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William Whittfield Trimble Jr

Military

Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Crashed near Lesperre on 19-Jun-44 in B-17 42-40002 'Breezing Home'. Evaded EVD. See the page with details about his evasion at https://www.evasioncomete.be/ftrimblww.html
Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (4OLC), PH, POW, AFCM, WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

Service

People

  • Joseph Acker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Bill Trimble crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux-Mérignac airfield in B-17 42-40002 19-Jun-44; force landed Le Pouyau. Evaded capture (EVD). See the page with details about his evasion at...

  • William Armstrong

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Bill Trimble crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux-Mérignac airfield in B-17 42-40002 19-Jun-44; force landed Le Pouyau. Evaded capture (EVD) - MACR 6001. Liberated at Angoulême, France on 1...

  • William Asbell

    Military | Chief Master Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Bill Trimble crew. Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star). Post war: Served in Korean and Vietnam conflicts.

  • Paul Courtad

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Bill Trimble crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux-Mérignac airfield in B-17 42-40002 19-Jun-44; force landed Le Pouyau. Prisoner of War (POW) EVD MACR 6001 ...

  • Enver Cury

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Enver Cury was Bombardier on board B-17 42-40002 'Breezing Home' of 401st Bomb Group / 615th Bomb Squadron on the 19-Jun-44 mission to the Bordeaux-Mérignac airfield. Hit by Flak, the Fortress had one motor on fire, two other ones out of action,...

  • Beryl Lemke

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Bill Trimble crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux-Mérignac airfield in B-17 42-40002 19-Jun-44; force landed Le Pouyau. Evaded capture (EVD) MACR 6001 - See the page with details about his...

  • Jack MacKey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Bill Trimble crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux-Mérignac airfield in B-17 42-40002 19-Jun-44; force landed Le Pouyau. Evaded capture (EVD) MACR 6001 - See the page with details about his...

  • John Schaffer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Bill Trimble crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux-Mérignac airfield in B-17 42-40002 19-Jun-44; force landed Le Pouyau. Evaded capture (EVD) MACR 6001 ...

  • Frederick Shantz

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Bill Trimble crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux-Mérignac airfield in B-17 42-40002 19-Jun-44; force landed Le Pouyau. Evaded capture (EVD) MACR 6001. Back in England on 17 August 1944. ...

  • Edward Tracey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner, Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 19-Jun-44 in B-17 42-40002 'Breezing Home'. Evaded for two months, then was captured and became a Prisoner of War (POW). Moved to a hospital in Angoulême by the Luftwaffe and a few weeks later was freed...

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Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 615th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-107092 'Freckles', 'Umbriago'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 17/2/44; Kearney 22/2/44; Grenier 6/3/44; Assigned 710BS/447BG Rattlesden 13/3/44; transferred 615BS/401BG [IY-E] Deenethorpe 23/3/44 FRECKLES!; Missing in Action Munich 31/7/44 with Jay Ossiander, Co-pilot: Roy Cooper, Navigator:...

  • 42-40002 'Breezing Home'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 1/11/43; Cheyenne 16/11/43; Kearney 19/11/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-D] Deenethorpe 29/12/43. Involved in parking accident at Little Staughton on 1 January 1944. 42-40002 lost brake hydraulic pressure while taxiing and struck...

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Monroe, Louisiana, USA 27 November 1917

Son of William W Sr and Eula Elva [Medaries] Trimble.

Enlisted September 1942
Training Maxwell Field, Montgomery, AL November 1942

Pre Flight training - Maxwell Field Montgomery, AL

Pilot training Union City, TN 1943

Primary Flight training - Union City, TN

Pilot training Greenville, MS 1943

Basic Flight training - Greenville, MS

Pilot training George Field, Lawrenceville, IL April 1943

Advanced Flight training - George Field Lawrenceville, IL. (Commissioned 2Lt) Apr-43

Operational training Lockbourne AAF, Columbus, OH May 1943

B-17 transition - Lockbourne AAF

Based Deenethorpe 1944 – 19 June 1944

Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Evaded Le Pouyau, France 19 June 1944

Crashed near Lesperre on 19-Jun-44 in B-17 42-40002 'Breezing Home'. Evaded EVD

Died San Antonio, Bexar County, TX 23 February 2005
Buried Mission Burial Park North San Antonio, Bexar County, TX 27 February 2005

Mission Burial Park North
San Antonio,
Bexar County, Texas

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2022 08:38:15 ED-BB Changes to biography
Sources

Added address for his page at website www.evasioncomete.be

Date Contributor Update
30 October 2021 14:56:10 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/312834195
https://www.fold3.com/image/694377075
http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=350
http://401bg.org/Main/History/Crews/Details.aspx?CrewId=13501
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/13282670/william-w-trimble

Date Contributor Update
29 October 2021 20:43:54 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/312834195
https://www.fold3.com/image/694377075
http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=350
http://401bg.org/Main/History/Crews/Details.aspx?CrewId=13501
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/13282670/william-w-trimble

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:52 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 6001 / MACR 6001, http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=350 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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