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William L Martin

Military

Shot down 27 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3111 'Local Girl', Prisoner of War (POW).

Earlier in B-17 #42-2970 'Connecticut Yankee' crash landed in Sussex after crew bailout during 6 September 1943 Stuttgart mission. Returned to base.

POW

Service

Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Home of the Memphis Belle

Aircraft

  • 42-2970 'Connecticut Yankee'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-E/C] New Castle 13/10/42; Bassingbourn 23/11/42; involved in landing accident at base on 1/8/43 with Dave Gladhart; on return from Stuttgart 38m 6/9/43 with Bill Pegram, Co-pilot: Bill Martin, Navigator: Bob Cosgrove, Bombardier...

  • 42-3111 The Brass Rail, Local Girl

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/2/43; Gore Fd 7/3/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-T] Alconbury 5/43; THE BRASS RAIL 6 missions. ...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • Stalag VII-A

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Belleport, West Virginia, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Moosburg, Germany 27 September 1943

Stalag 7A Moosburg Bavaria 48-12 (Work Camps 3324-46 Krumbachstrasse 48011, Work Camp 3368 Munich 48-11)

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 April 2021 22:12:01 jmoore43 Changes to service number, events and place associations
Sources

Added POW Camp info to the POW event and a S/N from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).
Added an association to Stalag 7A per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
22 April 2021 22:09:06 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added punctuation to the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
15 January 2020 15:15:57 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" for readability.

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 667 / MACR 667, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey pp. 275-6, 292 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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