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William H Bancroft Jr

Military

Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 2nd Scouting Force, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.
Transferred to 4MRRU.

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

Units served with

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Group
    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 2nd Scouting Force
  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 335th Fighter Squadron was the offspring of No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF. Formed on 21 May 1941, No. 121 was the second of the three Eagle Squadrons composed of American volunteers flying out of England. They were known as the "Chiefs" and were...

  • 4th Mobile Reclamation and Repair Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-14540 'Ascend Charlie'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Ramrod to Coblenz, Failed to Return (FTR), section bounced by six Fw190’s while pursuing Fw190 25-Dec-44. Pilot Lt Charles Poage last seen attempting to bail out of his burning aircraft near Zissen, Germany. POW. MACR...

  • 44-63739 ''Rugged Rebel V'' ''The Body's Bastard''

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 2nd Scouting Force, 8AF USAAF. Initially as Capt Richard M Dillon's A/C, re-assigned to Lt William H Bancroft.

  • 44-64081 "The Body's Bastard"

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 2nd Scouting Force, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

  • Neaton

    Military site : non-airfield
    During the US occupancy of Watton the 3rd Strategic Air Depot was also incorporated. This depot was for the repair of all 2nd Air Division B-24 Liberators and remained functional until July 1945. Confusion arises as the base was established to the...

  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born New York, NY, USA 12 January 1921
Lived in Dayton, OH, USA 1940
Enlisted Patterson Blvd, Fairfield, OH 45014, USA 6 May 1942

Patterson Field,
Fairfield, Ohio,
USA.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 2 September 1944 – 8 January 1945

Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Detached service December 1944 – 29 December 1944

On Detached service (DS) with Ferry Command.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden CB11, UK 29 December 1944 – 10 February 1945

Transferred to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Steeple Morden, Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8, UK 10 February 1945 – 21 September 1945

Transferred to 2nd Scouting Force, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK 1 April 1945

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden CB11, UK 21 September 1945

Transferred to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Nuneaton, UK 23 September 1945

Transferred to 4th Mobile Reclamation and Repair Squadron.

Died Youngstown, OH, USA 8 June 1995

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2021 17:49:50 Al_Skiff Changes to events and unit associations
Sources

http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/335_ba...

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2016 16:37:15 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/pilots.html

Date Contributor Update
01 September 2016 18:27:21 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank and events
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
01 September 2016 18:08:01 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
11 May 2016 18:07:57 Al_Skiff Changes to suffix, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Bancroft
https://www.fold3.com/page/84224753_william_h%20bancroft%20jr/details/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:06 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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