Skip to main content
Edit entry 

William E Massey


Crashed at Jouldes on 6/19/44 in B-17 'Channel Express III'. 19 missions. Shot down on 19th mission at Bordeaux on 19 June 1944. Picked up by French Underground. Evaded (EVD). Got back to England 5 September 1944.

Lt. William E. Massey, pilot, was unconscious from lack of oxygen at the time of the explosion. He came to about 3,000 feet above the ground, miraculously clutching his parachute in one hand. He managed to snap the 'chute to his harness and landed safely.


Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 612th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-40050 Channel Express III

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 16/11/43; Gr Island 4/12/43; Presque Is 11/12/43; Prestwick, UK 15/12/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-J] Deenethorpe 1/1/44; Missing in Action Bordeaux 19/6/44 with Bill Massey, Bombardier: Lew Stelljes, Flight engineer/top turret...


Event Location Date
Born Bessemer, Alabama, USA
Evaded France 19 June 1944


Date Contributor Update
26 June 2020 14:57:31 Hotelie1970 Changes to service number, highest rank and awards

General Order 322 from Headquarters 1st Bombardment Division, Office of the Commanding General, by Command of Major General Williams, dated 11 September 1944.

Date Contributor Update
21 May 2018 06:28:46 Kirwin Changes to media associations


Date Contributor Update
21 May 2018 06:26:52 Kirwin Changes to media associations


Date Contributor Update
12 July 2017 14:23:14 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events and unit associations

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- self;

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:56 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 6002 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database