Corp William F Lapington

Corp William F Lapington

Birth
Texas, USA
Death 20 Apr 1944 (aged 32–33)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets of the Missing - Army
Memorial ID 56248388 · View Source
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William served as a Corporal, 32nd Photographic Squadron, 5th Reconnaissance Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Van Zandt County, Texas and was previously a member of the U.S. Army prior to the war.

He re-enlisted in the Army on April 2, 1942 in Tyler, Texas. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the production of petroleum and also as Single, without dependents.

William was a passenger on the S.S. Paul Hamilton (Hull Number 227).

On her fifth voyage the S.S. Paul Hamilton left Hampton Roads, Virginia on April 2, 1944 as part of convoy UGS 38, carrying supplies and the ground personnel of the 485th Bombardment Group and the 5th Reconnaissance Group of the United States Army Air Forces to Italy.

On the evening of April 20th the Hamilton and other ships in the convoy were attacked 30 miles (48 km) in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Cape Bengut near Algiers by 23 German Ju 88 bombers.

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. A total of approximately 580 men where lost.

William was declared "Missing In Action" in this sinking during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 38136711

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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The U.S.S. Lansdale (DD-426) and the S.S. Royal Star were also sunk in this attack.
The Lansdale had a loss of Forty-seven officers and men.
The Royal Star lost only one member of their crew.

The Lansdale received four battle stars for World War II service.


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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56248388
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Corp William F Lapington (1911–20 Apr 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56248388, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .