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William R Gaylor Jr


Member of Willis crew;
Remained an Air Force officer until 1972, retired as Lt. Colonel;
Was an Electronics Engineer for the Air Force;
Did the same job as a civilian after retiring.
Died February 1986.


Units served with

  • 490th Bomb Group

    490th Bomb Group

    The 490th Bomb Group, like the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups transitioned from flying B-24 Liberators to B-17 Flying Fortresses, which were used in combat missions from late August 1944. Based at Eye, Suffolk, the Group were focused in the early months...

  • 851st Bomb Squadron


  • 481

    18 July 1944
    Flew an easy one over Denmark to Germany. Only had one hours sleep between yesterday and today.

  • 486

    21 July 1944

  • 492

    24 July 1944
    Bombed enemy troop concentrations and thus assisted the Allied breakthrough at St. Lo. About 1500 planes of US went to St. Lo in Cherbourg. We came back with our bombs. Couldn't find the target.

  • 494

    25 July 1944

  • 498

    27 July 1944

  • 501

    28 July 1944

  • 503

    29 July 1944

  • 508

    1 August 1944

  • 513

    3 August 1944

  • 524

    6 August 1944

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Date Contributor Update
08 June 2018 02:37:30 cpgaylor Changes to awards

Son, Charles Gaylor (USA)

Date Contributor Update
08 June 2018 02:28:28 cpgaylor Changes to role and awards

son, Charles Gaylor

Date Contributor Update
17 May 2018 01:06:31 cpgaylor Changes to highest rank, biography, awards, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

He was my father.
Mission are from his combat diary, but most of January 1945 is not available. January 1945 information is from the 490th BG(H) Memorial organization.
Rotated out on or about 02-02-1945.

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

490th Bomb Group Unit Personnel / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia