History of the
B-17 #42-29645 / Wiley Witch

Delivered Denver 23/1/43; Salina 29/1/43; Morrison 8/3/43; Assigned 49BS/2BG Navarin, Alg 17/4/43; Chateau-du-Rhumel, Alg 27/4/43; Ain M’Lila, Alg 17/6/43; Massicault, Tun 31/7/43; Bizerte, Tun 2/12/43; Amendola, It 9/12/43; Missing in Action Sofia 24/1/44 with Chas McCrary, Co-pilot: Gene Lucas, Navigator: John Bascu, Bombardier: Chas Olsen, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Donnelly, Radio Operator: Bob Washman, Ball turret gunner: Howard Christensen, Waist gunner: Carlo Veneziano, Waist gunner: Chas Allee,Tail gunner: De Los Johnson (10 Returned to Duty); ditched off Civitanova, 15 miles east of Bari; crew rescued. WILEY WITCH.

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  1. von Ronald Gority am 31. October 2019 17:58 Uhr

    My wife’s father was a navigator / bombardier on the Wiley Witch crew. His crew was finally relieved after mission 56 or there abouts.
    His name was William W Holland who suffered a fatal heart attack in 1980.
    “Dub” as he was called -short for William Walter – never really talked about his experience accept to say the post – bombing photos were haunting.


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