William F. Galey

William F. Galey

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Death 21 Oct 1942 (aged 25)
France
Burial Weiser, Washington County, Idaho, USA
Memorial ID 22878744 · View Source
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The following was contributed by shootski (#47570282)

Lieutenant Galey was the Co-Pilot on B-17 (serial #4344) that took off on a mission to Lorient, Occupied France, on 21 October 1942. The mission encountered adverse weather disturbances, and many of the planes were forced to turn back. However, the formation that ship #4344 was in continued onto the briefed target.

Upon arrival over the target, the formation was met by heavy fighter opposition and heroic performances by the cerw concerned was responsible in accounting for shooting down two of the fighters. There is no specific information as to the cause of the crew of #4344 not returning. Lieutenant Galey was identified by his dog tags as shown to Lt. Robert Jackson by a German Intelligence Officer. Jackson was the Navigator on #4344, survived the incident and became a prisoner of war. Jackson was thrown from the plane in an unconcious state and had no memory of the incident.


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Idaho, 1st Lieut 341 AAF Bomb Sq, World War II

Died for his country.
Shot down over Lorient, France


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  • Created by: Cheryl Hanson
  • Added: 13 Nov 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22878744
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William F. Galey (3 Nov 1916–21 Oct 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22878744, citing Hillcrest Cemetery, Weiser, Washington County, Idaho, USA ; Maintained by Cheryl Hanson (contributor 46836345) .