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William E Masters


William Masters served as a ball turret gunner with the 704th Bomb Squadron of the 446th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Bungay, England. On 4 August 1944, he was flying in B-24 Dry Run #4129137 when it was shot down by flak and crashed at Bussin. Masters was killed and his body was not recovered. His name is commemorated on the Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery. He is also remembered at New Hope Cemetery, Jackson County, TN.


Units served with

  • 446th Bomb Group

    446th Bomb Group

    The 446th Bomb Group, who came to be known as "the Bungay Buckaroos" after the name of their Suffolk base, flew B-24 Liberators on strategic, support and interdictory missions over Europe. The Group led the Eighth Air Force and 2nd Bomb Division on the...

  • 704th Bomb Squadron


Associated Place

  • Bungay

    Military site : airfield
    From late November 1943, the three bases of Bungay, Seething and Hardwick were the stations of the 20th Combat Wing of the Eighth Air Force. The base had previously housed individual squadrons of the 310th Bomb Group (Twelfth Air Force) and of the 93rd...


Event Location Date
Born Gainesboro, Tennessee 15 February 1924

Son of Foy and Oscar Masters

Lived in Jackson County, TN, USA April 1943
Enlisted Tullahoma, TN 37388, USA 28 April 1943

At Camp Forrest

Died 4 August 1944


Date Contributor Update
29 June 2017 14:01:33 Lucy May Changes to biography and events

Enlistment record:

Date Contributor Update
29 June 2017 09:42:45 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography, awards and place associations

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7709