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William J Caldwell
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Birth: Mar. 21, 1924
Death: May 20, 1945, Northern Mariana Islands

2LT, 1 AAF BOMB SQ WORLD WAR II

From Sam Pennartz:

Enlisted (ASN: 19086324) in the Army Air Corps on 8 July 1942 at San Francisco, California.

Completed aviation cadet flight training and was commissioned (ASN O-761502) a 2nd Lt in the USAAF.

Assigned to 20th Air Force, XXI Bomber Command, 313th Bombardment Wing (VH), 9th Bomb Group, 1st Bomb Squadron, stationed at North Field on Tinian in the Mariana Islands.

On 20 May 1945, he flew in the left seat as the Airplane Command Pilot aboard a Boeing B-29 Super Fortress serial #42-24913 nicknamed "THUNDERIN' LORETTA" on a mission to mine the Straits of Shimonoseki and Maizuru Harbor, Japan.

At approximately 1825 hours, "Thunderin' Loretta" lost engine power, failed to attain flight speed, and crashed and exploded during take-off at North Field.

 
 
Burial:
Golden Gate National Cemetery
San Bruno
San Mateo County
California, USA
Plot: SECTION B SITE 796
 
Imported from: US Veteran's Affairs
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 3559094
William J Caldwell
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William J Caldwell
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