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Sgt William K Stevens

Sgt William K Stevens

Massachusetts, USA
Death 31 Mar 1945 (aged 20)
Burial Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, USA
Plot Section HH4, Lot 113, Grave 2
Memorial ID 129610631 · View Source
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William served as a Sergeant & Engineer / Gunner on B-24H #42-50331, 856th Bomber Squadron, 492nd Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Merrimack County, New Hampshire prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on April 12, 1943 in Manchester, New Hampshire. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Mechanic and also as Single, without dependents.

B-24H #42-50331 took off from Harrington Northhampshire on March 30, 1945 in support of Operation Rype forces in Norway. They were one of 19 B-24's on this mission.

The B-24's ran into bad weather and B-24H #42-50331 was one of the planes to turn back and head for their base. On the way back they ran into fuel problems and 2 of the 4 engines stopped and they couldn't be restarted.

The pilot, 2nd Lt. Polansky, gave the order to bailout however only the Co-Pilot, 1st Lt. Pulrang was able to do so. The B-24 ended up crashing in a field located in St Ola, southeast of Kirkwall, Scotland during the war.

William was "Killed In Action" in this crash.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 31268922

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Airmen who perished on B-24H #42-50331:

Allessio, Charles J ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, MA
Graf, Eugene J, Jr ~ Sgt, Tail Gunner, IN
Kussman, Edward W ~ Sgt, Waist Gunner, NE
Lewis, William E, Jr ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, CA
Polansky, Henry L ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, TX
Smickle, Frederick W, Jr ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, PA
Stevens, William K ~ Sgt, Engineer, NH

Pulrang, Peter C ~ 1st Lt. & Co-Pilot survived the crash. He died in 2008

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OSS* Agents who perished on this flight:

Berge, Trygve ~ T/Sgt, CA
Kjelness, Edward E ~ S/Sgt, WA
Meland, Leif E K ~ T/5, NY
Ottersland, Gerald ~ T/5, NY
Röyrvik, Johannes S ~ T/5, WI
Sondeno, Eddie O ~ T/5, MT

*OSS = Office of Strategic Services

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


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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 11 May 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 129610631
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt William K Stevens (23 Sep 1924–31 Mar 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 129610631, citing Blossom Hill Cemetery, Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .