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1Lt William Harrell Nellis
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Birth: Mar. 8, 1916
Santa Rita
Grant County
New Mexico, USA
Death: Dec. 27, 1944, Luxembourg

Husband of Shirley Ramona Fletcher. Father of Gary and Joyce Nellis. 1st Lt. William Harnell Nellis flew 70 WWII combat missions and was shot down 3 times, the last one fatally. On 30 April 1950, the Las Vegas Air Force Base in Nevada USA, was named in his honor.
William joined the Army Enlisted Reserve Corps on 2 Dec 1942 training in Albany, Georgia. He was comissioned a flight officer on 7 Jan 1944. On 9 Jul 1944 he was assigned to the 513th Fighter Squadron in support of General George Patton's Third Army. Flying a P-47 Thunderbolt during the Battle of he Bulge, he was shot down by ground fire while strafing a German convoy. During his 70th mission, Lt. Nellis' aircraft was hit by ground fire while strafing a German convoy near Bastogne, Belgium. He was too low to bail out. Nellis' remains were recovered from his wrecked aircraft the following April. 1st Lt. William Nellis was awarded 2 legions of merit and 2 Distinguished Flying Cross.
May he always Rest in Peace and thank you for your service. 
 
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 Parents:
  Cecil Nellis (1890 - 1969)
  Marguerite Lea Harrell Nellis (1891 - 1972)
 
 Spouse:
  Shirley Ramona Fletcher Nellis (1921 - 2004)
 
Note: Entered the service from Nevada.
 
Burial:
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial
Henri-Chapelle
Arrondissement de Verviers
Liège, Belgium
 
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Record added: Aug 06, 2010
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1Lt William Harrell Nellis
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1Lt William Harrell Nellis
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Thank you ever so much to yourself, and all WWII Veterans for their service and sacrifices. "All gave some, Some gave all" I am privileged to live near the Air Force Base named in your honor. It's a thrill, and a chill every time a screaming fighter goes ...(Read more)
- Sp4. S.Berard USAR
 Added: Aug. 27, 2015

- Loretta
 Added: May. 16, 2015
In memory of my cousin.
- Pam R.
 Added: Dec. 13, 2014
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