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.
Capt William Terrell Cherry Jr.
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|
- Created by: Iowa Owl
- Added: 21 Dec 2008
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Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/32318081/william-terrell-cherry : accessed ), memorial page for Capt William Terrell Cherry Jr. (6 Sep 1915–2 Sep 2000), Find a Grave Memorial ID 32318081, ; Maintained by Iowa Owl (contributor 46772324) Cremated, Ashes scattered, who reports a Ashes scattered over Funafuti Island in the South Pacific..