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William H Goetz

Military

1-May-1942 Assigned as Pilot of B-17F 41-24517 "Kali", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 24-Oct-42 arrived with crew and B-17F 41-24517 at Molesworth, UK.

Killed in Action of 3-Jan-1943 aboard B-17F 41-24517 "Kali" 303BG/427BS while serving as Pilot. Aircraft sustained damage from flak and fighter attacks while on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France and crashed into the Atlantic near the target.

Participated in 5 Operations (3 were Aborted). See Biography events.

Service

Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24517 Kali

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F #41-24517 [GN-O] 'Kali' 303BG/427BS assigned with crew on 1-May-42 at Alamogordo Field, Almogordo, New Mexico. Sent with crew to Dow Field, Bangor, Maine for deployment 5-Oct-42. Arrived at Molesworth, UK 24-Oct-42 ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 22

    22 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the Primary (P) target of this mission. A combined force of 68 B-17s despatched from 91BG (18), 303BG (18) 305BG (23) and 306BG (9) against the target but a 10/10 could cover prevents all but 11 from 303BG from...

  • VIII Bomber Command 24

    6 December 1942
    The German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France is the primary target for 19 B-24s despatched from 44th Bomb Group but are recalled. One squadron of 6 does not hear the recall and proceeds to the target, 1 B-24 MIA. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 25

    12 December 1942
    This mission is composed of two elements. First element: The German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a force of 78 B-17s despatched from 91BG (19), 303BG (20), 305BG (21) and 306BG (18). However, the target is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 26

    20 December 1942
    The German Air Depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 80 B-17s despatched by 91BG (17), 303BG (21); 305BG (23) and 306BG (19). 60 B-17 are effective on the target, but 7 are MIA and 1 is DBR. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 28

    3 January 1943
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are once again the target for this mission. This is proving to be a particularly difficult target to destroy due to its massive, reinforced concrete design. It consists of 14 individual pens connected together in...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned to Aircraft Boise, ID, USA 1 May 1942

Assigned with crew as Pilot of B-17F 41-24517 "Kali", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho

Arrived in UK Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 24 October 1942

Arrived at Molesworth, UK with crew and as Pilot o f B-17F 41-24517 "Kali", 303BG/427BS.

Mission #1, 1LT William H. Goetz, w/B-17F 41-24517, 303BG/427BS - Aborted Lorient, France 22 November 1942

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24517 "Kali", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France, but mechanical failures forced him to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #2, 1LT William H. Goetz, w/B-17F 41-24517, 303BG/427BS Lille, France 6 December 1942

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24517 "Kali", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the carriage and wagon works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Mission #3, 1LT William H. Goetz, w/B-17F 41-24517, 303BG/427BS - Aborted Rouen, France 12 December 1942

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24517 "Kali", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France, but mechanical failures forced him to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #4, 1LT William H. Goetz, w/B-17F 41-24517, 303BG/427BS - Aborted Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24517 "Kali", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France, but mechanical failures forced him to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Killed in Action (KIA) Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1943

Killed when aircraft sustained damage from flak and fighter attacks and crashed into the Atlantic.

Mission #5, 1LT William H. Goetz, w/B-17F 41-24517, 303BG/427BS - KIA Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24517 "Kali", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. The aircraft was attacked by German fighters and crashed into the Atlantic, and he was Killed in Action KIA>

Commemorated Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7PH, UK 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2016 21:57:22 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 9-Jan-2016. Corrected initial assigment to location and Assigned to Aircraft location per 303BG records, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2015 20:19:07 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Dec-2015. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 3-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/009.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2015 20:12:57 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Dec-2015. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 20-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2015 20:08:29 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Dec-2015. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 12-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/006.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2015 19:52:31 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Dec-2015. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2015 19:50:00 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Dec-2015. Added Mission #1 event per 303NG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 22-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/003.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2015 19:44:27 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Dec-2015. Added Arrived in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, William H. Goetz crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-goetz.html

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2015 19:41:54 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Dec-2015. Added Assignedd to Aircraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, William H. Goetz crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-goetz.html

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2015 19:38:38 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Dec-2015. Added original aircraft assignment, arrival in UK and mission participation statement to Summary Biography; made connections to all mission participations per my reseach of 303BG Mission Reports, 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, William H. Goetz crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-goetz.html

Date Contributor Update
13 January 2015 18:22:52 Lee8thbuff Changes to surname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Jan-2015. Restored information from MACR 6141 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database; added decorations and Commemoration event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; added KIA event and SN per MACR 6141; crafted biography based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
13 January 2015 18:07:01 Lee8thbuff Changes to surname, nationality, role, unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Jan-2015. Flagged as DUPLICATE due to original ingest of data from multiple sources. COMBINED into a single entry as William H. Goetz.

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

MACR 6141 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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