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Wilbur Earl Somers

Military

Service

People

  • John Leggett

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 340th Bomb Group

Units served with

  • 486th Bomb Squadron
  • 340th Bomb Group

    340th Bomb Group

    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...

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born Spokane, Washington 23 August 1918
Combat Mission/Wounded Foligno, Italy 22 February 1944

Lt. Somers was hit in the head by a piece of flak over the target incapacitating him. His crew rendered first aid and his co-pilot flew the B-25 safely home to Alesani. Lt. Somers was taken to the hospital and died later that day.

Died Pompeii Airfield, Italy 22 February 1944
Buried Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial 1945

Plot J Row 9 Grave 48
Sicily-Rome American Cemetery
Sicily-Rome American Cemetery
Piazzale Kennedy, 1
00048
Italy

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 January 2022 00:06:00 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/377300:6493?tid=&pid=&...
http://57thbombwing.com/340th_History/486th_History/7_Hist_Feb_1944.pdf
https://www.abmc.gov/decedent-search/somers%3Dwilbur

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