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Lieut Willard Manning Cornelius
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Birth: Mar. 16, 1916
West Frankfort
Franklin County
Illinois, USA
Death: May 12, 1944, Italy

Lt. Cornelius' Bomber Collided with Another

Details of the last flight, a daylight bombing mission over Porte San Stefano, Italy, of Lt. Cornelius, who has been missing in action since May 12, when his B-24 failed to return are contained in a letter received by Lt. Cornelius' wife, Mrs. Beatrice Cornelius of Chicago, from the commanding officer of the 15th Air Force, Major General N. F. Twining.
The letter states in part:
"Shortly after leaving the target area another B-24, apparently hit by flak, went out of control and collided with Will's ship. The collision forced his plane into a steep glide and it is believed to have made a water landing offshore from Pt. Treciana, Italy. It is possible that some or all of the crew were able to reach the Italian mainland safely and are now prisoners of war, but to date we have had no conformation."
Lt. Cornelius is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ira M. Cornelius, 701 East Diggins street.

A Memorial stone was placed at Mt Auburn Cemetery, Harvard, McHenry, Illinois in his memory. 
Family links: 
  Ira Manning Cornelius (1889 - 1969)
  Beulah May Cremer Cornelius (1892 - 1976)
  Willard Manning Cornelius (1916 - 1944)
  Franklin Leroy Cornelius (1923 - 2006)*
  Shirley May Cornelius Seagren (1929 - 2012)*
*Calculated relationship
Name is listed on Tablets of The Missing At Florence American Cemetery, Florence, Italy.
Body lost at sea
Specifically: Killed in Action WWII. Body was not recovered.
Created by: Michael Cremer
Record added: Jun 28, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 72177744
Lieut Willard Manning Cornelius
Added by: Michael Cremer
Lieut Willard Manning Cornelius
Added by: Michael Cremer
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In memory of the cousin that I never had the honor of meeting.
- Michael Cremer
 Added: Jun. 28, 2011

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