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William P Zachar


Bill was already in the Air Corps training to be a mechanic when the Japanese struck at Pearl Harbour. Nine months later he boarded the 'Queen Mary' - along with 14000 others - and sailed for England where he was given the job of crew chief on a B-17 at Molesworth; each of his team of four being responsible for one engine. As each aircraft returned from a mission a post-flight inspection was carried out and the plane immediately prepared for the next flight. During his time at Molesworth Bill went through 7 aircraft, either lost in combat or retired 'battle-weary';one of his planes 'Bonnie B' Flew 93 missions with only 7 aborts. Post war Bill obtained a degree in Industrial Engineering followed by a Masters in Professional Management. He was involved in America's first space flights, then taught Systems Engineering at Rock Island Arsenal before his retirement in 1986.


Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31483 'Bonnie B'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/11/43; Kearney 28/11/43; Bangor 5/12/43; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-B] Molesworth 1/1/44; 93 missions Missing in Action Stuttgart 5/9/44 with Bill Morgan, Co-pilot: John Parker, Navigator: Abe Wodinsky, Bombardier: Frank Destito,...


Event Location Date
Lived in Davenport, IA, USA


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14 May 2022 10:41:30 Helen Changes to biography

Iowans of the Mighty Eighth

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25 May 2018 14:22:51 general ira snapsorter Changes to events

"Iowans of the Mighty Eighth", Chapter 22 "Biographies", by Charles D Taylor.

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27 September 2014 18:28:36 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Hell's Angels Newsletter May 2001,