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WWII Veteran’s Wife Locates Husband 68 Years Later, But That’s Not the Most Shocking News

Married just six weeks before her husband, Army Air Corps pilot Billie Harris, shipped off for World War II, it took Peggy Harris 68 years to learn his fate – and the legend that surrounds him.


The Army, at one point, had told Peggy her husband was alive and well and would be coming home. They also had informed her he was killed in action. As heart-breaking as it was, there was no record of where or how Billie died, and no record of his final resting place. Peggy sent letter letters to Congressmen over the decades, and as the mystery went unsolved, Billie was officially classified as MIA – Missing in Action.

Almost seven decades later, a family relative learned Billie had been buried at the American cemetery in Normandy, France and that Billie’s plane had been shot down over the small town of Les Ventes.


Peggy made the pilgrimage to that small town and learned that her husband is a legend in the town. In fact, the main street of the town is named Place Billie D. Harris. Asked by an interviewer how long she waited for Billie, Peggy’s simple answer is “all my life.”

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H/T: CBS News



  1. miguelvargascaba says:

    After getting together all the facts on Lt. Harris’ shoot down event, I was able to find in Luftwaffe records the name and squadron of the German pilot who shot him down. His opponent was Feldwebel Erwin Schleef, a pilot belonging to the 9.III/ Jagdgeschwader 54 “Grünherz”, the “Green hearts”, flying in a Focke Wulf Fw 190A-8.
    Later, Fw. Schleef was in his own turn shot down and killed on July 23rd, 1944, barely 11 days after he shot down Lt. Harris, in a dogfight with American P-38 “Lightning” fighters. His aircraft was hit hard and, unable to escape the burning plane, he crashed in the vicinity of Limours, France. Today he’s buried at the German Military Cemetery in Versailles-Les Gonards, France.

    I am a WWII and Cold War researcher, and this piece of historical data was presented solely as a matter of historical information, and in no way is intended to insinuate anything else other than the historical facts. For more information and details, you may contact me at [email protected]

  2. Richard says:

    God Bless all our WWII veterans living & those who have past on! What a moving story about one mans heroic sacrifice in time of war!

  3. Daniel says:

    My uncle Roy Sadler was shot as he lent into a tree by a sniper and was buried in France. The bullet pierced his heart through his bible. His burial was witnessed by his love who told the story to our family. My mother always spoke of him as a loving uncle . This story got me in tears as I saw it and made me to realize that love never fails .

  4. Margaret says:

    Her story brought tears to my eyes. It’s heartbreaking. I lived through those days.

    1. Beth says:

      I cried last year when I saw this and the same this year. God Bless you, dear lady. What a difficult time that must have been for you and so many others. One would think the world would learn from each horrible war but they don’t seem to.