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Sgt William G Dickison

Birth
New York, USA
Death 13 Feb 1944 (aged 22–23)
Burial Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England
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Memorial ID 56289201 · View Source
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William served as a Sergeant and Gunner, 579th Bomber Squadron, 392nd Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Onondaga County, New York prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on November 12, 1941, prior to the war, in Syracuse, New York. He was noted as being employed as an Architect and also as Single, without dependents.

He was declared "Missing In Action" during the war and was awarded an Air Medal and a Purple Heart.

Service # 12030573

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Report:

S/Sgt Dickison was flying with 2/Lt Kubale's aircrew. According to a diary kept by 2/Lt John J. Sullivan (navigator on 2/Lt Hammond's crew in the same squadron), Dickison fell into the Channel while trying to release a bomb that had hung up. His body was never recovered, so his name is listed on the Wall of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery. He had been awarded one Air Medal and the Purple Heart. S/Sgt Dickison's home of record was New York State.

According to Capt James N. McFadden's Narrative of Operations, the 392nd "crossed the enemy coast at 1456 at 14,000 feet and five miles behind the lead section of the 44th Group. At that time the Initial Point (IP) signal was called over VHF, flares were fired and bomb bay doors were opened. Considerable flak was experienced from Dieppe but few ships received holes. The sections split up at this point going to their respective targets. No more flak was experienced by the lead section but the second section ran into flak in their target area. No enemy fighters were seen... Twelve ships crossed the target in each block."

NoBall target #22 was the constructional works at Raye-Sur-Authie, France. NoBall target #62 was the constructional works at Petit Bois and Tillencourt, France. One man was killed in action.

( Report submitted by John Dowdy )

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Gravesite Details Entered the service from New York.

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56289201
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt William G Dickison (1921–13 Feb 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56289201, citing Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .