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William Raymond Zimmerman
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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

Target: Ploesti
Missing Air Crew Report Details
USAAF MACR#:
Date Lost: 1-Aug-43
Serial Number: 41-11591
Aircraft Model B-24D
Aircraft Letter:G
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 
 
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 Spouse:
  Mary Renfro Zimmerman (1924 - 2013)*
 
*Calculated relationship

MAJ, US ARMY AIR CORPS
 
Burial:
Houston National Cemetery
Houston
Harris County
Texas, USA
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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William Raymond Zimmerman
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"Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another."___Ernest Hemingway
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