Capt William P Koch

Death 27 Aug 1943 (aged 26)
Burial Rutland, Rutland County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID 122196066 · View Source
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William served as a Captain & Pilot on B-17 "Cactus Clipper" #42-30456, 96th Bomber Squadron, 2nd Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Chittenden County, Vermont prior to the war.

B-17 #42-30456, while on a bombing mission over Italy, was hit by flak which blew their right wing off causing them to crash in Italy during the war.

William was "Killed In Action" in this crash.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # O-403736

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Airmen who perished on B-17 #42-30456:

Chism, Reed T ~ S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, CA
Conway, James F ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, NY
Dalessio, Felix A ~ Sgt, Waist Gunner, NY
Hendrickson, Walter H, Jr ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, IA
Koch, William P ~ Capt, Pilot, VT
Resler, Raymond E ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, IL
Upton, Frank W ~ Capt, Navigator, MD

Airmen who survived from B-17 #42-30456:

MacDonald, James M ~ Sgt, Left Waist Gunner
Shuck, Charles A ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Stuart, Edgar M ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner

Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett


Gravesite Details "Flat Granite Marker" - Entered the service from Vermont

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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 26 Dec 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 122196066
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt William P Koch (26 Apr 1917–27 Aug 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 122196066, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, Rutland County, Vermont, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .