671st BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

1Lt. William Richard Jokinen

Pilot,  O-795401

Prisoner Of War - Escaped

671st Bombardment Squadron (L)


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  Born: 21-Oct-1919, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York

Entered Military Service: Date: 23-Jan-1942 At: New York City, NY
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 12053554

POW summary:
Fail to Return Date: 18-Mar-1945
Not assigned to any German POW Camp - Escaped while marching in POW column
Return Date: 6-Apr-1945

Died: 25-Jan-1978, Lakeland, Polk County, Florida

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry

Extracts from Jokinen, William R. (1st LT.) Escape & Evasion Report EE-2943 (Original NARA Report)

MIS-X Report Number: EE-2943
Interviewed by I.S.9 (WEA): 10 April 1945
Missing in Action: 18 March 45
Rejoined Allied Forces: 6 April 45


On 18 Mar 1945, Lt. JOKINEN was bombing WORMS, GERMANY. Heavy and accurate flak was encountered over the target. The oil lines to both motors on his ship, an A-26, were hit, disabling the ship. He was forced down near KRIEGSFELD, GERMANY (M-1523) and there he was taken POW.

While marching in a column of POW about 15 Km southeast of DORZBACH, GERMANY (S-4389) on 1 April 1945, Lt JOKINEN escaped from this column and reached the Allied lines at JAGSTHAUSEN, GERMANY (S-2680) 6 April 1945 at Co "C", 255 Inf, 63 Div, 7 Army.

French Helpers listed in Escape & Evasion Report EE-2943:

    Escaped from POW Column, No Helpers listed in EE Report,

See E&E Reports for general information.

MACR 13154 Details

A/C Seen to Crash. Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft.

Four planes were presumed to be lost to flak when they failed to return to base. The planes went down in the vicinity of the PPF IP, northeast of the town of Bingen. Two planes went down in the vicinity of the target. ... No chutes were seen to emerge from any of the planes that were lost. The crews are all listed as MIA. ... #237 received a direct hit in the right wing and was seen to hit the ground in flames near Bingen. The crew was Lt W.B. Jokinen and Sgt E.J. Creeden.
(416th BG History 1945)

See also Mission # 239

Photos and Documents
1920 US Census
Passenger List
Return to USA
1925 NY Census
1930 US Census
1940 US Census
WW II Draft Registration
WW II Draft Registration
Newspaper Clipping
The Palm Beach Post
William Jokinen
William Jokinen
L-R: Lts. William R. Jokinen and Joseph J. "Joe" Lackovich
Newspaper Clipping
Nassan Daily Review
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