MAJ William C Berryman


MAJ William C Berryman

Massachusetts, USA
Death 26 Mar 1944 (aged 28–29)
IJmuiden, Velsen Municipality, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 11, Site 210-SH
Memorial ID 116690131 View Source
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Major William C Berryman was a WWII Army Air Corps hero who died when his B-26 Martin-Marauder was shot down at 1444-1/2 hrs by enemy anti-aircraft over IJmuiden, Holland, while on a bombing mission; destination Holland.

As reported 29 Mar 1944, by Sgt. Robert C. Malarkey, ASN 33284389, Tail Gunner, A/C 787 – No. 3, Low Flight: “While we were on the bomb run, I saw Lt. Reese’s airplane on fire. The fire was coming from the roots of the wings and was streaming back to the tail. We turned and I lost sight of it momentarily. The next time I saw it, it was spiraling steeply down. I saw it strike on the coast and explode, at the point shown in the attached photograph. I did not see any chutes from the airplane.”

All 6 passengers of the Martin-Marauder died.
The bodies were identified as:
Co-Pilot: Maj. William C Berryman, 0-401359
Pilot: Halmyth C Reese, 0-672201
T-Gunner: Sgt. Donald L Jacobs, 32551395
E-Gunner: Sgt. Alex E Sundberg, 39303115
Bombardier: Sgt. Ralph R Brown, 20802695
R-Gunner: Paul R. Scott, 35662878

Appearing in “The Boston Herald”, Tuesday, May 2, 1944, with a photo of Major Berryman, was the following story:

Boston Pilot Who Saved Crew In Crash Now Among Missing
35 Men from N.E. On New Army List

Credited with saving his entire crew when he salvaged a radio after his plane crashed into the North Sea on its second mission last summer, Maj. William C. Berryman, 28, son of U.S. District Engineer and Mrs. G.R. Berryman of 857 Beacon street, is missing in action, the War Department announced yesterday. On the list are 35 New England soldiers, including 20 from Massachusetts.

Reported missing over Holland, March 26, Maj. Berryman was promoted to his present rank and awarded the Air Medal following the rescue for which he was responsible.

When the plane hit the water, he swam through the heavy sea, encumbered with the salvaged radio, a life belt that failed to inflate, and unopened parachute, first aid kit, and a jug of water, to a life raft bearing other crew members.

His swift action saved the crew 19 hours later as a result of SOS calls from the salvaged radio. Maj. Berryman was a life-saving teacher and former member of the University of Georgia swimming team.


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