Advertisement

2Lt. William Joseph Harden

Advertisement

2Lt. William Joseph Harden

Birth
Westernport, Allegany County, Maryland, USA
Death
12 Apr 1944 (aged 22)
Bad Vöslau, Baden Bezirk, Lower Austria (Niederösterreich), Austria
Burial
Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Plot
SECTION 84 SITE 91
Memorial ID
41056353 View Source

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

Submitted by : Al W.:

On Wednesday, 12Apr1944, At approximately 1217hrs., Buttercup was on her bombing run directly over the target (Bad Voslau, Austria) when she was hit by flak and went down. There were no survivors.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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 )

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

Submitted by : Al W.:

On Wednesday, 12Apr1944, At approximately 1217hrs., Buttercup was on her bombing run directly over the target (Bad Voslau, Austria) when she was hit by flak and went down. There were no survivors.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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 )

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Family Members

Siblings

Flowers

In their memory
Plant Memorial Trees

Sponsored by Ancestry

Advertisement