2LT William Joseph Harden

2LT William Joseph Harden

Maryland, USA
Death 12 Apr 1944 (aged 22)
Bad Voslau, Baden Bezirk, Lower Austria (Niederösterreich), Austria
Burial Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 41056353 · View Source
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William, who resided at 1502 North Van Buren Street, Wilmington, Delaware, served as a 2nd Lieutenant & Bombardier/Navigator on B-24H "Buttercup" (#42-52256), 737th Squadron, 454th Bomber Group (Heavy), U.S. Army Air Force based at Foggia, Italy during World War II.

He enlisted in the Army on March 12, 1942 in Wilmington, Delaware. He was noted as being employed as an Architect and as being Single, without dependents.

William was "Killed In Action" when his B-24 was hit by enemy flak and crashed over Austria during the war.

He had served in the Air Corps for two years and one month at the time of his death. He was decorated with the Air Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart.

He was originally interred overseas and was later repatriated here on June 9, 1950.

Service # O-681855


Airmen who perished on B-24H "Buttercup" (#42-52256):

Harden, William J ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier/Navigator, Delaware
Lunsford, Raymond E ~ S/Sgt, California
Reed, John D, Jr ~ S/Sgt, Iowa
West, William M ~ 2nd Lt, California

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


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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: ShaneO
  • Added: 24 Aug 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 41056353
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT William Joseph Harden (26 Oct 1921–12 Apr 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 41056353, citing Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .