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Cpt. William Proctor Koch Veteran

Birth
Death
27 Aug 1943 (aged 26)
Italy
Burial
Rutland, Rutland County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID
122196066 View Source

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

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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

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

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

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"Flat Granite Marker" - Entered the service from Vermont


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