|Birth: ||Apr. 30, 1921|
|Death: ||Jan. 25, 1944|
Arunachal Pradesh, India
308th BG, 425th B Sq
MIA 25 January 1944
He was the son of Rev Charles Swanson and Marie Krantz. He has a cenotaph in his family cemetery here Captain William Alvin Swanson.
This plane, B-24J #42-73308, and its crew were assigned to the 308th Bombardment Group, 425th Bombardment Squadron. It was nicknamed ‘Hot As Hell' with a seated woman on the right side of the nose. This B-24 flew more than 14 combat missions and claimed four fighters. The aircraft ook off from Kunming Airfield in China on a routine flight to Chabua Airfield in India. The wreckage was located on December 7, 2006 by Clayton Kuhles of miarecoveries.org in Damrah, Arunchal Pradesh State, India.
The crew members were~
Pilot 1st Lt William A Swanson, ASN O-728935 (MIA / KIA) from Proctor, VT
Co-Pilot F/O Sheldon Leroy Chambers, ASN T-000291 (MIA / KIA) from Altoona, PA
Navigator 1st Lt Irwin 'Zipper' Zaetz, ASN O-791661 (MIA / KIA) from Burlington, VT
Bombardier 1st Lt Robert E Oxford, ASN O-663308 (MIA / KIA) from Concord, GA
Engineer SSgt Charles D 'Buck' Ginn, ASN 15084114 (MIA / KIA) from Crete, IL
Radio SSgt Harry B Queen, ASN 11021096 (MIA / KIA) from Onset, MA
Gunner Sgt James A Hinson, ASN 14188472 (MIA / KIA) from Greensboro, NC
Gunner Sgt Alfred H Gerrans, Jr, ASN 34315848 (MIA / KIA) from Kinston, NC
Thanks to fag contributor Jen Snoots for details on Captain Swanson's vital statistics.
Charles Swanson (1873 - 1953)
Marie Krantz Swanson (1879 - 1967)
William Alvin Swanson (1921 - 1944)*
William Alvin Swanson (1921 - 1944)
Note: Entered the service from Vermont.
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot: Tablets of the Missing
Maintained by: B24CoPilotNiece
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56785813