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Capt William Alvin Swanson
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Birth: Apr. 30, 1921
Rutland County
Vermont, USA
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 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.

Family links: 
  Charles Swanson (1873 - 1953)
  Marie Krantz Swanson (1879 - 1967)
  William Alvin Swanson (1921 - 1944)*
  William Alvin Swanson (1921 - 1944)
*Calculated relationship
Note: Entered the service from Vermont.
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
Metro Manila
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
Capt William Alvin Swanson
Added by: South Africa War Graves Project
Capt William Alvin Swanson
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Added by: Paul Hyde Schott
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Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross!
- Russ Pickett
 Added: Jan. 18, 2014
Awarded the Air Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster!
- Russ Pickett
 Added: Jan. 18, 2014

- Russ Pickett
 Added: Jan. 18, 2014
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