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 William R. E. “Tex Bill” Stegall

William R. E. “Tex Bill” Stegall

Birth
Cushing, Nacogdoches County, Texas, USA
Death 18 Mar 1945 (aged 19)
Berlin-Mitte, Mitte, Berlin, Germany
Burial Cushing, Nacogdoches County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 22895998 · View Source
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Quoted from Paul Wagners Book, The Youngest Crew

Staff Sergeant William (Tex) R. E. Stegall, the tail gunner came to the crew at the age of nineteen. Tex was nineteen years old when he was killed by a shrapnel fragment that found its way under his protective helmet and struck him in the back of the head killing him instantly. Doug crawled back into the tail and brought him back into the main part of the airplane so that he could administer first aid--an act of true heroism under the conditions. This tragedy occurred while on a raid to Berlin on March 18, 1945. We buried Tex in the U.S. Cemetery at Maddingly, just north of Cambridge, England. When I visited the cemetery in 1978 to pay my respects, I found that his body had been removed and sent back to the U.S., presumably to Bush, Texas whence he came although I have never been able to verify this.

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Epilogue - The Eigth Air Force's Youngest Crews

"The Youngest Crew" - The Wagner Crew


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Gravesite Details Son of Robert and Roxie Stegall, m. Gayla McLain (Sanders), SSgt, Army Air Force 600th Bomb Squadron WWII Note: Killed in action over Berlin, Awarded Air Medal

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  • Maintained by: Madonna (TYE) (STEGALL) LOPEZ Mccormack
  • Originally Created by: Danny Ray
  • Added: 13 Nov 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22895998
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William R. E. “Tex Bill” Stegall (27 Mar 1925–18 Mar 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22895998, citing McKnight Cemetery, Cushing, Nacogdoches County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Madonna (TYE) (STEGALL) LOPEZ Mccormack (contributor 47024758) .