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2Lt William H. McNeil

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2Lt William H. McNeil

Birth
Death
1 Aug 1943
Romania
Burial
Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze, Toscana, Italy
Plot
Tablets of the Missing
Memorial ID
55903204 View Source

Bombardier 2nd/Lt. William H. McNeil SS DFC MIA/KIA
Hometown: Florida
Squadron: 343rd 98 BOMB GROUP,
Service # O-732645
Awards: Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal
Pilot 1st./Lt Clarence Winford Gooden , DFC KIA

Missing Air Crew Report Details
USAAF MACR#:
Target: White IV. Ploesti
Date Lost: 1-AUG-43
Serial Number:42-41007
Aircraft Model B-24D
Aircraft Letter:
Aircraft Name: MARGIE
Cause: Flack
Location: Seen to crash in the refineries area 8KIA,

Lt. McNeil lost his in " Operation Tidal Wave " one of the most daring raids of WW2. Coming in at tree top level the The 98th earns Presidential Unit Citation. Lt. McNeil was awarded the Silver Star, for valor.

Piloted by 1st Lt. Clarence W. Gooden and crew. Briefed to fly in the 3rd wave and attack White IV. B24MARGIE was hit by flack and seen to crash in the refineries area. Co Pilot and Engineer escaped from the crash area and were taken POW. 8 Crew KIA and 5 bodies never identified This was a replacement aircraft from UK dispatched on July 23. Lt. William H. McNeil was awarded the Silver Star for Valor.
Lt. McNeil remains were never recovered his name appears Tablets of the Missing Florence American Cemetery and Memorial Florence Provincia di Firenze Toscana, Italy. The Silver Star is the 2nd highest US military award.

Crew of MARGIE
1/Lt Clarence W. Gooden Pilot
1/Lt Jerome D. Savaria Co Pilot POW/WIA
2nd/Lt. Ralph F. Perkins Navigator
2nd/Lt. William H. McNeil Bombardier MIA/KIA
Michael J. Trick Engineer POW/WIA
T/Sgt. Theodore C. Beaudry Radio Op.
S/Sgt. Alexander M. Cochrane Gunner
S/Sgt. Roland B. Cox Waist Gunner
S/Sgt. George H. Kaylor Gunner
Cpl. Harry G. Deem Gunner

Bombardier 2nd/Lt. William H. McNeil SS DFC MIA/KIA
Hometown: Florida
Squadron: 343rd 98 BOMB GROUP,
Service # O-732645
Awards: Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal
Pilot 1st./Lt Clarence Winford Gooden , DFC KIA

Missing Air Crew Report Details
USAAF MACR#:
Target: White IV. Ploesti
Date Lost: 1-AUG-43
Serial Number:42-41007
Aircraft Model B-24D
Aircraft Letter:
Aircraft Name: MARGIE
Cause: Flack
Location: Seen to crash in the refineries area 8KIA,

Lt. McNeil lost his in " Operation Tidal Wave " one of the most daring raids of WW2. Coming in at tree top level the The 98th earns Presidential Unit Citation. Lt. McNeil was awarded the Silver Star, for valor.

Piloted by 1st Lt. Clarence W. Gooden and crew. Briefed to fly in the 3rd wave and attack White IV. B24MARGIE was hit by flack and seen to crash in the refineries area. Co Pilot and Engineer escaped from the crash area and were taken POW. 8 Crew KIA and 5 bodies never identified This was a replacement aircraft from UK dispatched on July 23. Lt. William H. McNeil was awarded the Silver Star for Valor.
Lt. McNeil remains were never recovered his name appears Tablets of the Missing Florence American Cemetery and Memorial Florence Provincia di Firenze Toscana, Italy. The Silver Star is the 2nd highest US military award.

Crew of MARGIE
1/Lt Clarence W. Gooden Pilot
1/Lt Jerome D. Savaria Co Pilot POW/WIA
2nd/Lt. Ralph F. Perkins Navigator
2nd/Lt. William H. McNeil Bombardier MIA/KIA
Michael J. Trick Engineer POW/WIA
T/Sgt. Theodore C. Beaudry Radio Op.
S/Sgt. Alexander M. Cochrane Gunner
S/Sgt. Roland B. Cox Waist Gunner
S/Sgt. George H. Kaylor Gunner
Cpl. Harry G. Deem Gunner


Inscription

2 LT 343 BOMB SQ 98 BOMB GP(H) FLORDIA

Gravesite Details

Entered the service from Florida.

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  • Maintained by: John Dowdy
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 5 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 55903204
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/55903204/william-h-mcneil: accessed ), memorial page for 2Lt William H. McNeil (unknown–1 Aug 1943), Find a Grave Memorial ID 55903204, citing Florence American Cemetery and Memorial, Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze, Toscana, Italy; Maintained by John Dowdy (contributor 47791572).