Capt William Terrell Cherry Jr.

Capt William Terrell Cherry Jr.

Birth
Quail, Collingsworth County, Texas, USA
Death 2 Sep 2000 (aged 84)
Torrance, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: Ashes scattered over Funafuti Island in the South Pacific.
Memorial ID 32318081 View Source
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William T. Cherry, Jr., was the pilot of a B-17 that ditched in the South Pacific on 10-21-1942. One of the seven passengers on the B-17 was World War I ace Eddie Rickenbacker, who was on a secret mission for the War Department. Cherry, Rickenbacker, and five others lived through the ditching and were eventually rescued after spending 3 weeks adrift in 3 life rafts. The eighth passenger died at sea.



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