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William Martin Brennan


Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97228. Prisoner of War (POW). Was on Schwienfurt raid and was Prisoner of War (POW) for 17 months at Stalag 17B, near Krems, Austria.



Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-97228 'G.I. JIVE'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/2/44; Gr Island 23/2/44; Presque Is 12/3/44; Assigned 988BG Nuthampstead 16/3/44; transferred 545BS/384BG [JD-G] Grafton Underwood 31/3/44; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 13/4/44 with George Poole, Co-pilot: Bob Butler, Bombardier:...

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • Stalag XVII-B

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Portmouth, Virginia, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Austria 13 April 1944

Interned in POW Camp:
Stalag 17B Braunau Gneikendorf Near Krems Austria 48-15

Died 15 December 1997
Buried Richmond, Virginia


Date Contributor Update
19 February 2021 17:54:13 jmoore43 Changes to place associations

Added an association to Grafton Underwood, the home base for the 384th BG.

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2021 22:07:50 jmoore43 Changes to biography

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

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2021 22:04:53 jmoore43 Changes to middlename

Updated Middle Name per MACR 3871 at

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2021 20:21:00 jmoore43 Changes to service number, biography, events and place associations

Added POW Camp info to the POW event and a S/N from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).
Added a connection to Stalag 17B per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:30 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3871 / MACR 3871/grandson, / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database