Name: William Burke Winslow
Birth: 1 SEP 1917 in Burke House, Weedville, Elk County, Pennsylvania
Death: 26 NOV 2003 in Titusville, FL
Military Service: US Air force Col retired; WWII pilot 8th Air Force Europe/England- 306 Bomber Group; 367 Bomb Squdron; Thruleigh, England; Distinguished Flying Cross
Other 1969 Uncle Bill was given the honor of giving away Kathy Rhoads To B. Nay at her wedding; daugher Valerie was maid of honor; nephew Bob "Butch" Nay was his best man in his second marriage in 1981
Residences After retiring from military service, has lived in Santa Barbara Calif and Titusville FL
Burial: NOV 2003 Savannah, Georgia
WBW remembering Benezette: I find it very interesting,especially the history of the Benezette Winslow hotel and the Frank Blesh comment concerning Blesh Hotel.I can well remember a sign on the window of the Henry Blesh & Son store and hotel.The Son was Frank Blesh.I think I can remember of seeing him in the store when Mon or Dad would take me there when I was 6//8 years old. Also well recall a Julius Jones that worked there as a clerk. And another worker there--"Shorty Shaffer" The store had a glass bowtop counter,where they had the candy displayed.As I would stand there looking at the candies,as Mom or Dad was shopping ,one of the clerks would give me a piece of "Penny candy". A really BIG event for me.The store was a general store--a sort of a combination
grocery-hardware-dry goods-clothing-animal feed&care items and would you believe,even had a gasoline pump at the front of the store. When we moved into town[from the Winslow Hill farm],[about1927 ]this was the only store in town.A few years later Mom& Dad opened a small one room grocery store,then added a Pennzoil gas pump.I think about the same time Swackhammer opened a small store across the road.I am a little fuzzy on the time that the Swackhammer store opened???
Airplanes flown by Bill Winslow 1st. solo A/C make--Model eng-make-h/p Location training to solo
#1 23Dec.'42 Stearman PT-17 Cont 220 Decatur,Al. 10 hrs.
#2 9 Feb '43 Vultee BT-13 P&W 450 Walnut Ridge,Ark 6 hrs.
#3 13 Feb.'43 " BT-15 Wright 425 " " " none
#4 9 Apr. 43 Beech AT-10 Lycoming 590 Blytheville " 5 hrs.
#5 14 Apr.'43 Curtiss AT-9 " " " " 3 hrs.
#6 12 June'43 N/American AT-6 P&W 600 Tyndall Field,Fl. 1 1/2 hrs.
#7 31 Aug.'43 Lockheed B-34 P&W 4000 " 19 hrs.
#8 10 Jan.'44 Piper L-4B Cont. 60 " none
#9 16 Jan.'44 Taylorcraft L-2B " 65 " none
#10 1 Apr.'44 Curtiss P-40 Allison 1200 " none
#11 6 May'44 Fairchild PT-19 Ranger 175 " 1/2 hr.
#12 6 July '44 Boeing B-17F Wright 4800 Hendricks A.F.B. 54 hrs.
#13 2 Aug.'45 Republic P-47D P&W 2000 306th B/G England none *
#14 1 3 Aug.'45 Norseman UC-64 " 600 " " " none
#15 11 Nov.45 Douglas A-26C " 4000 " " " 1/2 hr.
#16 12 May'46 Aeronica Champ Cont 65 Rental-New Castle,Pa
#17 19 May'46 Piper Cruiser " 75 Rental-Du Bois
#18 19 July'46 Stinson L-5B Lycom 165 Istres,France 1/2hr.
#19 7 Sept.'46 Douglas C-47 P&W 2400 Orly Field,Paris 20 hrs.[C/P
#20 1 Oct.'46 Beechcraft C-45 P&W 840 " " " 1&1/2hr.
#21 13 Nov'57 DeHaviland L-20 " ? Elendorf-Alaska 2 hrs.
306th Bombardment (Heavy) Abundance Of Strength Squadrons 367th GY Bombardment 1942-1946 368th BO Bombardment 1942-1946
369th WW Bombardment 1942-1946 423rd RD Bombardment 1942-1946 B-17 Flying Fortress Boeing
Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF. During combat, Oct 1942-Apr 1945, operated primarily against strategic targets, striking locomotive works at Lille, railroad yards at Rouen, submarine pens at Bordeaux, shipbuilding yards at Vegesack, ball-bearing works at Schweinfurt, oil plants at Merseburg, marshalling yards at Stuttgart, a foundry at Hannover, a chemical plant at Ludwigshafen, aircraft factories at Leipzig, and other objectives on the Continent. Took part in the first penetration into Germany by heavy bombers of Eighth AF on 27 Jan 1943 by attacking U-boat yards at Wilhelmshaven. Sgt Maynard H Smith received the Medal of Honor for his performance on 1 May 1943: when the aircraft on which he was a gunner was hit by the enemy and fires were ignited in the radio compartment and waist sections, the sergeant threw exploding ammunition overboard, manned a gun until the German fighters were driven off, administered first aid to the wounded tail gunner, and extinguished the fire. Without fighter escort and in the face of powerful opposition, the 306th completed an assault against aircraft factories in central Germany on 11 Jan 1944, being awarded a DUC for the mission. Received another DUC for action during Big Week, the intensive campaign against the German aircraft industry, 2~25 Feb 1944: although hazardous weather forced supporting elements to abandon the mission, the group effectively bombarded an aircraft assembly plant at Bernberg on 22 Feb. Often supported ground forces and attacked interdictory targets in addition to its strategic operations. Helped to prepare for the invasion of Normandy by striking airfields and marshalling yards in France, Belgium, and Germany; backed the assault on 6 Jun 1944 by raiding railroad bridges and coastal guns. Assisted ground forces during the St Lo breakthrough in Jul. Covered the airborne invasion of Holland in Sep. Helped stop the advance of German armies in the Battle of the Bulge, Dec 1944-Jan 1945, by attacking airfields and marshalling yards. Bombed enemy positions in support of the airborne assault across the Rhine in Mar 1945. Remained in the theater after V-E Day as part of United States Air Forces in Europe, and engaged in special photographic mapping duty in western Europe and North Africa. Inactivated in Germany on 25 Dec 1946.
Campaigns Air Offensive, Europe, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe, Ardennes-Alsace,
Stations Name Dates Station No. Gowen Field, ID 1 Mar 1942 Wendover Field, UT c. 6 Apr-1 Aug 1942 Thurleigh, England Sep 1942 111
Giebelstadt, Germany Dec 1945
Father: William Alonzo Winslow b: 28 FEB 1887 in Winslow Hill, Benezette , Elk County, PA
Mother: Gladys Myrtle Burke b: 25 APR 1898 in Spring Run, Elk Co., Pennsylvania
Dorothy Loraine Johnson b: 27 JUL 1919 in Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania
26 APR 1939
in St Louis, Missouri
- Living Winslow