SGT William F Pierson


SGT William F Pierson

South Carolina, USA
Death 26 Feb 1945 (aged 20–21)
Wassigny, Departement de l'Aisne, Picardie, France
Burial Keokuk, Lee County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 2882635 View Source
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Son of Mrs. Richmond S. Pierson who resided in Augusta, Georgia.

William served as a Sergeant on B-26B "Holy Moses" #42-96124, 597th Bomber Squadron, 397th Bomber Group, Medium, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Richmond County, Georgia prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on June 26, 1943 at Fort McPherson, Atlanta, Georgia. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Mechanic and also as Single, without dependents.

He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on January 31, 1945.

William was "Killed In Action" when his B-26 crashed near Wassigny, France while on a bombing mission to Germany during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

He was originally interred in France and was later repatriated here on February 15, 1949.

Service # 34823747

The reason he is named on a group headstone is because when soldier's were killed in close proximity to each other they were unable, at that time, to identify them separately and interred their remains together in one grave.

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Airmen who perished on B-26B #42-96124:

Brodley, Francis W ~ Sgt, MA
Curran, Robert J ~ 1st Sgt, NY
Moore, Edward L ~ Sgt, WA
Pierson, William F ~ Sgt, GA
Potschner, John T ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, OH
Reading, John W ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, MA

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


Below mission info submitted by "Andy".

He was serving on a B-26 #42-96124 named "Holy Moses" which took off from home base on a combat mission to a target in Germany. While going up through a cloud layer above the base the plane became separated from the from the formation. When the flight broke out of the clouds at 4000 feet the plane was not seen. The aircraft crashed and burned and part of the bomb load of 8 500lbs General purpose bombs exploded. So far as known all members on the crew of 6 were in the plane at the time of impact and no one survived. Of the six bodies in the plane is was possible to identify just that of Lt Postchner the pilot. The accident was believed due to an electric malfunction in the cabin.





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