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William Oscar Deel




  • Frederick Balmes

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 340th Bomb Group

  • Eugene Galbreath

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 340th Bomb Group

  • John Gilbert

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 340th Bomb Group

  • Clarence Reed

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Radio Operator/Gunner | 340th Bomb Group

Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 340th Bomb Group

    340th Bomb Group

    Activated on 20 August 1942. The 340th. Bombardment Group trained with B-25's for duty overseas. They arrived in the Mediterranean theater in March 1943. Assigned first to the Ninth Air Force and later (in August 1943) to the Twelfth. Served in combat...

  • 489th Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • El Kabrit

    Military site : airfield

  • Sfax

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Clintwood, VA 2 September 1917
Lived in Clintwood, VA 16 October 1940

Worked for the WPA in Wise, VA

Enlisted Richmond, VA 3 November 1941
Died Sfax, Tunisia 24 April 1943

KIA when the B-25 he was flying suddenly surged upward colliding with another 340th BG B-25. Both a/c crashed to the ground near the airfield killing both crews.

Buried North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial 1945

Plot B Row 14 Grave 5
North Africa American Cemetery
North Africa American Cemetery
BP 346 Sidi Bou Said


Date Contributor Update
24 November 2021 01:36:33 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, events, unit associations and place associations