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Frederick M Wilson

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Frederick Wilson was on board B-17E-BO AC# 41-9090 transitioning to England from the United States on 27 June 1942 when it had to ditch near an island in Narsarsuaq Fjord, near Narsaq, in 1500ft of water, 35 miles SW of Bluie West One, Greenland. Wilson and the rest of the 12-man crew left uninjured and were brought safely to England. On a mission to Bizerte, Tunisia on 18 December 1942, he survived the crash-landing of B-17 Serial 42-5715, shot down by German fighters over Tunisia. The Co-Pilot and three other crew members were killed. No Missing Air Crew Report for the loss of that Fortress. Frederick Wilson was awarded the DSC (Distinguished Service Cross) for helping fellow crewmembers on board that day. His citation reads : "Staff Sergeant Frederick M. Wilson, United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 18 December 1942, in the North African Theater of Operations. Staff Sergeant Wilson's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces." The medal was pinned on his chest in January 1944 at Boeing Field, Salem, Oregon, by Lt Col. Norman Mott.

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    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner | 97th Bomb Group
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  • William Dorsett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 97th Bomb Group
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    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 97th Bomb Group
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  • John Mayes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 97th Bomb Group
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  • George Monda

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 97th Bomb Group
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    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 97th Bomb Group
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    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 97th Bomb Group
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Units served with

  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

  • 342nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-9090 The SOONER

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered MacDill 11 April 1942. Assigned 342BS/97BG Sarasota 26 April 1942. Presque Isle 29 May 1942. Flying from Goose Bay to Bluie West One at Narsarsuaq, Greenland on 27 June 1942 in foggy weather, with the impossibility to make radio contact and a...

  • 42-5715 The Sooner II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne, 3 September 1942. To New Castle, 4 October 1942. Assigned 94th Bomb Group, 22 October 1942. Transferred 342BS/97BG Depienne, November 1942. Piloted by 1st Lt John C. Nicholson on the 18 December 1942 mission to bomb the Bizerte,...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 November 2017 15:22:27 ED-BB Changes to firstname, highest rank, role, biography, awards and person associations
Sources

“The Hour Has Come - The 97th Bomb Group in World War II”, pages 68-69

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:33 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th and 9th AF by Bishop and Hay p.15

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