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William Gerard Logan

Military

Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. 26+ combat missions. Shot down near Kahlstorf (Lehmke), Germany, 3-Feb-45, in B-17 'Maude an Maria' 42-97387. Prisoner of War (POW).

Killed on outskirts of Nuremberg, Germany, by strafing American P-47s during a forced march. Died as a Prisoner of War. His remains were never recovered and, strangely, he is not listed as Missing In Action at https://www.dpaa.mil/Our-Missing/World-War-II/Service-Personnel-Not-Reco..., either for New York or any other State...
Fellow POW 2nd Lt Virgil W. Ethridge, who was on the forced march with Bill Egan, wrote “Time Out”, a 1997 privately published memoir. Quoted from his story in John Nichol and Tony Rennell’s book ”The Last Escape” (Viking Penguin, USA, 2003), mentioning in their Chapter 10 : “As more and more camps in Western Germany fell to the advancing Americans, the prisoners of war from Nuremberg were still strung out on the road south. (Ethridge): “We know we are headed for Bavaria, but we don’t know exactly where.” (Last Escape): “But this time there was a different danger. They had left the British and American bombers – the Lancaster's and Flying Fortresses – behind at Nuremberg, but not the fighter planes. There was a rumour that word had somehow been sent to Allied headquarters alerting them to this column of prisoners of war. If so, the information had not been passed on to the American P-47 pilots now overhead.
Bill Ethridge quote : “The planes were upon us and firing! I was walking on the outside of the column and I hit the ditch as soon as I heard it. Bullets rained down along the road where we had been and some clipped leaves off the trees above our heads. Several men were hit and subsequently bandaged with socks, twine and whatever strips of cloth could be made. One man was killed.” It was found later that this man was William Logan… as recorded in fellow POW Sgt Richard G. Chapple's statement on page 19 of MACR 12044 at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/91120167

Service

People

  • William Feinstein

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) near Kahlstorf, Germany in B-17 'Maude an Maria' 42-97387. Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Reynaldo Garcia

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) on 3 February 1945 near Kahlstorf (Lehmke), Germany in B-17 'Maude an Maria' #42-97387.

  • William Garner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) on 3 February 1945 near Kahlstorf (Lehmke), Germany in B-17 'Maude an Maria' #42-97387.

  • Marvin Gooden

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) on 3 February 1945 near Kahlstorf (Lehmke), Germany in B-17 'Maude an Maria' #42-97387.

  • John McCormick

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. 26+ combat missions. Involved in the mid-air collision between his B-17 42-97387 'Maude an' Maria' and B-17 43-38697 of (603rd BS) on the 3 February 1945 mission to Berlin. Captured in Kahlstorf, East of Lehmke,...

  • Joseph Stritch

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) on 3-Feb-45 near Kahlstorf (Lehmke), Germany in B-17 'Maude an Maria' 42-97387. Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Jack Withrow

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-97387 'Maude an Maria' crashed near Kahlstorf (Lehmke), Germany 3-Feb-45 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), EAME, PH.

  • Ray Woltman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. 26+ combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Kahlstorf, Germany, 3-Feb-45, in B-17 42-97387 'Maude an Maria'. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR Awards: AM (4OLC), PH.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allies...

  • 602nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-97387 "Maude an' Maria"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/2/44; Kearney 16/3/44; Dow Fd 6/4/44; Assigned 602BS/398BG [K8-H] Nuthampstead 28/4/44; (81m). About an hour after bombs away, B-17 #42-97387 was observed to be involved in a mid-air collision with B-17 #43-38697 (of 603rd BS) on...

Missions

  • 817

    3 February 1945

Associated Place

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Brooklyn, New York, USA 1 January 1919

Husband of Mary E Logan.

Enlisted New York City, NY 2 July 1943

New York City, New York

Based Nuthampstead 1944 – 3 February 1945

Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Germany February 1945 – March 1945

Captured on 6-Feb-45 in Rassen (Uelsen), Germany. Sent to Oberursel for interrogation. NARA WWII POW record : "Interned in Germany. Reported on 9 July 1945 as Died as a Prisoner of War."

Died Nuremberg, Germany 4 April 1945

Killed by friendly fire from US P-47s on a forced march, 5 miles South of Nuremberg (see page 19 of MACR 12044 at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/91120167 )

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2021 19:20:19 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/memorial/640690493/logan-william-g-ssgt
https://www.398th.org/History/Veterans/History/Logan_Tribute.html

Date Contributor Update
15 September 2020 12:56:10 ED-BB Changes to biography and events
Sources

Statement of fellow POW Sgt Richard G. Chapple about the death of William Logan. From page 19 of MACR 12044 at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/91120167

Date Contributor Update
15 September 2020 12:50:11 ED-BB Changes to biography
Sources

John Nichol and Tony Rennell’s book ”The Last Escape” (Viking Penguin, USA, 2003), Chapter 10 .

Date Contributor Update
15 September 2020 12:16:38 decwriter Changes to awards
Sources

NARA file verified AM w/3 oak leaf clusters. Without personnel records it is unknown how many campaigns he participated in regarding the EAME Campaign Medal but it was at least one.

Date Contributor Update
15 September 2020 10:26:40 ED-BB Changes to middlename, role, biography, awards, events and person associations
Sources

MACR 12214
MACR 12044
German report KU-3652 at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/147913838 (NARA)

Date Contributor Update
12 January 2019 20:37:44 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/46713496
https://www.fold3.com/image/310770546
https://www.fold3.com/record/86680088-william-g-logan
https://www.fold3.com/page/640690493-william-g-logan/facts
Mission to Berlin: The American Airmen Who Struck the Heart of Hitler's Reich By Robert F. Dorr

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:04 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 12214 / MACR 12214, MACR 12214, Mention in Hell from Heaven: Memoirs of a WW II B-17 Bombardier by Streitfeld with picture of some crew members on p. 115 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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