Wilder, W. M.

The William M. Wilder crew: 710th Squadron

Seated, L-R:
Normand D. Manock  
Lt. Wilder Pilot


Flights with William M. Wilder listed as Pilot

These lists are NOT limited to officially credited Combat missions, and may include Aborts, returns and non-takeoff occurrences as well.

447th Mission (Date) Target Plane Number Notes
#129 (16-Aug-44) Rositz, Germany 42-107029  
#131 (24-Aug-44) Brux, Czechoslovakia 42-107117  
#135 (30-Aug-44) Bremen, Germany 42-102668  
#136 (01-Sep-44) Mainz, Germany 42-102668  
#138 (05-Sep-44) Brest, France 42-102668  
#141 (10-Sep-44) Giebelstadt, Germany 44-6460  
#142 (11-Sep-44) Fulda, Germany 42-31154  
#143 (12-Sep-44) Bohlen & Fulda, Germany 44-6460 Target of Opportunity
#144 (13-Sep-44) Stuttgart, Germany 44-6460  
#145 (17-Sep-44) Arnheim, Holland 44-6460  
#148 (25-Sep-44) Ludwigshafen, Germany 44-6460  
#151 (28-Sep-44) Merseburg, Germany 43-38524  
#152 (02-Oct-44) Kassel, Germany 44-6460 CRASHED


During assembly for Kassel 2/10/44) 44-6460 with the William M. Wilder crew aboard, had a mid-air collision with 43-38245 with Clifford Leach crew aboard; crashed Hitcham, UK; 17 men killed. Salvaged.


William M. Wilder crew aboard 44-6460

Lt. W. Wilder Pilot KIA
Lt. N. Manock Co-Pilot KIA
Lt. E. Mishler Navigator  
Lt. C. McGuire Bombardier KIA
T/Sgt W. Easkins Top Turret Gunner KIA
T/Sgt C. Genova Radio Operator KIA
S/Sgt E. Suarez Ball Turret Gunner KIA
S/Sgt T. Wiltse Waist Gunner KIA
S/Sgt H. Lee Tail Gunner KIA


Clifford T. Leach crew aboard 43-38245

Capt Clifford Leach Pilot KIA
Dave Bowen Co-Pilot KIA
Don Rubin Navigator KIA
Bill Rogers Bombardier KIA
Earl Riggs Top Turret Gunner KIA
Clyde Klee Radio Operator KIA
Bill Haines Ball Turret Gunner KIA
John Henry Waist Gunner KIA
Carl Reitzel Jr. Tail Gunner KIA



Newspaper article about Lt. Normand D. Manock in the “The Fresno Bee”, Fresno CA, Nov. 2, 1944




Some photos/information provided by:

  • Hal Kiena

Some information and/or images sourced from the American Air Museum database