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William S Munger

Military

Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt in B-17 41-24527 'The Great Speckled Bird' 17-Aug-43; shot down by fighters, A/C crashed Waldeschaff. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 274

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Bernard Bedrock

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 17-Aug-43 in B-17 41-24527 'The Great Speckled Bird' on mission to Schweinfurt ball bearing plant. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 274. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Blair

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt in B-17 41-24527 'The Great Speckled Bird' 17-Aug-43; shot down by fighters, A/C crashed Waldeschaff. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 274 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Brickley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt in B-17 41-24527 'The Great Speckled Bird' 17-Aug-43; shot down by fighters, A/C crashed Waldeschaff. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 274 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Jack Gaffney

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew chief | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    In addition to his mechanic duties, Sgt Gaffney created "nose art" for seven different 91st BG Fortresses. He painted nose art for "Invasion II" (42-5070), "The Bad Egg" (41-24484), "The Sky Wolf" (41-24527), "Shamrock Special" (42-29591), "Destiny's...

  • David Gladhart

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Lt Gladhart was severely wounded in the left upper forearm by 20 mm cannon fire on 21-May-43 but eventually recovered to resume flying on 16-Jul-43. Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt in B-17 41-24527 'The Great...

  • Anthony Kalupy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt in B-17 41-24527 'The Great Speckled Bird' 17-Aug-43; shot down by fighters, A/C crashed Waldeschaff. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 274 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Latta

    Military | Master Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt in B-17 41-24527 'The Great Speckled Bird' 17-Aug-43; shot down by fighters, A/C crashed Waldeschaff. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 274 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Arnold Musum

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt in B-17 41-24527 'The Great Speckled Bird' 17-Aug-43; shot down by fighters, A/C crashed Waldeschaff. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 274 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harold Shultz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt in B-17 41-24527 'The Great Speckled Bird' 17-Aug-43; shot down by fighters, A/C crashed Waldeschaff. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 274 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Richard Teague

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt in B-17 41-24527 'The Great Speckled Bird' 17-Aug-43; shot down by fighters, A/C crashed Waldeschaff. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 274 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Home of the Memphis Belle

Aircraft

  • 41-24527 The Sky Wolf, Great Speckled Bird

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL- ] Bangor 6/9/42; Bassingbourn 1/10/42; 1m transferred 324BS [DF-Y]; Missing in Action 27+m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Bill Munger, Co-pilot: Dave Gladhart, Navigator: John Brickley, Bombardier: Tony Kalupy, Flight engineer/top...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Detroit, Michigan, USA 25 August 1921
Enlisted Detroit, MI 26 January 1942

Detroit, Michigan

Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 17 August 1943

Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia Bavaria (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11

Died 23 June 1976
Buried North Farmington Cemetery Farmington Hills, Oakland County, MI 26 June 1976

North Farmington Cemetery
Farmington Hills, Oakland County, Michigan

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2021 10:16:22 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29419446
https://www.fold3.com/record/46389923/william-munger-social-security-dea...
https://www.fold3.com/record/84385178/william-s-munger-wwii-army-enlistm...
https://www.fold3.com/record/529576813/william-munger-1921-veterans-affa...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/96793267/william-s-munger

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2020 00:47:05 jmoore43 Changes to service number, biography and events
Sources

Added S/N and POW camp information from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).
Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 274 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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