SSGT William L DeLauter

SSGT William L DeLauter

Shenandoah, Page County, Virginia, USA
Death 15 Jun 1943 (aged 23)
National Capital, Papua New Guinea
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section: 34, Site: 2324
Memorial ID 49227596 · View Source
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Staff Sergeant, 531st Bombardment Squadron,
380th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 5th Air Force,
World War II.

Aerial gunner aboard B-24D Liberator #42-40517 nicknamed "Kathy."

Killed in mid air collision with B-24D #42-40528 "Dauntless Dabbie" while returning from bombing mission over Simpson Bay at Rabaul. Both aircraft
crashed into Teak Bay, southeast of Port Moresby, New Guinea.

The bodies of DeLauter and gunner SSgt. Stanley C Rumberg were recovered. The remaining seven crew aboard "Kathy" were not recovered and are listed on the Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial.

Son of Clarence D. and Cora A. DeLauter, Beaver, PA

Killed In Action were:

1st Lt. Benjamin D Parker, Pilot
1st Lt. Leo H Welter, Co-Pilot
2nd Lt. Jack E Corey, Bombardier
2nd Lt. Herbert W Field, Navigator
SSgt. Donald E Brown, Gunner
TSgt. Earl A Jeanson, Flight Engineer
Pvt. Daniel Soloway, Radio Operator

And two crew members of "Dauntless Dabbie" died
(in a controlled ditching):

SSgt. Wilton E Burris
TSgt. Wallace R Johnson




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  • Maintained by: Tim Cook
  • Originally Created by: John C. Anderson
  • Added: 5 Mar 2010
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