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Wilmer Henry Clay Bassett


Prisoner of War (POW)/ crashed on 8/1/43 while TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti Raid in B-24 'Pudgy' 42-40613 Prisoner of War (POW) in Rumania.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    The 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1 Mar 42 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15 May 42. the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida, to continue advanced flight training and also to fly antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico. They...

  • 330th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-40613 'Pudgy'

    B-24 Liberator
    Lost 1 Aug 43, Ploesti, Romania. Forced landing due to fire near Ogrezeni, damaged by enemy fighters. - 6 KIA, 5 POW - MACR 333


  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B-24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57...

Associated Place

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in briefly in March 1943, then returned in June 1943 remaining until the end of the war and...

  • Mellaha

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Upper Darby, Pennsylvania 6 June 1918

Son of Henry Clay and Florence Amelia [Dokenwadel] Bassett

Enlisted Camp Lee, VA 28 October 1941
Based Hardwick 1943 – 1 August 1943

Assigned to 330BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY to 9AF for Ploesti raid from Bengazi.

Prisoner of War (POW) Romania 1 August 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Romania.

Forced landing POW Vicinity Ploesti 1 August 1943

A/C shot up by enemy fighters, force landed and captured. 1-Aug-43 POW. MACR 333

Died Newtown Square, PA 26 January 1994
Buried Philadelphia Memorial Park, Frazer, PA February 1994

Philadelphia Memorial Park
Frazer, Chester County, PA


Date Contributor Update
19 December 2018 11:37:28 Al_Skiff Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2018 11:35:38 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, highest rank, biography, events, place associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
18 December 2018 14:52:45 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:57 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 333