SSGT William Arthur Stearns

Death 13 Feb 1943 (aged 24)
At Sea
Burial Fayetteville, Washington County, Arkansas, USA
Memorial ID 186798625 · View Source
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William served as a Staff Sergeant & Engineer / Gunner on B-24D #41-23980, 424th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Payne County, Oklahoma prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on October 15, 1940, prior to the war, at Fort MacArthur, San Pedro, California. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the building of aircraft and also as Single, without dependents.

B-24D #41-23980 was 1 of 6 B-24's that took off from Henderson Field, Guadalcanal Solomon Islands on a bombing mission to attack enemy ships in the Shortland Island, Western Province, Solomon Islands & Buin, Bougainville Province, Papua New Guinea area.

Over Shortland Harbor they were hit by anti-aircraft fire and exploded and crashed. The entire crew was lost in this crash.

William was declared "Missing In Action" in this crash during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # 19049588

William also has a "Cenotaph" in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Philippines.
( see photo at Manila )
" Click Here " for that record.

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Airmen who perished on B-24D #41-23980:

Barton, Theodore ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, TX
Battersby, Hiram E ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, PA
Beaupre, Elmer J ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, IL
Boyer, Elbert H ~ Sgt, Gunner, MI
Eilts, Leo J ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NE
Meigs, Hiram W ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, AL
Radford, George G ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, ID
Stearns, William A ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, OK
Trager, George K ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, KS

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 21 Jan 2018
  • Find A Grave Memorial 186798625
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SSGT William Arthur Stearns (27 Nov 1918–13 Feb 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 186798625, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Fayetteville, Washington County, Arkansas, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .