Murray, William B. - 1st Lt.

1st Lt. William B. Murray


William B. Murray crew (left to right)
Mahlon Hall, California, William Carr, Michigan, Orrin Heinrich, Wisconsin
William Kraft, Pennsylvania, William Murray, Pennsylvania, Emory Brandt, Missouri
Kneeling: Fred Schillinger, Pennsylvania, Ray Peace, Louisiana,
Palmer Hanson, Minnesota, Nick Hamalak, New York
100th BG Photo Archives

1st Lt William B. Murray P KIA 6-Mar-44 Berlin
1st Lt Richard M. Lambiotte CP POW 6-Mar-44 Berlin
2nd Lt Orrin H. Heinrich NAV POW 6-Mar-44 Berlin
2nd Lt William G. Carr BOM POW 6-Mar-44 Berlin
T/Sgt Emory L. Brandt TTE POW 6-Mar-44 Berlin
S/Sgt Fred C. Schillinger ROG KIA 6-Mar-44 Berlin
S/Sgt Jim Peace BTG POW 6-Mar-44 Berlin
S/Sgt Palmar J. Hanson RW POW 6-Mar-44 Berlin
S/Sgt Nick E. Hamalak LW POW 6-Mar-44 Berlin
S/Sgt Mahlon A. Hall TG KIA 6-Mar-44 Berlin

349th Sqdn. MACR #3017, Microfiche #1020, A/C #42-30799.

MARCH 6, 1944-TARGET BERLIN: A 20mm shell had entered the cockpit and decapitated the pilot, Lt. William Murray. The tail gunner S/Sgt. Mahlon Hall was in the radio room having his head wound dressed by the radio operator S/Sgt. Fred Schillinger when the plane went into a dive. The centrifugal force pinned them inside the plane and they both died in the crash

An article in the Antigo Daily Journal, Antigo, Wisconsin, describes Lt. Orrin Heinrich's experience over Germany on March 6, 1944. This was his 16th mission after flying 153 total hours:

Heinrich's story began March 6, 1944, when his B-17 bomber with a ten-member crew was shot down by German ME-109 fighters over the Diepholz swamp in Vechta County. The 28 year old lieutenant and flight navigator was one of seven who survived [three did not]. He and another crewman parachuted to earth somewhere in the southern part of the county. Heinrich says he remembers landing near a barn and farmhouse, located at a crossroads. A fish pond was nearby. The downed airmen, both wounded, were treated well by a tall pipe-smoking farmer and his 14-year old son who spoke English. They didn't bother us at all. They wanted us to walk the four or five miles to town. "I was wounded and my companion was wounded and I didn't think we'd make it", Heinrich says. "I got him to hitch up the horse and wagon and take the two of us to town."

The casualty report read:

First pass by fighters damaged the plane, second pass injured Lt. Murray…third pass killed Lt. Murray and seriously damaged The Bigassbird II." Lt. Murray's Crew was shot down by German fighters in the vicinity of Haseluenne and Holdorf, in Vechta County, Germany [about 80 miles south of Bremerhaven on the north coast of Germany].