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Frederick August Wilkens

Military

Frederick August Wilkens (1919-2009) served as a draftsman with the 51st Troop Carrier Squadron, 64th Troop Carrier Group. He arrived in the UK in August 1942, and was based at Ramsbury, Wiltshire, where he drew airfields and dispersal areas. In November 1942, Wilkens moved to the Mediterranean Theatre of Operations, where his unit flew missions in support of the invasion of Tunisia, Sicily, Italy and Southern France until 1944.

Service

Units served with

  • 64th Troop Carrier Group

    64th Troop Carrier Group

    Group
    The Group trained with the Eighth Air Force flying from Ramsbury, Wiltshire. The Group was reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force on 14 September 1942. Its first mission was dropping paratroops into French North-West Africa, at Maison Blanche, Algeria on...

  • 51st Troop Carrier Squadron

Associated Place

  • Ramsbury

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF operational training station, Ramsbury was allocated while under construction to the Eighth Air Force as a transport base. Built during 1942, it had eventually three concrete runways, 28 pan and 24 loop hardstandings, and two T2...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Cleveland, Ohio 27 April 2009
Based Ramsbury August 1942 – November 1942
Died Aurora, Ohio 5 November 2009

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 November 2021 14:01:12 Emily Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Objects pertaining to Frederick Wilkens were displayed in the American Air Museum until 2016, further information about his life and service can be found on Ancestry

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