Melvin F. Wilhelm is a World War II Missing In Action (MIA) SSGT whose name is engraved on the Tablets of the Missing at the American Cemetery and Memorial Margraten in the Netherlands. His name is adopted by Tino Dam, Chairman Stichting Missing In Action (MIA).

General information on Wilhelm, Melvin F., ASN: 35559189:

Name: Melvin F. Wilhelm
Rank: Staff Sergeant (SSGT)
Tail Gunner
Service number: 35.559.189
Status: Missing in action (MIA)
Missing since: September 25, 1944
Unit: 8th Air Force
334th Bomber Squadron
95th Bomber Group, Heavy
Commemorated:   Tablets of the missing
Netherlands Margraten
U.S. Cemetery and Memorial
Adopted by: Tino Dam

 

Missing (MIA) SSGT Melvin F. Wilhelm - 35559189.

 

Missing (MIA) SSGT Melvin F. Wilhelm. Tablets of the Missing at Margraten, Netherlands.

 

B-17G 44-6085 Piloted by 2nd Lt. Albert B. Powell Jr. was seen to be hit by FLAK over the target at 13:04hrs. The 3 & 4 engines had to be feathered. The pilot attempted to stay in formation, but in the vicinity of Stettin Lake eight chutes were seen to leave the aircraft. All eight grounded. At 53.47N / 12.33E at 13:31hrs the aircraft exploded, and pieces of it fell into the lake.

Aircraft Data:
Serialnumber: 44-6085
Type: B-17G
Destination: Politz, Germany
Mission: Bombing
Missing Air Crew Report (MACR): 8279

Family:
Nicholas J. Wilhelm (Father)
Thelma Wilhelm (Mother)
Daniel Wilhelm (Brother)
Nicholas J. Wilhelm (Brother)
Marjorie Wilhelm (Sister)
Mary L. Wilhelm (Wife)