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William Franklin Herndon


Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Bill Abbott crew. 35 x combat missions. ETD

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • William Abbott

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 547th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #213 dated 28 October 1944 as crew pilot. 33 combat missions.

Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-38013 "NEVADA AVENGER"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; New Castle 10/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-C] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; sal battle damaged 27/4/44. NEVADA AVENGER. ...

  • 42-97263 "LADY MARGARET"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/2/44; Dalhart 2/3/44; Kearney 1/4/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-D] Grafton Underwood 15/4/44; crashed on take off with John Whiteside 10/1/45, Salvaged.

  • 42-97960

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/4/44; Cheyenne 1/5/44; with ? force landed Mt 4/5/44; Hunter 14/5/44; Dow Fd 26/5/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-M] Grafton Underwood 3/6/44; Missing in Action Berlin 3/2/45 with Chas Molder, Hobart Treadway, Ernie Knowlton, Ralph...

  • 43-38800 BUSY BUZZARD

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 24/9/44; Grenier 2/10/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-K] Grafton Underwood 6/10/44; battle damaged Zeitz 30/11/44 with ? ; abandoned over continent; transferred with group to Istres on mapping duties, Salvaged 9AF Germany 31/10/45....

  • 44-6514 Danny

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 25/8/44; Grenier 17/9/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-Q] Grafton Underwood 21/9/44; transferred with group to Istres on mapping duties, Salvaged 9AF Germany 10/12/45.DANNY.

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...


Event Location Date
Born Kansas city, MO 2 March 1923

Son of Clifton B and Nona S Herndon.

Enlisted Kansas City, MO 8 December 1942

Kansas City, Missouri

Based Grafton Underwood October 1944 – March 1945

Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 21 June 1983

Honourable discharge.

Died 4 September 1998
Buried Lee's Summit Historical Cemetery, Lees Summit, Jackson County, MO 7 September 1998

Lee's Summit Historical Cemetery
Lees Summit, Jackson County, Missouri


Date Contributor Update
01 August 2020 15:48:03 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:00 AAM AAM ingest

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