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William Parker Bates
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Birth: unknown
Death: Jul. 7, 1944, Germany

Pilot Capt. William P. Bates, KIA
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Squadron: 564th BS 389th Bomb Group
(pathfinder for 453rd BG)
Service # O-735507

Target:Halle, Germany
Missing Air Crew Report Details
Date Lost: 7-Jul-44
Serial Number: 42-51144
Aircraft Model B-24HSH-25-DT
Aircraft Letter: A
Aircraft Name:
Location: 20 miles N. of Halle
Cause: AA damage led to mid-air collision with 492nd BG B-24. 10 KIA, 3 POW

Notes: This aircraft with Command Pilot Capt. Walter Beckett aboard was leading the 453rd Bomb Group & 2nd Combat Wing when at 0927 it collided head-on with an unidentified B-24 of another group. Both aircraft went down. Three chutes observed. Capt. Beckett, Lt. Koske, and FO Saugen were survivors from 42-51144.
Five 389th BG aircraft are lost on a mission to Halle, Germany.

Captain Bates Crew:
Capt. William P. Bates
Capt Walter R. Beckett,
1st/Lt. Otto W. Becker
Lt John C. Kosky,,
1Lt Frank E. Nadler
1Lt Wilfred J. Thom
T/Sgt Walter W. Berg
T/Sgt Robert Lastrapes
S/Sgt Kenneth M. Berry
S/Sgt William Bilowich
S/Sgt Kenneth M. Berry
S/Sgt Jack T. Reynolds
S/Sgt Ansley E.Thompson

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Family links: 
Elmer Eugene Bates (1887 - 1942)
  Ruth M Bates (1890 - 1967)
Lakewood Cemetery
Hennepin County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: 233A-10-1.5
Maintained by: John Dowdy
Originally Created by: Erice Wilcox
Record added: Jan 19, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33055024
William Parker Bates
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William Parker Bates
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William Parker Bates
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- Lazer
 Added: Jun. 22, 2014
Thank you for your service in the war. My great uncle Lt. Frank E. Nadler served with you. God Bless You.
- Barbara Means
 Added: May. 13, 2014

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