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William Harry Isbell

Military

Service

People

  • John Gross

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 336th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-106993

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/1/44; Kearney 22/1/44; Grenier 25/2/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-P/W] Horham 13/3/44; with J. M. Bastion; Co-pilot Frank Puckett Barbour; force landed France 22/6/44; with J.E. Hamilton force landed RAF Bentwaters, Sfk 6/10/44;121m...

  • 42-31867 'Go Getter'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 29/12/43; Kearney 12/1/44; with Wilmot Chamberlain force landed Morrison, FL 31/1/44; Memphis 19/4/44; Kansas City 20/4/44; Kearney 24/4/44; Presque Is 28/4/44; Grenier 30/4/44; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-P] Horham 2/5/44; battle damaged...

  • 42-31876 'Fireball' ' Fireball Red'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/12/43; Gt Falls 3/1/44; Cheyenne 5/1/44; Kearney 13/1/44; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-Q] Horham 17/2/44; aborted after take off for Dusseldorf 9/9/44 with Bill Lahl, Co-pilot: Theo Bennett, Navigator: Maurice Schwartz (wia),...

  • 42-31939 Spook Six

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 6/1/44; Kearney 15/1/44; Romulus 23/1/44; Grenier 25/1/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-J] Horham 2/2/44; transferred 412BS [QW-J]; 98m, with S.D. Reed, force landed RAF Coltishakk, 8RTD, 1WIA; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 21/6/44;...

  • 42-97844

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 14/3/44; Kearney 13/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-R] Horham 20/4/44; with Glovik 7/10/44, Waist gunner: Chas Buda KIA; 97m, Missing in Action Frankfurt 9/3/45 with Bill Durant (Ouratt?), Co-pilot: Dwight King, Navigator...

  • 43-38281 KIMMIE KAR FOR 9

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/7/44; Kearney 25/7/44; Grenier 9/8/44; Assigned 326BS/92BG [JW-A] Podington 10/8/44; transferred 412BS/95BG [QW-Z] Horham 11/8/44; with F.W. Volz force landed Deblin, Poland 15/2/45; sal 1/3/45; 70m, Returned to the USA Bradley 21...

  • 43-38283

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/7/44; Kearney 25/7/44; Grenier 7/8/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-A] Horham 13/8/44; 336BS [ET-A]; with D.L. Pearson force landed Laon, Fr 30/12/44;42m, Missing in Action Ruhland 17/3/45 with Irwin Vermillion, Co-pilot: John...

  • 43-38469

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/8/44; Lincoln 17/8/44; Grenier 3/9/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-U] Horham 5/9/44; with T.C. Gibson force landed A-81 airfield on continent 20/5/45; 82m, Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 26/6...

  • 43-38584

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/8/44; Lincoln 1/9/44; Grenier 18/9/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-H] Horham 25/9/44; with T.J. Tower force landed A-74 Cambrai/Niergneis, France 5/1/45; with C. Earley both with gs Ellingworth & Theo Hempen (wia) 25/2/45; landing...

Missions

  • 689

    26 October 1944

  • 691

    28 October 1944

  • 698

    2 November 1944

  • 700

    4 November 1944

  • 702

    5 November 1944

  • 707

    9 November 1944

  • 712

    11 November 1944

  • 715

    16 November 1944

  • 725

    26 November 1944

  • 729

    29 November 1944

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Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Auburn, AL 22 August 1922
Lived in Auburn, AL June 1942

469 Pinedale Road

95th BG Combat Tour 26 October 1944 – 30 March 1945

35 Combat Missions

Died Southaven, MS 14 December 2012

William Harry Isbell, Sr., 90, accountant, passed away December 14, 2012 at his daughter's home in Southaven, MS. Mr. Isbell proudly served his Country in the Army Air Corps during World War II with the 95th (HD) based out of Horham, England. He flew more than 30 missions over Germany. He is survived by one son, William Harry Isbell, Jr. and his wife, Nedra; one daughter, Susan Isbell Lugar and her husband, Dennis; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Isbell. Visitation will be Sunday, December 16 from 2 p.m. until the memorial service begins at 3 p.m. at Southern Memorial Funeral Home in Montgomery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorials be made to NICS SEED fund at www.nics.org.
(Montgomery Advertiser on Dec. 16, 2012)

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 July 2020 23:47:59 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, highest rank, role, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/184339721/william-harry-isbell
https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/person/3227
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2238&h=11154538...
https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/person/3227

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:08 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://95thbg.org/95th_db_pages/left_formation_code/gethonoroll.php

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