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Wilmer E Dyar

Military

Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17F 41-24566 'Zombie', 303G/259BS while serving as Bombardier on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 15593. Participated in 4 Operations (1 was aborted) See Biography events.

Service

Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24566 Zombie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24566 'Zombie' [BN-W] was assigned 303BG/359BS [BN-W] at Alamogordo Field, New Mexico on 23-Jun-42. Stationed at Kellogg Field, Battle Creek, Michigan until 3-Oct-42 when it went to Bangor, Maine for deployment to England.; Molesworth 25-Oct...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 21

    18 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient and La Pallice, France are the Primary (P) targets for this mission. However, those at St. Nazaire, France are attacked by 21 B-17s of 303BG when they are mistaken for those of Lorient. The force attacking Lorient is composed...

  • VIII Bomber Command 22

    22 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the Primary (P) target of this mission. A combined force of 68 B-17s despatched from 91BG (18), 303BG (18) 305BG (23) and 306BG (9) against the target but a 10/10 could cover prevents all but 11 from 303BG from...

  • VIII Bomber Command 25

    12 December 1942
    This mission is composed of two elements. First element: The German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a force of 78 B-17s despatched from 91BG (19), 303BG (20), 305BG (21) and 306BG (18). However, the target is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 26

    20 December 1942
    The German Air Depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 80 B-17s despatched by 91BG (17), 303BG (21); 305BG (23) and 306BG (19). 60 B-17 are effective on the target, but 7 are MIA and 1 is DBR. ...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Eureka, Illinois
Assigned to Aircraft Alamogordo, NM 88310, USA 23 June 1942

Assigned as the Bombardier of B-17F 41-24566 "Zombie", 303BG/359BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico

Arrived in UK Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 25 October 1942

Arrived as Bombardier of B-17F 41-24566 "Zombie", 303BG/359BS at Molesworth, UK.

Mission #1, 2LT Wilmer E.Dyar, w/ B-17F 41-24566, 303BG/359BS Saint-Nazaire, France 18 November 1942

Served as Bombardier of B-17F 41-24566 "Zombie", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bombe the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #2, 2LT Wilmer E.Dyar, w/ B-17F 41-24566, 303BG/359BS Lorient, France 22 November 1942

Served as Bombardier of B-17F 41-24566 "Zombie", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #3, 2LT Wilmer E.Dyar, w/ B-17F 41-24566, 303BG/359BS - Aborted Rouen, France 12 December 1942

Served as Bombardier of B-17F 41-24566 "Zombie", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie.

Killed in Action (KIA) Dieppe, France 20 December 1942

Killed when the aircraft was attacked by German fighters and crashed into the English Channel near Dieppe, France. His remains were never recovered.

Mission #4, 2LT Wilmer E.Dyar, w/ B-17F 41-24566, 303BG/359BS - KIA Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

Served as Bombardier of B-17F 41-24566 "Zombie", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. The aircarf sustained heavy damage from figerts and AA fire and crashed into the English Channel on the return. All crew lost. KIA

Commemorated Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7PH, UK 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2015 21:45:17 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-Dec-2015. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: Mission Report of 20-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2015 21:30:52 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-Dec-2015. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: Mission Report of 22-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/003.pdf

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2015 21:28:45 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-Dec-2015. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: Mission Report of 18-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/002.pdf

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2015 21:24:39 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-Dec-2015. Added Assigned to Aircraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: Orville S, Witt crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-359-witt.html

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2015 21:22:50 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-Dec-2015. Added Assigned to Aircraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: Orville S, Witt crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-359-witt.html

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2015 21:18:56 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-Dec-2015. Edited Summary Biography and made connections to missions per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Reports: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2014 21:38:35 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-Dec-2014. Added crew position to biography and KIA event per MACR 15708; added Commemorated event and decorations per American Battle Monument Commission (ABMC) record; made Place Aircraft and Mission connections within existing website data.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:56 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15708, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Hey and Bishop p.55

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