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Willis Bryant Moulton, II


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Willis Bryant Moulton, II

European Theater

Rank: 1st Lt.

S/N O-818295

Wife: Martha Libby Moulton

MACR #10306: Moulton was in the 8th Air Force, 94th Bomber Group, 410th Bomber Squadron. He had flown about 33 missions. On Nov. 5, 1944, he was co-pilot or a 9-man crew on a B-17G (S/N: 43-38727) on an operational mission to Ludwigshafen. His aircraft was observed to be hit by flak over the target. #2 engine was observed to be on fire and the tail section was severely damaged. The aircraft was last observed flying apparently under control at about 10,000-12,000 feet. Four (4) chutes were observed. Initially no further information was known.

Later it was reported that 99% of the Fortress burst in the air. Two men were captured, 2 men were dead, and 6 men were fugitives (the count was originally wrong). The Germans reported the burial of the two men who were dead (not Moulton). One of the men, John N. Gillum, Jr., who had been mortally wounded, had been thrown out of the plane with his parachute by the tail gunner and the ball turret gunner in the hopes that he would survive.

Further reports suggested that Moulton had bailed out and that there was sufficient time for everyone to get out before the plane exploded. However, Moulton was officially declared dead and is buried at: Plot B Row 19 Grave 28 Lorraine American Cemetery St. Avold, France Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart

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