CPL William E. Akers

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CPL William E. Akers

Illinois, USA
Death 20 Apr 1944 (aged 20–21)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets of the Missing
Memorial ID 56245266 · View Source
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Cpl. William E. Akers MIA/KIA
Hometown: Illinois
Squadron: 32nd Photographic Squadron, 5th Reconnaissance Group
Service #36442519
Awards:Purple Heart

Target: convoy UGS 38,
Mission Date: 20-Apr-44
Location: Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Algiers
Cause: 32nd Photographic Squadron -5th Reconnaissance Group Casualty of the SS Hamilton

The SS Paul Hamilton (Hull Number 227) was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Paul Hamilton, the third United States Secretary of the Navy.

On her fifth voyage the SS Paul Hamilton left Hampton Roads, Virginia on 2 April 1944 as part of convoy UGS 38, carrying supplies and the ground personnel of the 485th Bombardment Group of the United States Army Air Forces to Italy. On the evening of 20 April it was attacked 30 miles (48 km) in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Cape Bengut near Algiers by 23 German Ju 88 bombers of III./Kampfgeschwader 26, I. and III./Kampfgeschwader 77. One aerial torpedo struck the Paul Hamilton and detonated the cargo of high explosives and bombs, and the ship and crew disappeared within 30 seconds. The crew and passengers, who included 154 officers and men of the 831st Bombardment Squadron, were all lost. Of the 580 men aboard only one body was recovered.

Cpl. Akers appears Tablets of the Missing North Africa American Cemetery Carthage, Tunisia. He also has a cenotaph memorial Harmony Cemetery Bentley Hancock County, Illinois his body was never recovered.

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  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56245266
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CPL William E. Akers (1923–20 Apr 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56245266, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by John Dowdy (contributor 47791572) .