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Willis P Baxandall


Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 'Spare Parts'. MACR 790. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft III, Stalag VII-A, Moosburg. Liberated 1945 by General Patton's soldiers.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • James Mullinax

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    8 x combat missions. Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 42-30149 'Spare Parts'. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 790. Awards: AM(2OLC), PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Authored 'Foes by Fate...Friends by Choice'

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Units served with

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 332nd Bomb Squadron

    332nd Bomb Squadron

    Part of 94th Bomb Group.


  • 42-30149 'Spare Parts' AKA "Marian E"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/4/43; Smoky Hill 24/4/43; Walla Walla 30/4/43; Smoky Hill 10/5/43; Dow Fd 25/5/43; Assigned 333BS/94BG [Earls Colne 27/5/43; Rougham 12/6/43; ...


  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...

Associated Place

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

  • Stalag VII-A

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born South Carolina, USA 22 January 1913
Lived in Lynchburg, Virginia 1941
Enlisted Roanoke, VA, USA 29 October 1942
Based Bury St Edmunds 1943 – 14 October 1943

Assigned to 332BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 14 October 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft III Zagan, Stalag VII-A, Moosburg.

Shot down / baled out Schweinfurt, Germany 14 October 1943

Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 'Spare Parts'. Prisoner of War (POW).

Died Henrico, 1, VA 24529, USA 14 May 1983


Date Contributor Update
21 October 2017 10:07:39 Al_Skiff Changes to role, biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:55 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 790 / MACR 790, cousin / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database