William served as a Staff Sergeant & Top Turret Gunner / Engineer on B-17G #42-107012, 407th Bomber Squadron, 92nd Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.
He resided in Erie County, New York prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army on January 11, 1943 in Buffalo, New York. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the building of aircraft and also as Single, without dependents.
He was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant on February 22, 1944.
William was "Killed In Action" when his B-17 was attacked by enemy aircraft, hit by flak, and crashed in Viglain, 19 miles South East of Orleans, France during the war.
He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
He was originally interred in Solers, France and was later repatriated here on September 19, 1949.
Service # 32732538
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.
Airmen who perished on this flight:
Adams, George D, Jr ~ Sgt, Left Waist Gunner, CA
Angelillo, James J ~ Sgt, Right Waist Gunner, NY
Campbell, John C ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, ND
Magnani, George F ~ Sgt, Tail Gunner, NY
Powers, William J ~ S/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, NY
Wells, John E ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, IA
Werneth, Harry W ~ Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, PA
Airmen who became POW's from this flight:
Kitt, Murray ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, NY
Wilson, Joseph B ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, TX
Airman who evaded capture from this flight:
Regan, Joseph F ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, PA
Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett
Special thanks to:
ShaneO for submitting this record for bio updates!
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