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William R McGinnis

Military

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)

Service

Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    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

Aircraft

  • 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,...

Events

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

Revisions

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

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

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