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William Frederick Protz

Military

Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-102580. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5307.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • James Appleby

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 8 x combat missions. William Protz crew. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-102580. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5307. Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Richard Barnett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. William Protz crew. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-102580. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5307. Awards: AM, PH

  • Frank Bartak

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42-102580 at Aken. Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV from 5/28/44 to 4/29/45. ...

  • Samuel Bennett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 8 x combat missions. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-102580. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5307. ...

  • Glenn Cliff

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42-10258. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Jim Morrow

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 8 x combat missions. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-102580. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5307. Awards: AM, PH

  • Albert Reinhardt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42-10258. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Alvin Stiegel

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-102580. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5307. Awards: PH.

  • Wayne Wicks

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 8 x combat missions. William Protz crew. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-102580. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5307. Awards: AM, PH.

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Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    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...

  • 613th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102580

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/3/44; Gr Island 1/4/44; Dow Fd 8/4/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-Q] Deenethorpe 3/5/45; Missing in Action Dessau 28/5/44 with Bill Protz, Ball turret gunner: Frank Bartak, Waist gunner: Alby Reinhardt, Waist gunner: Glenn Cliff,...

  • 42-97395 Chute The Works

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/2/44; Kearney 17/3/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-F] Deenethorpe 16/4/44; mechanical fault, with Dave Stauffer, caused fire and burnt out at RAF Saltby 25/43/45; 111m, Salvaged 2 SAD 25/3/45. CHUTE THE WORKS.

Missions

  • 338

    4 May 1944

  • 351

    11 May 1944

  • 353

    12 May 1944

  • 358

    19 May 1944

  • 359

    20 May 1944

  • 364

    23 May 1944

  • 373

    27 May 1944

  • 376

    28 May 1944

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Manitowoc, Wisconsin, USA 2 February 1918
Lived in Milwaukee County, WI, USA 1941
401st BG Combat Tour Deenethorpe 4 May 1944 – 28 May

Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.
8 Combat missions

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 28 May 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III

Bailed out Dessau, Dessau-Roßlau, Germany 28 May 1944

Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-102580. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5307.

Died Savannah, GA, USA 14 September 1997
Buried Evergreen Cemetery Manitowoc Manitowoc County WI 17 September 1997

Evergreen Cemetery
Manitowoc
Manitowoc County
Wisconsin

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2021 12:53:05 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/95216854/william-frederick-protz

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2017 02:14:58 466thHistorian Changes to events, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=160

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2017 01:52:48 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, events and place associations
Sources

http://www.ww2enlistment.org/index.php?q=William+Protz
http://www.ww2pow.info/index.php?page=directory&rec=105224

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2017 18:26:35 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28635039
https://www.fold3.com/record/74908579-william-f-protz
Mission 376: Battle Over the Reich, May 28, 1944 By Ivo de Jong
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/95216854/william-frederick-protz

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5307 / MACR 5307, http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=160 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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