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William Kearney Meyer

Military

Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Gelderingen on 8/15/44 in B-24 Ramblin' Wreck #4128932

POW

Service

People

  • Robert Harrington

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Bob Harrington piloted the B-24 "Troublemaker" (#42-95067), stationed at Attlebridge in the summer of 1944. After nine missions with Troublemaker, on August 15, 1944 he was called up to fly an unfamiliar aircraft, Ramblin' Wreck (#41-28932), with a...

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 787th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-28932 Ramblin' Wreck

    B-24 Liberator
    This aircraft's last mission was on August 15, 1944, when it was flown by a makeshift crew led by pilot Robert W. Harrington from Attlebridge air base. The target was a Luftwaffe airfield in Vechta, near Bremen, Germany. The target was successfully...

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Oklahoma, USA 14 May 1924
Lived in Craighead County, AR, USA 1942
Enlisted Little Rock, AR, USA 31 October 1942
Shot Down/Captured Gelderingen, 8341 Steenwijkerwold, Netherlands 15 August 1944
POW 78-220 Tychowo, Poland 20 August 1944 – May 1945

Stalag Luft IV
Dates are approximate

Died New Braunfels, TX, USA 19 December 2008
Buried New Braunfels, TX, USA 22 December 2008

Saints Peter And Paul Cemetery • New Braunfels, Comal County, Texas, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2017 00:45:15 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, awards, events, person associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.ww2enlistment.org/index.php?page=directory&rec=1560088
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/84697084/william-k-meyer
http://www.ww2pow.info/index.php?page=directory&rec=94440
http://death-records.mooseroots.com/l/149982248/William-Kearney-Meyer

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8430 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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