1943 — North Africa
310th Bomb Group, 379th Bomb Squad, MTO WWII B-25 Pilot, Lt to Capt. Kieth G Wilson flew Combat Missions out of North Africa.
Veterans Administration-Grave Locator WILSON, KIETH GORDON
US AIR FORCE LT COL US AIR FORCE
WORLD WAR II, KOREA, VIETNAM
DATE OF BIRTH: 05/20/1920 DATE OF DEATH: 02/10/1905--SHOULD BE: 1985
BURIED AT: SECTION T1 SITE 716 FT. LOGAN NATIONAL CEMETERY DENVER, CO
Wilson was Canham’s co-pilot - first mission for crew was 1 Jan 43 (Lt to Capt. Canham named the "Shanghi Lil" before leaving the States).
428th BS Mission Summary: (Ops Order ---/mission ---) Group Mission # 9: In spite of the fact that it was New Year’s Day, and a moving day to boot, there was a mission, to the La Goulette Docks at Tunis. Unfortunately, the planes were all forced to turn back because of bad weather, and no bombs were dropped.
A/C No. 3 # 41-13070 “Shanghai Lil” P Canham, Arthur E., 1Lt CP Wilson, Keith G., 1Lt N None B Rebello, John E., Jr., T/Sgt R None listed - likely the bombardier G Parker, Perrie C., Sgt
428th BS Special Account: Promotions began coming in for the officers in the squadron. Captain Walker was officially a Major, Captain Wilson from 1st Lt. to Captain, 2nd Lts. Blaauw, Brennan, Basich, Ferrand, Haines, Purifoy, Wescott, and Harder were all promoted to First Lieutenants. First Lieutenant Norvell was promoted to Captain. More promotions followed; 2nd Lt. Bingham, Butterfield, Cunningham, Frost, Lindeberg, Middleton, Smith, Wheeler, Williams and K.G. Wilson all promoted to First Lieutenant. Wilson, Keith G., 1Lt, pilot
6 Jul 43 crew – he flew 9 more missions with this crew (6 with Lt Dory as copilot and 3 Stokes, Louis S., 2Lt ).
A/C No. 3 probably 41-13070 “Shanghai Lil” P Wilson, Keith G., 1Lt CP Dory, John N., 2Lt N None B Stewart, Leslie F., T/Sgt E None R Bosworth, William H., T/Sgt G McDonald, Donald E. "Mac", S/Sgt
Wilson’s 50th mission on 23 Jul 43
428th BS War Diary: Crotone airdrome on the instep of Italy’s boot played host to our bombers today. Direct hits were made on hangars and buildings on the west side of the field. At least 10 planes were believed hit. 3 strings ran through the center of the landing ground. Lt. Wilson, T/Sgt. Bosworth, and S/Sgt. Langford said “fini” today. Lt. Holley, T/Sgt. Glass and S/Sgt. Langford were taken off of combat. A formation, to present awards, was called off when the weather man predicted another sand storm. Wilson, Keith G., 1Lt, pilot
Wilson went home on 5 Aug 43.
428th BS War Diary: C-43’s and C-47’s carried our equipment down while our bombers ferried the personnel. The field is located just outside the village of Menzel-Temime on the eastern tip of the cape. Approximately 1 mile from the Mediterranean. The beach is stream with old German wreckage - evidence of where an evacuation tried to take place. Our area is amongst fig and olive trees. Each area lined off by rows of cactus trees. Everyone now sleeping in pyramidal tents. Lts. Wilson and Smith and T/Sgt. Bosworth started on their first leg homeward bound. Wilson, Keith G., 1Lt, pilot
310th Bomb Group/321st Bomb Group (57th Bomb Wing) Historical Research Team; John T Fitzgerald, Patti Johnson and Barbi Ennis Connolly (319th BG and 321st BG Historian 2007-___ )