|Birth: ||Jun. 9, 1920|
Radford (Radford City County)
|Death: ||Aug. 1, 1943, Romania|
Staff Sergeant, 564th Bomber Squadron, 389th Bomber Group, Heavy; U.S. Army Air Forces. Entered the service from Roanoke, Virginia. Served as a Ball Turret Gunner and Assistant Radio Operator on a B-24D Liberator nicknamed "Ole Kickapoo." Awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Air Medal, and the Purple Heart.
Distinguished Service Cross citation reads: "The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Avis K. Wilson (13035110), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Gunner on a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 564th Bombardment Squadron, 389th Bombardment Group (H), NINTH Air Force (Attached), while participating in a bombing mission on 1 August 1943, against the Ploesti Oil Refineries in Rumania. During a long and hazardous attack against a vital enemy oil installation made at low-altitude by a formation of B-24 type aircraft, Staff Sergeant Wilson acquitted himself with great skill as his aircraft flew through one of the most heavily defended areas of Europe. When the plane on which he served was severely damaged, and, despite the fact that gasoline was streaming from one of its damaged fuel tanks, continued on, in the face of almost insurmountable odds. Over the blazing target, Staff Sergeant Wilson, with heroic calm and unflinching loyalty, remained steadfast by his guns. The personal courage and zealous devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Wilson on this occasion, at the cost of his life, exemplified the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces."
Headquarters: Ninth U.S. Army Air Force, General Orders No. 89 (1943)
Visit the virtual cemetery of the "Ole Kickapoo" Crew.
Archie Davis Wilson (1890 - 1952)
Gladys Simpkins Wilson (1898 - 1976)
Eunice Wilson Long (1918 - 2008)*
Avis Kenneth Wilson (1920 - 1943)*
Avis Kenneth Wilson (1920 - 1943)
AVIS K. WILSON
S SGT - 564 BOMB SQ - 389 BOMB GP (H)
VIRGINIA - AUG 1 1943
Note: This is the actual burial site. A family memorial headstone is in Virginia.
Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial
Plot: Plot A, Row 32, Grave 27.
Maintained by: Rajordan
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 07, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56361794