1/Lt. William W. Shank


(K. Esberger)

1/Lt. William W. Shank

338th FS - States - 13 November 1943 (Killed in Action)

Assigned Aircraft

P-38H 42-66727

Mission History

9 missions

Mission List
55th FG Mission #

Date

Target

n/a

16th October 1943 Practice Mission (Red 2)

02

16th October 1943 Sweep - Dutch Islands (Red 2)

04

18th October 1943 Sweep - Dutch Islands (Red 2)

05

19th October 1943 Sweep - Amiens Area (White 4)

08

24th October 1943 St. Andre L'Eure (Blue 4)

09

03rd November 1943 Wilhemshaven (White 4)

11

07th November 1943 Sweep in Ostend-St. Omer area (Red 3) (Landed at 1700 with left engine cutting out at altitude)

13

10th November 1943 Montdidier Airdrome (White 3)

14

11th November 1943 Munster (Red 4)

15

13th November 1943 Bremen (Blue 2)
Air Scores
Destroyed  
Probable  
Damaged  
Ground Scores
Destroyed  
Damaged  
Notes Known as 'Bill'
ASN - O-740289
13 November 1943 - Killed in Action
MACR No. 01267

Lt. Shank was one of six pilots lost on this bomber escort mission to Bremen, Germany.  It was one big dog fight in which the 338th Ftr. Sqdn. was badly mauled by the fighter pilots of the Luftwaffe which resulted in three deaths and three taken prisoner.

Capt. Charles O. Jones reported: "The last time I saw Lt. Shank he was pulling out of a dive following his flight leader's attack on a FW190.  He then continued on a straight course in the direction of the bombers.  This happened before reaching the target.  I did not identify him again, although I saw a number of single ships."

Lt. Shank was from Virginia.  His name is on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Cambridge, England.

Reproduced with kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield from the author's book Double Nickel - Double Trouble

December 1943 - Posthumously promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to 1st Lieutenant

Awards
Memories  
Additional Photo Lt. Shank's name on the Wall of the Missing, at the Madingley Military Cemetery, Cambridge, UK (R. Abbey)
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