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William F Archer


Died of Injuries (DOI) B-26C 41-34709 323BG/453BS while serving as Engineer.Gunner. The crashed near Great Barton, Suffolk due to poor weather and engine failure at low altitude on 11 Sep 1943 while on return from mission to Deaumont-Le-Roger. Sergeant Archer died of injuries next day.



Units served with

  • 323rd Bomb Group

    323rd Bomb Group

    The 323rd Bombardment Group operated with B-26 Marauders, American medium bombers. They were the first Eighth Air Force Group to fly a medium level bombing mission with this aircraft on 16 July 1943. After flying a total of 33 missions with the Eighth,...

  • 453rd Bomb Squadron


  • 41-34709

    B-26 Marauder
    B-26C-5-MA 41-34709 [VT:K] was assigned to the 323BG/453BS at Earls Colne, UK. On 11-Sep-43 while being piloted by 1LT Arnold Stern, the aircraft sustained an engine failure at low altitude over England while on return from a mission to Beaumont/Le...


  • VIII Air Support Command 56

    11 September 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 20 B-26s from 322BG despatched to bomb the shipyards at Le Trait France. 19 are effective on the target. There are no losses or claims, but 14 aircraft are damaged and one...

Associated Place

  • Earls Colne

    Military site : airfield
    Earls Colne was built in 1941 as an airfield for No.3 Group, RAF Bomber Command, although never used as such. Assigned to the US Eighth Air Force (as Station 358) in 1942, its 36 hardstands were increased to 50, bringing the airfield up to Air Ministry...


Event Location Date
Born Alabama
Died of Injuries Great Barton, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk IP31, UK 12 September 1943

Died from injuries sustained when aircraft had engine failure at low altitude and crashed upon retunr from mission to Beaumount-Le-Roger, France. No burial record was located.


Date Contributor Update
06 June 2015 22:22:34 Lee8thbuff Changes to role, biography, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 6-Jun-2015. Made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission wihtin existing website data; Added DOI event and edited Summary Biography with DOI, A/C model, Unit and loss details per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:58 AAM AAM ingest

Combat Chronology,WWII memorial, Losses of 8th AF / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia