James William "Bill" Wheeler
HQ (Pathfinder)/Easy Company, 2nd Battalion
1943-1945

photos from Elaine Wheeler Chambers, daughter of
James William "Bill" Wheeler
[HQ (Pathfinder)/E Co, 2nd BN, 506th PIR, 1943-1945]
Wylam, AL

Bill Wheeler beside his parents' home in Wylam,
Alabama before being shipped out to England



Bill was a Pathfinder for the D-Day jump into Normandy. His daughter believes that the
first two of the following photos are in poor condition because they were in her father's
wallet which got wet when but the plane he was in, Pathfinder Plane#4, had to ditch
into the English Channel. All aboard were picked up by the British destroyer HMS
Tartar
, transferred to Air Sea Rescue, and taken back to Southampton, England.

At some time later, Bill was transferred to Easy Company. He jumped in Operation
Market Garden, participated in the Battle of Bastogne, and is identified in the
June 1944 Zell Am See E Company photo.


England

England

(L-R): unknown, William H. (Bill) Morganti,
(HQ, 2nd BN, LMG Platoon)
and Bill Wheeler




Unknown Location

Bill Wheeler at unknown location



Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, Belgium

Bill Wheeler is sitting in the left foreground with his hand in front of his mouth.



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This page updated 04/06/13