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William B. Briggs
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A daughter's attempt to put pieces of my dad's puzzle found after his death
My daddy, Tech. Srg. William Bernard Briggs, Sr., served in the USAAF from 1943 to 1944 state side training with the 2nd AF Northwest United States, Zone of the Interior, 3rd AF Southeast United State, Zone of the Interior, and the 4th AF Western United States Zone of the Interior. From November 1944 to June 1945, he served with his crew with the 15th USAAF, Bomber Squandron 781, Bomber Group 465, stationed at Pantatella Field in Italy.
Christmas letter to my father from my mother
This letter makes me cry everytime I read it. My parents were from poor families and started out poor. At the time of their marriage, October 5, 1940, there was not enough money to buy a wedding band for my father. While my father was state side training on Christmas 1943, my mother sent him this letter, vows and a wedding band for my father. He wore this band to his grave.
Robert French B-24 Crew finish training-Autumn 1944
This photo was taken in Casper, Wyoming in winter of 1944, just before being deployed for the ETO. Captain Robert French, Francis Donohue, F/O David Bowman, Pvt. Frederick P. Wagner, Sgt. Harold F. Qagnan, Sgt. Francis Donohue, Sgt. Lehman V. Wood, Sgt. Danny Horton
Story cannot be fact checked--Romanian family shelters William Briggs, shot down
These are the children of the Romanian family who sheltered my father after he was shot down on March 2, 1945.
Parachuting to safety, March 2, 1945, MACR 1-2379
B-24 (42-52762), Scorpio, shot down on March 2, 1945 over Austria. All crew members parachuting to safety. MACR 1-2379
15th USAAF, December 1944
The Scorpio joined the 15 USAAF in December of 1944, stationed in Panatella Air Field, Italy.