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William L Lohmann

Military

After 2 years of college in Ohio, William Lohrmann enlisted in the Air Corps in April 1942. After following aerial navigation training, he was sent overseas and assigned to the 95th Bomb Group/412th Bomb Squadron.
Shot down 30 November 1943 in B-17 #42-3317 'The Spirit of '76'. Other crew members saw him bailing out. Mentioned as having fallen into the River Maas in the Roermond area in Holland. His body was discovered on 21 July 1944 on the banks of the River Maas in Kessel, 15 km NE of Roermond, The Netherlands. Killed in Action (KIA).

Service

People

  • Paul Appleby

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 November 1943 in B-17 #42-3317 'The Spirit of '76. ' Initially evaded, was later captured. See the page with full details about his evasion and capture at https://www.evasioncomete.be/fapplebpw.html

  • Robert Gilchrist

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 November 1943 in B-17 #42-3317 'The Spirit of '76'. Evaded with the help of Dutch, Belgian and French people. See the page with full details about his evasion at https://www.evasioncomete.be/fgilchrrc.html .

  • Elmer Gilcrease

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 November 1943 in B-17 #42-3317 'The Spirit of '76. ' Evaded. See the page with full details about his evasion at https://www.evasioncomete.be/fgilcreec.html

  • Max Gottlieb

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator/Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 18 + combat missions. Flew with Thomas Batcha, Richard Robinson, Edward Komurka crews. Failed to Return (FTR) Solingen in B-17 42-3317 'The Spirit of '76' 30-Nov-43; hit by Flak in starboard wing, baled out. Evaded...

  • Paul Gregory

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Paul Gregory was a graduate of St Aloysius Academy and Niagara University in New York. After graduation he worked for the Bethlehem Steel Company in Baltimore, Maryland, before he enlisted in July 1941. He trained in the US Army Air Forces as a...

  • Arthur Hensler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 November 1943 in B-17 42-3317 'The Spirit of '76'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Higgins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 November 1943 in B-17 #42-3317 'The Spirit of '76', Evaded (EVD). See the page with full details about his evasion at https://www.evasioncomete.be/fhiggincj.html

  • Jack Hyatt

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 November 1943 in B-17 #42-3317 "The Spirit of '76", Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Francis McDermott

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 November 1943 in 'The Spirit of '76'. Initially evaded with the help of Dutch and Belgian people. Captured in a false evasion line, Antwerp 30 April 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). See the page with full details about his evasion and capture...

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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...

  • 412th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-3317 "The Spirit of '76"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 6 May 1943; Dow Field 30 May 1943; assigned 384th BG Grafton Underwood 10 June 1943; transferred to 412th BS/95th BG [QW-Y/V] Horham 28 June 1943; 23missions. Missing in Action Solingen 30 November 1943 with Pilot Arthur C. Hensler Jr;...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 143

    30 November 1943
    This mission is directed at a single target - the industrial areas of Solingen, Germany. The mission consists of three elements. The first element is a force of 221 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (24); 92BG (20); 303BG (20); 305BG (16...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Ohio, USA 1921
Lived in Jefferson County, Ohio, United States 1942
Enlisted Wheeling, West Virginia, United States 27 April 1942

as a Private in the Air Corps

Bailed out North of Roermond, The Netherlands 30 November 1943

out of B-17 # 42-3317

drowned 30 November 1943

after falling in the River Maas, in the Roermond area

Buried Kessel, The Netherlands July 1944

initially buried in the communal cemetery of Kessel

Kessel, The Netherlands 21 July 1944

his body was found on the bank of the Maas River at Kessel, The Netherlands

Buried

After the war, his remains were brought to the American Ardennes Cemetery. He rests at Plot D, Row 10, Grave 50.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 December 2016 14:44:40 ED-BB Changes to surname, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Corrected last name : Lohmann instead of Lohmane...
MACR 1559
NARA WWII Enlistment records
ABMC website

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1559 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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