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William H Farmer


Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 32 x missions. Returned from Zudausques mission in B-17 42-97942; A/C collided with 44-6133 in the haze and crashed into the Thames Estuary. Returned to Duty (RTD) MACR 6983

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.



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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. ...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 525th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-97942 Heavenly Body II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 11/4/44; Kearney 4/5/44; Dow Fd 23/5/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-K] Kimbolton 24/5/44. ...


  • 423

    19 June 1944
    Bombed an airfield. Nine hour mission. Shortly after retiring we were called again but mission was called off at briefing room.

  • 424

    19 June 1944

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

  • Canvey Island

    Crash site


Event Location Date
Born Tennessee, USA 1924
Lived in Los Angeles, CA 1942
Enlisted Los Angeles, CA 2 February 1943

Los Angeles, California

Based Kimbolton 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Returned (RTD) Canvey Island 19 June 1944

Returned from Zudausques mission in B-17 42-97942; A/C collided with 44-6133 in the haze and crashed into the Thames Estuary. RTD MACR 6983


Date Contributor Update
22 June 2019 08:57:36 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:07 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 6983 / MACR6983; 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 309 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database