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William Rigebert Dwyer

Military

Assigned to 785BS, 466BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 11-May-44 in B-24 41-28664 'Merchant Of Venice'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4802

Awards: AM, PH.

Service

People

  • John MacDonald

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 785BS, 466BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 11-May-44 in B-24 41-28664 'Merchant Of Venice'. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 785th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-28664 Merchant of Venice

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 785BS, 466BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew on 466BG's first mission. Failed to Return (FTR)mission to Epinal. A/C seen with one engine feathered and another smoking, radio message received that pilot was heading for Switzerland. Not seen again. 11 x KIA...

Missions

  • 350

    11 May 1944

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

Events

Event Location Date
Born New Haven, CT 4 January 1916

Son of William Michael Dwyer.

Lived in New Haven, Connecticut 1941
Enlisted New Haven, CT 18 March 1941

New Haven, Connecticut

466th bG Combat Tour Attlebridge 22 March 1944 – 11 May 1944

The crew were on their 15th mission when they were shot down.

Died Eastern France 11 May 1944

Shot down 11 May 1944 in B-24 41-28664 'Merchant Of Venice'. Killed in Action (KIA).

Buried 1946

Tablets of the Missing
Cambridge American Cemetery

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 November 2021 10:58:34 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310953053
https://www.fold3.com/image/606132828
https://www.fold3.com/record/83357688/william-r-dwyer-wwii-army-enlistme...
https://www.fold3.com/record/529900464/william-r-dwyer-american-battle-m...
https://catalog.archives.gov/id/138789712
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56289394/william-r-dwyer

Date Contributor Update
27 August 2016 03:06:39 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

https://www.abmc.gov/node/539705#.V8D11Wcm4qQ

Date Contributor Update
13 August 2016 00:46:13 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

"Attlebridge Arsenal" - Brassfield & Wassom

Date Contributor Update
13 August 2016 00:43:17 466thHistorian Changes to role
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
11 August 2016 21:14:39 Al_Skiff Changes to role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28618328/?terms=41-28664

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2015 03:51:09 466thHistorian Changes to service number and role
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2015 03:47:34 466thHistorian Changes to person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4802

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