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2LT George C. “Whitey” Williams

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2LT George C. “Whitey” Williams

Birth
Tidioute, Warren County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death
4 Jul 1943 (aged 24)
La Coulonche, Departement de l'Orne, Basse-Normandie, France
Burial
Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID
123080767 View Source

George C. Williams was the son of Charles and Mary Doruska Williams. Prior to WW-II he worked for Republic Steel Corp. in Warren, Ohio. In 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces and was selected to be a cadet in the bombardier training program.

He graduated from the Kirtland, New Mexico Bombardier School, Class 43-01 in January 1943, and was commissioned a 2nd Lt.

He was assigned to the 533rd Bomb Squadron of the 381st Bomb Group and moved to Ridgewell Field, Essex, England in May 1943.

On the Group's 7th combat mission he was assigned to B-17F 42-29928 which was to bomb the aero engine factory at LeMans, France. His aircraft was hit by flak during the bomb run and was badly damaged.

The aircraft was forced to leave the formation and depart for home. During the return trip, his aircraft was attached by numerous enemy fighters and the plane was fatally damaged.

The plane crashed at 12 noon on 4 July 1943 at La Coulonche, l'Orne, France. Lt. Williams and two other airmen were killed in the crash of 42-29928. Two others were captured. One airman survived the crash, but died trying to cross the Pyrenees Mountains. The remaining four airmen successfully evaded capture and escaped to Spain.

German troops recovered Lt. William's remains from the crash site and he was initially buried at Alencon, l'Orne. In 1948, his remains were moved to St. Mary's Cemetery in Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio.

George C. Williams was the son of Charles and Mary Doruska Williams. Prior to WW-II he worked for Republic Steel Corp. in Warren, Ohio. In 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces and was selected to be a cadet in the bombardier training program.

He graduated from the Kirtland, New Mexico Bombardier School, Class 43-01 in January 1943, and was commissioned a 2nd Lt.

He was assigned to the 533rd Bomb Squadron of the 381st Bomb Group and moved to Ridgewell Field, Essex, England in May 1943.

On the Group's 7th combat mission he was assigned to B-17F 42-29928 which was to bomb the aero engine factory at LeMans, France. His aircraft was hit by flak during the bomb run and was badly damaged.

The aircraft was forced to leave the formation and depart for home. During the return trip, his aircraft was attached by numerous enemy fighters and the plane was fatally damaged.

The plane crashed at 12 noon on 4 July 1943 at La Coulonche, l'Orne, France. Lt. Williams and two other airmen were killed in the crash of 42-29928. Two others were captured. One airman survived the crash, but died trying to cross the Pyrenees Mountains. The remaining four airmen successfully evaded capture and escaped to Spain.

German troops recovered Lt. William's remains from the crash site and he was initially buried at Alencon, l'Orne. In 1948, his remains were moved to St. Mary's Cemetery in Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio.


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