669th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

S/Sgt. William Edward ("Bill") Fields

Airplane Mechanic-Gunner,  35339996

Prisoner Of War

669th Bombardment Squadron (L)

WWII-Medal

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  Born: 27-Feb-1921, Peru, Miami County, Indiana

Entered Military Service: Date: 12-Sep-1942 At: Toledo, OH
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 35339996

POW summary:
Fail to Return Date: 8-Aug-1944
Captured: 8-Aug-1944, Near Place of crash (Near Le Pomchel, 6 km NW of Auxi Le Chateau), By: Flak Unit
Hospital: Reserve Station Hospital Calmette, Lille
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16
Return Date: 23-May-1945
NARA WW II POW Data File Latest Report Date: 23-May-1945
NARA WW II POW Data File ID: 64236

Died: 6-Feb-2001, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry
Find-A-Grave


Obituary

William Edward Fields, 79

OBITUARIES/FORT WAYNE

Journal Gazette, The (Fort Wayne, IN) - Saturday, February 10, 2001

WILLIAM EDWARD FIELDS, 79, died Thursday at Regency Place in Fort Wayne. Born in Peru, he worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 28 years before his retirement in 1975.

He was also a World War II Air Force veteran and help found the Fort Wayne Chapter of the Ex-POW.

Surviving are his wife, Rose G.; two sons, Mark A. of Birmingham, Ala. and Gary of Greenwood; two daughters, Judith Ann Heersche of Waukegon, Ill., and Janet Rose Lichlyter of Columbia City; two sisters, Ruth Parker of Oklahoma and Joyce Schoolcraft of Arizona; two brothers, Max of Monticello and Paul of Lebanon; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services at 11 a.m. Monday at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave. Calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Burial at Springdale Cemetery, Bunker Hill. Memorials to the Salvation Army or Fort Wayne Cardiology Congestive Heart Failure Clinic.

Journal Gazette, The (Fort Wayne, Indiana) 10 February 2001, WILLIAM EDWARD FIELDS Obituary, GenealogyBank.com (https://www.genealogybank.com/doc/obituaries/obit/10726C8F5717DA54-10726C8F5717DA54 [subscription required] : accessed 9 April 2021)




MACR 7794 Details



Notes:
A/C Last Sighted. Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft.

Description:
Another plane out of that first flight also went down. The plane caught on fire when it was hit by flak after leaving the target; it was seen to lose a wing and then explode. Lt. Peter Dontas was the pilot. Staff Sergeants A.L. Nielsen and W.E. Fields were the gunners. One chute was seen to come out of the plane. The crew is listed as MIA.
(416th BG History 1944)

See also Mission # 117




Photos and Documents
Birth Certificate
1930 US Census
1940 US Census
WW II Draft Registration
16-Feb-1942
WW II Draft Registration
16-Feb-1942
Apr 28, 1944
A-20J
"Combat Crew". Far right - SSgt William Fields. A/C is "Holey Joe"
SSgt William Fields
SSgt William Fields
MACR Capture document
MACR Capture document
MACR Capture document
MACR Capture document
Registration of Foreigners and German Persecutees
16-Jun-1984 Letter To Meredith Huff
16-Jun-1984 Letter To Meredith Huff
16-Jun-1984 Letter To Meredith Huff
16-Jun-1984 Letter To Meredith Huff
L-R: 669th BS Pilots Lts William F. Tripp, Jr., Hiram B. Clark, Jack F. Smith, Jr., Leo E. Poundstone, Earl L. Hayter, 1944. "Mission Maid", A-20G-30-DO S/N 43-9673, Fuselage Code 2A-I
669th BS Gunners, Facing Camera: S/Sgt Gerald L. Coffey; Backs to camera L-R: S/Sgt Grady F. Cope, T/Sgt Jeong S. Wing, S/Sgt Harold F. Hatch, 1944
Back/Standing L-R: Unknown, S/Sgt William E. Fields, S/Sgt Charles L. Webb, S/Sgt Herman O. Carney, T/Sgt Jeong S. Wing. Middle row: Unknown, S/Sgt Russell J. Colosimo (one hand on chin), S/Sgt Morton Rosenstein. Front: All Unknown. 1944
Air Medal Awards - 669th BS Gunners L-R: S/Sgt Arthur L. Nielsen, S/Sgt William E. Fields, S/Sgt Morton Rosenstein, S/Sgt Evert T. Epps, S/Sgt Charles A. Prindle, S/Sgt Roger W. Nicks, T/Sgt William J. Kelly, S/Sgt Foster M. Citty, S/Sgt Charles L. Webb, S/Sgt Alexander J. Huber, Jul 11, 1944
Staff Sergeants A. Nielsen, Fields, Rosenstein, Epps, Prindle, Nicks, Kelly, Citty, Webb, and Huber just after having received the Air Medal from Col. Mace on 11 July 1944. (669th Bomb Sq. Exhibit # 41)
Air Medal Awards - Far right: Pete (Dontas?), S/Sgt William E. Fields back row, over his right shoulder, 1944
Air Medal Awards - 669th BS Gunners L-R: S/Sgt Foster M. Citty, S/Sgt Charles L. Webb, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, S/Sgt Roger W. Nicks, S/Sgt Charles A. Prindle, T/Sgt William J. Kelly, S/Sgt Evert T. Epps, S/Sgt William E. Fields, 1944
L-R: S/Sgt William E. Fields, S/Sgt Harold F. Hatch, T/Sgt Jeong S. Wing, S/Sgt Herman O. Carney, S/Sgt James B. Thompson, S/Sgt Russell J. Colosimo, S/Sgt Sterling F. Alden
L-R: Unknown, S/Sgt Alexander J. Huber, S/Sgt Herman O. Carney, S/Sgt William E. Fields, S/Sgt William Grant Ferguson, S/Sgt Foster M. Citty. Possibly at New York City night club "Village Barn"
L-R: S/Sgt Arthur L. Nielsen, Lt Peter Dontas, S/Sgt William E. Fields
16-Jul-1984 Letter To Meredith Huff
16-Jul-1984 Letter To Meredith Huff
13-Sep-1984 Letter To Meredith Huff
13-Sep-1984 Letter To Meredith Huff
L-R: 669th BS Pilots Lt. Norman V. Shainberg, Lt. Tonnis Boukamp, Cpt. William A. Peck, 1944
10-Dec-1984 Letter To Meredith Huff
POW Memories
10-Dec-1984 Letter To Meredith Huff
POW Memories
10-Dec-1984 Letter To Meredith Huff
POW Memories
Letter To Homer Hudson, likely 1984 to 1986, p 01
Letter To Homer Hudson, likely 1984 to 1986, p 02
Letter To Homer Hudson, likely 1984 to 1986, p 03
Letter To Homer Hudson, likely 1984 to 1986, p 04
Letter To Homer Hudson, likely 1984 to 1986, p 05
Letter To Homer Hudson, likely 1984 to 1986, p 06
Letter To Homer Hudson, likely 1984 to 1986, p 07
Letter To Homer Hudson, likely 1984 to 1986, p 08
Letter To Homer Hudson, likely 1984 to 1986, p 09
Letter To Homer Hudson, likely 1984 to 1986, p 10
Letter To Homer Hudson, likely 1984 to 1986, p 11
Letter To Homer Hudson, likely 1984 to 1986, p 12
Letter To Homer Hudson, likely 1984 to 1986, p 13
Letter To Homer Hudson, likely 1984 to 1986, p 14
Letter To Homer Hudson, likely 1984 to 1986, p 15
Letter To Homer Hudson, likely 1984 to 1986, p 16
Letter To Homer Hudson, likely 1984 to 1986, p 17
Letter To Homer Hudson, likely 1984 to 1986, p 18
Letter To Homer Hudson, likely 1984 to 1986, p 19
Letter To Homer Hudson, likely 1984 to 1986, p 20
Death Certificate
Headstone
WW II Honoree
 
 
 
 



See Also:
Prisoner Of War (POW) Camps
Escape & Evasion (E&E) Reports
POW/E&E Terms and Acronyms
POW/E&E Sources, References, Resources