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William Edward Fields




  • Peter Dontas

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 416th Bomb Group

  • Arthur Nielsen

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 416th Bomb Group
    He filled out his draft registration card with the middle name "Louis." Everything else has his middle name as "Lawrence."

Units served with


  • 43-10148

    A-20 Havoc

  • 43-10206

    A-20 Havoc

  • 43-9673

    A-20 Havoc
    Shot down by AA fire near Le Ponchel on a mission to Frevent, France on 8 August 1944. Pilot 1Lt Peter Dontas KIA, gunner SSgt Arthur L. Nielsen KIA and mechanic/gunner SSgt William Edward Fields POW. MACR 7794

  • 43-9717

    A-20 Havoc

  • 43-9189 Winsome Winnie

    A-20 Havoc
    Written off after crash landing due to engine troubles at Parkhold Farm near Gosfield, Essex on 11 July 1944. Pilot Lt. Walter L. Pentilla was killed.

Associated Place

  • Wethersfield

    Military site : airfield
    Planned in 1942 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Wethersfield was then supposed to be loaned to the RAF in 1943, but was re-allocated to the Ninth Air Force by the time it was complete. Built during 1943-44, it had three concrete runways, 49 loop...


Event Location Date
Born Peru, Indiana 27 February 1921
Lived in Fort Wayne Indiana 16 February 1942

1313 1/2 Polk Street

Worked for Wayne Paper Box & Printing Corp.

Enlisted Toledo, Ohio 12 September 1942
First 416th BG Combat Mission Conches, France 6 March 1944
Shot Down/Captured west of Frevent, France 8 August 1944

Another plane out of that first flight also went down. The plane caught on fire when it was hit by flak after leaving the target; it was seen to lose a wing and then explode. Lt. Peter Dontas was the pilot. Staff Sergeants A.L. Nielsen and W.E. Fields were the gunners. One chute was seen to come out of the plane. The crew is listed as MIA.

POW Tychowo, Poland 15 August 1944 – May 1945

Stalag Luft IV

(Dates are approximate)

Died Allen County, IN 10 February 2001
Buried Bunker Hill, Indiana 14 February 2001

Springdale Cemetery
Bunker Hill, Miami County, Indiana, USA


Date Contributor Update
12 March 2021 00:48:37 466thHistorian Changes to person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2021 23:41:58 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, events and media associations