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William R McGinnis


RTD Ditched in North Sea on 7/7/44 in B-17 42-37859.
Hit by flak and crashed at Walheim in B-17 42-32093 on 8/9/44 Killed in Action (KIA)


Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-32093 'BIG BARN SMELL'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/1/44; Gr Island 3/2/44; Grenier 1/3/44; Presque Is 12/3/44; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-K] Kimbolton 11/3/44; Missing in Action Ulm 9/8/44 with Willis Jones, Bombardier: Paul Repas, ng-Bill McGinnis (3 Killed in Action); Co-pilot:...

  • 42-37859

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 24/9/43; Gr Island 2/10/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG Kimbolton 19/10/43; force landed Gr Island, Ne with Don McMillan 1/11/43; with Herb Wright force landed St Angelo, Nth Ireland 12/2/44; Missing in Action Leipzig 8/7/44 with Willis Jones,...


Event Location Date
Born Iowa City, Iowa
Killed in action 9 August 1944


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:39 AAM AAM ingest

1st MACR no #  2nd MACR 7392; 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 316 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia