted 27 May 1944

Enlisted USAAF, commissioned
27 May 1944

Discharged USAF 28 September 1956

Honourable discharge.

Died Waldorf, MD 31 August 1997
Buried Arlington National Cemetery September 1997

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, VA
Section 60, Site 1844


Date Contributor Update
14 October 2019 21:28:15 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events and unit associations

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

306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia