|Birth: ||Dec. 28, 1919|
|Death: ||Jul. 4, 1996|
Pilot 1st/Lt. William R. Zimmerman DFC
Hometown: Houston, Tex.
Squadron: 513th BS 376th Bomb Group
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Purple Heart
Missing Air Crew Report Details
Date Lost: 1-Aug-43
Serial Number: 41-11591
Aircraft Model B-24D
Aircraft Name: QUEEN BEE
Location: Crew of 9 successfully returned to base in Libya.
Lt. Zimmerman later Major was a recipient of the Distinguished flying cross for his valor in the Ploesti raid "Operation Tidal Wave" August 1st 1943. One of the most daring raids of WW2. Coming in at tree top level the 376th BG destroy Romanian oil refineries.
He was one of three Tidal Wave airmen who had flown the HALPRO raid to Ploesti 11-12 June 1942.
Crew of QUEEN BEE
1st/Lt. William R. Zimmerman Pilot
2nd/Lt. Gordon D. Seibert Navigator
Preston M. Hawk Co Pilot
2nd Lt. William H. Rutledge Bombardier
T/Sgt. Earl J. Paulsen Engineer
T/Sgt. William B. Stout Radio Op.
S/Sgt. Robert E. Stoddard Gunner
T/Sgt. Edward A. Lis Gunner
S/Sgt.William T. Curry Gunner
Mary Renfro Zimmerman (1924 - 2013)*
MAJ, US ARMY AIR CORPS
Houston National Cemetery
Plot: C-11, A, 12
Maintained by: John Dowdy
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Feb 26, 2000
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