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William Edward Treichler

Military

Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. 23 x combat missions. Sole survivor Radio Operator of B-24 41-24246 'Semper Felix' exploded having released its bombs over target as a result of ground fire on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 225.

Later T/Sgt Treichler recollected: I heard the pilot say "I can't see anything" and the Bombardier calls "steady" gave corrections then "bombs away". The pilot took us down on deck and I saw Politte hit by ground fire double up. Flames flew up at me from the bomb bay tank. Fire hitting upfront pitched us violently, then we exploded. I woke up a few days later in a Romanian hospital.

Awards: DFC, AM, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • August Sulflow

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Pilot of B-24 41-24246 'Semper Felix' exploded having released its bombs over target as a result of ground fire on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 225 Awards: DFC, AM, PH.

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Units served with

  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...

  • 345th Bomb Squadron

    345th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomb squadron and trained by Third Air Force. Deployed to Egypt in June 1942 over South Atlantic Transport Route transiting from Morrison Field, Florida though the Caribbean to Brazil; performed trans-Atlantic...

Aircraft

  • 41-24246 'Semper felix'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 Liberator 41-24246 'Semper Felix' exploded having released its bombs over target as a result of ground fire on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid. Pilot Lt. August W. Sulflow. 9 KIA 1 POW. MACR 225.

Missions

  • 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

  • Benina

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born Royalton, PA 21 November 1912

Son of Edward Everett and Mary A [Krepps] Treichler.

Enlisted New Cumberland, PA 25 April 1942

New Cumberland, Pennsylvania

Based Benina 1943 – 1 August 1943

Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.

Ejected by explosion Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Survived explosion of A/C. POW. MACR 225.

Hospitalised Bucharest, Romania 1 August 1943 – 8 August 1943

German hospital in Bucharest. Treated for flak wounds in legs and internal injuries caused by the A/C explosion.

Hospitalised Romania 8 August 1943 – December 1943

Transferred to Romanian hospital.

Prisoner Of War (POW) North of Bucharest December 1943 – October 1944

Prisoner Of War (POW). Romanian camp north of Bucharest.

Died York, PA 18 March 2011
Buried Grand View Memorial Park Annville, Lebanon County, PA 21 March 2011

Grand View Memorial Park
Annville, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 July 2021 21:14:38 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
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https://www.fold3.com/record/87046467/william-e-treichler-wwii-army-enli...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/67161903/william-e-treichler

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2015 16:45:19 Al_Skiff Changes to awards
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 225

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2015 15:50:54 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 225

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