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William LeGrande Chamberlin

Military

Commanding Officer of 561BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. On 5-Nov-43 B-17 42-30863 'My Devotion' returning from mission to Gelsenkirchen, Germany, with 2 damaged engines, crew baled out over North Suffolk, RTD. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Liege in B-17 42-31741 Thunderbolt. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5264.

Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • James Zengerle

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 25 May 1944 in B-17 42-31741 'Thunderbolt', Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5264. Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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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. ...

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 561st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30863

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/8/43; Gr Isle 31/8/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 6/9/43; battle damaged Gelsenkirchen 5/11/43 with Bob Bohne, Co-pilot: Major Bill Chamberlain, Navigator: Harry Belmer, Bombardier: Bill Bangum, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-31741 Thunderbolt/Hi Fever

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/12/43; Kearney 30/12/43; RAF Nutts Corner 14/1/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 17/1/44; Missing in Action Liege 25/5/44 with Capt Jim Zengerle, Co-pilot: Albt Millin, Navigator: Walt Travis, Bombardier: Capt Wayne Barnett,...

Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Salt Lake City, Utah 27 June 1917

Son of Seth Chauncey and Ruth Lamb [Robinson] Chamberlin.

Enlisted June 1940
Based Knettishall June 1943 – 25 May 1944

Commanding Officer of 561BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died 8 miles NW Poix-de-Picardie, France 25 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Liege in B-17 42-31741 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5264.

Buried Golden Gate National Cemetery San Bruno, San Mateo County, CA 8 May 1949

Golden Gate National Cemetery
San Bruno, San Mateo County, California

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 June 2021 09:52:51 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/653607946/lt-col-william-legrande-chamberlin-...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/53335559/william-legrande-chamberlin

Date Contributor Update
17 October 2017 10:04:01 Lucy May Changes to biography
Sources

Brought in source information from duplicate record:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5264 / MACR 5264, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I. by Bishop & Hey pp. 360-1 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
15 September 2017 15:25:52 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/28622781

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:29 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.388bg.info/Personnel.html

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