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William L Atkinson


Crew Number 57. Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x missions ( 15 x aboard 42-37932 "Ole Basser" ).

Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.


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. ...

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

  • 570th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-37932

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 19/10/43; Gr Island 1/11/43; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-P] Framlingham 12/11/43; Missing in Action Chartres 2/3/44 with Everett Ferguson, Navigator: Ed Imblum, Radio Operator: Gene Wilusz, Waist gunner: Bill Conrad,Tail gunner: Bill...

Associated Place

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and...


Event Location Date
Based Framlingham 5 December 1943 – 2 June 1944

Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF.


Date Contributor Update
15 March 2018 19:32:23 Al_Skiff Changes to role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Key Image ID.

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /